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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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,