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Road Ready- Driving Safety for Your Team with Brandon Sturgis

Welcome to the Road Ready series of podcasts brought to you by the Painting Contractors Association and our good friends at BFGoodrich along with their Tradesmen Support Program. On this third and final episode of our Road Ready series, Brandon Sturgis from BFGoodrich returns to talk about driving safety and courtesy that impacts your entire team. A lot of companies put employees in the driver’s seat without any form of assessment or training whatsoever, and this can be detrimental to your...


Warranties That Close Sales And Protect Your Profit With Randy Fornoff

Do you provide your customers with a competitive warranty for the work you do? If so, do you know how to use it to close more sales? On this episode of Paint ED, Randy Fornoff of MTS Painting in Mesa Arizona discusses how he differentiates between a labor warranty and the ‘label’ warranty on the paint and materials, we talk about how long warranties should extend, and we touch on exclusions that protect your profits without compromising your integrity. Don’t miss the LIVE webinar with Randy...


Road Ready- Tire And Vehicle Durability with Brandon Sturgis

Welcome to the Road Ready series of podcasts brought to you by the Painting Contractors Association and our good friends at BFGoodrich along with their Tradesmen Support Program. On this second episode of our Road Ready series, Brandon Sturgis from BFGoodrich returns to talk about tire and vehicle durability, and how to keep your fleet in peak performing condition for as long as possible. Brandon actually helped develop some of the tests at BFGoodrich’s Proving Ground test track, and he’s...


From PDCA To PCA with Steve Skodak

On this episode of Paint ED, Steve Skodak, the Executive Director of PCA, talks with us about our recent name change from PDCA to PCA! Yes, our acronym and logo have changed to align with the more accurate descriptor, Painting Contractors Association. So, you may be asking, what’s the big deal? Well, for some, it isn’t a big deal. But if you knew what we’ve been through to get here, and if you know where we’re going, it’s a pretty big deal. It’s our promise to you that we are—as the...


Road Ready- Tire And Vehicle Safety With Brandon Sturgis

Welcome to the Road Ready series of Paint ED podcasts brought to you by the Painting Contractors Association and our good friends at BFGoodrich along with their Tradesmen Support Program. On this first episode, Brandon Sturgis from BFGoodrich joins us to talk about how to keep your fleet’s tires and vehicles in safe working condition. Brandon is the Product Category Manager for light truck and off-road tires at BFGoodrich, and let’s just say…he’s been around the track before. No really, he...


Leading With A High 'S' with Travis Dahlen

On this episode of Paint ED, Travis Dahlen from Northwind Painting in Alaska talks with us about what it means to lead with a high ‘S’. The ‘s’ is a personality style in the D-I-S-C (DISC) model of personality and leadership analysis, and leaders with a high ‘S’ tend to be very steady and patient, helping others connect and feel a sense of belonging. This sense of connection and belonging is exactly what new company culture is supposed to feel like to better attract and retain next-gen...


World-Class Production/ Operations Managers Talk About Systems

On this episode of Paint ED, World-Class Production/Operation Managers talk about systems and process for smoother operations and improved productivity. Matt Orcino—the Production Manager at SNL Painting in St. Louis, Missouri; Bill Curtindale, the Director of Operations at SKIS Painting in Renton, Washington; and Bill Loepp, the Director of Operations at SPI in Denver, Colorado discuss the structures and management processes that most revolutionized their companies, and they share tips to...


Comprehensive Lead Generation With Chris Moore

On this episode of Paint ED, Chris Moore from Elite Business Advisors talks with us about comprehensive lead generation. He addresses how to source new, organic leads, and how to develop advanced techniques for networking that brings you more jobs. Chris is going to be presenting for PDCA’s first Virtual Workshop on July 30 and August 6. In the 2-session Workshop, he’ll be helping online attendees build a Leads Map which helps companies identify all the possible sources of business leads,...


The Award Winning Mindset With Chad Jeffries

Do you think of your company as an award winning company? Imagine the changes that might take place in the work your employees do if they regularly thought of themselves as national award winners. Chad Jeffries of Brick City Painting and Drywall in Mexico, Missouri talks with us about how he challenged his team to think of their company as an award winning company, and he discusses how this improved Brick City’s team morale, their overall quality of work, and their reputation with customers....


Closing The Performance Gap and Increasing Productivity With Benji Carlson

You’ve started the summer strong, and business is good. The processes you’ve planned are working out quite nicely. Then, something slips when employees aren’t producing like you know they could be. Getting things back on track mid-summer can be a challenge. Benji Carlson from Breakthrough Academy talks with us about a few easy steps which quickly diagnose one of two employee problems: a lack of skill or a lack of commitment. Do you have a plan that quickly addresses these issues so you can...


Family Financial Planning For Painting Contractors With Deb Meyer

As a business owner, do you feel pressure to make business decisions that benefit your family and pose as little risk to them as possible? That can be quite the feat, especially considering the fact that owning a business has its ups and downs, and requires a certain measure of risk-taking. On this episode of Paint ED, Deb Meyer from Worthy Nest and author of Redefining Family Wealth: A Parent’s Guide To Purposeful Living, talks with us about the challenges business owners face in balancing...


World Class Producation Managers Talk About Technology With Matt Orcino And Bill Curtindale

On this episode of Paint ED, World Class Production/Operation Managers talk about new technology that you need to know about for smoother operations and more productivity. Matt Orcino—the Production Manager at SNL Painting in St. Louis, Missouri—and Bill Curtindale—the Director of Operations at SKIS Painting in Renton, Washington—discuss the technology that most revolutionized their companies, and tips to start integrating it with your employees. Tune in each month for our World Class...


Good Vibes In The Painting Industry With Rick Smith

On this episode of Paint ED, just a normal guy—Chris Shank—talking to a normal guy—Rick Smith of Nashville House Painters in Nashville, Tennessee—about being in the biz. Rick is about as authentic as they come. He’s honest about the negative messages that business owners face in the painting industry, and he’s doing what he can to amplify the good vibes that are also out there. Everyone needs encouragement from time to time, not merely because running a business is hard, but because we all...


Summer Is Coming With Nick, Nick, And Nick

On this episode of Paint ED, we invite three thought leaders from the painting industry to talk about the ways their businesses prepare for summer production. Nick Slavik of Nick Slavik Painting and Restoration in Minnesota, Nick May of Walls By Design in Colorado, and Nick LoGrasso of SNL Painting in Missouri discuss the different ways they get a head start on summer sales and production, how they plan to get away for a vacation, and how they help their team avoid burnout over long, summer...


Is What You Have What You Want With Jeff Prager

On this episode of Paint ED, Jeff Prager from Cash Flow Engineering shares how being a million dollars upside-down in business helped shape his formula for determining direction in business management. It all comes down to a simple thumbs-up, thumbs-down approach. But in that deceptively simple decision is a procedure that takes into account the seven numbers you need to know in your business to get more of what you want, and less of what you don’t want. It’s actually great mix of simple...


Becoming A Voice In The Industry With Heather Yocum

On this episode of Paint ED, Chris Shank and Heather Yocum--the Education Director and Content Manager here at the Painting Contractors Association--discuss ways that people can become involved in amplifying PDCA’s voice in the industry. We are looking for business owners from residential, commercial, and industrial segments of the industry to tell their stories and share their expertise with contractors all over the world. We can re-share your pictures and stories in the form of social...


The 'Wow' Of Delighting Your Customers With Sylvester Chisom

On this episode of Paint ED, we chat with Sylvester Chisom, the author of “Manifest Greatness: How To Live Without Limits,” about finding your ‘wow factor.’ In addition to being an author of several books, he is a co-founder of the Education Entrepreneur incubator at University of Missouri-St Louis; he has been featured in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and INC Magazine; he travels the world as a keynote speaker and consults with Fortune 500 companies and school systems, he has a TED Talk;...


Industry Awards And Bringing Something To Life With John Busick

Every year PDCA hosts the Industry Awards Ceremony at our yearly EXPO, and this past March we announced winners in several categories, including the humanitarian award which was awarded to John Busick of Bob Kunst Painting. John not only runs a painting company and creates CRM software, but he and his wife Angi are the creators of the Voices For Down Syndrome event, or V4DS, which supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the North Bay area by raising...


Health Insurance/Retirement Plans For Companies And Employees With Steve Skodak And Eric Frazer

On this episode of Paint ED, Steve Skodak—PDCA’s Executive Director—and Eric Frazer from Decisely—talk with us about an exciting prospect that is starting to take shape for painting contractors AND their employees: affordable health insurance (including medical, dental and vision coverage) and retirement plans. The debate between offering employees cash incentives versus mediocre benefits has only blazed brighter in the last few years, but the conversation is taking a turn with the advent of...


World Class Production and Operation Managers

On this episode of Paint ED, we talk with production and operation managers from 3 different companies about everything from hiring and training, to team culture and quality assurance. We welcome Bill Loepp from SPI in Denver, CO; Bill Curtindale from SKIS Painting in Renton, WA; and Matt Orcino from SNL Painting in St. Louis, MO. The panel discussion with these gentlemen was a HUGE hit at the last EXPO in Savannah, and we're happy to announce that we plan on releasing podcasts every month...