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Paint Radio || American Painting Contractor

By Emily Howard & Andrew Dwyer
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 has been for 95 years.

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TOP JOB Winner: MTS Painting
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.
35:00
December 3, 2020
Why Paint? Repeat with Nick LoGrasso
Nick LoGrasso discusses dealing with jerk customers, employees not living up to their end of the bargain, and keeping it positive.
30:04
November 25, 2020
Decorative Finishes
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 how to market your decorative finishes better.
30:46
November 19, 2020
Lifestyles of the Prepped and Finished with Chad Lyons Painting
Steve Martin, Roberto Lopez and Jeff Gownelock talk about the career journey and lifestyle of a painter and what makes for a good employer.
34:05
November 3, 2020
Mission: Vacation Ep 9 Season Finale
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 processes in place and ultimately take himself out of the hourglass? If so, what were the most difficult decisions and most important changes?  Turn on, tune in, and drop that Graco Listen & Win code for your chance to win a Graco sprayer.
47:44
October 29, 2020
Own Your Crap with Tom Reber
Looking to grow? Make more money? Be happier? Tom Reber talks all about mindset, owning your crap, Colorado, and how to just do better.
38:45
October 27, 2020
WPR with Mark DeFrancesco
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 at the jobsite, and the best advice he's ever received.
31:14
October 20, 2020
Housing Market Health Check
In this 2-part episode of Paint Radio, Emily and Andrew discuss with economists, contractors and consultants about the current housing climate and the trends they see the marketing swinging towards. Should we be ready to hunker down for a market crash? Or expand for continuing growth?
51:50
October 15, 2020
Mission: Vacation Ep8 Rock 3 Hiring & Firing
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 bold and listen to the podcast crew take a hard look at hiring...and firing. Sponsored by SandboxZero Consulting
45:55
October 8, 2020
Getting a Line of Credit
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 may not be the answer for all financial needs, but can be an option for certain situations. We discuss with online lender Kabbage. Please note: APC does not endorse any products or services. Discuss with your business consultant or financial adviser before making borrowing decisions.
19:28
October 5, 2020
Dealing with Turnover
Real stories from real contractors: In this episode Ian Seigner talks about lessons learned during times of expected and unexpected turnover.
32:41
September 29, 2020
Lifestyles of the Prepped & Finished with Nick Slavik
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 successful business
35:36
September 22, 2020
Mission: Vacation Ep 7 The Hidden Rock
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.
44:50
September 17, 2020
Why Paint? Repeat with Doug Imhoff
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.
22:51
September 15, 2020
TOP JOB Winner: Alan Snyder
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.
18:22
September 8, 2020
Building a Bonus Program
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 challenges along the road.
30:59
September 3, 2020
The Sport of Business - Ryan Groth
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 the future, and how a competitive energy transforms your selling process...
39:27
August 27, 2020
Hiring Estimators
Share their successes, failures and what they learned during their journey to delegating estimating.
27:46
August 25, 2020
TOP JOB Winner: There's Money in Floor with Erick Gatcomb
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 business and why he'll be entering again for 2021...
16:37
August 20, 2020
Lifestyles of the Prepped and Finished with Dave Scaturro
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 and Sandblasting and a life outside.
28:00
August 19, 2020
Mission Vacation: Ep 6 Financial Tracking
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.
52:43
August 13, 2020
TOP JOB Winner: Michael Craine
Michael Craine talks about his 2019 TOP JOB and his love of bold, creative clients who give them the opportunity to shine!
14:23
August 10, 2020
The ins and outs of hiring
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....
33:29
August 6, 2020
Lifestyles of the Prepped and Finished with Jeremy Bramlett
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 work on reality television!
30:37
August 5, 2020
Mission Vacation Ep 5: Organizational Structure
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. Sponsored by FrogTape
46:36
July 30, 2020
TOP JOB with Steve Adickes
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!
27:17
July 28, 2020
Employment Law During COVID
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 COVID-19. Topics include the rules for employee leave of absences, OSHA requirements for exposure reporting, where to find guidelines for your locality, and much more... Sponsored by Behr
47:56
July 23, 2020
Mastering Follow Through
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 knocking out those projects! Originally aired Oct 29th, 2019
25:02
July 21, 2020
The Upside of Customer Financing
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 financing to boost his business. Sponsored by Behr
24:34
July 20, 2020
Successful Direct Mail for Painting Companies
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 cost? Garrett Martell from Two Day Painting and Tradesfix.com tells you all of the stats you need to have a successful direct mail campaign.
23:09
July 15, 2020
Mission: Vacation Ep4 Your Vision, Values, and Big Rocks
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...
40:21
July 1, 2020
Lifestyles of the Prepped & Finished: Nick May of Walls by Design
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 podcasts and much more.
37:29
June 29, 2020
Better Pricing with Eric Barstow
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 Effect from your first phone call paves your way to Profit Town. Sponsored by Behr
36:21
June 18, 2020
Mission: Vacation Ep 3 Shifting Responsibilities
In the second meeting of the minds, Eric Craine and Brian Nolan discuss how a SWOT Analysis and Organizational Chart can help Eric shift responsibilities within the company, create a budget and bring on new help. Sponsored by SandboxZero Consulting
26:54
June 11, 2020
Money Moves for Contractors
This All-Star Edition of Paint Radio features Morgan Ray and Brian Nolan discussing sales commissions, perverse incentives, consumer psychology, PPP forgiveness, payment terms and the need for deposits! Sponsored by Behr
43:58
June 5, 2020
Mission: Vacation || Episode 2 - The First Meeting
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. Listen closely for how you can win a Graco sprayer!
27:40
June 2, 2020
Creating a Safety Plan
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 there, how to manage jobs of verying sizes and, above all, how to keep your teams safe on the while at work. Sponsored by Behr
48:15
May 21, 2020
Mission: Vacation || Episode 1 - Meet Our Contestant
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 expected for his business. Can he learn to stop doing and start delegating? Can he learn to motivate others instead of just himself? Find out in Season 2 of Mission Vacation.
22:46
May 14, 2020
Tune-up Your Business During This Pit Stop: Danny Kerr
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.
33:39
May 1, 2020
COVID-19: Painters Provide An Update
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 government programs they've taken advantage, and how they're forming a game plan for the future.
34:34
April 16, 2020
Lifestyles of the Prepped & Finished: Dustin Zupancic
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 vacations and still set big goals for his growing business.
21:52
April 9, 2020
A Closer Look At SBA Loans & The CARES Act
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 obligations of each.
49:28
April 2, 2020
Painters & Union Discuss PPG Services
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 residential segments discuss the impact that PPG Services is having on their business in this episode of Paint Radio.
36:01
March 25, 2020
COVID-19: Weathering The Storm
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 Nolan of Nolan Consulting Group, and Morgan Ray of Bookkeeping For Painters. Brian discusses what steps his clients are taking to keep jobs rolling and how to open up cash flow. Morgan covers how contractors can best use capital and legistlation that could have a direct impact on small businesses.
44:58
March 19, 2020
Managing Stress with Tom Reber
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? Layout your yoga mat and meditate on this episode of Paint Radio. Tom Reber discusses how gaining clarity will change your day-to-day life, how to manage stress, and the first steps to building a successful business...
39:29
March 12, 2020
Lifestyles of the Prepped & Finished: Zach Kenney of ZK Painting
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 incredible workers and taking the weekends off. 
23:59
March 5, 2020
Tax Tips & Audit Alarms
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 Morgan Ray discusses what you need to know when doing taxes for your business, how business accounts simplify your books and how to cut the odds of being audited! Find us anywhere you listen to podcasts... Sponsored by Benjamin Moore
45:24
February 27, 2020
Getting more from your website
How is your company's exposure online? Join Emily & Andrew as they discuss with Martin Morgan - of ProPainterWebsites.com - how you can maximize Google my Business and CRO (Conversion Rate Optimization), boost traffic to your website and how to sell your company properly through your website.
30:15
February 25, 2020
Let's talk liens with Seth Smiley
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 can and cannot do to protect your interests. Listen anywhere you find podcasts!
24:05
February 12, 2020
APC Asks PPG Contractor Questions
As more and more information becomes available about PPG Services, contractors still have some unanswered questions. APC collected questions from contractors and PPG's Divya Thadani joins us to answer.
30:15
February 6, 2020
What to expect from PCA this year! See you in Phoenix
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...
26:18
January 30, 2020
This Ain't Your Daddy's Grain Filler
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. Sponsored by Aqua Coat Listen anywhere you find podcasts...
17:48
January 23, 2020
Mission: Vacation 2020 with Brian Nolan
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 Nolan Consulting Group, what they hope to see in the next season of Mission: Vacation.
17:38
January 15, 2020
Lifestyles of The Prepped & Finished: Color Theory w/ Torlando Hakes
By blending art and business, Torlando from Color Theory built a color consulting business that hires and trains new consultants. Listen in to learn how his business opens up time for family and more projects...
27:56
January 10, 2020
The 5 Step Process to Boost Commercial Sales Brandon Lewis
The commercial repaint market is a difficult segment to break into. Brandon Lewis discusses his 5 step process to breaking into the commercial market for growing businesses.
32:16
December 20, 2019
Social Media Strategies: Part 2
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 your audience.  Have a question you'd like to ask for part 3? Message us on Facebook or leave us a voice message in the Anchor app. 
29:47
December 10, 2019
TOP JOB: With Cole Palea
From their work at the Seattle Aquarium to their B Corp certification, Novo Painting takes an inspirational approach to painting. Listen in as Cole Palea discusses how winning a TOP JOB motivates his team!
16:50
December 4, 2019
Why Paint? Repeat with Mark DeFrancesco
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.
31:14
November 27, 2019
Certa City: A City Built Solely to be Painted
Certa City is the perfect sandbox to learn about the latest equipment and application techniques. Subscribe for more paint news and topics!
18:56
November 26, 2019
Mission: Vacation Did He Win?
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.
28:44
November 25, 2019
Mission: Vacation The Final Challenge
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 making progress to completing the mission.
23:14
November 25, 2019
Mission Vacation: How Bad Do You Want It
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.
37:27
November 25, 2019
Mission Vacation: Creating Career Paths
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.
36:14
November 25, 2019
Mission Vacation: Job Descriptions
In one of the toughest challenges yet, Dustin creates the key job descriptions for his company ... including one for himself.
30:04
November 25, 2019
Mission Vacation: Key Performance Indicators
Dustin and Brian discuss organizing your chart of accounts, determining KPI's and the best ways to measure productivity for better estimating.
39:21
November 25, 2019
Mission Vacation: Three Year Vision Plan
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 advice on how to improve your business structure.
36:16
November 25, 2019
Mission Vacation: The Journey Begins
We meet our Mission: Vacation Winner Dustin Zupancic and Brian Nolan lays out the plan.
38:05
November 25, 2019
Mission Vacation: How Structure Builds Succession Planning
Andrew Dwyer and Brian Nolan discuss the first steps in building a business that will live long after you've left.
26:19
November 25, 2019
Lifestyles of the Prepped & Finished with Jeremy Martinson
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!
25:29
November 20, 2019
Successful Direct Mail for Painting Companies
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 cost? Garrett Martell from Two Day Painting and Tradesfix.com tells you all of the stats you need to have a successful direct mail campaign.
23:09
November 19, 2019
Mastering Follow Through
You want to do it, but somehow it never gets done. Bill Silverman discusses 4 strategies for following through on your plans.
25:02
November 19, 2019
Prepping the Marketing Machine for Winter
How do you battle the lulls of winter? More marketing? Different marketing? Rate changes? Brandon Lewis from the Academy for Professional Painting Contractors gives marketing tips you can implement now to help you through the winter.
26:48
November 19, 2019
Social Media Strategies Part 1
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)
27:15
November 14, 2019
When Robots Attack! With Chad Jeffries
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 JOBS!
17:24
November 6, 2019