Blog Category: Departments


Mark My Words—November, 2017

By Mark Lipton,

    The Money You Make May Be Your Own My daughter and I have finally come to an agreement on how her finances are handled while she’s away at Ohio State: she tells me what she wants and I provide it! We seem to argue much less since we have adopted this strategy! All  … Read more

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Paint Scene—November, 2017

By The Paint Dealer,

ICP Makes Its CASE ICP Construction announced the acquisition of Master Coating Technologies, a manufacturer of specialty architectural coatings. ICP Group is a specialty platform company in the coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers (CASE) markets. Master will join the current ICP Construction division, which includes California Paints, FixALL, Storm System, Fiberlock, Dry-Treat, California Sports Surfaces,  … Read more

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Prime Coat—November, 2017

By Jerry Rabushka,

Confidentially Confident If you’re doing a double take—yes this photo of me is from 2007, but more than that we’re giving Hans some much needed time off. Thanks to all of you who extended condolences on the loss of his mother. I’ve been thinking of this next topic for awhile, and if you fear I’m  … Read more

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Paint Scene—October, 2017

By The Paint Dealer,

Sponsored by Dealer Events Lancaster Buying Show Feb. 17-18, Orlando, FL 800.586.7337 National Hardware Show May 8-10, Las Vegas, NV     Gordon Brush Acquires Kirschner Brush Paint brush manufacturer Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., based in City of Industry, California has acquired Bronx-based Kirschner Brush Mfg. Company. Both companies are products of the 1950s—Kirschner from  … Read more

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Just Say Yes—October, 2017

By Contributing Writer,

Habitually Amazing by Shep Hyken   “Delivering good customer service is a habit. You know what’s right.” One day my assistant came in late. Not a big deal….until she came in late two more times that week. The following week the same thing happened again. This was becoming a habit—and not a good one. We  … Read more

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Mark My Words—October, 2017

By Mark Lipton,

  Managing What You Manage Jack Welsh, the highly regarded former CEO of General Electric, used to say, “You can’t grow long term if you can’t eat short term!” It’s hard to argue with that logic. And would I ever be so arrogant as to disagree with the man at the helm of GE while  … Read more

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Prime Coat—October, 2017

By Hans Mugler,

In Memorium — Heidi Mugler The month of October has always been one of my favorite months. The leaves are still changing, and…sports! The St. Louis Cardinals are usually playing post season baseball (wait ’til next year!), my St. Louis Blues still have a chance at Lord Stanley’s Cup, and college and pro football are  … Read more

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Just Say Yes—September, 2017

By Contributing Writer,

How to Sell to a Pretty Woman There’s an old proverb that says, “Outward appearances are not a reliable indication of true character.” In other words, you can’t—and shouldn’t—judge a book by its cover. One of my favorite examples of this is from the movie Pretty Woman starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. This classic  … Read more

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Mark My Words—September, 2017

By Mark Lipton,

The Business of Family I have to admit: at the time I started making fun of my daughter in print—in front of the entire paint industry—it never occurred to me that she would have a chance to reply. As my regular readers know, I have written many times about some of the (really) stupid things  … Read more

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Paint Scene—September, 2017

By The Paint Dealer,

Sponsored by   HANDy Video Contest Who needs the Cannes Film Festival, when you have the Bucket Film Festival? One of the more creative contests in our industry is the annual HANDy Paint Products Film Festival, which took place on September 9 at the company’s Chanhassen, MN headquarters. This charitable event challenges aspiring filmmakers to  … Read more

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