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Where do you find Painters?

By on July 28, 2013 in Business Practices, Open Mike with 9 Comments
Where do you find Painters?

I’m booked solid for summer, I need to hire! It’s a typical cycle for most paint companies, the calls come in the spring, we get booked and the calls continue. What are the options? Turn down the work? Ask clients to schedule in the winter? Hire more painters? Where do I find painters? All three […]

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The Next Generation of Painters: Is there one?

By on March 4, 2013 in Open Mike, Random Thoughts with 18 Comments

Any contractor who has hired employees knows what an exercise in frustration it can be. There are very few standardized skill sets, as most painters learn how to paint by “just doing it”. There are few family businesses where skills are handed down to the next generation anymore, much less training programs where these skills […]

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Open Mike

By on June 25, 2012 in Open Mike with 0 Comments
Open Mike

If you are involved at any level in the paint industry, and you are reading this, then you probably spend some minutes of your day in some shape or form as a participant in the social medial and blog spheres. And you likely understand that part of that involves being open to using the power […]

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Open Mike with Karl Schmitt of Sherwin Williams

By on June 7, 2012 in Open Mike with 4 Comments
Open  Mike  with  Karl  Schmitt  of  Sherwin  Williams

As part of our ongoing Open Mike section, Blogging Painters continues to reach out to leaders in the industry. Recently we spoke to Karl Schmitt, VP of Marketing and Research Design at Sherwin Williams.

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Open Mike: Brandt Domas on What Exceptional Contractors Do

By on March 11, 2012 in Open Mike with 8 Comments
Open Mike: Brandt Domas on What Exceptional Contractors Do

Brandt Domas is one of the industry heavyweights that I was hoping to meet in Vegas at the PDCA show, and I did. Brandt’s industry resume includes most everything from straight up paint contracting to PDCA leadership roles. He is currently most known as a speaker on industry matters, and as a trainer of paint […]

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Response to Price and Value

By on February 3, 2012 in Open Mike with 1 Comment
Response to Price and Value

Dana Autenrieth responds to some of the questions in the recent Open Mike post. It’s like asking, what’s the better car, a Toyota mini-van or a BMW 5 series sedan. The quick response might be the 5 series just because it’s three times the price, but unless you know the stated objective (e.g. hauling large […]

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Price and Value with Dana Autenrieth of Benjamin Moore

By on January 28, 2012 in Open Mike with 12 Comments
Price and Value with Dana Autenrieth of Benjamin Moore

I am pleased to launch the Blogging Painters Open Mike series with a portion of a recent interview I conducted with Dana Autenrieth of Benjamin Moore. Dana works in a leadership role in the Residential Contractor Segment of Benjamin Moore. Therefore, he has an interest in understanding the issues that are on the minds of paint contractors and clarifying misperceptions between contractors and the manufacturer side of the supply chain in our industry.

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Bio Zapp – The Odor Elimination Specialists

By on January 10, 2012 in Open Mike, Solutions with 6 Comments
Bio Zapp – The Odor Elimination Specialists

I met Mark Kitterage, director of refinishing sales from Bio Zapp Laboratories a few weeks ago on Paint Talk.com. Mark was talking up a product that I found interesting,

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