Mission: Vacation What They Learned
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 might want to apply for season 3 after listening to this one!
Jan 15, 2021
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.
Dec 01, 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 how to market your decorative finishes better.
Nov 18, 2020
Mission: Vacation Ep9. Grand Finale - Did He Win?
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.
Oct 29, 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 be be ready to hunker down for a market crash? Or expand for continuing growth?
Oct 13, 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
Oct 07, 2020
Mission: Vacation Ep 7 The Hidden Rock
Eric learns strategies 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.
Sep 15, 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...
Aug 25, 2020
TOP JOB Winner: There's Money in Floors 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...
Aug 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.
Aug 13, 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...
Aug 06, 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.
Jul 30, 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
Jul 20, 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
Jul 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...
Jun 30, 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.
Jun 24, 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
Jun 18, 2020
Mission: Vacation Ep 3 Shifting Responsibilities
The team lays out how to do a SWOT analysis and create an organizational chart that will help hand off tasks, create responsibility-based leadership positions, and bring on new team members.
Jun 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
Jun 04, 2020
Mission Vacation: Ep 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.
May 28, 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 varying sizes and, above all, how to keep your teams safe while on the job.Sponsored by Behr
May 21, 2020
S2 Mission Vacation: 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.
May 14, 2020
Tune-up Your Business: 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.
Apr 22, 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.
Apr 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.
Apr 09, 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.
Apr 02, 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.
Mar 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.
Mar 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...
Mar 11, 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.
Mar 03, 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...
Feb 24, 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.
Feb 19, 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!
Feb 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.
Feb 05, 2020
What to expect from PCA this year! See you in Phoenix
PCA Expo is one of the best events of the year! Learn what awaits in Phoenix this month and what PCA is up to in 2020. Also, get a sneak peek at APC's Jan/Feb issue!
Jan 29, 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. Listen anywhere you find podcasts...
Jan 22, 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.
Jan 15, 2020
Lifestyles of The Prepped & Finished: Color Theory with 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...
Jan 09, 2020
5 Steps 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.
Dec 19, 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 every day!
Dec 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!
Dec 04, 2019
Brush Up On Your Painting Skills at Certa City
Learn how CertaPro Painting is using their new training center to keep professional painters and painting prospects up-to-date with the latest painting equipment and application techniques.
Nov 26, 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!
Nov 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.
Nov 12, 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!
Nov 06, 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.
Oct 29, 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.
Oct 23, 2019
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!
Oct 16, 2019
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!
Oct 09, 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.
Oct 01, 2019
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!
Sep 23, 2019
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.
Sep 16, 2019
Share their successes, failures and what they learned during their journey to delegating estimating.
Sep 11, 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.
Sep 04, 2019
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.
Aug 28, 2019
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.
Aug 21, 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 thevacation money.These three things are the key from making progress to completing the mission.
Aug 14, 2019
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.
Aug 08, 2019
Lifestyles of the Prepped and 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
Jul 31, 2019
Dealing with Turnover
Real stories from real contractors: In this episode Ian Seigner talks about lessons learned during timesof expected and unexpected turnover.
Jul 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.
Jul 16, 2019
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.
Jul 11, 2019
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.
Jul 01, 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.
Jun 26, 2019
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.
Jun 19, 2019
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.
Jun 12, 2019
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.
Jun 04, 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.
May 28, 2019
Your Budget and Profit Questions Answered
Danny Kerr and Dan Dasko from Breakthrough Academy field reader questions about budget, production, profit and even salary.
May 17, 2019
Why Paint? Repeat with Art Snarzyk
Art Snarzyk discusses owning a business, building something from nothing, freedom and... of course, money.
May 15, 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.
May 09, 2019
Lifestyles of the Prepped and Finished with Aaron Moore
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 away.
Apr 29, 2019
Increasing Retention with Humor
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.
Apr 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.
Apr 17, 2019
Building Better Margins
Danny Kerr from The Breakthrough Academy breaks down the numbers for your business and gives some important benchmarks.Sponsored by the Datacolor ColorReader.
Apr 09, 2019
Why Paint? Repeat! with Christian Militello
Christian Militello talks Phillies, pats on the back and gives some advice that everyone should take a moment to hear.
Apr 03, 2019
Mission Vacation: The Journey Begins
We meet our Mission: Vacation Winner Dustin Zupancic and Brian Nolan lays out the plan.
Mar 27, 2019
Multigenerational Painting Families Take a Look at Succession
The Scaturro's from Alpine Painting & Sandblasting and the Siegner's from Siegner & Company about their beginnings, their succession and their future.
Mar 21, 2019
Post PDCA Wrap Up
Chris Shank from PDCA, Emily and Andrew reminisce about some of the best moments at the PDCA Expo last week in Savannah.
Mar 13, 2019
Lifestyles of the Prepped and Finished with Eddy Gonzales and Cheryl Gorham
Eddy Gonzales and Cheryl Gorham of Finishes Unlimited talk about working with your spouse, building successful business and why they don't work 12 hours a day.
Mar 05, 2019
Why Paint? Repeat with Scott Burt
Scott Burt discusses happy customers, balance, and the right sizing your business for your life.
Feb 27, 2019
Get Stoked for the PDCA Expo
The magic makers behind the PDCA Expo in Savannah, GA March 6-8 give a sneak peak behind this must-attend event.
Feb 19, 2019
Finding New Painters
Having trouble finding skilled painters? It might be time to consider looking for great workers instead skilled painters. Art Snarzyk discusses where and how to look for talent outside of the painting industry.
Feb 19, 2019
Multigenerational Painting Families Take a Look Back
The Tumbarello's from Shamrock Painting and the Holtz's from H.J. Holtz and Son talk decades of painting stories, succession and challenges then and now.
Feb 12, 2019
Why Paint? Repeat with Nigel Costolloe
Nigel Costolloe discusses his why for being a painting contractor, the rough and tumble of starting a business from scratch, and why he never yells at work.
Jan 30, 2019
Lifestyles of the Prepped and Finished with John Busick
John Busick of Bob Kunst Painting talks career path's, delegation and software that allows him to spend more time building a strong work/life balance.
Jan 23, 2019
Building Big Painting Companies
Garrett Martell and Jason Paris discuss the strategies and challenges behind building a $3M+ company in under 6 years.
Jan 15, 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.
Jan 08, 2019
Brian Nolan discusses intelligent neglect, hiring and financials.
Nov 20, 2018
How Your Vacation Can Grow Your Business
Extra family time and business growth: it could all start with a vacation.
Oct 24, 2018
Hotel Hell and Summer Slugs
Mark DeFrancesco talks painting for reality television and 3 tips for pulling in extra business.
Aug 08, 2018
Training Resources for Contractors
Training an issue? There are resources for that. PDCA talks resources for paintng contractors.
Jul 19, 2018
It's Safety Time
John Dony from the National Safety Council talks a little bit about National Safety Week, owner liability and a culture of safety.
Jun 28, 2018
Two Live Crews
One crew for prep, one crew for finish and a one week inspection period in between. Neighborhood Painting talks about a unique way to set up crews for a quality finish every time.
Jun 19, 2018
Getting to the Next Level
Do you feel like you do everything yourself? Brian Nolan and Josh Abramson discuss the art of leadership, letting go and getting to the next level
May 31, 2018
Building the Right Culture
So you're having trouble hiring and keeping painters. Is it them or is it you? Chances are ... it's you.
Feb 21, 2018
Nick Slavik of Nick Slavik Painting & Restoration, talks about crafting an in-house apprenticeship program.
Nick Slavik of Nick Slavik Painting & Restoration, talks about crafting an in-house apprenticeship program.
Dec 21, 2017
Scott Burt, educator at Prep to Finish, talks about transitioning to the slower winter season.
Oct 05, 2017
Evaluating Your Staff
Art Snarzyk, owner of InnerView Advisors, discusses evaluating your staff as a step to prepare for winter.
Sep 07, 2017
Restoration Projects and Paint
HGTV star, Nicole Curtis, talks about old homes and paint.
Oct 26, 2015
Things contractors need to know about healthy homes with Jeff Winter.
Apr 28, 2015
Driving Volume, Consistency and Margins with Brandon Lewis
Feb 13, 2015
Your Game Changer Year
Bill Silverman, owner of Springboard Business Coaching, discusses choosing your 2015 game changer.
Jan 02, 2015
Financial Information Contractors Need For Success
Monroe Porter, president of Proof Management, discusses the three types of accounting and how to set up your books.
Jul 28, 2014
Art Snarzyk, owner of InnerView Advisors, discusses the DISC personal assessment tool and how it can help your sales efforts.
Jul 15, 2014
2014 Color Trends
Erika Woelfel discusses life as a color expert and how contractors can use color knowledge to help their customers.
Apr 15, 2014
First-Time Home Buyers Survey
Debbie Zimmer from the Paint Quality Institute discusses what their survey of first time home buyers means to painting contractors.
Mar 28, 2014
Paint Radio - 2
PDCA Industry Standards with Emily Howard and Bob Cusumano
Jul 29, 2013
Paint Radio - 3
Craftsman Tips and Craftsmanship Operating Procedures with Andrew Dwyer and Rodney Pags
Jul 05, 2013
Paint Radio - 4
Ladder Safetysponsored by Werner Ladder with Emily Howard and Jeff Inks from Ladder Safety Institute
Jul 01, 2013
Paint Radio - 5
The Construction Chart Book with Emily Howard and The Center for Construction Research and Training
May 30, 2013
Paint Radio - 6
Where Did the Profits Go? with Emily Howard and Monroe Porter
May 28, 2013
Paint Radio - 8
PDCA Recap with Emily Howard, Scott Burt and Todd Pudvar
Mar 24, 2013
Paint Radio - 9
TOP JOB Winner with Andrew Dwyer, Steve Hester and Jim Guthrie
Mar 24, 2013
Paint Radio - 10
Color Trends with Emily Howard and Jackie Jordan
Feb 04, 2013
Paint Radio - 11
Sales and Marketing with Andrew Dwyer and Terry Begue
Dec 06, 2012