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Aaron Hockel is a partner and the vice president of digital marketing at AltaVista Strategic Partners, a full service marketing agency working exclusively with commercial and residential contractors. AltaVista specializes in marketing campaigns designed to generate top of funnel sales leads. Their services include email marketing, direct marketing, search engine marketing, and social media marketing. As a proud PDCA member, Aaron and the team at AltaVista currently work with more than 40 painting contractors around the country.

Adam Bermingham

The only choice for all your decorating needs, Interior & Exterior. A family run business covering all the West of Ireland ! Joseph & Son is a family run painting & decorating contractor est. 7 years with an emphasis on a friendly customer based service. Trustworthiness & reliability are our most valued commodity; you can trust & rely on Joseph & Son to be there on time & finish the job to the highest standards of craftsmanship. Joseph & Son is Adam & Tom Bermingham, a father & son team with diverse backgrounds. One in Antiques and interior design, the other in construction & maintenance giving us the background, knowledge& expertise to make your house a home or your building site a beautiful business premises.

Chris Haught

Chris Haught is the editor of Blogging Painters, the leading resource for paint contractors. Chris also works with contractors to improve their website and social media presence. When not blogging about the painting industry, she works in the educational sector as a media and technology mentor.

Adrienne Erin

Adrienne Erin is a writer with a strong interest in interior design and social media marketing, and the places they intersect.

Summit Services Inc

Summit Services was formed in 2003 to help small businesses achieve profitable growth. We help owners, and their teams, plan and implement proven business systems. When people run the systems, systems run the business. The result is a more consistent, predictable and profitable business. Our team has over 50 years of experience building high performance companies, Brian Nolan - Managing Partner Andrew Amrhein - Business Coach Kathryn Freeman - Business Coach Conal Mulreany - Field Management Coach

Andy Crichton

Master craftsman, Andy Crichton, offers specialist interior decorating services with focus on traditional values - best trade practices, customer service & creative solutions - residential properties in NW & rest of UK.

Barbara Jacobs

I'm a native of Minnesota, but moved to the Boston area in 1969. Lifelong immersion in having a father as an active artist brought me into the world of color and design at an early age, and the interest has not diminished. A fine arts degree in painting and printmaking evolved into over 20 years creating innovative decorative surface finishes. Around 1990 I became seriously interested in how we can actually use color in our built environments as a way of creating more healthy, supportive spaces where we can add more enjoyment to all aspects of our daily lives. I've been a member of the IACC (Int'l Association of Color Consultants) since 1996, and an accredited member since 2000. In addition to enjoying my working with others as an architectural color consultant, I've developed my own art work into tangibly practical areas: Silk Road Weaves - Tibetan rugs; EcoHues Full Spectrum Paint; and ClearHues Glass Tiles. Going forward, as of Summer 2015 I will be based in Mid-Coast Maine, and Sonoma County, CA but have been and will continue to be available to work long-distance as well. A new offering is, an exciting,proprietary digital color design process that is far more detailed than any general online process.

Barbara Walsh

Barbara Walsh worked as a marketing consultant specializing in online marketing strategies to help her clients become visible on the Internet. Her background includes working in advertising agencies and marketing departments of large corporations in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Florida. Walsh One Marketing provided marketing solutions to small business owners. They used integrated marketing solutions (online and local), and were committed to increasing their clients visibility on the Internet and within the community they serve by employing today's latest marketing strategies. They provided their clients with creation and management of social media sites, websites, search engine optimization strategies, blogging, Internet business listings and more! They also advised clients on local advertising and looked for opportunities to grow awareness of their company within the community.

Blogging Painters

The Blogging Painter is always out on the web looking for the best information to share with readers.

Brad Bolinger

Owner of Painting Oregon Inc. and in Portland, OR. Problem solving through technology to create more free time to spend with the family.

Brandt Domas

Brandt Domas owned and operated a commercial and residential painting and historic restoration company for 30 years. He continues to work in the painting industry as subject matter expert, working with contractors, design pros, owners and owner representatives as a consultant completing project management assistance, expert witness and paint problem analysis work. In 1994 he formed A Work Systems Co., a business that provides construction industry and service businesses with operations management consulting and training as well as communications and PR, media and web development services through the brand Media Studio Works. Brandt has been speaking nationally since 1996 and is an author, initiator and producer. He teaches estimating, field operations management, business operating systems, and business communications, marketing and PR through the brand Painter Training. He has presented for several of the major paint industry suppliers and has been a regular contributor to painting industry magazines and websites. Domas served as National President of the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America in 2000 - 2001, and has worked on dozens of PDCA and other construction industry association’s committees.

Brian Phillips

Brian Phillips is the creator of Out of the Bucket, a system developed during 25 years as a Painting Contractor and widely used by many successful contractors. Read more from Brian Phillips at Out of the Bucket.

Brian Nolan

Brian is Managing Partner of Summit Services, Inc., a organization dedicated to helping contractors implement business systems to experience profitable growth. He has 18 years experience in business planning, financial management, project management, quality improvement and business systems development. He was formally Chief Operating Officer for Baltimore Medical System. He has received quality improvement certifications from both the Dymler Chrysler Corporation and Florida Power & Light. He received a BS in Marketing from St. Joseph’s University and a Masters in Business Administration from The George Washington University. Brian, his wife and three children live in North Wales, Pennsylvania.

Noah Winkles

Noah Winkles is the Vice President of New Life Painting, a residential and commercial painting contractor that has been proudly serving California’s Central Coast since 1977.

Brian Jensen

Brian Jensen is the CEO of Congruent Digital, a full-service online marketing agency that provides cross-channel marketing solutions for businesses of all sizes. Congruent Digital proudly partners with A David Creation to provide painting contractors with results-driven digital marketing services.

Carmen Rane Hudson

Carmen Rane Hudson is a freelance writer specializing in SEO and local SEO, social media, sales, marketing, and online reputation management.

Conal Mulreany

Conal Mulreany was born in Donegal, Ireland and emigrated to America in 1986. He has spent his last 14 years helping Nolan Painting Inc. become one of the Nation’s most renowned and respected residential painting companies. As crew leader, he was known for running large and multiple jobs at the same time. Currently, as Nolan Painting’s field supervisor, Conal mangers crew leaders as well as dozens of painters to ensure that the company’s high standards are upheld. Conal has been a member of Nolan Painting’s Advisory Board since it’s inception in 2000. He is currently serving as chairman of the training committee, responsible for developing and delivering new hire and skills training for the company. Previously, he chaired the production committee, leading a team to help make the company more profitable. In 2004, Conal teamed up with Nolan Consulting Group Inc. to help train painting companies Nationwide. His favorite topics to speak on include the role of the crew leader and customer service. Conal resides in Havertown, PA with his wife Terry and two children, Melissa and Ryan. `

Dale Thomas

Dale Thomas is a second generation paint contractor, running Family Professional Painting, he was recognized by American Paint Contractor Magazine in their "Who's Who In The Paint Industry 2011". Also a member of Benjamin Moore's Contractor Advisory Board and occasionally tests and evaluates products for the industry.

Daniel Honan

I am a former painting business owner and military officer, and current bookkeeper and tax accountant. With my painting and accounting experience, I'm uniquely positioned to help painting contractors save time, money, and resources. For years I worked in the residential and commercial painting industry. I did everything from prep work and painting to managing crews and completing estimates with clients. After my stint in the painting industry, I pursued an education in business and accounting and served as a military officer in the intelligence field. I have a Bachelors in Accounting and an MBA. During my time in the intelligence field, I learned the value of being proactive and staying ahead of the enemy. I apply this mentality to my accounting practice through forward-looking advice to my clients. I don't just report; I analyze and forecast. This provides immense value to the clients I serve and builds trust. I am passionate about sharing my knowledge of taxes and business to help painting contractors grow their company. I only work with a select few painting contractors and provide professional, prompt service to ensure their success.


Dean Veltman is a painting contractor serving the greater Grand Rapids, MI area, including the Holland, Grand Haven, and other lakeshore areas.

Dean Lovvorn

Dean Lovvorn is a Lead Based Paint Specialist working in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area. He is a licensed lead inspector, EPA certified renovator and a RRP Instructor. Dean also administers a private discussion group comprised of RRP Instructors, EPA-HUD-CDC professionals, Lead Inspectors & Assessors, City-County-State Health Departments, Universities and lead organizations.

DE Web Designs

Devyn builds professional websites for businesses and guarantees first page search engine rankings. When he is not building websites and generating his clients new customers, he enjoys golfing, fishing, playing pool and spending time on the beach.

Don Foster

Don Foster has worked as a painting contractor, a B2B sales rep, and a freelance writer. He enjoys helping businesses articulate their voice through authentic copy. He can be found blogging regularly at The Well-Fed Painter.


DK Marketing Group is a leading digital, Google-certified marketing firm with more than 14 years of experience helping painters and contractors grow by increasing meaningful website traffic, driving quality leads and winning more local business.

Donna Frasca

Donna Frasca is an Interior Designer,Color Expert and Virtual Designer who is highly specialized in choosing color palettes for luxury homes, sub specializing in open concepts spaces. She is the owner of Decorating by Donna which is the only company in Charlotte that just specializes in color. She has been featured in publications such as Charlotte Style Magazine, the 42nd Annual Color Forecast Issue of Paint & Decorating Retailer Magazine, enLIGHTenment Magazine and Sherwin Williams STIR Magazine talking about color trends and forecasting. With an extensive career in Graphics and Interior Decorating and Design, she is highly trained to make sure the right colors go into your home. If you live in Charlotte North Carolina, particularly South Charlotte, she would love to design a color scheme for you. If you don't, she has a virtual color consultation service that is also available.

Elaine Yue

Elaine Yue runs as a workers' comp resource for business owners. In her 10 years as an auditor and manager, she has discovered that employers have too little knowledge about workers' comp. With this site, Elaine conveys the information in the clearest way possible — no industry jargon! Her goal is to arm businesses with knowledge so that they can take charge of the workers’ comp process, save time, and limit the aggravation.


Hi, my name is Garret Merkley and since 2009 I have been working online perfecting my ability to market for local business owners. I own eWebify which is a online marketing company centered around results via phone calls to local businesses. I enjoy marketing and helping people be shocked at how well their business can grow with the right marketing and the right marketing company.

George Zarogiannis

George is the owner of Ecopainting which is the first Toronto Painting Company promoting Eco friendly Painting. Being environmentally responsible is our mandate.


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Heidi Nyline is the Vice President of Warline Painting where she oversees the marketing for this fast growing painting company in Vancouver, Canada. She's a big believer in using social media to get her message out. Heidi is passionate about customer service, marketing and improving the painting industry.

James Dowd

James Dowd is the owner/operator of Dowd Restoration, based out of Aurora Colorado - servicing the Denver Metropolitan Area. Specializing in historical restoration, specialty coatings and interior/exterior painting.

Jeffrey Neal

PennCoat, Inc. has provided almost 30 years of industrial and commercial painting, and epoxy flooring services. PennCoat, Inc has revolutionized safety expectations in the coating industry, creating a custom safety plan for each specific location.

John Stahl

Are you looking for more projects, greater profitability, and control in your business? Do you find yourself working long hours with little time for family and friends? Are you able to take a 2 week, guilt free vacation and return with your business running smoothly? Are you frustrated with motivating your people? In short: Do you own a business or does your business own you? When clients come to me they are often overwhelmed with the day to day operations. I help them to find the freedom, fun, profitability, and passion they once had by customizing a strategy to help them achieve their long-term objectives. I understand the needs of the painting contractor with over 30 years experience in the industry.

Ken Fenner

Owner of PressurePros, Inc located in Havertown, PA. Ten years experience in coatings application with a focus on marketing and selling to residential homeowners.

Kevin Nolan

Kevin is President of Nolan Painting, Inc., and Partner of Summit Services, Inc. Nolan Painting has been a prominent residential painting company in the Philadelphia Metro Area for over 25 years. Under Kevin’s management, the company has won many awards including the Chamber of Commerce "Business of the Year", the PDCA's "Picture it Painted Professionally" Award, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business "Fastest Growing Companies" Award. As a Partner of Summit Services, Inc, Kevin has been a nationally recognized speaker and writer on numerous topics, including: Business Systems, Marketing, Sales, Customer Service, and Team Building. Kevin graduated from Villanova University, and lives outside Philadelphia with his wife and four children. He has completed in over 40 marathons and 3 triathlons.

Linnea Blair

I'm Linnea Blair, Business Coach. My company Advisors On Target, provides business coaching and consulting to small business owners who are ready to take action to become effective leaders and run a more profitable and professional business. I developed the On Target Program for Painting Contractors in 2002 and since then have worked one on one with well over 100 Residential and Small Commercial Painting Contractors to help them develop more successful painting businesses. I also provide group coaching, online business intensives, webinars and workshops. Advisors On Target is committed to helping painting contractors to grow their businesses. I have been a PDCA National Associate Member for many years. I am a Partner Supporter of the PDCA Residential Forum and an associate member Painting and Decorating Contractors of California (PDCC)). I’m excited to be involved with Blogging Painters in supporting this industry!

Lynn Jackson

Lynn Jackson began his painting career over twenty years ago under the watchful eye of a master painter. After many years of learning and perfecting his trade, working both on his own and for contractors, he finally settled in Northern California. Lynn continued to paint, while also earning a Master’s degree from a California State University. In 1985 he took a position running a newly formed painting company for Hignell & Hignell, Inc. With a C33 painting contractor’s license in hand, he set about growing that company into one of the largest and most profitable painting operations in the area.

Marge Parkhurst

Marge Parkhurst, owner of Painting By Marge and PEP Estimating Solutions, is a prominent painting contractor in the high-end residential market of Litchfield County, Connecticut. She has presented seminars at various PDCA conventions and Sherwin Williams pro shows. She has been featured in many industry magazines including Professional Painting Contractor, American Painting Contractor, PWC, and Rental Products News.

Matthew Lawler

Matt Lawler is an Internet marketing specialist from Tempe, Arizona where he attended Arizona State University. Whenever he can step away from the computer, Matt enjoys playing sports, travelling and exploring the great outdoors.

Michael Hines

I started my company with a belief that I could represent a shift in how people perceive a paint job and a painting company. See, painting is not just a service that you buy from the lowest bidder. A painting company is an asset to be trusted with your largest investment.

Michael Henry

Michael's owns, a business management software solution for painting companies and other residential renovation contractors. Michael's background is in residential painting.

Neville Solomon

I'm a 21 year old Software Publisher, who wants to make a living building programs that can greatly enhance an industry. After talking to and interviewing over 50 painting business owners, I've learned some of the struggles they dealt with, and as a result, spent nearly 4 months out of college building Job Wizard to solve their pains. My overall goal in life is to be able to travel the world and see exotic places. I feel that helping out others as best and happily as I can is the avenue to reach that.

Nick May

Nick owns Walls by Design, based out of Denver, CO. Nick started the business in 1999 with one employee, and has grown it to be one of the largest residential interior painting business in Colorado. Nick believes in systems, team building, and marketing…not necessarily in that order. When Nick is not working with his team, on systems, or marketing, you can find him playing soccer or podcasting. Nick also hosts a successful interior design podcast called The Chaise Lounge where he shares the stories of some of the most successful designers in the industry today.

Patrick Stilwell

Patrick is the Business Development Manager (and Jack of all things...) for Custom Coatings Inc located in Hickory, NC. They are a commercial coatings contractor that does everything from interior/exterior residential painting, commercial painting, to roof coating! If it will stand still long enough, we can paint it!

Patrick Harmon

Patrick works with Pittsburgh Spray Equipment Company which is a painting and sandblast equipment distributor owned by his family since 1947. He spends time daily helping customers in a variety of industries from heavy industrial manufacturing and fabrication, to wood working, to commercial painters in aligning equipment for painting and sandblasting to best match their painting and surface preparation needs. In his free time he enjoys hunting, fishing, exercise, and most of all spending time with his wife and two children. He is always up for connecting.

Peter Ruchti

I have a passion for providing web design and online marketing solutions to help painting businesses grow. By helping you develop your brand and strategically communicate your purpose, I can help you move past the idea that you need “just a website” and help you direct your energies to success online. Please feel free to contact me with any questions (really!) or visit Painting Business Gurus for free resources.


Regina Garay is of Hispanic heritage and members of each side of the family are involved in various fields within interior design — you could say it runs in the genes. She started the Fauxology blog back in June 2007 to share her obsession with all things design, pattern, painting and finishing. Regina was recently featured in the "Who's Who in the Painting Industry 2011".

Rich Littlefield

Rich Littlefield does marketing consulting and services for painting contractors of all sizes. As a former painting company owner himself, he shares a common viewpoint and understanding of what it's like to run a business and manage marketing at the same time. He's dedicated to painters improve their businesses and marketing, and have fun doing it. He writes regularly over at his painter marketing website.


Rob is the owner of RC Painting in Southern Utah.

Ryan Parker

Mod Paint Works was brought to life in 2009 by Owner/Operator, Ryan Parker. "I'm a native to the Denver Metro area and wouldn't put my roots anywhere else. I'm constantly applying my paint skills and knowledge on homes throughout the Denver area, as well as at home on canvas. My passion to run a successful paint contracting business came from enjoyment of the paint trade (weird, I know), being an artist at heart, and wanting to provide my level of client (customer) service." Mod Paint Works performs just about anything paint related, providing residential interior & exterior painting, furniture revival, murals, fun kids rooms, commission artwork and much more. Visit us online at,

Ryan Amato

Ryan has spent over 25 years in the painting and coatings industry. His vast experience managing large crews of painters while dealing with the architects all while maintaining a budget has made him the ideal person to help others out in this same field. His company has one numerous awards locally and he continues to run a streamlined company while helping others out


I am a painting and wallpapering contractor of over twenty five years in the Shenandoah Valley. The town of Winchester VA is where I do most of my work. I do mostly residential work and feel very fortunate for to be able to make a living within ten minutes of home. As a contractor I enjoy networking with other painters and am always on the look out for products and methods that will help me to do a better job. My business practices have been borne out of experience and I enjoy sharing this information to help others in my profession.

Sara Aisenberg

Sara Aisenberg is the director of educational outreach at Striving to help professionals in a number of industries understand the intricacies of licensing and registering, Sara makes it a point to stay up-to-date on what’s going on in the bonding and insurance world.

Scott Burt

Scott Burt owns and operates Topcoat Finishes, Inc. in Vermont, writes the monthly "From the Field" column in American Painting Contractor, and blogs prolifically at Google

Sean Maclean

Sean MacLean is painting contractor in Huntsville, Alabama

Steve Ryan

Steve Ryan has 20 years of experience as a contractor. He now produces Mad Dog Paint Products. An ALLPRO member since 2005 (search under Associate Paint/Mad Dog Paint Products), Steve can be reached at

Tess Wittler

Tess Wittler is a content creator and consultant for the construction industry. She takes pride in truly understanding contractors and the home improvement industry - because she’s spent her entire career promoting it. Over the years, Tess has built a solid reputation of being the “go to” content writer for contractors - because of her understanding of the industry, knowledge of content and social media marketing and careful attention to detail - to get the words just right. Tess is thrilled to be involved with Blogging Painters to share knowledge and collaborate on ideas to help painting contractors grow their businesses.

Todd Heskett

Todd Heskett Co-Founder & CEO ADvise Media Group

Tom Reber

Tom helps people get back their time and make more money in their contracting businesses. After serving in the Marine Corps he helped start a church, adopted 3 kids and built a couple of of them being Jalapeno Paint Werx in Naperville, IL. He is also co-founder of The Contractor Sales Academy & host of The Strongpreneur Nation Podcast on iTunes. Tom lives in Manitou Springs, CO with his wife and kids, likes lifting heavy things and tries not to wear shoes very often. You can reach him at


Owner of Johnson Home Construction a painting and remodeling company in Duplin County NC. Blogger, and product guru, we love to test out new products and see how they can be used in the field to boost margins.

Tyson Downs

Who'm I? A Dad to 5 kids. A Small Business Owner. A fitness nut. A reader. A learner.