American Painting Contractor Magazine

March 2013

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Sponsored by n my recent journey down APC memory lane, I landed on the very first issue we announced a TOP JOB winner. The year was 1998, Clinton was president, the Broncos had just won the Super Bowl and the world didn���t know it yet, but we were about to be introduced to Britney Spears. In the painting world, APC was announcing Turning Point Woodworks from St. Paul, Minn., as its very first TOP JOB winner. The job involved a ton of stripping; removal of siding; and reconstruction of soffits, lattice and an entire porch. It was a tough and tedious job, and it was well done. That���s what TOP JOBS is all about ��� great work by great companies. After 15 years of TOP JOBS, we have gained a pretty extensive library of amazing paint jobs from all sectors of the industry. Last year I said that every year we see a different sector surge. One year it���s the painted ladies, the next, decorative; last year it was commercial. I had no idea what it would be this year, but I was expecting something to take the lead. As time so often likes to do, it proved me wrong. This year we had an eerily even number from commercial, decorative and residential. Quite frankly, it made the judging even harder. Each sector has its fair share of obstacles and beautiful, functional end results. All of our entries this year had all those things. I can tell from this batch of entries that many of you were reaching for new heights, and I say to all of our entrants, bravo! What really made this year���s TOP JOB grand-prize winner stand out was the diversity of processes that were involved. I I 18 ��� March 2013 APC was amazed to see metal grinders preparing a surface in one photo and a beautifully executed decorative finish in the next. Not only that, they did all this work over and around multiple different trades and on a very tight schedule. So with that, I congratulate this year���s grand prize winner, Hester Painting and Decorating, for their hard work on a 120,000-square-foot commercial building in California. Tough stuff and really well done. Our first-prize winners were nothing short of fantastic either. One Way Paint and Design gave us something we���ve never really seen: a veritable garden of chalkboards in the lobby of an entertainment production office. I know that a lot of local artists will enjoy the fun that brings along with it. The ability to ���change script and rewrite��� whenever the client wanted to change the layout of a wall was quite impressive. Focal Points, Inc., won our hearts with a beautiful story of finishes and friendship. Mary Childs and her crew of four tackled more than 13 areas in a residential home and created everything from glazes to full-blown murals for this Florida family. During her time on the job, the clients not only provided a canvas for some beautiful work but also life lessons that Mary will carry with her into the future. Jimmy���s Custom Painting is no stranger to the TOP JOBS contest. His grand-prize house from 2010 is right next door to this year���s winner. A lot of patience is required to work on a project that lasts three years, but the time and effort are apparent. Beautifully executed plaster finishes in addition to some breathtaking woodwork make this one worth a look. As always, I would like to give a big thank you to our sponsors, Modern Masters, Graco, Purdy and especially Zinsser, who gave our grand-prize winner a check for $5,000! This award program would never be possible without you! Here���s to another year of great projects, and don���t forget to keep recording your TOP JOBS! APC TOP JOBS GRAND-PRIZE WINNER Hester Painting and Decorating, Steve Hester, Skokie, Ill. FIRST-PRIZE WINNERS One Way Paint and Design, Danny Tron, El Segundo, Calif. Focal Points, Inc., Mary Childs, Apopka, Fla. Jimmy���s Custom Painting, Jimmy Wisniewski, Aliso Viejo, Calif. HONORABLE MENTIONS Lazenby���s Decorative Arts Studio, Rik Lazenby, Hoover, Ala. Kellogg���s Painting, Thomas Kellogg, Leeds, N.Y. John Neill Painting, Suhaiba Neill, Merion, Pa. Michelangelo Decorative Painting, Inga Belozerova, West Milford, N.J. Koch Bros. Decorating, Rick Swarigen, St. Louis, Mo. Wallartistry, Debra Campbell, Miamisburg, Ohio

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