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Old 08-01-2014, 05:10 PM   #1
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Yes, months ago, I asked for no votes for PPOTM, but because the PPOTQ is less frequently awarded, it has more intrinsic value (along with actual value). I have decided to welcome the nomination with the same respect that it implies. I am slightly revamping my bio to reflect that respect and gratitude for those that have nominated me.

I stumbled into the trades as a summer job in 1967. Carpenter’s assistant. One day the next summer, they put a scraper in my hand and sent me up on a porch roof with no instructions on how to scrape the clapboards. That same summer, about a week later, I found myself with a paint brush in one hand, a pot of primer in the other, standing in front of some scraped shutters. With barely any instructions, I proceeded to slop paint on everything in a twenty foot radius. (proving that ANYone can paint )

In the spring of ’72, Boston U. and I came to an agreement that both would benefit if we went our separate ways. Since my parents weren’t going to pay my rent if I weren’t a student, I called up a friend of a friend who was “painting”. And the odyssey began. Because of our perfectionist attitudes, we became damn good technicians, yet sidestepped the necessary business knowledge needed. We muddled along for beer money, gasoline, and rent. Learning the business side of the profession was never a goal, a folly of our youth. We figured if we low balled, we could be busy forever. Such fools we were.

Along the way I dabbled in architecture, tree work, landscaping, paint store manager, carpentry, etc. And in the mid 80’s I took a plunge and incorporated my paint and paper company and tried to make a go of it. With no mentor and no internet community of Professionals Painters, I marched headlong into all the traps that await the unlearned. I wish there was a place such as PaintTalk then. Perhaps that's why I try to point many folks in the the direction of learning business skills - not to say I know enough myself, but at least now I realize business skills are just as important as technical skills to being a PROFESSIONAL.

After dissolving my painting company, I decided being a solo paper hanger was the right path for me. I joined the NGPP (now named the WIA), which, at the time, had approximately 1,000 members. I reveled in the concept of exchanging ideas and knowledge with other top installers around the country. I threw myself into the organization with perhaps too much energy. After about 11 years and numerous volunteer positions, I got too close to the flame and got both burned and burned out. We parted company, but I still value the friends I made and do call upon them to help when needed. The ability to be able to call upon other highly qualified people in your field is priceless. And that's what I love about PT. As I said, I wish there was a place like this when I was muddling along back in the 70's, 80's, & 90's.

And now that I am reaching the end of my career, I do hope that I can be of some assistance to the future craftspeople in our trades. I do not participate on other groups because I have found a comfort zone here. After a few years and a handful of posts , I feel a strong connection to this community. I hope Paint Talk, although forever changing, keeps it's ability to educate and entertain.

Thank you all for allowing me to be part of this.

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Old 08-01-2014, 05:22 PM   #2
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Thank you for sharing your story with us!
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Congrats, Bill!

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Congrats, Bill. Thanks for your input on topics of all spectrums.

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Old 08-01-2014, 11:33 PM   #6
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you are a true professional mate.
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You made it.. Thanks for sharing..
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Congrats Bill. We all know deep down inside you really want to be a painter not a paper hanger.
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Very inspirational, congratulations man!
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Bill,

As a painter who enjoyed wall covering installation years ago, I really appreciate the expertise you've contributed. Thanks!
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Bill, I've been away from the forum for a while until I got rained out this morning. I didn't know these bios were on here until now! It's not drivel you've written it's a very interesting read. I haven't been on here for long and I'm not much of a contractor or business man but I appreciate everything I've seen you contribute.

And your sense of humour.
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Thank you for the updated bio! I enjoyed reading your story.
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And now that I am reaching the end of my career, I do hope that I can be of some assistance to the future craftspeople in our trades. I do not participate on other groups because I have found a comfort zone here. After a few years and a handful of posts , I feel a strong connection to this community. I hope Paint Talk, although forever changing, keeps it's ability to educate and entertain.
So well said!
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Thanks Bill! Thanks for the bio. I'm glad you're here!
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You look a lot younger in the picture than I imagined...

Great bio and I hope you are being presumptuous about reaching the end of your career.

Your words of wisdom and advice have been encouraging and enlightening.

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You look a lot younger in the picture than I imagined...

Great bio and I hope you are being presumptuous about reaching the end of your career.

Your words of wisdom and advice have been encouraging and enlightening.

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well, that pic was created approx 10 years ago,

without taking the time for a selfie right now, just add a winter beard to this guy and it's close enough




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