Category Archives: WHAT I’VE LEARNED

Contractor Q&A: Ron Adderley on 50 Years of Taking Care of Customers and Why Quality Beats Quantity Every Time

Ron Adderley has been working as a professional painter since 1968. He is the owner of Prism Painting in Bellingham, Washington, running a three-generation crew that includes his son Ben and grandson Nick. We sat down with Nick to find out a little bit of what he’s learned in his 50 years in the painting business.
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Climbing the Ladder: Nick Slavik of New Prague, MN

In our PPC Climbing the Ladder series, we celebrate the leaders of a new generation of professional painting contractors. Featured in our third installment is Nick Slavik, who owns and operates the Nick Slavik Painting & Restoration Co. in New Prague, Minnesota.
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Climbing the Ladder: The Rossi Brothers of Morristown, NJ

In our PPC Climbing the Ladder series, we celebrate the leaders of a new generation of professional painting contractors. Featured in the second installment of this new feature is Triad Coatings & Sandblasting, LLC, a painting contracting company based in Morristown, New Jersey.
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Contractor Q&A: Sean Kennedy on learning how to structure, delegate and let go

Sean Kennedy has been working as a professional painter since 1993. He is the owner of Kennedy Painting, a residential painting contracting firm in St. Louis, Missouri.
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Contractor Q&A: Dan Petrulak on Staying Small to Keep Customers Happy

Dan Petrulak is the owner of DP Ready 2 Paint, a painting contractor based in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania and serving the Mid Mon Valley and surrounding areas of southwest Pennsylvania. Continue reading Contractor Q&A: Dan Petrulak on Staying Small to Keep Customers Happy

Climbing the Ladder: Rodrigo Vasconcellos of White Plains, N.Y.

For the first installment of our new “Climbing the Ladder” series on the leaders of a new generation of professional painting contractors, we caught up with Rodrigo Vasconcellos at the PDCA Expo, an annual industry education and networking event. Continue reading Climbing the Ladder: Rodrigo Vasconcellos of White Plains, N.Y.

Contractor Q&A: Chris Gardner on the Costs and Rewards of Being an Entrepreneur

Chris Gardner started working in the painting industry in 2009. He is the owner of PaintRite Pros based in Elk Grove, a city of 168,000 just south of Sacramento, California. According to census records, it was the fastest-growing city in the U.S. between July 1, 2004, and July 1, 2005. Continue reading Contractor Q&A: Chris Gardner on the Costs and Rewards of Being an Entrepreneur

Contractor Q&A: Dave Theobald on How to Compete from Multiple Locations

Dave Theobald spent 17 years as a general contractor before joining his father-in-law’s company, Turman Commercial Painters. Founded in 1972, the company has grown under Theobald’s leadership into a nationwide firm that has completed more than 10,000 locations across the U.S. Continue reading Contractor Q&A: Dave Theobald on How to Compete from Multiple Locations

Contractor Q&A with Dan Ross: Know Your Goals, Focus on Quality and Enjoy Your Work

Born in Atlanta, Dan Ross grew up in San Diego and graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the owner of Ross Painting in San Rafael, California. He believes exceptional materials and execution are critical to an outstanding result. Continue reading Contractor Q&A with Dan Ross: Know Your Goals, Focus on Quality and Enjoy Your Work

Contractor Q&A: Jason Fitzgerald

Originally from New Orleans, Jason Fitzgerald spent nine years as an outfielder and first baseman with a number of AAA and other minor league baseball teams before embarking on a second career as a painting contractor. He owns the King Paint Company in Charlotte, North Carolina. Continue reading Contractor Q&A: Jason Fitzgerald