Fandeck of Features

2015 Buyer's Guide

Industry suppliers listed by product category.
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By Jerry Rabushka, Editor

2015 Paint Pages

Industry suppliers: address, phone and web.
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By Jerry Rabushka, Editor

Drop cloth innovations make being cleaner easier.

Drops and other surface protection products so painters can make a clean getaway.
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By Jerry Rabushka, Editor

2015 Product Spotlight

If you're a manufacturer, putting out a new product is a big deal. And if you're a dealer, it's a big deal to sell it! Here are what these suppliers feel is a highlight of their year—try them on your shelves and create some happy customers!
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By Jerry Rabushka, Editor

Palette of Departments

Unwrapping 2015

A look back over the past year. Thanks to Benjamin Moore for its sponsorship of this column in 2014.
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By Hans Mugler, Publisher

PPG

Brand Awareness and Money in Reserve
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By Jerry Rabushka, Editor

Continued

Tweaking Titanium, Western Perspective, The Other Kind of Green and HYDE Helps Repaint.
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By Jerry Rabushka, Editor

December 2014

Don't put your life on a shelf, but these new products will look great! Thanks to Hyde for it's sponsorship of this department in 2014.
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By Jerry Rabushka, Editor

Get S.M.A.R.T.

Mark has a plan to achieve his goals for the next year. The first part of the plan? Set the goals, of course.
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By Mark Lipton, Contributing Writer


By Hans Mugler,

By Hans Mugler

By Hans Mugler

Thanksgiving has come and gone, but I still have much to be thankful for and I wanted to share it with you. 2014 was a much better year in most ways than the past 6-8 years. First Quarter was a bit rocky; I heard that echoed from my fellow publishers and many of you independents. Second Quarter brought us more ads, as a sputtering economy sputtered a little less. Reed Exhibitions put on another remarkable NHS. Things were looking great for the rest of the year—then I lost my father at the end of April. He was a personal hero of mine, and never a day goes by when I don’t think of him and his impact on this industry. I am comforted that he did not live his final days in pain or agony. Third Quarter was the best we have had here at Mug Pub Inc. in 8+ years, and September’s issues were our biggest in a long time (thanks to all you great advertisers!). This last quarter of the year has also been our best in years!

Now we expect an even better, brighter year in ’15! We are armed with brand new, vibrant, interactive websites for both our titles, an excellent and responsive subscriber base for our print magazines, wonderful advertising partners, and the best writing, creative, and management staff any publisher could ever ask for!

I am forever thankful for our readers and our advertisers. You turn to us monthly, and count on us giving you the lowdown on paints and sundries. That is not a task we take lightly! Our advertisers, from the smallest to the biggest, are our lifeblood. Without your support, we have no magazines or jobs. You manufacturers who produce products sold only by the independent are part of what separates our readers from the box stores and gives them a competitive edge. And again to our readers…if you don’t see your favorite products being advertised in our pages, give ’em a call or drop them a line, because if they say they only go to independents, then they need to tell their story in the magazine that’s out there just for you!

As for my staff…Jerry Rabushka, our editor-in-chief and associate publisher, is the best paint and sundry industry writer…period! No one writes the way he does (especially for trade mags), captures the pulse of this industry, or finds the unique ways to continually write about brushes, rollers, ladders and paint paddles year after year without sounding boring or trivial. He is our secret weapon. People remember what they read in our magazines because of  Jerry and the creative, unique spin he puts on everything he does!

Graphically, Kathy Tongay-Carr plays second fiddle to no one. It’s her layouts and design techniques that help draw our readers in for a closer look and helps make our stories and covers jump off the page and into our readers psyche. Kathy works for several other mags as well and has a fulltime job with a bigtime ad agency, so she does a lot of her work for us under the bright lights of her design studio here late at night. It can be a thankless job, but we don’t let that happen.

Our fabulous sales reps, Sue Oden and Melissa Beigener, really stepped up this year, honed their skills, and treated our advertisers and business partners the same way they would like be treated…with respect, fairness, compassion and honesty. You ladies raised the bar here this year and I commend you for it. The trench warfare you do every day allows us to continue to serve this excellent industry! Bring on 2015 because we want to take it up another notch, and thanks for reading us. We do what we do because we ARE The Voice of the Independent Paint & Sundry dealers! tpd endcap


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