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?
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.