These podcasts are part of the new CoatingsPro Interview Series, launched in July 2020. In this series, CoatingsPro Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Chizik and News Editor Ben DuBose chat with industry experts and thought leaders to provide tips on how industrial and commercial coatings contractors can improve their bottom line. Check back for regular updates!

Editor's note: Earlier podcasts from CoatingsPro's COVID-19 Interview Series, which ran from March 2020 through June 2020, are available here.

Prosperity in the Coatings World

Charles Brown, Deputy Director of Coatings for Greenman-Pederson Inc. (GPI), joins the podcast to talk about his experience in the coatings world, including training, the State Highway Administration, and beyond. He shares a positive outlook on what the future of the coatings industry might look like after COVID-19. (Complete Transcript)

For more information, contact: Charles Brown, cbrown@gpinet.com

Regulatory and Market Changes for Contractors in 2021

Trent Cotney, CEO of Cotney Construction Law, discusses potential regulatory changes for coatings contractors in 2021. Topics include the impact of a new U.S. administration and what it means for OSHA and other agencies; changes to the COVID-19 landscape and its effects on contractors; and what market segments within the coatings industry could be poised for growth in the months ahead. (Complete Transcript

For more information, visit cotneycl.com.

What’s Upcoming for the Coatings World?

Jim Kunkle, Manager of Business Development for accreditation and certification for newly formed Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP), has 13 years of experience in the coatings world! He has developed a social media following and shares some lessons learned there, as well as other virtual opportunities available to asset owners, contractors, and beyond. (Complete Transcript)

For more information, reach out to Jim Kunkle on LinkedIn.

Interview: Bob Chalker on AMPP Priorities, Industry Outlook

Bob Chalker, CEO of the new Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP), sits down with us for an exclusive interview. 

Topics discussed are the combination of NACE International and SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings; implications for various segments of the corrosion industry, including coatings contractors; feedback during the initial weeks of the merger; key dates and milestones to watch moving forward; and much more. (Complete Transcript)

For more information, contact: AMPP, www.ampp.org

Industry Experts, New AMPP Leaders on the Changes Ahead

In this episode, four industry experts and leaders with the new Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP) share their perspectives on what the merged organization could mean for the corrosion control and protective coatings industries. Guests on the podcast include Tim Bieri, Sam Scaturro, Joyce Wright, and Cris Connor. (Complete Transcript)

How AMPP Was Formed and What It Means for Our Industry

Corrosion experts Terry Greenfield, principal consultant at CONSULEX, and Joe Walker, vice president and general manager at Elcometer, discuss the recent launch of the Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP). As recent presidents of NACE International and SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings, Greenfield and Walker share background information on how the merger came to be.

In this exclusive conversation, they also explore potential implications for the industry, as well as what it could mean for standards and beyond. (Complete Transcript)

Epoxy Flooring Contractor on Making Connections

Tim Seay, co-owner of Decorative Concrete of Virginia, joins the podcast to share some of his recent challenges and experiences in 2020, including how the holidays can affect their work in the field. He and Co-Owner Landon Blanks have made efforts to share their knowledge with other contractors through their own podcast and various social media platforms. The article mentioned featuring SeaQuest aquarium can be accessed here
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For more information, contact: Tim Seay, www.decorativeconcreteofvirginia.com

Case Study: Coating the Historic Mackinac Bridge

Steve Vlahakis, owner of Seaway Painting, describes the ongoing work by his crews to recoat the towers of the historic Mackinac Bridge, which connects the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan. Topics discussed on the podcast include the development of a movable scaffold system to access the structure; benefits of the zinc-epoxy-urethane coating system in a bridge environment; and various application tips and tricks used to complete the large job.

The complete story on their work can be read at CoatingsPro Magazine.

Award-Winning Roofing Contractor on SPF and More

Spray-Tec’s Haley Jordan joins the podcast to discuss the benefits of spray polyurethane foam (SPF) for buildings, as well as other tips they’ve incorporated into their roof contracting business. Jordan shares the benefits of Spray-Tec’s third-place win in CoatingsPro’s 2020 Contractor Awards Program in the Commercial Roof category. Their latest project featured in CoatingsPro Magazine was a cover story in the July 2020 issue

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For more information, contact: Spray-Tec, www.spray-tec.com

Challenges and Opportunities with Coating Water Tanks

Scott Keilbey, Tnemec's director of sales for the water tank market, and Mark Thomas, vice president of marketing, joined Monday's podcast to discuss the coating manufacturer's recently completed 2020 Tank of the Year program. 

Topics include the challenges and opportunities involved with the coating of water tanks, both from an asset owner's perspective and for a contractor. Other subjects include a brief review of this year's winners and an overview of why fluoropolymer coating systems are a popular choice for these environments.
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For more information, contact: Tnemec, (816) 483-3400, www.tnemec.com

Rating, Sharing, and Educating on Cool Roofs and More

Jeff Steuben, executive director of the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC), joined the CoatingsPro Interview Series to share with us what cool roofs are, how these technologies may be effective, and new developments at CRRC and beyond. Other topics include the organization's roofing resources and virtual offerings.

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For more information, contact: CRRC, (866) 465-2523, www.coolroofs.org

New Developments in 2020 for Roofing Contractors

Reid Ribble, CEO of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), joins our podcast to share recent developments pertaining to roof coatings and roofing contractors. Topics include NRCA's new health care program for roofing contractors; market developments and new trends; how COVID-19 has shaped the industry in 2020; and potential business impacts from the U.S. elections in November.
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For more information, contact: NRCA, (847) 299-9070, www.nrca.net