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At 55 years old I've only had one way to make a living in life ... painting.

Up until 8 years ago I have always worked for a company, that's right I was a company man playing it safe working my way up the company ladder, starting as a helper in 1976 I worked every job from brush / roll / spray / punch / finish painter I did it all and was never too proud to clean buckets, load the trucks, tote a 40'er around in the hot sun or any other job that needed to be done ... painting was my passion.

Hotels was my main work mostly at the big mouse here in Orlando with an office buildings, convention centers & a Harrah's Casino mixed in along the way, I never painted a house until I was on my own.

After spending 14 years as a general superintendent running crews of 80 plus painters the market crashed and I was looking for a job... something I hadn't done but a few times in my life.

At this time no one was hiring and at my age it was even harder, if anyone was hiring they wanted young guys.

Which brings me to Repaint Florida LLC ... I knew starting company at age 47 with the economy slowing down and only a 9th grade education it wasn't going to be easy.

You see I started in the painting trade when I was only 16 years old and never finished high school and worked my azz off to get to the point of running crews, having a company truck, company credit cards for hotels and travel and being out of the bucket for 18 years I knew starting over for myself wasn't going to be easy but I was never scared of hard work or a challenge.

From picking a company name, finding the right painters, marketing my company, learning to bid residential repaints and growing sales each year it's been one heck of a ride and in the 8 years I've been in business I've learned a lot ... some of it easy and some the hard way but I learned.

But from the beginning of Repaint Florida I had a vision, as I picked a company name I could market and one I could sale someday, I never worked for cash, each and every job went into the company bank account so I could add value to the business ... my goal was to sell out someday ... so I rented a warehouse, ran radio ads and hired hard working professional painters who had families to feed and wanted to work.

I learned how to sell my company and the service I provided, I brought pride back to the painting trade that many homeowners had never seen before. No I couldn't paint your home for $999 but I could give you a paint job worth penny and then some.

None of this was learned from working from the big companies I had worked for the last 30 years ... sure I could take crew of painters and paint a n c hotel with 1,920 rooms while having another crew painting 12 stories condo's but I knew nothing about bidding a house or finding enough work to keep a crew busy ... my love for the painting trade and hard work was all I had to go on.

Now 8 years later my sales are up, I've got one of the best crews you'll find anywhere and I've have turned my attention to helping teach my crew about the painting business, not just how to paint & the value in quality work, I want them to learn how to deal with homeowners, how to bid a job, knowing the numbers in running a business and the importance of building a solid company with a solid name and giving back to our community.

Some companies worry about their painters going out on their own and bidding against them ... But I'm an old man at 55 years old in this trade and I want to see the trade carried own with the same pride & respect I've had for the last 39 years about our trade.

For me it’s a good feeling when I see one of my painter bidding against me and knowing he has the same pride in our trade, that he'll give them a quality paint job not a hack job and if he wins the job I know I’ve done my job keeping the trade alive.

Hopefully in another 10 years or so I’ll be sitting on the bank of a lake or river fishing somewhere with a beer in my hand and memories of a good life of being a painter ... and knowing there will be a few good painting companies out there to carry on our trade and that I had a little influence on teaching them gives me great pleasure.

Some say the trade is dying but I strongly disagree ... it's up to us to keep it alive and passed it on and being part of PT and even being considered for paint pro is a great honor.
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Old 02-03-2015, 05:35 PM   #2
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Very inspiring RPF!
I like your attitude towards employees. My father in law, who is a cabinet maker in north FL, said something to me once that rang true. He said something like "If you have the best employees to be had, your training your future competition".
And like you, I think that's a good thing
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At 55 years old I've only had one way to make a living in life ... painting. Up until 8 years ago I have always worked for a company, that's right I was a company man playing it safe working my way up the company ladder, starting as a helper in 1976 I worked every job from brush / roll / spray / punch / finish painter I did it all and was never too proud to clean buckets, load the trucks, tote a 40'er around in the hot sun or any other job that needed to be done ... painting was my passion. Hotels was my main work mostly at the big mouse here in Orlando with an office buildings, convention centers & a Harrah's Casino mixed in along the way, I never painted a house until I was on my own. After spending 14 years as a general superintendent running crews of 80 plus painters the market crashed and I was looking for a job... something I hadn't done but a few times in my life. At this time no one was hiring and at my age it was even harder, if anyone was hiring they wanted young guys. Which brings me to Repaint Florida LLC ... I knew starting company at age 47 with the economy slowing down and only a 9th grade education it wasn't going to be easy. You see I started in the painting trade when I was only 16 years old and never finished high school and worked my azz off to get to the point of running crews, having a company truck, company credit cards for hotels and travel and being out of the bucket for 18 years I knew starting over for myself wasn't going to be easy but I was never scared of hard work or a challenge. From picking a company name, finding the right painters, marketing my company, learning to bid residential repaints and growing sales each year it's been one heck of a ride and in the 8 years I've been in business I've learned a lot ... some of it easy and some the hard way but I learned. But from the beginning of Repaint Florida I had a vision, as I picked a company name I could market and one I could sale someday, I never worked for cash, each and every job went into the company bank account so I could add value to the business ... my goal was to sell out someday ... so I rented a warehouse, ran radio ads and hired hard working professional painters who had families to feed and wanted to work. I learned how to sell my company and the service I provided, I brought pride back to the painting trade that many homeowners had never seen before. No I couldn't paint your home for $999 but I could give you a paint job worth penny and then some. None of this was learned from working from the big companies I had worked for the last 30 years ... sure I could take crew of painters and paint a n c hotel with 1,920 rooms while having another crew painting 12 stories condo's but I knew nothing about bidding a house or finding enough work to keep a crew busy ... my love for the painting trade and hard work was all I had to go on. Now 8 years later my sales are up, I've got one of the best crews you'll find anywhere and I've have turned my attention to helping teach my crew about the painting business, not just how to paint & the value in quality work, I want them to learn how to deal with homeowners, how to bid a job, knowing the numbers in running a business and the importance of building a solid company with a solid name and giving back to our community. Some companies worry about their painters going out on their own and bidding against them ... But I'm an old man at 55 years old in this trade and I want to see the trade carried own with the same pride & respect I've had for the last 39 years about our trade. For me it’s a good feeling when I see one of my painter bidding against me and knowing he has the same pride in our trade, that he'll give them a quality paint job not a hack job and if he wins the job I know I’ve done my job keeping the trade alive. Hopefully in another 10 years or so I’ll be sitting on the bank of a lake or river fishing somewhere with a beer in my hand and memories of a good life of being a painter ... and knowing there will be a few good painting companies out there to carry on our trade and that I had a little influence on teaching them gives me great pleasure. Some say the trade is dying but I strongly disagree ... it's up to us to keep it alive and passed it on and being part of PT and even being considered for paint pro is a great honor.
First of all, you don't seem 55. You seem to have a lot more energy, you seem very ambitions and young at heart.

Second of all, I never would have thought you have only been in business for 8 years. I think running crews was probably a great experience for you to help grow your own business.

Congratulations on a great story and passion for this trade. As a younger guy with a family history in this trade, it's great to see guys like you succeed in this industry.
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Great read and a great attitude.
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Thanks for your story and all of you input on PT. I have already learned a lot from you. I really appreciate your willingness to share what has worked for you.

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Thanks for your story and all of you input on PT. I have already learned a lot from you. I really appreciate your willingness to share what has worked for you.

Thanks!!
Thanks glad i could be of help PT been great for me to learn too
I have had a few call me and it was great talking to them on the phone

i am work on another post on painting pool screen enclosure ... don't know how many would like to read it but in Florida there is a lot of them to paint and a lot of painter don't mess with them. There pretty easy once you have a system work out
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Thanks For Sharing RF : )

Great story you should be very proud what you have achieved : )
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as i said it's the only job i ever had and still love the trade and enjoy passing it on the the next generation ... it helps keep the trade alive
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G'day RF

I didn't know you were such a young age I thought you were even younger : )

like so many members on PT you have inspired me to grow my Buisness I turn 40 this year and thought I'm to old to grow my Buisness but after reading your story

I don't think that anymore thanks
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G'day RF

I didn't know you were such a young age I thought you were even younger : )

like so many members on PT you have inspired me to grow my Buisness I turn 40 this year and thought I'm to old to grow my Buisness but after reading your story

I don't think that anymore thanks
Ben at 40 now is the perfect time to grow your business
hire yourself a few good painters, teach them how you work
pick up a few jobs at 1 time and grow slowly

BTW i am only old in numbers i still have a lot more to give this trade
and love passing on what i have learned
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I echo what the other members have said in thanking you. That was a great read and very motivating. Well done
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That's a fantastic story and a real inspiration. You seem like a real stand up guy and you deserve the accolades for turning your life around and being genuine and successful.

Great post!
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I just got around to voting. You had me at, ~I got my start toting 40 ouncers around the job site in the hot sun.~

May not be an exact quote. I was speed reading.

You are running neck-n-neck with the legendary DeanV.

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As a woman starting a painting company at age 56, you are a great inspiration and mentor! Thank you so much for your post.
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As a woman starting a painting company at age 56, you are a great inspiration and mentor! Thank you so much for your post.
THANKS ... i turn 56 Wed 6/10 and believe at our age we have a lot to offer

BTW my lead painter is a woman whose has worked for me for 9 years .... and along of a crew of great guy painters i have always had a crew of great women painters

Good luck with your new business and keep posting would love to hear your stories on starting a new company
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