After returning from a missionary international volunteer program in 1992, I was invited to work for a local painting contractor. At the time I had no idea I would be starting a life long career in the painting industry. As I learned how to prepare a door jamb or cabinetry for either a painting or staining system, then seeing the finished product. I was amazed at the transformation. This is when my passion for painting began to build.
Being in the early 90′s, the construction industry was experiencing a mild recession. Throughout this period, I worked for many painting contractors. Learning many methods and applying a wide range of coatings. I had the opportunity to learn from some of the best painting contractors within my demographic area. We worked on some of the most elite homes, including Bob Hope’s House in the Palm Springs area.
I found my self intrigued with the wide range of coatings I was applying, how they flowed, adhered and why I could not get some off my hands and others I could. I would take every opportunity I could to pick the brains of my coworkers, employers and paint manufacturer representatives.
I then got an opportunity to work for one of the largest painting contractors in the Coachella Valley, as he was bouncing back from the mild recession in the mid 90’s. He invited me to work in Reno Nevada, as a spray-man. I eagerly accepted and gave notice to my employer at the time. I believed this would give me more of an opportunity to build myself a carrier in the painting industry. This was the beginning of a 13 year relationship with this employer, growing in all aspects of the painting industry, while creating many relationships in the construction industry.
I rapidly moved from a spray-man, to a foreman, all the way up to Vice President of Operations. We managed painting projects for some of the largest General Contractors in the construction industry. Some of my responsibilities were, safety manager, quality control, purchasing, human resource, public relations, estimating and job costing. The housing bubble took us to levels I never thought possible with the economy we were experiencing. This gave me the opportunity to learn how to manage the field and official operations.
In 2006 we began to see the affects of the recession, as the housing bubble began to collapse. All construction was coming to a stop, sales were declining. It became obvious that my 13 year relationship with this employer had come to an end. In mid 2007, I applied for my California State Contractor License. This is when my wife Monica and I formed Ewing Painting Inc..
We focused on a different demographic area, as we did not want to compete with my previous employer. We worked on building new relationships, networking through the Chamber of Commerce and other networking groups. We have built and maintained many solid relationships within our community and surrounding areas.
Starting this venture along with my wife has had it’s challenges. I initially set up expecting to grow fast, not realizing how long the recession would last starting in 2007. For the next 5 years I worked in the field during the day and in the office into the late night.
“Why are you sending me emails at 1am” a customer once asked me. I forget my response but it got me thinking, thinking a lot. I was grinding the pavement, burning the candle at both ends. That 1am email question was infused in my brain as I rolled a wall, sprayed a ceiling or pounded on the keyboard at obscene hours.
I had a perfectly capable employee who could start and finish projects. I had answered the 1am question in my own ways, ducking from the reality that a person can not continue to operate as I was. I had to transform myself from being a technician to owning my role as a entrepreneur.
If your business depends on you, you don’t own a business—you have a job. And it’s the worst job in the world because you’re working for a lunatic!”
― Michael E. Gerber, The E-Myth Revisited
I realized I was working for a lunatic! Worse that lunatic was me! I started the process of ending my life long career as a technician and owning my role as a entrepreneur. I immediately stopped the late night emails and began delegating responsibilities. We begin to experience growth and more importantly that lunatic was gone!
We are continuing to grow and implementing new systems to give our customers the best experience we can offer. Each project we take is not just a picture we add to our portfolio, but new relationships being created. We look forward in creating new relationships
Ewing Painting currently performs work for residential homeowners general contractors and property maintenance. We have applied various coatings for retail, commercial, and residential clients. If you are ready to contact us click here or call Gabe Ewing for immediate assistance at 7609101971