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Paint Radio || American Painting Contractor

93 EpisodesProduced by Emily Howard & Andrew DwyerWebsite

Join Andrew Dwyer and Emily Howard as they pick the brains of some of the best painters in North America! Whether you're a seasoned painting contractor or new to the industry, you'll love our witty and insightful discussions. From business topics to application techniques, APC covers it all ... and … read more

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Mission: Vacation - Review Your Business

June 3rd, 2021


With the help of Nolan Consulting, Lacie and Austin from Ai Painting figure out how to take the most difficult step in reforming their business -- …

Marketing Your Finishes to the High-End Customer

May 27th, 2021


You asked. We delivered -- An APC Podcast about marketing to high-end customers. Listen as Yanni Fikaris provides all the details: Social media platforms to favor, types of jobs to promote, the photos to take, the …

Setting Customer Expectations with Louis Jasso

May 24th, 2021


Louis Jasso discusses the art of managing customer expectations in the world of fine cabinet finishing – understanding who is open to an upsell and how to avoid the trap of delivering Ferrari finishes at Honda rates.

Mission: Vacation Season 3 with Ai Painting

May 13th, 2021


Season 3 of Mission Vacation features our first husband-and-wife contractor duo! Listen and learn about their struggles and solutions. You’ll see …

Time Management with Breakthrough Academy

May 5th, 2021


Are you able to stay on task and maintain a highly efficient work week? If your day is centered around dealing with immediate problems or you're looking for new ways of organizing yourself, check out this episode …

Introducing Your Team to New Tech

April 15th, 2021


Are you looking to introduce your team to new programs? Don't blindside your team with something that may or may not work. Learn what steps you need …

Tech Integration for Efficient Businesses

April 8th, 2021


We've talked a lot about tech recently, but one of the more important question is, how to integrate and automate different types of technology to …

OSHA Inspections: What You Need to Know

April 1st, 2021


Do you know what to do when OSHA shows up? Listen and learn as Emily and Andrew talk with Peter Lawton about Inspection Day, including actions to take in the first 10 minutes.

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Rewind: TOP JOB with Steve Adickes

March 24th, 2021


Steve Adickes from Adix Painting talks about appropriate levels of prep and a standard of work that he uses on all of his jobs, including this TOP JOB!

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Rewind: Increasing Retention with Humor

March 17th, 2021


Professional comedian Andrew Tarvin explains how to use humor to retain employees and be better contractor. Oh...and Emily and Andrew try to improv with a pro.

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Can You Afford A New Estimator?

March 11th, 2021


Emily & Andrew discuss with Andrew Amrhein of the Nolan Consulting Group about when to hire an estimator or sales rep, and how to calculate …

Getting a Line of Credit

March 9th, 2021


Uh-Oh -- Do you need a quick influx of cash to float payroll during a big job? If so, an online line of credit could be a solution. These resources …

Lifestyles of the Prepped and Finished with Aaron Moore

March 1st, 2021


Aaron Moore talks about the journey of building multi-million dollar painting business and then figuring out how to run it remotely from 1,500 miles …

Turn Your Freedom Machine On

February 16th, 2021


Do you consider your business a "freedom machine"? Jason Paris does. He also admits contracting can tyrannize your life. Don't miss this powerful …

Sub Contractor: Contract Review

February 10th, 2021


Unless you're already an expert in contract law, listen here and learn about pay-if-paid clauses, bonds, delay damages, default & …

PPP Loans & Taxes with Morgan Ray

February 4th, 2021


This might not be the silver bullet to all of your PPP/Tax questions, but Morgan Ray from Bookkeeping for Painters is laying down some very in-depth …

Why Paint? Repeat with Art Snarzyk

January 29th, 2021


Art Snarzyk discusses owning a business, building something from nothing, freedom and... of course, money.

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Mission: Vacation - What They Learned

January 15th, 2021


Emily & Andrew have a roundtable discussion with Mission: Vacation contestants (and winners) Dustin Zupancic and Eric Craine to learn what their biggest challenges were and where their companies are heading. You …

Your Budget and Profit Questions Answered

December 16th, 2020


Danny Kerr and Dan Dasko from Breakthrough Academy field reader questions about budget, production, profit and even salary.

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TOP JOB Winner: MTS Painting

December 3rd, 2020


It's time to enter TOP JOB! Listen to Randy Fornoff discuss his winning job, tips on entering and how to market the heck out of your victory! Oh, and Emily discusses salad while Andrew talks bourbon.

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Why Paint? Repeat with Nick LoGrasso

November 25th, 2020


Nick LoGrasso discusses dealing with jerk customers, employees not living up to their end of the bargain, and keeping it positive.

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Decorative Finishes

November 19th, 2020


Hear the latest decorative finishing trends and how your relationships with designers can generate new business in new markets. Emily and Andrew talk with Monique Rogers and Regina Garay of The Paint Hive. Plus, learn …

Lifestyles of the Prepped and Finished with Chad Lyons Painting

November 3rd, 2020


Steve Martin, Roberto Lopez and Jeff Gownelock talk about the career journey and lifestyle of a painter and what makes for a good employer.

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Mission: Vacation Ep 9 Season Finale

October 29th, 2020


Phheew, it's been quite a ride to get here, but we've made it! The grand finale is here, and the question is... did Eric grow his business, put …

Own Your Crap with Tom Reber

October 27th, 2020


Looking to grow? Make more money? Be happier? Tom Reber talks all about mindset, owning your crap, Colorado, and how to just do better.

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WPR with Mark DeFrancesco

October 20th, 2020


A little inspiration for your 4th of July week, Mark DeFrancesco talks what he does when the "grind" is the hardest, four critical things he requires …

Housing Market Health Check

October 15th, 2020


In this 2-part episode of Paint Radio, Emily and Andrew discuss with economists, contractors and consultants about the current housing climate and …

Mission: Vacation Ep8 Rock 3 Hiring & Firing

October 8th, 2020


Mission: Vacation episode 8. Eric reviews how recent staffing changes have impacted All-Ways Painting. When it comes to staffing, do you value continuity over progress? That may be understandable, but it's unwise. Be …

Getting a Line of Credit

October 5th, 2020


Uh-Oh -- Do you need a quick influx of cash to float payroll during a big job? If so, an online line of credit could be a solution. These resources …

Dealing with Turnover

September 29th, 2020


Real stories from real contractors: In this episode Ian Seigner talks about lessons learned during times of expected and unexpected turnover.

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Lifestyles of the Prepped & Finished with Nick Slavik

September 22nd, 2020


What's your best hiring strategy? Be happy, create a good company with real opportunities, be an example of success. Nick Slavik talks building a …

Mission: Vacation Ep 7 The Hidden Rock

September 17th, 2020


Eric learns to deal with the roadblocks of implementation. If you've ever asked yourself: How do you stay the course when everything seems to be going off track? Listen in and find out.

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Why Paint? Repeat with Doug Imhoff

September 15th, 2020


On this Why Paint? podcast with Andrew Dwyer, hear why Doug Imhoff says his greatest satisfaction is the challenge of building the perfect team of painters and managers.

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TOP JOB Winner: Alan Snyder

September 8th, 2020


Alan Snyder from Snyder Bros. Painting talks us through the challenges of their 2019 TOP JOB and how they use that win to win more business.

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Building a Bonus Program

September 3rd, 2020


Two contractors Chad Lyons and Rick Holtz give their experiences with building an incentive programs. When they did it, how they built it, and the …

The Sport of Business - Ryan Groth

August 27th, 2020


Whether it's kick ball or sales, having a vision of where you want to be is step one. Ryan Groth of Sales Transformation Group walks us through how he teaches contractors to reflect on their business to better predict …

Hiring Estimators

August 25th, 2020


Share their successes, failures and what they learned during their journey to delegating estimating.

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TOP JOB Winner: There's Money in Floor with Erick Gatcomb

August 20th, 2020


4 time TOP JOB winner Erick Gatcomb comes on Paint Radio to discuss his latest win with Emily & Andrew, and how this year's entry stood apart from his previous wins. Learn how he is leveraging his win to gain …

Lifestyles of the Prepped and Finished with Dave Scaturro

August 19th, 2020


Spending time with his family, vacationing and Crossfit are just a few of Dave Scaturro's favorite things. Listen to how his mantra of discipline equals freedom helps him find time for family business Alpine Painting …

Mission Vacation: Ep 6 Financial Tracking

August 13th, 2020


This week Eric catches up on what permission to fail looks like, what financials they will release to the team and the biggest financial decision he will make.

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TOP JOB Winner: Michael Craine

August 10th, 2020


Michael Craine talks about his 2019 TOP JOB and his love of bold, creative clients who give them the opportunity to shine!

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The ins and outs of hiring

August 6th, 2020


Hiring can open doors to great partnerships in the future or deep regrets. Risa Roe and Ryan Schroeder explain how they hire at their companies. It will forever change the way you look at interviews....

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Lifestyles of the Prepped and Finished with Jeremy Bramlett

August 5th, 2020


Only three years into his business, Jeremy Bramlett has a solid vision of his business and his life as a painting contractor ... plus a chance to …

Mission Vacation Ep 5: Organizational Structure

July 30th, 2020


We dive this week into Rock 1: Building an organizational structure. Eric finds out how to put a structure on paper that ensures all things do not run through him and develops a strategy for unveiling it to the company.

TOP JOB with Steve Adickes

July 28th, 2020


Steve Adickes from Adix Painting talks about appropriate levels of prep and a standard of work that he uses on all of his jobs, including this TOP JOB!

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Employment Law During COVID

July 23rd, 2020


Join Emily and Andrew as they discuss with Elizabeth Ebanks and Jimmy Robinson Jr. of Ogletree Deakins the ins-and-outs of employment law during …

Mastering Follow Through

July 21st, 2020


You want to do it, but somehow it never gets done. Bill Silverman discusses 4 strategies for following through on your plans. Listen now and start …

The Upside of Customer Financing

July 20th, 2020


If you've been hesitant to offer your customers financing -- if you think your customers don't need it, it's too much trouble, or too expensive -- this is the podcast for you. Learn how Garrett Martell uses customer …

Successful Direct Mail for Painting Companies

July 15th, 2020


Direct Mail: Where do you lists? Who should you target? What should they look like? How many should you send? How do you measure? How much will it …

Mission: Vacation Ep4 Your Vision, Values, and Big Rocks

July 1st, 2020


Catch up with Eric and Brian as they discuss the vision Eric is creating for his team at All-Ways Painting, the different values Eric is establishing for the company and the Big Rocks that are coming up...

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Lifestyles of the Prepped & Finished: Nick May of Walls by Design

June 29th, 2020


Join Emily & Andrew as they discuss with Nick May about how he was pulled back to painting, the creation of Walls by Design, how he got into …

Better Pricing with Eric Barstow

June 18th, 2020


You'll definitely want to hear what Eric Barstow is saying about pricing. He's talking pre-close mindset, immediate estimates, and how the Halo …

Mission: Vacation Ep 3 Shifting Responsibilities

June 11th, 2020


In the second meeting of the minds, Eric Craine and Brian Nolan discuss how a SWOT Analysis and Organizational Chart can help Eric shift …

Money Moves for Contractors

June 5th, 2020


This All-Star Edition of Paint Radio features Morgan Ray and Brian Nolan discussing sales commissions, perverse incentives, consumer psychology, PPP …

Mission: Vacation || Episode 2 - The First Meeting

June 2nd, 2020


In the first meeting of the minds, Eric Craine airs his grievances with the company, and Brian evaluates Eric's strengths and weaknesses and discusses what challenges they will cause.

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Creating a Safety Plan

May 21st, 2020


Peter Lawton of The Parker Safety Group discusses how to go about creating a safety plan and what should be in it. Learn what PPE regulations are out …

Mission: Vacation || Episode 1 - Meet Our Contestant

May 14th, 2020


Eric Craine, owner and operator of All-Ways painting is a motivated hard working guy who is NOT afraid of taking responsibility. But for some reason that has not helped him grow to the level he always wanted and …

Tune-up Your Business During This Pit Stop: Danny Kerr

May 1st, 2020


Join Emily & Andrew as they discuss how contractors can overcome the stressed market with Danny Kerr of Breakthrough Academy. Cashflow plans, managing layoffs, staying top-of-mind with customers, and more.

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COVID-19: Painters Provide An Update

April 16th, 2020


Sit down at the table with Craig Bundren of Bundren Painting & Drywall (TX), Dave Graham of Central Painting (ON, CA) and Jesse Ficks from Skis Painting (WA), and learn how COVID has impacted their businesses, what …

Lifestyles of the Prepped & Finished: Dustin Zupancic

April 9th, 2020


Catch up with Dustin Zupancic and learn about his happily ever after...after Mission Vacation. Now that Dreamscape Painting is more self-sufficient, he's finding time to work on side projects, pursue hobbies, plan …

A Closer Look At SBA Loans & The CARES Act

April 2nd, 2020


Are you considering an SBA loan to help your company navigate the pandemic? Then this podcast is for you. Morgan Ray of Bookkeeping for Painters examines the newest loans from the SBA -- details, benefits, and …

Painters & Union Discuss PPG Services

March 25th, 2020


We heard what PPG had to say about PPG Services. Now Painters and the IUPAT union discuss the impact PPG Services is having on the industry... Some good and some bad. Listen in as painters from commercial and …

COVID-19: Weathering The Storm

March 19th, 2020


We may not have all of the answers, but we do have access to very knowledgable people who can provide answers to your paint questions. Listen in as we discuss the current COVID-19 situation with special guest Brian …

Managing Stress with Tom Reber

March 12th, 2020


Find yourself burning the candle at both ends just to stay afloat? Have you given up the things you love most in pursuit of a successful company? …

Lifestyles of the Prepped & Finished: Zach Kenney of ZK Painting

March 5th, 2020


Zach Kenney took to social media to grow his business to the point that he can live the life he wants AND even share that experience with his employees. Listen now to learn his method to gaining clients, hiring …

Tax Tips & Audit Alarms

February 27th, 2020


Tis the season! Tax Man by The Beatles is playing, calculators are getting a workout and Paint Radio is talking about bookkeeping. Listen in as …

Getting more from your website

February 25th, 2020


How is your company's exposure online? Join Emily & Andrew as they discuss with Martin Morgan - of - how you can maximize Google my Business and CRO (Conversion Rate Optimization), boost …

Let's talk liens with Seth Smiley

February 12th, 2020


One way contractors can protect their work and collect on customers is to file a lien against the property. Learn the limits of liens -- what they …

APC Asks PPG Contractor Questions

February 6th, 2020


As more and more information becomes available about PPG Services, contractors still have some unanswered questions. APC collected questions from …

What to expect from PCA this year! See you in Phoenix

January 30th, 2020


The PCA Expo is one of the best events of the year! Learn what to expect from this years PCA expo and what PCA is up to in 2020. Also, get a sneak peek at Jan-Feb's issue! Listen anywhere you find podcasts...

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This Ain't Your Daddy's Grain Filler

January 23rd, 2020


Achieving a glass smooth finish with grain fillers isn't as hard as you'd think. Especially with today's modern products. Learn everything you'd ever want to know about grain fillers in this week's Paint Radio.

Mission: Vacation 2020 with Brian Nolan

January 15th, 2020


The 2019 season of Mission: Vacation went so well that we're back at it for 2020! Listen in as Emily and Andrew discuss with Brian Nolan, from the …

Lifestyles of The Prepped & Finished: Color Theory w/ Torlando Hakes

January 10th, 2020


By blending art and business, Torlando from Color Theory built a color consulting business that hires and trains new consultants. Listen in to learn …

The 5 Step Process to Boost Commercial Sales Brandon Lewis

December 20th, 2019


The commercial repaint market is a difficult segment to break into. Brandon Lewis discusses his 5 step process to breaking into the commercial market …

Social Media Strategies: Part 2

December 10th, 2019


We're getting social again with David Chism! Learn how to manage your social media accounts, what platforms are impactful, and how to engage and grow …

TOP JOB: With Cole Palea

December 4th, 2019


From their work at the Seattle Aquarium to their B Corp certification, Novo Painting takes an inspirational approach to painting. Listen in as Cole …

Why Paint? Repeat with Mark DeFrancesco

November 27th, 2019


Mark DeFrancesco speaks with us about what he does when the "grind" is the hardest, four critical things he requires at the job site, and the best advice he's ever received.

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Certa City: A City Built Solely to be Painted

November 26th, 2019


Certa City is the perfect sandbox to learn about the latest equipment and application techniques.

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Mission: Vacation Did He Win?

November 25th, 2019


Dustin does his final report on the Mission and Brian decides whether he is worthy of the reward! Listeners get a little advice from the student and the teacher.

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Mission: Vacation The Final Challenge

November 25th, 2019


As the consulting time winds to an end, Brian has three things left that Dustin must do to win the vacation money.These three things are the key from …

Mission Vacation: How Bad Do You Want It

November 25th, 2019


Things heat up as Dustin covers the job of the ops manager, looks for a new ops manager and tries to move his big rocks as the clock tick tocks.

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Mission Vacation: Creating Career Paths

November 25th, 2019


The road gets bumpy as employment changes happen and delegation gets tough. But with determination to plow ahead, Dustin begins work on creating career pathways for his employees.

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Mission Vacation: Job Descriptions

November 25th, 2019


In one of the toughest challenges yet, Dustin creates the key job descriptions for his company ... including one for himself.

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Mission Vacation: Key Performance Indicators

November 25th, 2019


Dustin and Brian discuss organizing your chart of accounts, determining KPI's and the best ways to measure productivity for better estimating.

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Mission Vacation: Three Year Vision Plan

November 25th, 2019


Mission: Vacation should be your mission too! Have you heard the advice Brian is giving Dustin? Listen in -- like a fly on the wall! -- and get free …

Mission Vacation: The Journey Begins

November 25th, 2019


We meet our Mission: Vacation Winner Dustin Zupancic and Brian Nolan lays out the plan.

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Mission Vacation: How Structure Builds Succession Planning

November 25th, 2019


Andrew Dwyer and Brian Nolan discuss the first steps in building a business that will live long after you've left.

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Lifestyles of the Prepped & Finished with Jeremy Martinson

November 20th, 2019


How do you spend your time off the ladder? Listen in as Jeremy Martinson discusses how his company - Martinson Painting - allows him to live his dream life on the slopes!

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Successful Direct Mail for Painting Companies

November 19th, 2019


Direct Mail: Where do you lists? Who should you target? What should they look like? How many should you send? How do you measure? How much will it …

Mastering Follow Through

November 19th, 2019


You want to do it, but somehow it never gets done. Bill Silverman discusses 4 strategies for following through on your plans.

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Prepping the Marketing Machine for Winter

November 19th, 2019


How do you battle the lulls of winter? More marketing? Different marketing? Rate changes? Brandon Lewis from the Academy for Professional Painting …

Social Media Strategies Part 1

November 14th, 2019


If your customers don't know you exist, the jobs will never come. Learn how David Chism creates exposure on social media and digital platforms to grown businesses. Stay tuned for Part 2 (coming soon)

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When Robots Attack! With Chad Jeffries

November 6th, 2019


Just kidding! But they did have to protect over $150 MILLION in robotics. Listen in as we discuss with Chad Jeffries one of his most stressful TOP …

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