WD-40 Company Honors PDCA Painter as Tradesperson of the Year for Service to Community and Trade

2012-05-31 11:47:08::For Immediate Release

SAN DIEGO — May 23, 2012 — WD-40 Company, in partnership with Rebuilding Together, is recognizing painter Joel Hamberg of Portland, Ore., as the 2011 Rebuilding Together Tradesperson of the Year for the value he adds to his trade profession and exemplary service to his community. Joel is also a member of the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA).

Joel Hamberg of Joel Hamberg Painting is a community leader who uses his knowledge and passion for painting to help people in need.  Nominated for his work at the historic Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Ore., Hamberg donated more than $60,000 in materials and labor to help restore the historic building, and encouraged other tradespeople to contribute to the cause.

“Getting the call that I had won was a welcome surprise, but I think there’re a lot of tradespeople out there doing great things and just not telling people about it,” said Hamberg. “We should share what we’re doing because people like to hear those kind of stories and it can trigger creative ways for others to give back to their communities.”

As winner of the national contest, Hamberg will receive a Super Bowl getaway for two, including air travel, lodging, game tickets and $500 in cash.  He will also receive $10,000 worth of products and tools, courtesy of Sears.

“Joel’s passion and generosity are obvious and he truly lives out one of WD-40 Company’s core values – making it better than it is today,” said Tim Lesmeister, vice president of marketing for WD-40 Company.  “As presenting sponsor of the Tradesperson of the Year contest for the second year in a row, we are proud to honor all of the skilled tradespeople nominated – our core end-users – for being leaders in their industries and generous in their communities.”

For more information about the Tradesperson of the Year program, the judging criteria or to learn more about this year’s finalists, please visit

About WD-40 Company
WD-40 Company, with headquarters in San Diego, is a global consumer products company dedicated to delivering unique, high-value and easy-to-use solutions for a wide variety of maintenance needs of "doer" and "on-the-job" users by leveraging and building the brand fortress of the company.  The company markets multi-purpose maintenance products, which include the WD-40 Multi-Use Product, 3-IN-ONE, BLUE WORKS and WD-40 Specialist™ product lines.  The company also markets homecare and cleaning brands X-14 mildew stain remover and automatic toilet bowl cleaners, 2000 Flushes automatic toilet bowl cleaners, Carpet Fresh and No Vac rug and room deodorizers, Spot Shot® aerosol and liquid carpet stain removers, 1001 household cleaners and rug and room deodorizers, and Lava and Solvol heavy-duty hand cleaners. WD-40 Company markets its products in more than 160 countries worldwide and recorded sales of $336 million in fiscal year 2011.

About Rebuilding Together
Rebuilding Together believes in a safe and healthy home for every person.  It provides critical repairs to an existing home, addressing both structural issues and those that affect the health of the homeowners.  House by house, block by block, Rebuilding Together works with our nearly 200 affiliates, 200,000 volunteers, who are skilled tradespersons, corporate partners and everyday citizens, to repair homes, to stabilize and revitalize communities. For nearly 25 years, the organization has seen the benefits when people remain in their homes: lives are improved and communities are revived. Learn more at

New PPG Professional Paint Solutions Website Provides Comprehensive Online Tool

2012-03-28 10:25:00::For Immediate Release

PITTSBURGH, March 20, 2012 – From architects and specifiers to contractors and residential painters, the recently launched website from PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) architectural coatings business helps paint professionals easily find the products, information and resources relevant to their needs.

Organized into five professional segments – commercial, new home, multi-family, industrial and residential – delivers to visitors in two clicks or fewer targeted content such as most popular products, key services and support, color tools and ecological solutions.

Professionals can quickly find the products they need at with a unique dynamic product search tool that offers more than a dozen filters such as brand, substrate and conformance standard. The search tool makes it easy to identify product features and benefits and to find and save Technical Data and Material Safety Data Sheets.

Additionally, sustainable-building professionals can find detailed information about PPG products’ compliance with governmental regulations, third-party certifications and LEED®. The site also offers color tools and services for commercial and residential designers as well as a new intelligent retail locator and the latest PPG Architectural Coatings news relevant to professionals.

“With, our professional customers now have a one-stop shop for all of our products, services and support,” said Dori Marks, PPG senior marketing manager. “This makes it easier for customers to find specific, relevant and meaningful information.”

PPG Architectural Coatings is an industry leader serving professionals and homeowners through a network of company stores and independent dealers across North America under the PPG PITTSBURGH PAINTS®, PPG PORTER PAINTS® and PPG brands. To learn more about PPG Architectural Coatings and PPG services, or to find a location that sells paints from any of the PPG Architectural Coatings brands, visit>.

PPG: BRINGING INNOVATION TO THE SURFACE.™ PPG Industries' vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. Founded in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in more than 60 countries around the world. Sales in 2011 were $14.9 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol:PPG). For more information, visit>.

Bringing innovation to the surface is a trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.

LEED – an acronym for the phrase “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” – is a registered trademark of the U.S. Green Building Council.

PPG Pittsburgh Paints and PPG Porter Paints are trademarks of PPG Architectural Finishes, Inc.


Painting and Decorating Contractors of America Announces 2012 A.E. Robert Friedman Scholarship Recipients

2012-03-20 11:04:18::For Immediate Release

The Painting and Decorating Contractors of America and A.E. Robert Friedman Trustees are pleased to announce the 2012 A.E. Robert Friedman Scholarship recipients. Since its inception, nearly 200 scholarships have been awarded to deserving students nationwide, each nominated by an active member of PDCA.

The following students have been chosen for the 2012 PDCA A. E. Robert Friedman Scholarship:

  • Jessica Keisel, Ft. Myers, FL – Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Briana L. McGrade, West Brookline, MA  – Art Institute of New England,
  • Patrick Dayton Lane Barton, Columbia, SC – The University of South Carolina
  • Olivia Hvizdos, Wilmington, PA – Westminster College
  • Glory Rialynsid Osalvo Rojo, Honolulu, HI – Hawaii Pacific University

In 2012, the scholarship was $3,000 per recipient. PDCA feels this reflects its commitment to education, the painting and decorating profession and industry in general.

Each year, PDCA members submit names of candidates that are deserving of assistance with their college or vocational education. Candidates are then required to meet certain scholastic and financial needs, based on the scholarship requirements.

The A.E. Robert Friedman Trustees consist of: Carol Adkins, Trustee Chair and PDCA Past President; Dennis Murphy, PDCA Member; Steve Scaturro, PDCA Member; David Siegner, PDCA Past President, Jim Steltzer, PDCA Past President, and Mike Walker, PDCA Member.

The PDCA's A. E. Robert Friedman Scholarship Fund was founded in 1978 to honor Robert Friedman on the occasion of his fortieth anniversary as legal counsel for the PDCA. He served in that capacity until 1981. Since 1978, scholarships have been awarded to deserving students representing a wide variety of backgrounds and career choices. By making the scholarship awards available to any deserving student between the ages of 18 and 26, PDCA members have shown their commitment to supporting the educational efforts of people in their search for a promising career & future.

2013 A. E. Robert Friedman Scholarship applications are currently being accepted. Please visit: for eligibility requirements and 2013 nomination deadlines.
About The Painting and Decorating Contractors of America
The Painting and Decorating Contractors of America serves the coating and wall covering industry with standards, education, training, advocacy, and best practices essential to member success.  For more information, please call (800) 332-7322 or visit  Find a local painting contractor in your area at

2012 CEO Executive Leadership Summit

2012-03-15 08:53:54::For Immediate Release
You are invited to a very special 2012 CEO Executive Leadership Summit at the National Hardware Show, April 30 & May 1, 2012 designed to improve your leadership, your business, your results... and get a peek at the hottest industry products.

Presented by the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America, National Guild of Professional Paperhangers, and International Decorative Artisans League, this unique leadership development event will empower business owners with the tools to overcome barriers to peak performance, articulate an inspiring vision, identify who you are leading and communicate the right information to get things done.

One low price for this great event includes a night at the luxurious Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. You get a powerful leadership presentation from four leadership experts, admission to the most comprehensive product exhibit of the painting and decorating industry, one night stay at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, two meals (dinner on Monday, April 30th and breakfast on Tuesday, May 1), all for only $399.

Space is limited! Reserve your spot today by calling Libby Loomis, your personal PDCA executive leadership planner at 1-800-332-7322, ext. 222.

Click here to view the invitation.

PDCA Announces 2012 Board of Directors

2012-03-13 12:23:15::For Immediate Release

(March 7, 2012 – St. Louis, MO) – The Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) Board of Directors recently elected new board members during the 2012 Painting and Decorating Expo, PDCA’s premier annual event, in Las Vegas. The Board also elected David Ayala, of United Pro Painting, as 2012 board chair. He succeeds Darylene Dennon of Solid Energy, Inc. As board chair, Ayala is the chief elected officer of the PDCA.

The following PDCA members were elected to a two-year term:

East Region
Rob French, Ed French Painting in Oakland Park, FL
Michael Walker, Walker Paint Co., Inc. in Battleboro, NC

Central Region
Ken Palazzo, KC Paint Company, Inc., Cumming, GA
David Ryker, David A Ryker Painting Company, Inc., Indianapolis, IN (re-elected)

West Region
David Ayala, United Pro Painting, Hayward, CA (re-elected)
Bill Shoning, Shoning Contracting, Las Vegas, NV

National Associate
Bruce Schneider, Purdy/Bestt-Liebco, Lake Havasu City, AZ

These elected board members join the following who are currently fulfilling the remaining year of their term:

East Region
Rich O'Neil, Masterwork Painting and Restoration, Bedford, MA
Carl Postupak, Postupak Painting Co. Inc., Wilkes-Barre, PA

Central Region
Tony Severino, Professional Painters, La Grange, IL
Pete Wirtz, Pete the Painter, Inc., Northbrook, IL

West Region
Darylene Dennon, Solid Energy, Inc., Woodinville, WA
Steve Nagelmann, Nagelmann Painting & Decorating, Santa Barbara, CA

Past President
Doug Hampton, Wilson and Hampton Painting, Anaheim, CA

Ayala has been a PDCA member for 30 years and has a long record of service to the Association. Currently, he is a member of the East Bay Counties Chapter PDCA, National Board Member for the California Council, and serves on the Policy Alignment Committee, Governing Documents Committee and Issue Resolution Committee. He also served as president of the Western Conference. Ayala is the owner of United Pro Painting located in Hayward, CA.

About The Painting and Decorating Contractors of America
The Painting and Decorating Contractors of America serves the coating and wall covering industry with standards, education, training, advocacy, and best practices essential to member success. For more information, please call (800) 332-7322 or visit  Find a local painting contractor in your area at

PDCA Announces 2012 National Award Recipients

2012-03-13 12:24:17::For Immediate Release


(ST. LOUIS – March 2012) The Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) recently announced its national award winners during the 2012 Painting & Decorating Expo, PDCA’s premier annual event, February 19-22 in Las Vegas. The awards program honors the most distinguished projects, companies, members and individuals in the coating applications industry by individuals and contracting company members of PDCA.

PDCA presented 2012 awards in the following categories:

2012 PDCA Al Quilici Outstanding Member Award
This is the highest attainable award presented by PDCA to a member or honorary member that has demonstrated a lifetime of contributions to the trade and the PDCA. This most prestigious award acknowledges demonstrated accomplishments for the overall betterment of the contracting environment, in particular, the embodiment of integrity, devotion and steadfast contributions toward advancing PDCA as shown by Mr. Al Quilici.

Carol Adkins, Adkins Quality Painting, Inc. | Mayodan, NC

2012 PDCA Richard A. Liddeke Distinguished Service Award
The Richard A. Liddeke Distinguished Service Award recognizes exceptional, meritorious association and/or industry service. This honor pays tribute for unselfish commitment, the highest qualities of personal character, ultimate professionalism, and significant contributions towards the achievement of PDCA objectives on a nationwide scale.
Rodney Nash, W. W. Nash & Sons, Inc.. | Richmond, VA

2012 PDCA Recruiter of the Year
The Recruiter of the Year Award is presented to a member who has, through exceptional efforts, made an outstanding contribution to membership growth in a forum, council or chapter.

Rich Lauretta, Spectrum Painting and Paperhanging LLC, North Jersey PDCA Chapter | Wayne, NJ

2012 PDCA Associate of the Year
Associate members are the suppliers and manufacturers who provide the products and services needed to conduct business. The Associate Member of the Year Award is presented to the company representative who has consistently supported PDCA in its efforts to improve the coatings application industry.

Lynn Fife, Evergreen Technology | Kent, WA

2012 PDCA Humanitarian of the Year
This award is presented for recognition of extraordinary humanitarian achievements by members. These achievements may or may not be involved with the painting or decorating industry.

Audra Frank, Audra Frank Associates | Stewartsville, NJ

Picture It Painted Professionally (PIPP) Awards
The PIPP Awards, the very first national awards to honor the  best of the painting industry is PDCA's way of paying tribute to the work of professional painting and decorating contractor. This national recognition for a company's best work also honors craftsmen by showcasing their stellar work among their industry peers from across the nation. 2012 PIPP Awards were given to:

Industrial – Alpine Painting & Sandblasting Contractors | Patterson, NJ
Commercial Interior – Hester Decorating Company, Inc. | Des Plaines, IL
Commercial Wallcoverings – Mitchell Forry Wallcovering, Inc. | Elizabethtown, PA
Residential Interior – H.J. Holtz & Sons, Inc. | Richmond, VA
Decorative Finishes Residential – Sutton Painting and Decorating, Inc. | Whitehouse Station, NJ
Decorative Finishes Commercial – Kelly Brothers Painting, Inc. | Truckee, CA
Restoration Commercial Interior – Conrad Schmitt Studios, Inc. | New Berlin, WI
Restoration Commercial Exterior – Painting in Partnership, Inc. | Palantine, IL
Restoration Residential Exterior – Ramsden Painting | Methuen, MA
Charity Project – New Jersey PDCA | Trenton, NJ
Charity Project – Mike Ausherman Painting, Inc. | York, PA
Charity Project – South Jersey Chapter PDCA | Clementon, NJ
Charity Project – Sun Coast and Bay Area Chapters of the PDCA | St. Petersburg, FL
Charity Project – Denver PDCA | Denver, CO

2012 PDCA Safety Awards
The Safety Awards recognize the efforts of member companies who have made a commitment to safety in the workplace by demonstrating and providing evidence of their success in controlling accidents and losses within their companies.

Gold Award – Graydaze Contracting, Inc. | Alpharetta, GA
Silver Award – Alpine Painting and Sandblasting Contractors | Patterson, NJ
Bronze Award – William B. Saleh Co. | Bakersfield, CA
About The Painting and Decorating Contractors of America
The Painting and Decorating Contractors of America serves the coating and wall covering industry with standards, education, training, advocacy, and best practices essential to member success.  For more information, please call (800) 332-7322 or visit  Find a local painting contractor in your area at

Click here to view individual awards videos. 

For more information, contact:
Jessi Goodhart, Communications & Marketing Manager
(800) 332-7322

Two More Exclusive PDCA Member Benefits

2012-01-19 09:17:05::For Immediate Release

Your membership with PDCA is now even more powerful…times two!  Effective January 1, 2012, there will be no charge to take Contractor College courses.  Accreditation processing fees will remain, but the courses will be available FREE to members.

A second new benefit is the Standards User Manual which has been developed to educate members on how to reduce lost revenue. Consistently applying the PDCA Industry Standards to your business is an effective way to save time and money. This handy guidebook can be downloaded FREE and is for PDCA members only. Just click on “Download Standards User Manual” under your online account information, or it can be found under Member Resources on the PDCA website.

PDCA Offers Free YouTube Commercials at 2012 EXPO

2011-12-07 13:13:00::For Immediate Release

Have you started planning your 2012 marketing strategy? Let PDCA help! This February, leave Vegas with one more tool to grow your business…a personalized YouTube commercial! Click here for more information!



Hit the Jackpot When You Register for 2012 EXPO by December 31!

2011-12-06 12:18:41::For Immediate Release

This holiday season, give yourself the gift of learning, networking and blackjack. Who knows...your first bet could be on us!

You could hit the jackpot when you register for the 2012 Painting and Decorating EXPO by December 31st! All full, paid registrations will be entered to win a $100 gaming chip.

For more information, visit the EXPO SITE or call Libby Loomis at 800-332-7322.

APC Training Day- November 15, 2011, Orlando

2011-12-02 17:15:54::For Immediate Release

APC Training Day

November 15, 2011
Homewood Suites by Hilton - International Drive

Training Day is a FREE one-day, education-packed American Painting Contractor seminar, co-presented with the PDCA, which delivers the practical painting-specific information you need. Sample agendas include:

Training Days begins with a continental breakfast at 8:00 a.m. Sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. Below are common session topics covered during Training Days. A final schedule will be posted on September 1.
• Estimating – Proper Estimating and Pricing Techniques
• Decorative Painting – Learn the latest and greatest in faux finishing and decorative painting.
• Guerilla Marketing for Contractors
• Social Networking for Painting Contractors
• Choosing the Right Painter's Tape: The Key to Productivity
• Focus Groups — Tell manufacturers what you like and don't like about the products on the market.
• Mold and Mildew
• RRP Rule

It’s a seminar created specifically for you—from the efficient schedule to the highly relevant, content-rich sessions—in a city near you. Get the information you need and want without sacrificing a lot of time away from your business—and free food and gifts too! Breakfast and lunch are included in your FREE registration!


To reserve your seat, visit or contact Terry Crockett: 800-223-1797, ext. 298 or





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