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S8 E9 – Hilarity Ensues @ Fall Crank ’19… Nick Meets Nick Slavic, Jason Paris and Chris Shank | PAINT PODCAST | THE BUSINESS BRUSH

It’s a very fancy episode this week on the Brush, as Nick takes a break from his duties @ Crank to sit down with three of the biggest characters in the industry, Nick Slavic, Jason Paris and Chris Shank.

S7 E3 – Nick May and Nick Slavik in Minnesota part 2, now with 100 Percent More Jason Paris | PAINT PODCAST | THE BUSINESS BRUSH

The Business Brush returns live this week with a new session from the field. Nick hosts a Facebook Live chat with Nick Slavik and Jason Paris. They sit outside your host’s hotel and talk about how to hire, how to make spreadsheets work for you while you eat your cereal and how they’ll expand on these topic more intensely at Crank November 7-9.

S4 E4 – Overcoming Addiction & Finding Success: Eddie Bourbeau | PAINTING PODCAST | THE BUSINESS BRUSH

Overcoming it All

Today on the brush we have Eddie. He is the founder of All Island Applications, in Long Island, New York. Eddie talks about his experiences of becoming a painter and his experiences at Crank Fall 2018. On the Podcast, Eddie discusses overcoming addiction and his documentary with Camp Campo, please click the link to hear more of Eddie’s story.

S3 E10 -Digital Marketing Strategy: iMayMedia | PAINTING PODCAST | THE BUSINESS BRUSH

iMayMedia Web and Marketing with Tyler and Chandler

Welcome back to The Brush! Today we’re ecstatic to have two members of Nick’s iMayMedia group to talk all things digital. It’s a great look at iMayMedia, our new media company specializing in audio, video, web, and digital marketing.

Gone are the days of canvassing, mailers, and cold calling. Now, being successful in the digital space is the kicker in getting new clients and growing your business. We’re talking SEO, SEM, web development, concise writing, and creative solutions to showcase the unique aspects of your paint contracting company.

On the podcast you can also get to know Chandler, iMayMedia’s web developer. She’s originally from Nashville and became an expert on web development — wait for it — on her own time. Tyler’s been a mainstay at Walls By Design and iMayMedia for years now, and will be speaking again at CRANK 2.0. Don’t miss it!

The Business Brush Updates

To connect with other paint contractors, grow your business, make more money and free up more time to spend with friends and family, join The Business Brush Facebook group!

Don’t forget, CRANK 2.0 is quickly approaching. It’s a one-stop-shop for growing your business, here at iMayMedia headquarters in Denver, CO. Click here to learn more.

As always, reach out to Grant@imaymedia.com to be featured on the show.

Thanks for listening!

S3 E9 – Growing Pains + Finding Success: Christian Militello | PAINT PODCAST | THE BUSINESS BRUSH

The Pains of Success

Today on The Brush we have Christian Militello of Militello Painting. He’s a contractor based outside of Philadelphia and a family man with a really interesting perspective on hiring, time management, and building a business.

In his free time, Christian is into softball, golf and coaching his kids’ sports teams. He loves to hang out with family and friends at the beach and in the Poconos. As for his favorite car, he’s partial to ’57 Chevys.

His family has ties in industry: his grandfather was a Korean war veteran and became a jack-of-all-trades handyman, and the knowledge was passed down to Christian. In high school and college, Christian played baseball instead of going to class many days and hoped to become a professional athlete. When that didn’t work out, though, he fell into painting and was surprised to find that he enjoyed it so much. After a few jobs, he worked as a painter for a friend he knew through baseball. Luckily, the two maintained a friendship that has lasted to this day. Chris did learn a few things when painting: how he should act as a boss, the pros and cons of being in charge, and how to weather tough times.

Today, Chris employs eight painters and is partnered with Angelina, his wife, who has worked with him for about seven years sending out invoices, answering phones, doing payroll, and so forth — all while raising the three kids! He also has three foremen and could use a crew leader. But he’s slated to hit about a million dollars for the first time ever this year! (And the first million is the hardest to hit. It took Nick about 17 years.)

The two chat about growing pains, like adding new expenses and staffers that aren’t directly income producing. Chris is focusing on being present at expos and events, starting a sales training program, and putting more thought and energy into hiring. They also dive into hiring processes, training, and marketing strategies.

Thanks for coming on the show, Chris! To learn more, visit his Facebook page and head over to www.millitellopainting.com! Don’t be a stranger — reach out to him to learn more!

The Business Brush Updates

Want to come on the podcast? Reach out through the Facebook page or directly to content manager Grant Stringer at grant@imaymedia.com.

Head over to The Business Brush Facebook page to get involved and grow your business.

And don’t forget about CRANK 2.0! Click here to learn more.

S3 E4- Bridging the Gap Between Design & Paint: Angela Schuster | PAINT PODCAST | THE BUSINESS BRUSH

Interior Designers and Paint Contractors Unite!

Today on The Brush we have Angela Schuster. She runs one of the NE’s most successful decorative art firms, Faux Time Design, and she speaks at length with Nick about how she’s gotten her business to where it is today. Interestingly enough, Angela works with both interior designers and paint contractors in running her decorative art and faux finish business!

Angela is based in northern New Jersey, near New York City, and her business services the tri-state area. She’s also just ten miles away from the Benjamin Moore headquarters! And another fun fact: she actually found out about Nick May through The Chaise Lounge Podcast, where he discusses the business of interior design with the world’s top interior designers and architects. Angela has two kids: one studying illustration at the Pratt Institute, and the other will be a senior in high school in the fall. She grew up on a family farm in Oklahoma and says there was a lot of exploration and play on the acres and acres. In her free time, her and her family travel the world and take a hands-on approach to experiencing culture — like staying in apartments vs. hotels and immersing themselves in history.

Her first job was at Airbone Express, an early competitor to FedEx, where she worked in marketing and sales. She credits the experience for forcing her to learn sales skills, and she later spent another decade in corporate. But when a home faux finisher gave her an overpriced estimate, she decided to take the opportunity to do it herself, but right, and she eventually studied under the greatest decorative artists.

Today, she has nine artists and runs one of the largest decorative art firms in the entire NE, and has become busier than ever. Most importantly, she adapted her marketing strategy from traditional to digital and details how that decision has been key. Plus, she’s a big proponent of marketing through events, just like Nick’s forums and upcoming CRANK 2.0. Angela does a Lunch and Learn and Cocktail party in January, when business is slow, so people can learn and network together. She’s also a member of the International Decorative Artist League, and Faux Time Finishing  won the PVCA’s award for best decorative designer in 2013 and 2018. Congrats!

To connect with Angela, reach out via email to angela@fauxtimedesign.com

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