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Old 03-19-2015, 11:48 PM   #1
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I was thinking of interviewing (written) some professional painters in our community who have been in the trade 20+ years. Who do y'all recommend?

I am guessing I will have to drag them kicking and screaming, but these are some stories we need to hear....
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Old 03-20-2015, 12:44 AM   #2
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I'm not very Proffesional

But for Shizzle 23yrs In the trade since December and still love it
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Brian C would be great from the Aussie Painters and Steve from RepaintPro
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I think most ANY of the guys/gals here who have 20+ years experience would suffice.

Just that qualification would cull the herd to a handful.

If any of the guys on the supply end would be willing, they could add a perspective most here don't have. I know after just a couple of years doing retail, my knowledge and understanding was greatly expanded.

Also, someone like John (CApainter) and others would add the outlook from the employee point of view.



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Thanks Bill, but there are others better suited for an interview. I also feel that there is a generational difference between the twenty year painter and the five to ten year painter.

I would prefer learning what its like for a younger painter to sustain himself in today's work environment as an employee or as a business owner. Do they see themselves in this vocation for the long term, and if so, how are they preparing for that in terms of retirement as an employee, or applying best management practices as a business owner?

* What are their views on training and trade development?
* Do they use computer management systems for their business or from their employer?
* How do they feel about the painting standards in place?
* What opportunities are there for them in the trade?
* Are they satisfied with how the last generation has left the reputation of the trade?
* What does this trade mean to them in terms of its present and future role in the building and maintenance industry?

I really think the perspective from the generation other than the Boomers, will be more revealing and pertinent in terms of the growth of the industry.

Later, we can have a "Remember when?" interview with the more senior painters. Then we can learn about how reckless the industry was and how old habits are hard to shed. Like exposing ourselves to solvents because that's what a real painter did.

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Thanks Bill, but there are others better suited for an interview. I also feel that there is a generational difference between the twenty year painter and the five to ten year painter.

I would prefer learning what its like for a younger painter to sustain himself in today's work environment as an employee or as a business owner. Do they see themselves in this vocation for the long term, and if so, how are they preparing for that in terms of retirement as an employee, or applying best management practices as a business owner?

* What are their views on training and trade development?
* Do they use computer management systems for their business or from their employer?
* How do they feel about the painting standards in place?
* What opportunities are there for them in the trade?
* Are they satisfied with how the last generation has left the reputation of the trade?
* What does this trade mean to them in terms of its present and future role in the building and maintenance industry?

I really think the perspective from the generation other than the Boomers, will be more revealing and pertinent in terms of the growth of the industry.

Later, we can have a "Remember when?" interview with the more senior painters. Then we can learn about how reckless the industry was and how old habits are hard to shed. Like exposing ourselves to solvents because that's what a real painter did.
My plan is to interview several categories.
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Would the interviewee get a badge? Just kidding cricket.... sounds like a great Idea!
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My plan is to interview several categories.
Have you considered a collaborative interview with differing industry demographics. For example, an interview between a fifty year and a twenty year old painter/ employee, or an interview with two painting contractors from different generations.
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There are also some very fascinating people in the manufacturing part of the industry,

I assume he's still on this side of the grass 'cause Bob Naversen of Scotch paint has always had an interesting slant. (Scotch Paint refined the concrete coating that became Draw-tite)

And through my years, I've been fascinated listening to chemists from various coatings and adhesive companies.



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Why 20 years?
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Why 20 years?
Must be a union thing. The old idea that the longer you have been at something, the better You must be.
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I'm still kinda young (34) I have been painting as a profession since I was 20. before that I worked and mixed paint at Sherwin Willams. My uncle taught me the trade.
He taught me quality and having pride in your work goes a long way. With that being said I started my bussiness a year ago today. I'm in this for the long term and would appreciate any advice. Right now I am debating on hiring a full time employee or just continue sub contracting. Thank you in advance!
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