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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.

S6 E1 – Benjamin Moore Chairman and CEO Dan Calkins

Welcome to The Business Brush season 6. Today, on the first Monday episode of the Brush, Nick talks to Dan Calkins, Chairman and CEO of Benjamin Moore, a longtime sponsor of the show as well as the company that makes all the paint used by Walls By Design.

S5 E10 – Learning From Expereince with Casey Fabling

Welcome to the season finale of the Business Brush. Keep an eye out for a special conversation tomorrow, but today, Nick chats with Casey Fabling of Richmond, Virginia’s Fabling Built. Fabling isn’t a pure paint contractor. Instead, Fabling Built offers services in masonry, roofing and general handyman work in addition to painting and remodeling. From his start as a college kid repaying hosts with handywork to running his 11-employee business today, Fabling walks Nick through his trials and challenges as a business owner. For example, not knowing how to hire people for jobs he’s not good at. The solution ends up being hiring somebody who’s great at hiring and worry about easier-to-manage situations within the business.

S5 E9 – Gaining Control of Your Business by Letting Go of Tasks with Ryan Hammond

This week on the Business Brush, Nick welcomes Ryan Hammond of Ryan Hammond Incorporated to the show. Ryan Hammond Inc did nearly $5 million last year, and Hammond tells Nick all about how he started painting as a summer gig for a mentor who ran his business to wind down in retirement and how that time helped him become a better business owner.

S5 E8 – Nick Talks Systems at PDCA Expo

Welcome to an all-Nick episode of The Business Brush. This week, the Brush presents Nick’s talk from the recent PDCA Expo about how Wall By Design uses systems and processes to deliver consistent service.

S5 E7 – College Painters Who Can’t Quit with Travis Ulrich

On this week’s episode of the Business Brush, Nick welcomes Travis Ulrich to the show from Webfoot Painting in Bend, Oregon. Ulrich is the systems and operations guy in his business he started with Gavin Hepp in college, thinking they would quit and move on once they’d graduated. Now, 15 years later, Webfoot did almost $6 million in revenue with sights set on $8.5 million for 2019.
Ulrich takes Nick on a deep dive into what kind of work Webfoot does, where it does work and when it was the right time for each segment of the business to blossom.

S5 E6 – How are They Gonna Call With Dan Petrulak

Welcome back to the Business Brush. This week, Dan Petrulak of D.P. Ready 2 Paint from the Business Brush groups brings Nick a question he’s working on about how to schedule clients who aren’t sure they want to hire contractors who are booked out two months in advance. The answer to that question evolves into a thorough discussion of how phones serve contractors as marketing tools.

S5 E5 – Just Like in a Commercial (Painting Business) with Ryan Gill

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.

S5 E4 – Small Business Naked Reprise: Analog Marketing with Johnny Battle

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.