Pandemic Painting: Challenges and Opportunities

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020; 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Eastern
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The COVID-19 pandemic brings both challenges and opportunities to commercial painting contractors. In light of restrictions imposed for reopening, building owners and general contractors could be hesitant to move forward with painting projects. However, pandemic conditions may open up new opportunities for contractors to bring added value to their customers and assure them that yes, “it’s OK to paint.”

In this webinar, six of the nation’s top commercial painting contractors will:

Discuss results from a new survey of facility owners and GCs that outline the reasons they may hesitate to move forward with painting work; Describe challenges contractors face, as well as opportunities and solutions bring added value to customers in pandemic conditions; and Offer feedback on which suppliers’ offerings can help painting contractors work safely and add value to customers during the pandemic.


Stephen Hester, President
Hester Painting

A key manager of Hester Painting and Decorating since 1996 and currently President, Stephen Hester brings to the helm a vision for the future of the company, as well as finance, legal and marketing know-how. He co-founded the Commercial Painting Industry Association and has an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami.

Burt Whitenight, Executive Vice President
Service Contracting Solutions

Having worked in the painting and waterproofing industry for close to twenty-five years, Burt Whitenight draws on a broad knowledge base and diversified business background to satisfy clients. After attending the State University of New York, he went on to earn his Certification in Concrete Repair through the International Concrete Repair Institute, along with several other industry certifications. In 1993, Burt began his career in the painting industry as Assistant Manager with Flex Bond Paints, where he steadily climbed the ladder to become Regional Sales Manager for a tri-county area.

Nick Nowak, President
Steinbrecher Painting Company

Nick has been with Steinbrecher Painting Company for 23 years and owner for the last four. His company focuses on commercial painting and wall covering, working in Minnesota, North and South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Nick is a board member of the Minnesota Painting and Wall Covering Employers Association.

John Fisher, President
Long Painting

John Fisher has been with Long Painting for 32 years, serving as its president for more than seven. The full-service painting contractor, based in Kent, Washington, and serving the Greater Northwest region, has responded to coronavirus issues with its “Exposure Prevention Plan for Working During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” outlined on the company website.

Tim Kenney, President
W.T. Kenney Company, Inc

Tim Kenney heads a fourth-generation, family-owned and -operated commercial painting firm based in Arlington, Massachusetts, serving customers throughout New England. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and history from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Walter Bazan, Jr., President
BAZAN Painting Company

Walter Bazan, Jr. practically grew up in the coatings industry, getting his early training and experience at Bazan Painting Co., co-founded by his father and uncle in 1977. He now leads the business as its president. Headquartered in Saint Louis, Missouri, the company provides full-service painting and decorating contractor services across the country.

Jim McBrayer, CEO
McBrayer Associates, Inc.

Jim McBrayer, CEO of sales methodology company, McBrayer and Associates, offers recorded live trainings, podcasts and webinars about the latest and greatest sales tactics. Jim started his career in outside sales for PPG Industries. After rising to Sales Director, responsible for 150 sales reps & a dozen Regional Sales Managers and being appointed to PPG’s Sales Leadership Team – he left PPG in 2009 to pursue his passion of helping others optimize their sales effectiveness by launching his own sales training company.



CompanyCam is a photo-based solution created for contractors, by contractors. Users can take unlimited photos—which are location and time stamped, sent to the cloud, and stored securely. Every photo is organized by project and instantly available to your team, allowing you to see what’s going on anytime, anywhere. Photos can be annotated with drawings, arrows, comments, tags, and voice notes and users can create project timelines, photo galleries, reports, and transformation photos through the app. Sharing photos with customers and insurance adjusters has never been easier, and keeping your entire process organized has never been simpler.

McBrayer Associates, Inc.

McBrayer & Associates helps organizations in the paint & coatings industry exceed their revenue goals by creating sales collateral content that resonates with their customer segments.

Benjamin Moore

Founded in 1883, Benjamin Moore is North America’s favorite paint, color and coatings brand. A leading manufacturer of premium quality residential and commercial coatings, Benjamin Moore maintains a relentless commitment to innovation and sustainable manufacturing practices. The portfolio spans the brand’s flagship paint lines including Aura®, Regal® Select, CENTURY®, Ultra Spec®, Natura® and ben®. Benjamin Moore is renowned for its expansive color portfolio, offering consumers and designers more than 3,500 colors. Benjamin Moore paints are available exclusively from its more than 5,000 locally owned and operated paint and decorating retailers.


Manufacturer of high-performance coatings since 1921, Tnemec Company, Inc. is committed to product development and innovation aimed at finding solutions to the most difficult challenges facing its customers. Tnemec’s extensive product line is backed by time-tested performance data and outstanding support through the company’s network of knowledgeable coating representatives and its highly-trained technical services department. From corrosion-resistant primers and long-lasting fluoropolymer finishes, to chemical-resistant liners and durable flooring systems, Tnemec focuses on protecting its customers, their structures and, in turn, their businesses, while providing the best possible coating solutions for projects across the world.


Graco Inc. supplies technology and expertise for the management of fluids and coatings in both industrial and commercial applications. It designs, manufactures and markets systems and equipment to move, measure, control, dispense and spray fluid and powder materials. A recognized leader in its specialties, Minneapolis-based Graco serves customers around the world in the manufacturing, processing, construction and maintenance industries. For additional information about Graco Inc., please visit us at


Based in Lawrence, Kan., PROSOCO is a national manufacturer of products for stabilizing masonry walls; cleaning, protecting and maintaining concrete; making building envelopes air- and water-tight; and cleaning, protecting and restoring new and existing masonry buildings. We strive to provide innovative products and services that improve the appearance and performance of our built environment. Since our founding in 1939, we’ve fostered a reputation across the nation and internationally as a company that goes above and beyond for our customers in every way possible. | 800 255 4255. You. Us. The project.

Wooster Brush

In every aspect of our organization, your results are our focus. We have done it this way, The Wooster way, for over 150 years and will continue to work tirelessly to deliver on that promise. Regardless of your painting need or skill level, Wooster Brush offers an American-Made solution that will give you better results with less effort.

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