inPAINT Magazine April 2018

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“ If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.” —General Eric Shinseki, former U.S. Army chief of staff


f there’s one thing that life teaches you, it’s that change is not optional. That’s especially true in the world of painting where, at any moment, a change in the weather or a client’s color whims can reroute your entire day or an entire job. Then there is the sea of changes (think the move to online systems for scheduling, billing, customer communication, etc.) that required you to disassemble every system you ever had in place. While it’s common to want to resist change, embracing it can be critical to your future. And, as it turns out, you don’t have to go it alone. With few exceptions, there are no changes you’re facing that someone else hasn’t already navigated. Thanks to numerous Facebook pages for pro painters, and associations like the PDCA, there are plenty of places to turn for seasoned advice. At the recent PDCA Expo, I watched and listened as pro after pro shared with others how they have tackled their biggest challenges. They shared their successes and, perhaps more importantly, the discoveries they made along the way. And I can tell you, their advice and insight were a huge source of visible relief to those who were facing the same types of changes and choices for the first time. For this issue of inPAINT, we tapped numerous relief-providing pros and experts to share their experience and expertise. From their pick of work vehicles and prep mistakes to avoid, to safety tips and thoughts on financing options, our aim is to make it easier for you to embrace whatever change you’re facing—and find success. Cheers!

Amanda Haar Amanda Haar Managing Editor, inPAINT

2018 EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD Ciro Affronti Operations Manager/Field Supervisor, Affronti Property Solutions, LLC

Cliff Hockley President, Principal Broker CCIM, CPM, Bluestone & Hockley Real Estate Services

Steve Burnett President, DYB Coach

Doug Imhoff Owner, Imhoff Fine Residential Painting

Darylene Dennon Owner, Solid Energy, Inc.

Mike Kelly VP & General Manager, Crestwood Painting Scott Lollar


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Nick Slavik Owner, Nick Slavik Painting & Restoration Co. Art Snarzyk Owner, InnerView Advisors, Inc. Michael Stone President, CertaPro Painters, Ltd.