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Rust-Oleum Manager Shares His Formulation for Success

November 2021 marked the 20-year anniversary of CoatingsPro Magazine. And or coatings manufacturer Rust-Oleum, another big milestone was achieved. The company is celebrating its 100th anniversary!

In 1921, sea captain Robert Fergusson noticed that fish oil prevented rust from forming on his ship’s metal deck. Working with a chemist, Fergusson developed one of the world’s first rust-preventive paints — and Rust-Oleum was born.

Starting with just 24 paint colors, Rust-Oleum has since grown to be a global leader in manufacturing innovative coatings that empower both do-it-yourselfers and professional contractors. The company strives to honor the same innovative spirit that started Rust-Oleum a century ago in categories including small project paints, cleaners, primers, automotive, industrial, high-performance coatings, wood care, and more.

History of David O’Bryan Jr.

For about the past 10 years, David O’Bryan Jr. is one of Rust-Oleum’s leaders who has played a key role in the company’s ongoing success.

Today, he’s the technical service manager for the company, and his licenses and certifications have included being Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10; a Level 3 Coating Inspector under NACE International; a Level 2 Concrete Coatings Inspector (CCI) via SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings; and a Level 1 Architectural Coating Technologist by the Master Painters Institute (MPI). (MPI has since been acquired by what is now the Association for Materials Protection and Performance [AMPP]).

With SSPC and NACE combining in 2021 to AMPP, O’Bryan is acutely aware of the value that an association can have to an individual, company, and the industry at large. As such, we invited O’Bryan to our CoatingsPro podcast series to share what he sees as keys to his personal success and beyond.

Podcast Discussion Topics

Discussion topics include the feedback he’s heard from coatings contractors regarding their needs and challenges on the jobsite; how new coating technologies are changing the landscape entering 2022; and why industry associations like AMPP can help move companies and careers forward.

“If you expect to be successful in an industry, you need to have an understanding and knowledge of the requirements,” O’Bryan said on the newly released episode. “Become involved and learn as much as you can to elevate your industry knowledge. Gaining those industry certifications can set you apart from others that are not as driven to move forward, or do not have the opportunity.”

The full episode can be listened to below, and O’Bryan will be available for further comment at the December 2021 Coatings+ show in Phoenix, Arizona.

For more information, contact: Rust-Oleum, (877) 385-8155,