These podcasts are part of the new CoatingsPro Interview Series, launched in July 2020. In this series, CoatingsPro Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Chizik and News Editor Ben DuBose chat with industry experts and thought leaders to provide tips on how industrial and commercial coatings contractors can improve their bottom line. Check back for regular updates!

Editor's note: Earlier podcasts from CoatingsPro's COVID-19 Interview Series, which ran from March 2020 through June 2020, are available here.

Lifelong Partnership Takes Roofing Company to Next Level

Stella Amador joined German Duarte’s Florida Quality Roofing nearly 10 years ago. Over the past decade, the lifelong friends have created a partnership that has found success in south Florida by building relationships, giving back to their community, and doing what they say they’re going to do. Amador’s tips, tricks, and take on the roofing industry are worth a listen! You can also check out our most recent profile of their work in CoatingsPro Magazine.
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For more information, contact: Stella Amador, stella@floridaqualityroofing.com; Roofing With a Purpose for the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County, www.bgcbc.org/fqr19

Nano Non-Skid Coating Solution for Offshore Environments

Danos, Graco, and Tesla NanoCoatings recently worked together to develop a functional non-slip deck coating for offshore clients. Their work, which was profiled in Materials Performance (MP) magazine, explains how a coatings applicator was able to overcome many traditional challenges through the use of an innovative protective coatings pump design with a new single-coat carbon nanotube non-slip deck coat slurry.

In this podcast episode, Danos' Scott Soto, Graco's John Lihwa, and Tesla's Joe Davis explore lessons learned from their collaboration, as well as future opportunities when using the system.
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From Journeywoman to Business Owner

Kimberley Robles, president and owner of Robles Concrete Design, joins the podcast to discuss her experiences in coming up through the trades as a journeywoman. Based on those experiences, she has some great insight on how the industry might be able to attract — and keep — quality people to help decrease the labor shortage. She also shares some challenges and opportunities she’s seen within the industry over the years. In the episode, Kimberley mentions a Citi Foundation ad that she was featured in last year, and you can check that out here.

You can also connect with her on LinkedIn, or via the company’s website.
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Member Profile of People-Forward Champion Painting

Kyle Hough, executive vice president for Champion Painting Specialty Services Corp. (CPSSC), explains how the company is achieving success in the industrial coating sector. 

There’s no secret sauce, but CPSSC is making sure to focus on its most valuable access: its people. For more information, contact Champion on LinkedIn.

How Drones Are Lifting Corrosion, Coating Inspections

Robert "Bob" Dahlstrom, CEO of aerial robotic systems provider Apellix, joins our podcast to explain the increasing role of drones in corrosion and coating inspections — with a particular emphasis on aboveground storage tanks (ASTs). Topics include the past, present, and future of drone technologies, as well as the recent launch of Apellix NDT as a new field services company. (Complete Transcript)

For more information, contact: Apellix, (904) 647-4511, www.apellixndt.com

Coatings and Collision Repair Worlds Collide

Brandon Eckenrode, director of development of Collision Repair Education Foundation, joins CoatingsPro to discuss the foundation’s goals, as well as overlaps within the coatings community. (Complete Transcript)

The organization works to support school programs across the United States, in this instance bringing coatings to help improve appearances and safety of the repair shops. 

For more information, visit www.collisioneducationfoundation.org.

Concrete Flooring Trends and Beyond in 2021

Matthew Koerner, who recently sold his epoxy flooring contracting business (Manhattan Concrete Systems), joins our podcast to discuss conditions in the industry. Koerner is starting his own selling and distribution business for coatings and equipment, and he shares lessons learned from his extensive time in the field. (Complete Transcript)

For more information, contact Matthew Koerner via LinkedIn.

Prosperity in the Coatings World

Charles Brown, Deputy Director of Coatings for Greenman-Pederson Inc. (GPI), joins the podcast to talk about his experience in the coatings world, including training, the State Highway Administration, and beyond. He shares a positive outlook on what the future of the coatings industry might look like after COVID-19. (Complete Transcript)

For more information, contact: Charles Brown, cbrown@gpinet.com

Regulatory and Market Changes for Contractors in 2021

Trent Cotney, CEO of Cotney Construction Law, discusses potential regulatory changes for coatings contractors in 2021. Topics include the impact of a new U.S. administration and what it means for OSHA and other agencies; changes to the COVID-19 landscape and its effects on contractors; and what market segments within the coatings industry could be poised for growth in the months ahead. (Complete Transcript

For more information, visit cotneycl.com.

What’s Upcoming for the Coatings World?

Jim Kunkle, Manager of Business Development for accreditation and certification for newly formed Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP), has 13 years of experience in the coatings world! He has developed a social media following and shares some lessons learned there, as well as other virtual opportunities available to asset owners, contractors, and beyond. (Complete Transcript)

For more information, reach out to Jim Kunkle on LinkedIn.

Interview: Bob Chalker on AMPP Priorities, Industry Outlook

Bob Chalker, CEO of the new Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP), sits down with us for an exclusive interview. 

Topics discussed are the combination of NACE International and SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings; implications for various segments of the corrosion industry, including coatings contractors; feedback during the initial weeks of the merger; key dates and milestones to watch moving forward; and much more. (Complete Transcript)

For more information, contact: AMPP, www.ampp.org

Industry Experts, New AMPP Leaders on the Changes Ahead

In this episode, four industry experts and leaders with the new Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP) share their perspectives on what the merged organization could mean for the corrosion control and protective coatings industries. Guests on the podcast include Tim Bieri, Sam Scaturro, Joyce Wright, and Cris Connor. (Complete Transcript)

How AMPP Was Formed and What It Means for Our Industry

Corrosion experts Terry Greenfield, principal consultant at CONSULEX, and Joe Walker, vice president and general manager at Elcometer, discuss the recent launch of the Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP). As recent presidents of NACE International and SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings, Greenfield and Walker share background information on how the merger came to be.

In this exclusive conversation, they also explore potential implications for the industry, as well as what it could mean for standards and beyond. (Complete Transcript)