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Likeminded Painters Australia: Painters Domain Podcast
57 minutes | Mar 23, 2022
Ep 20 - Interview with Jeremy Forbes, Co-Founder of HALT: Hope Assistance Local Tradies
In this episode of the Like Minded Painters Australia: Painters Domain Podcast, we are talking to a 20 year old industry veteran, a trade qualified painter and decorator, and the co-founder of HALT, Hope Assistance Local Tradies. And he hails from the small country town of Castlemaine about an hour and a half from Melbourne. Jeremy Forbes or Jezz to his friends, has experienced the highs and lows associated with the building industry financially, physically, mentally. And he would like tradies to be more conscious of how depression, stress, tiredness and frustration can impact on their lives and their loved ones around them. Jeremy's catch phrase is, "The pain of regret is far greater than the pain of hard work."
36 minutes | Mar 9, 2022
Ep 19 - Interview with Todd Smith
Todd Smith might be one of the nicest blokes that I've met in the Australian painting industry.that I've met in the Australian painting industry. Hailing from Salt Lake City in the U.S. state of Utah, Todd started his career in the painting industry working for a major paint supplier in the U.S. Arriving in Australia in 2010, Todd started working for Bunnings in Brisbane, where he met a sales rep for Wagner, and that's where his career in the painting industry here really expanded. For those of you who may not be aware of who Todd Smith is, you may recognise him from his Instagram catchphrase of "Yo Painters." In his podcast, Todd shares his ideas on life and the Australian painting industry here versus that of the United States.
49 minutes | Feb 23, 2022
Ep 18 - Interview with George Roumpanis, Owner & Operator of Contemporary Finishes
George Roumpanis is a third generation painter and owner operator of Contemporary Finishes in Sydney. In this podcast, we learn how George's world changed overnight. When one morning, his father simply did not come down for work, first thing in the morning, like he'd done religiously for years before. After that morning, George had to take the bull by the horns and take charge of the business. He openly admits that he was in wire in his head. Depression kicked in, but he found his feet and he moved on. And then along time a young bloke called Brad and things turned around for George, as they formed an unlikely bond and business partnership, but it worked. Between the two, they established their roles within the business, and the dynamic worked and worked so well they had 15 in employees and contractors. A couple of years later, the pair decided to separate and went in their own directions. And once again, George had to take stock, refocus on his new business and rebuild. And I'm pleased to say that George is now passing on the button to his fourth generation painter in his son, Costa as a family business continues.
62 minutes | Feb 9, 2022
Ep 17 - Interview with Richard Abela, CEO of Oldfields
Richard Abela is the son of immigrant parents, who were established in Australia originally as cane farmers in North Queensland. However, Richard would be raised in the Western suburbs of Sydney. Richard's education was not the best to begin with as his HSC results would show. So here is the interesting thing about Richard, he has a fear of failure. Determined not to let those results get the better of him, he got up, dusted himself off and turned his education around. Richard knuckled down to study an accounting qualification and now has an MBA with a marketing specialization. And, ironically, now teaches the Emerging Leaders program at the University of Western Sydney. Having had many roles throughout his career that has seen him work in many parts of the world, Richard now finds himself as a CEO of one, if not the, oldest and most established tool suppliers, to the painting and decorating industry in Australia, Oldfields. In this podcast, we will talk to Richard about where Oldfields came from to reestablishing Oldfields as a market leader and everything in between.
36 minutes | Jan 19, 2022
Ep 16 - Interview with Christina Toon from Enhanced Business Consulting
In this episode of The Likeminded Painters Australia: Painter's Domain Podcast recorded in November, 2021. Christina Toon explains how one one set of systems won't work all businesses and why. Christina Toon has been helping painting business owners across Australia for many years. I have personally seen some of these business owners grow from a simple one-person operation wearing all the caps. They do all the office work, quoting, tax, all down to applying the product to the surface. You know what I'm talking about and I'm sure you've all felt the pain. Christina Toon has a large customer service and business development background. Having worked in government, pay TV service, and a painting business. With all the knowledge that she has gained over the years, Christina has developed systems that help painters grow from a simple one person operation, to employing multiple staff, and allowing the business owner to get off the tools and to work on the business not in it. If you're looking to take your business to the next level, this is a podcast you do not want to miss.
72 minutes | Dec 1, 2021
Ep 15 - Interview with Jamie Downey
In this episode of the Likeminded Painters Australia: Painters Domain podcast, we sit down and speak to Jamie Downey. Jamie came to Australia on just a whim. He was painting a travel agency in his home country of New Zealand, where, in an instant, he asked the travel agent to book him a flight to Brisbane. Once he arrived in Brisbane, his life changed and he hasn't looked back. Jamie explains it hasn't always been an easy road, having wrestled with his demons of addiction until one day he met a tradesman on site that helped him turn his life around. Jamie now runs a successful painting business on Brisbane's north side, and it's great to see Jamie kicking goals these days. And he explains to me how he got the ball rolling for his business and how he continues to drive new leads.
93 minutes | Oct 27, 2021
Ep 14 - Interview with Ed Ross & Dan Allen of TIACS: This is a Conversation Starter
In this episode of the "Likeminded Painters Australia: Painters Domain" podcast, we talk to two unlikely tradies, one from the suburbs of Sydney, and the other from the Queensland Outback town of Longreach. These two young men drew strength from a tragedy just a few years ago to create a social-impact workwear brand by creating funky, eye-catching workwear designed to start the conversation about mental health among the blue-collar community, and helping make an invisible issue impossible to ignore. Through the sale of their workwear, they have funded the creating of the mental-health charity TIACS, the acronym for "This Is A Conversation Starter." TIACS is a free, unlimited, professional mental-health support service for tradies, truckies, and blue-collar workers. Dan Allen and Ed Ross are the two men behind workwear brand TradeMutt.
43 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
Ep 13 - Interview with Tim Molloy, CEO of GeoNext
In this episode of the Likeminded Painters Australia: Painters Domain Podcast I'm speaking with Sydney based business software entrepreneur, Tim Molloy. Tim has had a career that is focused in on growing businesses. He has an extensive international experience in mergers and acquisitions, marketing and sales, strategy and profitable revenue generation leading to wealth creation for its shareholders. Company director and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Tim is now CEO of GeoNext, the job management software, with over 40 team members in five different countries GeoNext is helping tradies track and manage their businesses and take 'em to the next level.
46 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
Ep 12 - Interview with Katrina Haynes of HR Matters
Katrina Haynes is a senior HR professional with over 20 years of strategic HR experience, with a strong focus on delivering high performing teams within a positive culture. Katrina has a passion for creating highly engaged cultures that lead to increased performance, positive client experiences and business success. In addition to this, Katrina also provides a generalist HR expertise in all areas relating to people and HR processes for trade based industries. In this podcast, we discover a lot of those issues that affect all painting business owners. I think everyone will get a fair bit out of this one. So let's get into it.
26 minutes | Aug 18, 2021
Ep 11 - Interview with Danny Talbot of Talbots Services
I'm going to introduce you today to a guy that I'm happy to call a friend. He's a boy from regional New South Wales that as a young bloke, had his sight set on the bright lights of the Big Smoke and playing dreams for his beloved mighty Sydney City Roosters.Today, he's the head of his own painting company and employs approximately 15 staff and several contractors. He's a community-minded guy, and he also now sits as a president of the Master Painters, New South Wales. I hope you guys enjoy this as much as I enjoyed recording it.
32 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
Ep 10 - Interview with Ben Fish
We are back for 2021. And in this episode of the like-minded painters Australia: Painters Domain Podcast, I took the studio on the road in late 2020. And once I landed in Western Australia, I jumped in the car for a two-and-a-half hour trek south of Perth to the town of Dunsborough to catch up with that painter guy.Most of you would have seen or heard of Ben Fish, or better known as Fen Bish and his painting comedy videos. In his podcast we discover why those videos have mainly disappeared from the internet and the fallout surrounding those.We also take a look at the differences between painting on the west coast of Australia to those that have been painting on the east coast, which is a little bit of an eye-opener for those who didn't realize what materials are being used in the west and how the surfaces need to be prepared, as well as how they also finish some of their projects.It's a little bit different, but let's get into it.
57 minutes | Nov 25, 2020
Ep 9 - Interview with Theodore Vairaktaris: The Founder of Usher Group
60 minutes | Nov 16, 2020
Ep 8 - Interview with Bryn Hardwood from The Tradies Accountant
Bryn Harwood founded the Tradies Accountant in 2015, with the idea for it to be the go-to accountancy firm in Australia for trade-based industries.Bryn and his team have since been freeing up the time of trade-based business ownersand helping them grow their business through removing the burden of managing tax compliance and bookkeeping amongst other things.Let's face it, the area around taxation in business can be a legal minefield.In this podcast, we speak about developing and scaling your business through planning, setting goals, as well as something that appears to have a lot of misconception about it,sham contracting.Most importantly, however, we speak about surrounding yourself with people that know more than you do. For those in business or looking at going intobusiness for themselves, this podcast is for you.
36 minutes | Oct 28, 2020
Ep 7 - Interview with Craig Charlton from Lock Jaw Ladder Grip
Craig Charlton is the co-founder of the Lock Jaw Ladder Grip, however the original idea wasborn way back in the '70s, and was the brainchild of his father, Robert.Craig and Robert were passionate about helping people stay safe on ladders, and prevent injuries, through a design concept that would stand up to the rigorous safety benchmarks, as well as standards of convenience.They undertook countless hours of design work, and trial and error. Craig drew on his legal background to ensure that they had the designs and patents down pat. Craig explains the longroad that was taken to get this product to the market, and we are talking about many, many years.If you have had an idea that you want to design, get a patent on, and take it to the market, then this is a podcast that I think you're really going to enjoy.It's one interesting journey.
46 minutes | Oct 14, 2020
Ep 6 - Interview with Luke West
Luke West is a painter that was born in Victoria, but traveled most of his young life and has lived in most parts of Australia following his father's military career.In Luke's own words, he describes himself as an army brat. Luke has now established himself a home base in Townsville, and although he has bounced around locations, he always finds himself returning to tropical North Queensland.Having completed his apprenticeship in Townsville, and now making a living these days as a painter, he's had a very interesting path; a musical career that was discovered by Triple J's Unearthed series, wrestled crocodiles, and has even been a contestant on a few music reality TV shows.Despite what might look like the perfect life on the outside, Luke has had his ownbattles, and from that he's established his own mental health support group.This is one hell of a bloody podcast. I really enjoyed putting this one together, and I think you guys will enjoy it too.
31 minutes | Sep 30, 2020
Ep 5 - Interview with Craig McDonald from Taubmans & Coloursmith
I'm enthusiastic about this episode as we discover some exciting new technology to the painting industry that has been created right here in Australia, and is going to be rolled out right across the world. To share this story with you, we are speaking with Craig McDonald from PPG. Craig is the PPG state sales manager for North Queensland and the Northern Territory. Craig is also going to share with us an interesting story around how White Knight SLSH Primer got its name.
40 minutes | Sep 16, 2020
Ep 4 - Interview with Luke Middleton from Red Elk Painting
In the next edition of the Painter's Domain Podcast we're talking to Luke Middleton. Luke is a man of many talents, he has had many highs and lows in business and he will talk us through some of his mistakes and triumphs. Interestingly enough he was once crowned the 3rd strongest man in Queensland. Having travelled and lived in many different parts of the country in his young years, his family eventually settled in the Brisbane suburbs in his early teens. This is where Luke originally had decided he wanted to be a carpenter. That never eventuated and so he was offered a position in painting and decorating apprenticeship which is something he is glad he took up. Another thing that's interesting about Luke is his business strategy, where he concentrates working for builders and actually avoids residential work.
37 minutes | Aug 18, 2020
Ep 3 - Interview with Anthony Williams from AJ's Painting, Townsville
In this weeks episode we are talking to Anthony Williams from AJ’s Painting Townsville.Growing up in Brisbane’s Western suburbs Anthony had a bit of Troublesome start to life but a change of school turned this around as he found Solis in the books. After school Anthony completed his first trade, yes that’s right he has two trades and we will find outwhat that is and why he never pursued a career in that industry. I dig into how his passion for business started and a bit of a left field story. We are going to talk about the struggles we have in starting business. It's an interesting journey, I think you are going to enjoy it. Anyway lets get rolling.
42 minutes | Aug 5, 2020
Ep 2 - Interview with Aaron & Tracey from Business Insurance Cover Services
In this weeks episode we are talking to Aaron and Tracey from Business Insurance Cover Services. I want to find out from Aaron and Tracey how they came to be in Insurance and what motivates them in the world of insurance, we will take a look at what types of insurances you should be looking at for you and your business and how to protect yourself from being under insured, something I learnt about the hard way recently, also we will touch on topic that is at the forefront of everyone’s mind currently. How is Coronavirus effecting insurance policies at present? Anyway lets get rolling
7 minutes | Jul 24, 2020
Ep 1 - Introduction to Painters Domain Podcast
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