In 2014, some paint contractors moved. Others shook. Many did both.
Here’s a six-pack of paint movers and shakers from 2014, in no particular order.
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Steve Burnett / Burnett Marketing
Steve Burnett paired the release of his new book "How to Double Your Business without Making a Sale" with the launch of a new business: Burnett Marketing. We don't think simply starting a second company was his idea of doubling his business.
Handing off the operations of Burnett Painting (Venice, Florida) to his highly capable wife/partner, April Burnett, Steve got busy producing a free interactive Youtube program called "Ask Steve B", wherein contractors of all stripes can seek his advice on business and marketing challenges. Steve makes complex business issues practical, and does it with his own flair. On days when you think the paint industry is tanking out, check out Steve...
We first met Heidi in Vegas a few years ago at the PDCA National Convention. Heidi could best be described as a wolf in sheeps clothing. She has been fun to watch in 2014, relentlessly pursuing a more excellent version of excellence for clients of Warline Painting, which she owns and operates with her husband, Warren. In 2014, Heidi popularized the hash tag #betterpainters, showing how Warline delivers beyond their already exceptional promises. The professional writing, videos and photos that flow out of the Warline marketing department are undeniable. And yet, if you ask Heidi, the business is not even close to where she wants it yet. #onetowatch.
Gabe Ewing operates Ewing Painting of Beaumont, CA. Back in March, Gabe and EPI made a prime time splash by painting a Tootie's Texas Barbecue on the hit TV series Restaurant Impossible. EPI is what we consider a "right sized" company that is nimble, diverse and properly equipped to take on most any type of project at a high level. Keep an eye on Gabe and EPI in 2015, they are an emerging company.
Mike Pope had a busy 2014...putting a new, beefier chassis under his long standing business with a full on rebrand and relaunch. Mike pretty much single handedly defied what most solo operators half his age dare to take on in the discipline of exterior painting. The best example was when Mike put waterbased product on a commercial facility called Oil Can Henry's. If that wasn't distinct enough, in his spare time, he started a highly popular private discussion group for paint contractors on Facebook - not an easy task, getting painters to co-exist civilly in social media settings.
Constantly pushing (or completely crumpling and redesigning) the envelope - Jack Pauhl creator Brian Havanas released his vision of 6 minute mastery of interior room painting as seen through the GoPro eye. Not one to waste time, the video comes in under 6 minutes. Brian also produced a series of guides intended to help painters better understand how to use products effectively, and he tirelessly puts out content for painters of all levels on the internet. Tune in for 2015 to find out if Brian refines his systems to the point where rooms can be painted in zero minutes! We have said many times that if there were Olympic games for painters, Brian would be on TeamUSA.
John Shearer is a business machine...running one of the best built and operated paint companies we have seen, and doing so in a ginormous Seattle market. John frequently shares well produced footage from the internal operations of his business. We have not seen anyone else put out actual footage of their staff meetings - that are a good watch. Oh, and it appears that the same hipster guy who pens the wonderfulcolors.org blog could probably also split a cinder block. A true Renaissance businessman, John and his operation inspire many top contractors to raise their own bar.
Scott Burt is a contractor and freelance writer whose column "From the Field" has appeared in American Painting Contractor magazine (www.paintmag.com) since 2008. His writing and projects also appear in other print and digital venues. This site is an extension of Scott's publication work, and he encourages readers to leave comments and questions about articles published here. Hope to hear from you!
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