Chris Becker    What is your position at Solomon Colors?   Director of Technical Services   When did you start at Solomon Colors?   2-1-2018   What did you do before that?   Research & Development for Oldcastle,  Founder of Becker Architectural Concrete   What is your role regarding training and demos?   Developing content, managing the overall schedule as well as instructing   What is the best project you've worked on?   The Veterans Memorial Plaza, Ft. McCoy, Tomah WI   What was your first project?   In 1980, I resurfaced my Grandmother’s concrete driveway at age 15 with my dad.   What was the biggest mistake or blunder you've made on a project?   When I agreed to use an epoxy on a floor that we stained at a large grocery store. Never had used the product before…the product began to fail after 6 months. Spent the next 3 months going in after hours to fix.   What are your specialties/areas of expertise?   Designing environments that utilize multiple decorative concrete applications, micro topping installations and 3d castings, and highly detailed stamped concrete installations   What was your first job/career of any kind?   My first job was clearing tables at a restaurant.  My first career was Sales and Marketing for a ready-mix concrete company   What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?   Blueberry Cheesecake

Chris Becker

What is your position at Solomon Colors?

Director of Technical Services

When did you start at Solomon Colors?

2-1-2018

What did you do before that?

Research & Development for Oldcastle,

Founder of Becker Architectural Concrete

What is your role regarding training and demos?

Developing content, managing the overall schedule as well as instructing

What is the best project you've worked on?

The Veterans Memorial Plaza, Ft. McCoy, Tomah WI

What was your first project?

In 1980, I resurfaced my Grandmother’s concrete driveway at age 15 with my dad.

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

When I agreed to use an epoxy on a floor that we stained at a large grocery store. Never had used the product before…the product began to fail after 6 months. Spent the next 3 months going in after hours to fix.

What are your specialties/areas of expertise?

Designing environments that utilize multiple decorative concrete applications, micro topping installations and 3d castings, and highly detailed stamped concrete installations

What was your first job/career of any kind?

My first job was clearing tables at a restaurant.

My first career was Sales and Marketing for a ready-mix concrete company

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Blueberry Cheesecake

  John D'Introno    What is your position at Solomon Colors?   Sample Production & Demos.   When did you start at Solomon Colors?   July 2017   What did you do before that?   I owned and operated a concrete coating company in Springfield, IL for 11 years and prior to that I worked for Concrete Technologies INC.   What is your role regarding training and demos?   Overlay specialist.   What is the best project you've worked on?   The one that paid the most!   What was your first project?   My first project as a contractor was a concrete coating over a driveway, the homeowner had seen that I registered my business name and decided to give me a chance. The driveway still looks good after eleven years with no fading or delaminating.   What was the biggest mistake or blunder you've made on a project?   I don’t make mistakes, I overcome problems.   What are your specialties/areas of expertise?   Concrete overlays, decorative saw cuts and custom designs.   What was your first job/career of any kind?   Auto detailer   What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?   Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked!

John D'Introno

What is your position at Solomon Colors?

Sample Production & Demos.

When did you start at Solomon Colors?

July 2017

What did you do before that?

I owned and operated a concrete coating company in Springfield, IL for 11 years and prior to that I worked for Concrete Technologies INC.

What is your role regarding training and demos?

Overlay specialist.

What is the best project you've worked on?

The one that paid the most!

What was your first project?

My first project as a contractor was a concrete coating over a driveway, the homeowner had seen that I registered my business name and decided to give me a chance. The driveway still looks good after eleven years with no fading or delaminating.

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

I don’t make mistakes, I overcome problems.

What are your specialties/areas of expertise?

Concrete overlays, decorative saw cuts and custom designs.

What was your first job/career of any kind?

Auto detailer

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked!

  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.

 
  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!