Exterior painting

S8 E3 – Conor O’Keefe

Today on the Business Brush, Nick talks to one of Minnesota’s fine painters, Conor O’Keefe of O’Keefe Painting in Minneapolis. They chat about how to avoid having the same problem more than twice and how they’ve gone about fixing problems that do arise multiple times.  
Check out Conor O’Keefe at OkeefePainting.com.

S7 E9 – Steady Progress with Steph Young

This week on the Business Brush, Steph Young joins Nick. Young is a painter based in Bedford, New Hampshire and the founder of Pro Image Painting. Like it says in the well-produced intro video on its website, Pro Image is “a women owned and operated company” that Young started in 2007 after some shady experiences working for another paint contractor.

S7 E2 – Nick May and Nick Slavik Live in New Prague

On this week’s Business Brush, Nick comes to you live, recorded over the summer and brought to you now, from New Prague, Minnesota on a jobsite with Nick Slavik. Nick gets a live look at Slavik’s operation, and the Nicks answer questions together about how they each think a painting business is best run.

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 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 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.

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 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.