On this PDCA edition of the Business Brush, Ryan Gill, owner of Brush Strokes Quality Painting in Augusta, Georgia. Gill learned how the business of painting worked as a kid working with his dad who ran an industrial painting business, sandblasting and repainting bridges and grain silos.
This week on The Business Brush, Nick sits down with his old friend and former co-host Johnny Battle to talk about door hangers and how any exterior-focused business like Walls By Design or Johnny’s Erbert Lawns can best use traditional marketing materials.
This week on the Business Brush, Nick talks to Indianapolis-basis painter Luke Reynolds of All-IN Painting about his journey from working summers with his dad’s painting company to pilot and aerospace administration major to owning his own painting company.
Managing a business with technology
Early in the life of his business, Reynolds started to use Business Brush sponsor Estimate Rocket to manage his crew of 10-15 painters and all his company’s projects because it was an easy way to keep track of increasing business. Luke and Nick compare experiences using the platform and how they each use it.
Finding the right niche
They also discuss the tricky process of finding the best way to run a painting business. It’s individual. Some companies naturally fall into subcontracting and make that work where others can’t, and those companies might be most profitable doing residential. Reynolds discusses his trial-and-error process finding what works best for All-IN.
S5 E2 – Revisitng Kansas City Painter Ryan Toelkes and how Benjamin Moore supports Painters with Craig Bunting
Welcome back to the Brush. This week, Nick chats with Craig Bunting from Benjamin Moore about what he does as director of end user marketing and what services the company offers to build relationships with its end users- painters. And he invites Ryan Toelkes back onto the show to discuss how he handles the winter months and what he hopes to implement in 2019.
Welcome back to the Business Brush. To start season 5, Nick gets back to the Brush’s marketing roots in a chat with John Neubert, who’s been running Neubert Painting since 1975. They discuss all the ways marketing for paint contractors has changed and the best ways to engage potential clients and convert them into actual clients.
This week, on the Business Brush, Nick learns about how to contractors work in certain kinds of medical facilities. J.P. Carlton is a Virginia-based contractor whose focus is not entirely on paint. After leaving the company he started at right out of college, he launched Carlton Building Services. With his own company, he eventually found a niche in retirement communities and assisted living facilities where Carlton is often the only bidder on contracts that last months at a time.
On the first Business Brush of 2019, Nick sits down with Craig Cody, a certified public accountant who focuses on helping small business do their taxes as efficiently as possible. Cody explains how he runs his business to help other business owners keep as much money as they can at the end of every year.
Experience is Key
On this episode, Nick talks to his paint source Mike Mundwiller, who was Nick’s Benjamin Moore sales rep 17 years ago and is now field integration manager, meaning he bridges the gaps between paint contractors, the chemists in the Benjamin Moore lab and the marketing team.
Mundwiller shares his 32 years of experience and explains how Benjamin Moore develops new paints and how painters figure into that process. He takes Nick through the inception and production of Scuff-X, the paint on the walls of the IMayMedia office.
Visit Benjamin Moore’s website www.benjaminmoore.com to learn more about their products and process or to find dealers in your area.
Leads, Leads, Leads
Today, on the Business Brush, Nick is joined by Scott Bondy and Logan Hall from the Denver-Based Vivax Pros. Vivax was founded in 2004 and, 14 years later, paints exteriors all over Colorado with hundreds of employees and subcontractors. Nick asks Scott, the director of marketing, and Logan, VP of production, about how a business that size collects and converts leads and the best ways for paint contractors to turn work into more work.
Also on this episode, Nick talks to Benjamin-Moore creative director Ellen O’Neill about their 2019 Color of the Year: Metropolitan, the value of neutral colors, and how Benjamin-Moore chooses a color to fit each year.
Visit Vivax Pros’ website at www.vivaxpros.com to see how they do business and check out Benjamin-Moore’s Color Trends 2019 palette.