Podcast

S6 E10 – Old Attitudes and Milennial Lions with John Shearer

Happy Fourth, Painters. This week on the Business Brush, Nick chats with John Shearer, the Fine Paints of Europe Master certified principal of Shearer Painting in Seattle. Shearer tells the story of how he found, stopped and returned to painting and shares obscure regional paint trivia.

S6 E9 – How to Order and Pick Up Paint the Day You Need It (Don’t) with Mark Lipton

This week on the Business Brush, Nick sits down with Mark Lipton of Tremont Paint the 112-year-old New York paint store founded by his great-grandfather. He likes to say he’s been in the business full-time for 31 years, but he never new a life without the paint store. In addition to running those stores, Lipton spent more than 20 years as a contributing columnist for Paint Dealer Magazine and now blogs and podcasts under the title Mark My Words.

S6 E8 – Ryan Amato and Linking Up with Talent

This week on the Brush, Nick shoots the breeze with Ryan Amato, the Pennsylvania painter behind Amato Painting. Amato comes from a painting family, from his great grandfather, to his father to his siblings, everybody painted.
Amato talks about growing up in a family business and how he chose to limit his kids’ time in his own company, and how he collects leads on Linkedin. Nick and Amato share theory about how best to hire and allocate talent, especially millennial painters.

S6 E7 – Self-Care, Pricing and Sales with Shane Woods

Yet again, you’ve found the Business Brush. Today, Nick chats with Shane Woods of Custom Paint Works. Shane is a long-time painter who has learned and relearned to be a painter. Woods talks about his struggles as a business owner, especially in negotiating pricing, and about how he could improve.

Visit Custom Paint Works online at CustomPaintWorksSTL.com and on Facebook at Custom Paint Works @PaintWisdom.

S6 E6 – Home Improvement Guru Tom Lopatosky

Welcome back to the Business Brush. Nick is starting this week with a chat with Tom Lopatosky, the home improvement guru. Lopatosky found painting as a college kid with a drive to succeed in whatever he had in front of him, and he’s grown that into LOPCO Contracting, a company that doesn’t just paint but also does carpentry, windows and restorations.

S6 E5 – Building Your Business for Yourself with Mike McGrath

Today on the Business Brush, Nick sits down with Mike McGrath of 1-800-Paint Job to talk about how painters can build their own businesses to in the shape that best serves their lives. Business owners hear there’s things they should be doing and need to be doing. but being your own boss also means that the option is there to sacrifice parts of the business to make sure certain aspects of personal and family life stay healthy. And McGrath talks about how he finds the balance between success as a family man and as a painter.

S6 E4 – Holding Onto Employees in a steel Grip with Art Snarzyk

Start your week off on the Business Brush where Nick talks to Art Snarzyk, president of InnerView Advisors and “The Turnover Terminator.” Snarzyk walks Nick through all his experience as a paint contractor through to now where he runs InnerView, a company that helps people become better leaders and business owners.

S6 E3 – Launching an Estimate Rocket with Estimate Rocket President and CEO Tom Droste

This week on the Business Brush, Nick talks to Tom Droste, the man in charge of Estimate Rocket, a workflow software company that sponsors this show and supports Walls By Design by being what Nick uses to run the business. Droste talks all about what his company offers business owners and how painters can enhance their businesses by switching to a software like Estimate Rocket.

S6 E2 – Painting Nashville with Bill Nishanian

This week on the first painter episode of this new season of the Business Brush, Bill Nishanian joins Nick to talk about his journey from country music hopeful to paint contractor. His plan, out of college, was to move to Nashville to pursue music, but in Christian marriage counseling with his new wife Kristin, he learned he could try his hand at paint contracting from his wife’s family pastor. But, in 2008, his business took a big hit, and they had to stay with her family for a few months. Until Kristin had a dream one night where God told her they should pack up and finally head down to Nashville, where Nishanian was able to rebuild his business as Nash Painting and succeed in the new market.