We have 5 apartment complexes to paint next year. All Exterior work. Our Schedule is almost set but leaving some time open for our largest 208 unit complex in Sac.
Color trends, sheens, and changes in the industry are continuing to be interesting. SW buys Frazee/Comax. PPG buys ICI/AN.
What will become of my favorite vendors like KM, Vista, and PPG Warehouse and the other independent Franchise dealers?
Where is BM in all of this? Getting another General Manager for California? Why does Home depot seem to get more and more competitive with services, intelligent inventory, and options?
And the DE paint company that still seems bent on irresponsibly spending money on foolish ideas during turbulent econmic times. They continue to keep crashing the hard earned stocks of the older, retired, and or laid off-let go employees that had heavy esop stock shares. (That management team made one big sale and we are not talking about to any painters. They sold an idea to the DE board, and ownership, then got rid of any Owner/employees who tried to blow a whistle and stop the insanity.) What a sad situation. Destruction of a company by sprinkler heads. JC is a big "Yes" man. Not an original thought in his head. Great agreer though. Professional to the core at agreeing to whatever keeps him around. Effective change? NOPE.
The president looks and talks like the Max Hedroom of the eighties, but I believe Max had a better consentration span.
More on that later.
Will Max Hedroom, Oppie, and Bugs Bunny wash, rinse, and repeat at KM?
Seems possible with all the inept decision making. Oh, I am sure the idea on paper looks good. Spend everyones money cuz its not ours. The sales idea is that in the future you will have all the market share and become even more rich. LOL.
Wash, rinse, and repeat what the sprinklers rained on their past companies.
Set up so the rain drowned them right after their exodus to another company.
What will become of Mark Z.? KM spit him out?
|Posted by Alliance Painting & Decorating Inc. on January 10, 2015 at 12:55 AM||comments (0)|
Expressed Warranty from Alliance Painting & Décor’ Inc. Our warranty is for workmanship, craftsmanship, and protects the receiver of our painting services for the reasons & items listed in the body of this document. It also includes what it does not include, Although we will always go out to our past jobs when a customer requests our presence up and to 10 years to help identify any problems and help to create any solutions. We will return to the job if there is an anomaly or failure due to, craftsmanship, workmanship, or product failure. The original specifications, manufactures instructions, and scope of work will be reviewed & scrutinized by us to see if any steps should be taken further to repair the failed area or areas. Thereafter, we will try to find a way to improve our steps or when we re-visit these steps taken we shall in fact make the repairs for the areas involved that are failing. For example: If there is a peeling area on a wood window trim that seems to be peeling due to tradesman error, workmanship, lack of prep as noted in our proposal or contract’s scope then we will repaint the area involved and take any steps needed to improve that said area if there is failure, but only for that said area. Warranties are prorated based on the area of failure only. Paint coatings used can only be warrantied based on the expressed warranty of the products manufacturer. Our responsibility will be to apply materials according to the manufacturers recommendations. All failure to do such will be at our cost to repair on a prorated basis where failure occurs prior to the natural lifetime of the paint coating. We cannot be responsible for loss of sheen, oxidation, some preexisting or hidden substrate failures, and fading over time when exposed to weather anywhere above and beyond the expressed warranty of the manufacturer. We offer 3 year, 5 year, 7 year, and 10 - year warranties. Some warranties will also include the manufacturers written warranty and must be inspected by the manufacturers representative before, during, and after the work is being accomplished when the coating work warrants such a need. Alliance Painting & Décor’ Inc. will always come back to observe, and review the job even if the failure is due to mechanical failure or any other reason that a paint failure may occur above and beyond a lack of craftsmanship, or product failure such as extreme weather conditions, fire, accidents, graffiti, abuse, or similar to give technical assistance. Your loss is our loss. At times, even if it has been determined it is not our failure we will repair the damaged area at a T & M basis. Be assured that we fully intend to do all our jobs correctly based on standards in the industry and our experience in the coatings industry for the past 35 years. We truly wish to back up our work and keep our customers satisfied now and into the future no matter how long your expressed warranty is with us. Thank you, Todd R. Minner – CEO Alliance Painting & Décor’ Inc.
|Posted by Alliance Painting & Decorating Inc. on January 8, 2015 at 4:35 PM||comments (0)|
Frazee gets bought out by SW - ICI/Glidden and PPG are one and the same -
Are Dunn Edwards and Kelly Moore combining? Hard to say..............strange........
DE is virtually non existant in Nor - Cal and so DE could cut their losses in Nor-Cal and they can rule the roost in both quandrants of CA together.
News alerts - Regional manager leaves DE in Nor-Cal......long time friend, peer, & employee (Cliff Madamba) leaves DE in Sacramento area.
Amazing what took 30-50 years to build in Nor-cal they ruined in less than 4 years.
My go to suppliers are: Kelly Moore, Benjamin Moore/Vista, SW, PPG, and Glidden.......... and DE doesnt even come up in discussions with my commercial or residential work with any of my clients. So wierd. It truly is about people selling people on follow up, business knowledge, trade savey, and meaningful services.
2014 was a fine year for us. Core group of employees defined better and are a tighter and experienced bunch.
Got D41 wood certification from CA State License Board.
Painted 9 more apartments complexes
Big TI work with retail stores working out well.
Painted 85 homes either inside or out.
Improving and expanding our Commercial and Residential services and they are paying off.
Got a shop to store our excess inventory in the Gold River area to do cabinets, have a home base on the east side of our working area plus
home bases in Elk Grove, and Pocket areas to keep our services ready for anything.
2015 looks great with even more prospects for us this year.
All core Crew made bonusses.
|Posted by Alliance Painting & Decorating Inc. on January 29, 2013 at 11:35 AM||comments (0)|
I have a piture of a dragon picking his teeth with a lance and empty armor spread about him with a caption that says "Sometimes no matter how just the cause, and no matter the bravery of the knight, the dragon still wins."
"There is no try, just do." Yoda
|Posted by Alliance Painting & Decorating Inc. on January 17, 2013 at 6:15 PM||comments (0)|
Now at KM some more management changes. A new General Manager of Sales takes the helm. The older one goes back to the office as a manager of services Reps. BM still looking for a General Manager of Sales.
|Posted by Alliance Painting & Decorating Inc. on January 1, 2013 at 9:50 PM||comments (0)|
1. Create your own emotions.
“If you want to be enthusiastic, act enthusiastic.”
Emotions work backwards too. You can use that to your advantage. If you are stuck in a negative emotion then you can often shake it off. Change your body – how you move, sit and stand – and act as you would like to feel. Enthusiasm and other positive emotions are much more useful and pleasurable for everyone in an interaction. Because…
2. It’s not so much about the logical stuff.
“When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.”
This is so key. Logic is good but in the end, in interactions and in life, we are emotional creatures. We send and receive emotions from other people. That is one reason why body language and voice tonality is often said be up to 93% of communication. Now, those numbers were for some specific situations but I still believe that these two ways of communication are very, very important.
The body language and the voice tonality is a bit like the rest of the iceberg, the great mass below the tip of the words we use. Those two things communicate how we are feeling and give indication to what we are thinking. And that’s why it’s important to be able to change how you feel. To be in a positive mood while interacting. Because that will have a great impact on how you say something and how you use your body. And those two things will have a big impact on your results and relationships.
3. Three things you are better off avoiding.
“Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving.”
Now these things may not be easy to avoid all together. Much of our interactions and perhaps even bonds are created and maintained through those three negative C’s. There is a sort of twisted pleasure in criticising, condemning and complaining. It might make you feel more important and like a better person as you see yourself as a victim or as you condemn other people’s behaviour.
But in the end these three C’s are negative and limiting to your life. Bringing up negative stuff and wallowing in it will lower your mood, motivation and general levels of wellbeing. And this can trap you in a negative spiral of complaining, complaining with other complainers and always finding faults in your reality.
You will also be broadcasting and receiving negative emotions. And people in general want to feel good. So this can really put an obstacle in the way for your interactions or relationships.
4. What is most important?
“The royal road to a man’s heart is to talk to him about the things he treasures most.”
Classic advice. Don’t talk too much about yourself and your life. Listen to other people instead. However, if they ramble on and on, if they don’t reciprocate and show and interest in your life then you don’t have to stay.
Some things people may treasure the most include ideas, children, a special hobby and the job. And…
5. Focus outward, not inward.
“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”
A lot of people use the second, far less effective way. It is appealing because it’s about instant gratification and about ME, ME, ME! The first way – to become interested in people – perhaps works better because it make you a pleasant exception and because the law of reciprocity is strong in people. As you treat people, they will treat you. Be interested in them and they will be interested in you.
I would like to add that one hard thing about this can be to be genuinely interested in the other guy/gal. Your genuine interest is projected though your body language and tonality. So, just waiting for the other person to stop talking so you can talk again isn’t really genuine interest. And that may shine through. And so your interactions will suffer.
6. Take control of your emotions.
“The person who seeks all their applause from outside has their happiness in another’s keeping.”
It wrote about this problem a few days ago in 9 Great Ways to Make Yourself Absolutely Miserable. And it basically consist of being too reliant or dependent on external validation from other people. External validation is something someone communicates to you that tells you that you are person of value. That you, for example, are pretty, smart or successful.
This leaves much of your emotions in the hands of other people. It becomes an emotional rollercoaster. One day you feel great. The next day you feel like just staying in bed.
But if you fill that inner cup of validation for yourself instead then you take over the wheel. Now you’re driving, now you control how you feel. You can still appreciate compliments of course, but you aren’t dependent on them.
This will make you more emotionally stable and enables you to cultivate and build your emotional muscles in a more controlled way. You can for instance help yourself to become more optimistic or enthusiastic more of the time. This stability and growth can be big help in your relationships.
7. No, they are not holding you back.
“Instead of worrying about what people say of you, why not spend time trying to accomplish something they will admire.”
Caring too much about what people think will create and feed imaginary monsters within your mind. You may for instance think that people will condemn you if you try something. Maybe they will. But most of the time people are thinking about their own challenges and ups and downs. They just don’t care that much about what you do.
This may feel disappointing. It can also be liberating. It helps you remove inner obstacles that are you holding yourself back.
As you, bit by bit or in one big swoop, release those inner brakes you become more of yourself. You become more confident, you have a better chance at success, and you will feel more positive feelings and less negative ones. All these things can give a big boost to your interactions and help you sharpen those social skills.
8. So, what’s in it for me?
“There is only one way… to get anybody to do anything. And that is by making the other person want to do it.”
If you want someone to do something then will they care about your motivation for getting this thing done? Perhaps. Often they will not have that great of an interest in what you want out of something.
They want to know what they will get out of it. So, for the both of you to get what you want out of something tell that person what’s in it for him/her. And try to be genuine and positive about it. A reason for them to do it delivered in a lame, half-assed manner may not be so persuasive. And so you both lose.
9. How to win an argument.
“The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.”
Getting two egos wrapped up in an argument, having two sides defending their positions desperately, will not improve relationships. You are more likely to feel negative feelings towards each other long after the argument is over. And so you both wallow in negativity and you both lose. When possible, just avoiding unnecessary arguments is a win-win situation.
10. It’s about more than your words.
“There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by these four contacts: what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it.”
I often feel that there is a bit too much emphasis on the third way of contact (what we say). Don’t forget about the rest. Most people stereotype people at their first meeting. They might not want to but it is a way for their – and perhaps your – mind to organize impressions and people. So think about how you look. Think about how you make first impressions. Think about your body language. And how you are saying your sentences.
Think about how you feel because that will be reflected out into the world. And the world will often reflect back something similar.
Be genuine. The only connections that work will be the ones that you truly care about; the world will see through anything short of that. If you don’t have a genuine interest in the person with whom you’re trying to connect, then stop trying.
Provide massive help. Even the biggest and most powerful people in the world have something they’d like help with. Too many people never reach out to those above them due to the fear that they wouldn’t be able to offer anything in return. But you have more to offer than you realize: write an article or blog post about them, share their project with your community, offer to spread their message through a video interview with them. Give real thought to who you could connect them with to benefit their goals. If it turns out you can’t be that helpful, the gesture alone will stand out.
Pay ridiculous attention. It’s nearly impossible to genuinely offer help if you don’t pay attention — I mean real attention, not just to what business they started or what sport they like! Do your research by reading blog posts, books and articles about the connection beforehand. Learn about their backgrounds and passions. Invest genuine time in learning what really matters to them and how you can help.
Connect with people close to them. Most job openings are filled through networking and referrals, and making connections is no different. You automatically arrive with credibility when referred to someone you want to meet by a mutual friend. For example, I recently wanted to meet a best-selling author, and it turned out we had the same personal trainer. In reality, that fact means nothing, but in the world of social dynamics, it’s gold! Spend more time connecting with your current network of friends and colleagues and see where it leads.
Persistence wins most battles. If you can’t get a direct referral, simply click send on that email or leave a message after the beep. But do not stop there, as most the world tends to. The first attempt is just the very beginning. Realize that the first try may get you nowhere, but the fifth or the tenth tries are the ones that start to yield results. An unreturned email or voicemail doesn’t mean they don’t want to connect with you. It’s your job to be persistent! I sometimes get hundreds of requests in a day from readers who want to connect, but only about 2 percent ever follow up. Don’t be in a hurry, but don’t be invisible either.
Make real friends. Think about how you’ve made the friends you have. That’s all this is. You only make friends with people you genuinely want in your life. The same rule should go for bigger-name connections. Don’t over-think it. Be human, be helpful and most humans will happily be human in return, regardless of who they are.
Remain unforgettable. All of the above are simple — yet sadly underused — ways of standing out. Send birthday cards. Mail your favorite book with a signed personal note from you on the inside flap. Send them your family Christmas card. Be genuinely helpful. You’d be surprised how the simplest things actually never get done. Being memorable isn’t as hard as some think!
|Posted by Alliance Painting & Decorating Inc. on March 13, 2012 at 8:40 PM||comments (0)|
A handyman cannot do any work in California over a certain amount of money.. That is materals included. They cannot segment the work of a complete repaint of a home. House painting is the whole house not each side at a time. The same would apply to painting the complete interior of a home or refinishing cabinets.
|Posted by Alliance Painting & Decorating Inc. on February 29, 2012 at 12:30 AM||comments (0)|