John Reynolds What is your position at Solomon Colors? Training & Product Development Manager When did you start at Solomon Colors? December, 2005 What did you do before that? I was a contractor in Springfield, IL specializing in concrete overlays, stains, and landscape edging. What is your role regarding training and demos? I direct and coordinate the training programs, both in-house and at the distributor level across the country. In addition, I teach the overlay and stain portions of our in-house events. What is the best project you've worked on? I worked on a project where large animal images were applied to four different locations in a commons area in a large residential development. I took sketches from a landscape architect to a printer who made large stencils for me and I took them and made really colorful images on the concrete. In the end, we had created a frog on a lily pad, a snake, a salamander, and a turtle. Each animal covered 2-300 square feet. What was your first project? My first job was my own driveway, walkway, and front porch. I used a spray mix to coat it all. 1200 square feet. Installed August of 1996 and it still looks great! What was the biggest mistake or blunder you've made on a project? Repairs... underestimating repair. That, and getting caught in the rain while applying an overlay. What are your specialties/areas of expertise? Surface prep, acid and water based staining, and overlays from start to finish. What was your first job/career of any kind? Hospital food service in high school. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Hmmm.... hard call, here. Mint chocolate chip or pralines and cream. But ultimately, I'm weak in the presence of a Heath Bar Blizzard.

John Reynolds

What is your position at Solomon Colors?

Training & Product Development Manager

When did you start at Solomon Colors?

December, 2005

What did you do before that?

I was a contractor in Springfield, IL specializing in concrete overlays, stains, and landscape edging.

What is your role regarding training and demos?

I direct and coordinate the training programs, both in-house and at the distributor level across the country. In addition, I teach the overlay and stain portions of our in-house events.

What is the best project you've worked on?

I worked on a project where large animal images were applied to four different locations in a commons area in a large residential development. I took sketches from a landscape architect to a printer who made large stencils for me and I took them and made really colorful images on the concrete. In the end, we had created a frog on a lily pad, a snake, a salamander, and a turtle. Each animal covered 2-300 square feet.

What was your first project?

My first job was my own driveway, walkway, and front porch. I used a spray mix to coat it all. 1200 square feet. Installed August of 1996 and it still looks great!

What was the biggest mistake or blunder you've made on a project?

Repairs... underestimating repair. That, and getting caught in the rain while applying an overlay.

What are your specialties/areas of expertise?

Surface prep, acid and water based staining, and overlays from start to finish.

What was your first job/career of any kind?

Hospital food service in high school.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Hmmm.... hard call, here. Mint chocolate chip or pralines and cream. But ultimately, I'm weak in the presence of a Heath Bar Blizzard.

Josh Cunningham What is your position at Solomon Colors? Training & Technical Support When did you start at Solomon Colors? June, 2016 What did you do before that? Decorative concrete contractor. Worked for Murray's Decorative Concrete Supply in Kansas City. Worked at The Stamp Store in Oklahoma City. What is your role regarding training and demos? [...] put together and teach hands on training classes. From fresh pour classes, countertop classes, overlays classes, vertical stamp classes, and coatings classes. What is the best project you've worked on? Pouring concrete countertops in The Chesapeake Arena. What was your first project? A 120 square foot overlay, stain, and seal. What was the biggest mistake or blunder you've made on a project? Pouring with totally wrong integral color, What are your specialties/areas of expertise? Fresh pour, concrete countertops, and overlays. What was your first job/career of any kind? My first job was bagging groceries at a supermarket at 16 years old. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Strawberry.

Josh Cunningham

What is your position at Solomon Colors?

Training & Technical Support

When did you start at Solomon Colors?

June, 2016

What did you do before that?

Decorative concrete contractor. Worked for Murray's Decorative Concrete Supply in Kansas City. Worked at The Stamp Store in Oklahoma City.

What is your role regarding training and demos?

[...] put together and teach hands on training classes. From fresh pour classes, countertop classes, overlays classes, vertical stamp classes, and coatings classes.

What is the best project you've worked on?

Pouring concrete countertops in The Chesapeake Arena.

What was your first project?

A 120 square foot overlay, stain, and seal.

What was the biggest mistake or blunder you've made on a project?

Pouring with totally wrong integral color,

What are your specialties/areas of expertise?

Fresh pour, concrete countertops, and overlays.

What was your first job/career of any kind?

My first job was bagging groceries at a supermarket at 16 years old.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Strawberry.

Steve Johnson What is your position at Solomon Colors? Ready Mix & Decorative Products Sales for IL, IN, MO, KS & Lower IA When did you start at Solomon Colors? 1999 What did you do before that? Concrete contractor in Springfield, IL area, specializing in decorative concrete. What is your role regarding training and demos? To support continuing education, whether it be with a contractor, producer, or specifier. I can present solo or with a contingent of Solomon staff; in Springfield, IL or on location. What is the best project you've worked on? Municipality jobs were my favorite. Large jobs on streets and sidewalks allow for training in real-life situations that are so big that, if your trainees make small mistakes while training, it can be overlooked. My favorite locations were Temuco, Chile and St. John USVI. What was your first project? I purchased a quick imprint roller as my first stamping tool, against my wife's wishes, in 1990. My four-man crew executed the project without any issues and, to this day, the project still looks great. What was the biggest mistake or blunder you've made on a project? Being complacent can cost you. Little things can be costly mistakes. Partial pails of release agent that you estimate can complete a job, but run out before the end of the job. Not having enough stamp tools to properly finish a project. The biggest mistakes come from meeting the customers' expectations. What are your specialties/areas of expertise? Integral color is number one. I also help a lot of people with color combinations and sealer application. What was your first job/career of any kind? Farming. Until I moved away after high school, my sisters and I gathered eggs from 35,000 chickens, 365 days a year, twice a day. We tended to 100 head of cattle and crops. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Pralines and Cream or anything with pecans in it.

Steve Johnson

What is your position at Solomon Colors?

Ready Mix & Decorative Products Sales for IL, IN, MO, KS & Lower IA

When did you start at Solomon Colors?

1999

What did you do before that?

Concrete contractor in Springfield, IL area, specializing in decorative concrete.

What is your role regarding training and demos?

To support continuing education, whether it be with a contractor, producer, or specifier. I can present solo or with a contingent of Solomon staff; in Springfield, IL or on location.

What is the best project you've worked on?

Municipality jobs were my favorite. Large jobs on streets and sidewalks allow for training in real-life situations that are so big that, if your trainees make small mistakes while training, it can be overlooked. My favorite locations were Temuco, Chile and St. John USVI.

What was your first project?

I purchased a quick imprint roller as my first stamping tool, against my wife's wishes, in 1990. My four-man crew executed the project without any issues and, to this day, the project still looks great.

What was the biggest mistake or blunder you've made on a project?

Being complacent can cost you. Little things can be costly mistakes. Partial pails of release agent that you estimate can complete a job, but run out before the end of the job. Not having enough stamp tools to properly finish a project. The biggest mistakes come from meeting the customers' expectations.

What are your specialties/areas of expertise?

Integral color is number one. I also help a lot of people with color combinations and sealer application.

What was your first job/career of any kind?

Farming. Until I moved away after high school, my sisters and I gathered eggs from 35,000 chickens, 365 days a year, twice a day. We tended to 100 head of cattle and crops.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Pralines and Cream or anything with pecans in it.

 
Todd Rose What is your position at Solomon Colors? Sales Manager for KY, TN, AL, MS, & Panhandle FL When did you start at Solomon Colors? May, 2015 What did you do before that? Worked as a consultant in India. What is your role regarding training and demos? To help contractors expand technical as well as business growth. What is the best project you've worked on? Tierra Centre Streetscap's, Sioux City, IA. What was your first project? An acid stain restaurant.   What was the biggest mistake or blunder you've made on a project? You name it, I have probably made it! What are your specialties/areas of expertise? Stamped, stenciled, interior stains, microtoppings. What was your first job/career of any kind? I was a farrier for ten years. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? .Old fashioned vanilla with coffee or chocolate syrup.

Todd Rose

What is your position at Solomon Colors?

Sales Manager for KY, TN, AL, MS, & Panhandle FL

When did you start at Solomon Colors?

May, 2015

What did you do before that?

Worked as a consultant in India.

What is your role regarding training and demos?

To help contractors expand technical as well as business growth.

What is the best project you've worked on?

Tierra Centre Streetscap's, Sioux City, IA.

What was your first project?

An acid stain restaurant.  

What was the biggest mistake or blunder you've made on a project?

You name it, I have probably made it!

What are your specialties/areas of expertise?

Stamped, stenciled, interior stains, microtoppings.

What was your first job/career of any kind?

I was a farrier for ten years.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

.Old fashioned vanilla with coffee or chocolate syrup.

Jack Severns What is your position at Solomon Colors? Sales Manager for Western PA, Upstate NY, MI, Northern KY, and WV.   When did you start at Solomon Colors? Started as a representative in 1997; full time employee in 2006. What did you do before that? Concrete, framing houses, and personnel administration. What is your role regarding training and demos? Presenter and trainer. What is the best project you've worked on? Everyone's but mine! What was your first project? My first overlay project was my own patio with SM Professional Grade. What was the biggest mistake or blunder you've made on a project? Got caught in a popup rainstorm with 200 square feet of basecoat wet on the ground! What are your specialties/areas of expertise? I really like stamped concrete, but am very attracted to overlays because of the creativity and personal influence you can put into it. What was your first job/career of any kind? Paperboy for 6 years. Great job but ZERO days off. Good money for a kid. 365 days a year, never late! What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Breyer's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Jack Severns

What is your position at Solomon Colors?

Sales Manager for Western PA, Upstate NY, MI, Northern KY, and WV.  

When did you start at Solomon Colors?

Started as a representative in 1997; full time employee in 2006.

What did you do before that?

Concrete, framing houses, and personnel administration.

What is your role regarding training and demos?

Presenter and trainer.

What is the best project you've worked on?

Everyone's but mine!

What was your first project?

My first overlay project was my own patio with SM Professional Grade.

What was the biggest mistake or blunder you've made on a project?

Got caught in a popup rainstorm with 200 square feet of basecoat wet on the ground!

What are your specialties/areas of expertise?

I really like stamped concrete, but am very attracted to overlays because of the creativity and personal influence you can put into it.

What was your first job/career of any kind?

Paperboy for 6 years. Great job but ZERO days off. Good money for a kid. 365 days a year, never late!

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Breyer's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Harlan Baldridge What is your position at Solomon Colors? Sales Manager for Solomon Colors and Brickform covering Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alberta, British Columbia, and Alaska. When did you start at Solomon Colors? Heck, I don't know. What did you do before that? Prior to Solomon and Brickform, I was a concrete contractor/manual laborer in the concrete industry, dating back to about 1983, with a focus on decorative concrete. What is your role regarding training and demos? The training department puts up with me mainly because I believe, as they do, that training and education is critical to the decorative concrete industry. I provide support when and where needed within the company and sometimes where it's not. In my area, I promote training events and classes that support today's decorative contractor, help grow their business, and identify products and processes they may not be familiar with. What is the best project you've worked on? Best how? The ones that I got paid? The ones that didn't get walked through or rained on? Seriously though, Elitches in Denver where I stamped a little plastic spider all over the them park. My son Zach gave it to me to keep safe for him on a road trip. Or Steadman's driveway in Spraddle Creek, Vail, Colorado that won an ACI award. Or, the one that I joke about is the highest altitude decorative concrete in the US, around 11,570' above sea level. No, the jobs my three sons work on with me. Those were the best! What was your first project? No fair. My memory of that is long gone. What was the biggest mistake or blunder you've made on a project? The ones I tried to be smarter than the weatherman, the ones that weren't 100% ready, the ones that I decided to wheel barrow rather than pump, or maybe It was the driveway I was trying to seal in 10 degree weather that somehow caught on fire. What are your specialties/areas of expertise? Delegating. Delegate - verb, entrust (as task or responsibility) to another person, typically one who is less senior (younger) than oneself... Besides that, slab on grade concrete construction. What was your first job/career of any kind? Box boy at a grocery store What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Definitly Rocky Road... the name says it all!

Harlan Baldridge

What is your position at Solomon Colors?

Sales Manager for Solomon Colors and Brickform covering Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alberta, British Columbia, and Alaska.

When did you start at Solomon Colors?

Heck, I don't know.

What did you do before that?

Prior to Solomon and Brickform, I was a concrete contractor/manual laborer in the concrete industry, dating back to about 1983, with a focus on decorative concrete.

What is your role regarding training and demos?

The training department puts up with me mainly because I believe, as they do, that training and education is critical to the decorative concrete industry. I provide support when and where needed within the company and sometimes where it's not. In my area, I promote training events and classes that support today's decorative contractor, help grow their business, and identify products and processes they may not be familiar with.

What is the best project you've worked on?

Best how? The ones that I got paid? The ones that didn't get walked through or rained on? Seriously though, Elitches in Denver where I stamped a little plastic spider all over the them park. My son Zach gave it to me to keep safe for him on a road trip. Or Steadman's driveway in Spraddle Creek, Vail, Colorado that won an ACI award. Or, the one that I joke about is the highest altitude decorative concrete in the US, around 11,570' above sea level. No, the jobs my three sons work on with me. Those were the best!

What was your first project?

No fair. My memory of that is long gone.

What was the biggest mistake or blunder you've made on a project?

The ones I tried to be smarter than the weatherman, the ones that weren't 100% ready, the ones that I decided to wheel barrow rather than pump, or maybe It was the driveway I was trying to seal in 10 degree weather that somehow caught on fire.

What are your specialties/areas of expertise?

Delegating. Delegate - verb, entrust (as task or responsibility) to another person, typically one who is less senior (younger) than oneself... Besides that, slab on grade concrete construction.

What was your first job/career of any kind?

Box boy at a grocery store

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Definitly Rocky Road... the name says it all!