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Old 09-11-2014, 11:46 PM   #1
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I suspect like most here, I didn't set out to be a painter. I just kinda fell into it and stayed with it.

All throughout high school I wanted to join the Army. I joined the reserves right after graduation and did my eight weeks basic training, then went straight to my eight weeks of military police school. After that it was a one weekend a month, and two weeks in the summer commitment that lasted for seven years. When I came home I started working for my dad as an apprentice in his painting company. Not as a career choice, I just that I needed the money.

See, I really wanted to be a cop. I got my associates degree in law enforcement and as soon as I turned 21 started testing with the various police departments in the area. And I actually got pretty far in the process with the Chicago PD. About this same time I had just gotten married and my wife had our first girl. I'd been working for dad for six years at this point, and he decided to offer me a partnership in the business.

At about this point I was just starting to become good at the trade and had really found my passion for it. It was a big change in direction for me, but I accepted his offer and have never looked back. Dad and I were partners from 1990 until his retirement in 2001. I look back at that time in my life as some of the best in my life. He was a good mentor to me, but I just plain miss the days of the two of us working together on a job.

Since I bought him out I've made my fair share of mistakes in running the business. I had this dream of a large company with a fleet of trucks, but absolutely NO plan on how to get there. That point in my life lasted three years until, my dad sat down with me and we ran the numbers. So now I've also come to understand my strengths and my weaknesses. And I've chosen to run the business to my strengths. Keep it small and efficient with 3-5 employees. That seems the be the number of painters that I'm best at managing.

It's been 30 years in the trade for me now, and I still love it. My desire to learn and try new things is what keeps it fresh for me.

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Old 09-12-2014, 08:03 AM   #2
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Good thing you didn't follow through with the Chicago cop thing, you'd a had to change your name to O'Schmidt.

(Which would be interesting hearing on the street when they saw you coming)



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My brother's been a cop for 30 years. I still love him, but he's completely lost his sense of humor...and I don't think he even knows it.

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Schmidt,

Having participated with you on this forum for as long as we have, I have nothing but the utmost respect for you. If I wasn't so committed to seeing Jmayspaint recognized as this Months's Pro Painter, and deservedly so, I'd be supporting you.

I still feel bad that I didn't follow through with the trip to Reno and meet you in person. However, having had the pleasure of recently meeting one of our PT members, I'm also looking forward to meeting you at the next event. Even if it means traveling farther this time!
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Thanks for sharing Paul. Great read. I appreciate you sharing about working with your dad, and figuring out what works best for you. I find there's always this question when two painters are talking "how many guys you running?" and this implied pressure to be running more. Good for you to be happy with where you're at! Hope to see you in Charleston this March
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Thanks for the kind words Damon. And yes, I'll be in Charleston.
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I really wanted to go this year but with the baby being a bit unexpected we just couldn't. Looks like you guys had fun.
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I totally understand Tommy, & really didn't expect you to make with a newborn. Family has to come first. Next year is New Orleans so..... 😃
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Thanks for the kind words Damon. And yes, I'll be in Charleston.

Great connecting with you at Expo. Hope you didn't take too many notes! ;-)
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LOL. It was good seeing you again and shooting the **** Damon. Hope to see you next year. 👊
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