Opportunities in Lead Paint Removal & Abatement

Posted by: Diane Capuano
The lead removal and abatement market offers many opportunities for paint and decorating retailers. Those opportunities are enumerated in great detail in an article in the August issue of Paint & Decorating Retailer magazine.
Here are just a few excerpts of that article, enumerating some of the potential opportunities.
“Lead abatement in mature markets […]Continue reading »

Second PDRA Webinar: The Power of YouTube

Posted by Diane Capuano
Learn all about YouTube in the second in a series of PDRA webinars. The webinar, which is free to PDRA members, will take place from 11 a.m. – noon CDT on Tuesday, Aug. 14. Non-members may also participate at a cost of $50.
The webinar is entitled: “Eight Effective Ways to use YouTube […]Continue reading »

Benjamin Moore Names Bob Merritt New CEO

Posted by Diane Capuano
Benjamin Moore & Co. has announced the appointment of Robert S. (Bob) Merritt as Chief Executive Officer and President, following the departure of Denis Abrams in early June.
Abrams headed Benjamin Moore for seven years. According to his profile on Bloomberg Businessweek, he joined the company in 1995 and held a variety […]Continue reading »

R.I. Gov. Signs Paint Stewardship Law

via press release
Fourth U.S. State to Adopt Law Projected to Save Local Governments Millions
PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee has signed into law the nation’s fourth program requiring paint manufacturers to safely manage leftover latex and oil-based paint from households and painting contractors. The legislation was supported by the paint industry and resulted […]Continue reading »

PDRA’s First Webinar Attracts “Pinterested” Audience

Posted by Diane Capuano
If ever there was a social media network that is closely suited to the paint and decorating industry, that site is certainly Pinterest.
Pinterest is the latest social media phenomenon, attracting consumers who want to share their mutual interests on a multitude of topics such as home decorating, crafts, recipes and more. The […]Continue reading »

Breaking News: Denis Abrams Departs Benjamin Moore

Posted by: Diane Capuano
A source at Benjamin Moore has confirmed to us the departure of Denis Abrams from his post as CEO, Chairman and President. Media sources indicate that Bob Merritt has been appointed to succeed Abrams.
The 129-year-old paint man…Continue reading »

Retailer to Retailer: Mike Fleck

Posted by: Diane Capuano
Mike Fleck, the newest member of the PDRA Board,  is the owner of Flecks Paint Spot, which has stores in Toms River and Forked River, N.J.
To introduce Mike to our readership, Paint & Decorating Retailer magazine recently conducted a Q&A interview. Below are excerpts from that interview.
Q: First, […]Continue reading »

PDRA-Sponsored Webinar Will “Pin Down” Pinterest

Posted by: Diane Capuano
The newest social media phenomenon, Pinterest” is taking the world by storm. How can those in the paint and decorating industry take part? You will learn exactly that in the PDRA-sponsored webinar called “Pinning Down Pinterest: What Everyone in the Paint & Decorating Industry Needs to Know.”
The webinar, which is free to […]Continue reading »

Upbeat Start to 2012 for Independent Paint & Decorating Stores

Posted by: Diane Capuano
2012 got off to a good start for independent retailers of paint and decorating products in the U.S., posting a 6.8 percent increase in the first three months when compared to the first quarter of 2011. In Canada, total store sales were comparable to 2011 through the first three months of the […]Continue reading »

Retailer to Retailer: Jim King

Posted by: Diane Capuano
In the May issue of PDR Magazine’s new “Retailer to Retailer” feature, we introduced you to PDRA’s Vice President/Treasurer Jim King, owner of Colormagic in Cookeville, Tenn. Excerpts from that interview are posted below:
Q: Can you provide a bit of background about you and your store?

A: My start in […]Continue reading »