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.
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.
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 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.
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.