How does a realtor in California become a successful painting contractor in Virginia? Donna Dawe of Color Expressions Painting has that answer, and here is her journey.
As a realtor, Donna had the opportunity to refurbish and renovate properties. Since that was the area she enjoyed most, it was a logical transition to residential repaint. When she moved to Virginia she opened her own company and now runs 3 residential crews and 1 commercial crew. Eighty-five percent of her business is residential repaint, but she is anxious to become more involved in the commercial segment of the industry. Donna says “There was a lot to learn, but it’s an interesting business. To satisfy my creative side, I’ve gotten into the decorative/faux side of the business. Most recently we have started doing carved and stamped concrete. We create trick stacked stone and stamped concrete walls, BBQ surrounds, and fireplace surrounds.”
When asked what attracted her to PDCA she said, “The education and support services of PDCA are great. I also enjoy meeting and socializing with other contractors and service providers. PDCA helps me stay abreast of changes in the industry, new products, and new ways of achieving desired results. It has made me a better-informed operator.”
Donna’s advice to new members: “Get involved! Participate and network with other painters. Go to the annual conventions. Make the most of your membership.”
PDCA offers kudos to Donna and her excellent staff. Enjoy your well-deserved place in the Member Spotlight!