The center of my life for the past thirty years has been my painting contracting business. My small contracting business has allowed me to wear many hats. As a business man I’ve been a bookkeeper, an employer, and a salesman. I’ve designed my company logo and use it in advertising and marketing. I built my company website which includes a blog page with consumer and DIY tips. I also consider myself a craftsman.
In thirty years I’ve become very proficient with the tools of the trade. Painting, paperhanging, drywall repairs and light carpentry are all part of my repertoire. Aside from being adept at applying various decorating products I have also become somewhat of an expert on the products themselves. And as an employer, I have needed to train those I hire in the application and use of those paint products.
When I started my business, I also joined the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA), our national trade association. For the past eight years I have been writing a column for our council newsletter on the business of painting. Customer service, marketing and professionalism are some of the themes I use in my writing. Many of these articles have been reprinted in other PDCA publications.
On a personal note, I have a very eclectic taste in music and quite a collection of vinyl, cd’s and downloads to prove it. I grow a wide variety of chilies in my garden, along with various herbs and heirloom tomatoes. I am quite a good cook and try to incorporate fresh ingredients from the garden into the meals I make. I was an English major before I left college, so writing has always been something I’ve enjoyed doing and something I strive to do well.