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- Richard Medina, Palatine
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News and Articles

News and Articles

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  1. Painting in Partnership Shows How to Successfully Choose House Paint Colors

    Painting in Partnership gave a lecture entitled: Dressing Up your House with Color to members of the Skokie Historical Society earlier this month. In the presentation, PIP described the process they’ve created in guiding their clients to make color selections that are truly expressive of their personality and create a home environment which is nurturing to them.
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  2. Painting in Partnership Is Ready for EPA’s New Rules for Pre-1978 Housing

    EPA’s new rules on lead dust took effect on April 22 of 2010. Painting in Partnership (PIP) A Palatine-based house painting contractor, is pleased to announce that it meets all of the requirements outlined in the new regulations. PIP is now certified by EPA as a “Lead-Safe Firm” and three of its employees have been certified as “Certified Renovator”, after completing the training required by EPA and passing the test.
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  3. House Painting Contractor to Offer Lecture Series at the Skokie Historical Society this Spring

    Starting in April of 2010, Painting in Partnership – a painting contractor based in Palatine, Illinois – will offer a three-part lecture series through the hospices of the Skokie Historical Society. The lectures will include: How to Select a Painting Contractor for your Project, Dressing Up the Exterior of your House with Color, and Dressing Up the Interior of your House with Color.
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  4. The Next Chapter on Lead – Turning the “Fallout” into Opportunity

    Mario Guertin, President of Palatine-based Painting in Partnership, wrote an article for the Spring issue of The Painter’s Rag, the national newsletter for the PDCA Residential Forum. The article describes the changes taking place with EPA regulations regarding lead dust generated from renovation projects in pre-1978 housing and the challenges and opportunities these new rules present for house painting contractors nation-wide.
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  5. Buck, a Horse, Plays Central Role in a Recent House Painting Project

    Through the use of color and painted decoration, as painting contractors, we have the opportunity to significantly contribute to the quality of the environment and well being of our clients. Capturing that opportunity and realizing it for a customer’s benefit is an integral part of the service we offer our clients. Sometimes, that opportunity arises in a most unexpected way, which leads me to share with you a project story where a horse named “Buck” played a central role.
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  6. Four Questions to Consider Before Selecting Colors for your House

    The colors we choose for our homes are often influenced by factors that have nothing to do with the people who live in them. For example, many people stick to beige colors because they heard it will increase resale value. Others are influenced by the opinion of neighbors, friends, or what Aunt Betty says. Several homeowners are swayed by the latest color trends. To avoid selecting colors for the wrong reasons, ask yourself the following four questions before the next paint job to help create a decor that empowers you and your loved ones.
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  7. Painting Contractor Identifies the Six Distinguishing Traits of a True Craftsman

    We live in world where craftsman-like attitudes about work are rare. What are the traits that distinguish the true Craftsmen among us? We view craftsmanship as much as a “mindset” as it is about mastering the technical skills. We have identified six distinct traits common to all true craftsmen, irrespective the person’s line of work. These qualities and work habits enable someone to become a master, over time, at whatever he or she does?
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  8. Painting in Partnership Joins the Chicago Bulls in Creating Community Learning Center for Chicago Youth

    Painting in Partnership, Inc., of Palatine, Illinois, just completed the decorative painting work for the newly created Chicago Bulls Reading Room and Learning Center at the Douglas Park Field House located in Chicago.
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  9. Local House Painting Contractor Selected as Five-Star Provider

    Painting in Partnership, Inc. (PIP) of Palatine, Illinois, was just selected as a Five-Star Service Provider for the Domestic Estate Managers Association (DEMA), based out of Grosse Pointe, Michigan.
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  10. Local House Painter Wins National Craftsman of the Year Award

    On February 16, 2009, Steve Scanlan of Painting in Partnership, Inc. -a premiere house painting contractor located in Palatine, Illinois — received the L.E. Travis Jr. PDCA Craftsman of the Year Award given at the 2009 PACE national convention of painting contractors held in New Orleans
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  11. The Skokie Historical Society Teams Up with House Painting Contractor to Offer Lecture Series

    Starting in January of 2009, the Skokie Historical Society will team up with Painting in Partnership, Inc. of Palatine, Illinois, in offering a six- part lecture series on “Preserving the Heritage of your House.”
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  12. House Painting Contractor Sponsors New Exhibit at Barrington Area Historical Society

    Painting in Partnership, Inc., Painting Contractors and House Painters located in Palatine Illinois, announced it will be the sponsor of the upcoming “Going Places” Exhibit on the History of Carriages in America, presented by the Barrington Area Historical Society from June 16 to August 11, 2008.
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  13. Painting in Partnership Wins TOP JOB Award for Second Consecutive Year

    Painting In Partnership, Inc. of Palatine Illinois has just won First Place in the prestigious 2008 TOP JOB Awards, sponsored by the American Painting Contractor magazine.
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  14. Lecture Series on “Dressing Up your House with Color – January and February 2008

    Sponsored by the Barrington Area Historical Society, Painting in Partnership gave a 2-part lecture series on the issues to consider when selecting an interior or exterior color scheme and design concept for a period house.
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  15. Company Wins Residential Awards Three Years in a Row – January 2008

    Painting in Partnership won the PDCA’s Residential Exterior Award for its work on a Craftsman style house in Arlington Heights. This is the fourth residential award won by the company in 3 years.
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  16. Mario Guertin Receives Distinguished Service Award – January 2008

    In Los Angeles, at the PACE National Convention, Mario Guertin was awarded by PDCA the Liddeke Distinguished Service Award, the association’s second highest honor.
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  17. Low-VOC Paint Article in Local Remodeling Magazine

    Mario Guertin wrote an article for the Chicago Home Improvement Magazine on low-VOC paint alternatives to help preserve the quality of the air inside of a house.
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  18. Lecture on the History of Double-Hung Windows – November 2007

    Sponsored by the Barrington Area Historical Society, Painting in Partnership gave a lecture on the history of glass and double-hung windows in America.
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  19. Company Featured as Painter of the Month – October 2007

    A feature article in PaintPRO Magazine, published by Professional Trade Publication, on the development of Painting in Partnership as a leading company in the painting industry.
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  20. Partnership with Barrington Area Historical Society – September 2007

    Painting in Partnership announced that it established a strong new partnership with the B.A.H.S. PIP will offer lectures, consulting to the Society and residents, as well as painting and decorating services.
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  21. Spearheaded Creation of New National Award – August 2007

    At its Board meeting, the PDCA a proposal made by Mario Guertin to create Craftsman of the Year Awards to celebrate painters who exhibit the qualities of true craftsmen.
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  22. Authored White Paper – August 2007

    Mario Guertin authored a White Paper on the Portrayal of Painting in Media and Advertising, which was adopted at a Board meeting of the PDCA. The White Paper offered guidelines for the portrayal of painting in media and advertising.
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  23. Quoted in DECO Magazine – July 2007

    Mario Guertin was quoted in DECO Magazine in an article entitled “Back to School – Why”? which examined the reasons why continuing education is vital to the development of a successful business.
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  24. Quoted in Painting & Wallcovering Contractor Magazine – July 2007

    Mario Guertin was quoted in an article published in PWC Magazine entitled “Opening the Books”, in which painting contractors and consultants to the industry gave their views on the wisdom of opening your books to your employees.
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  25. Quoted in DECO Magazine – June 2007

    As Founding President of the Craftsmanship Forum – a group within the national association whose primary mission is to develop Craftsman Operating Procedures (COPs) – Mario Guertin has spearheaded the creation of national standards for the residential painting industry. The article describes in details what the COPs are about and the impact they are likely to have on the entire industry
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  26. Painting in Partnership Receives 2007 Grand Prize Award – March 15, 2007

    Painting in Partnership, Inc. of Palatine, Illinois has just won the prestigious Grand Prize of the 2007 TOP JOB Award, sponsored by the American Painting Contractor magazine. This Grand Prize includes a monetary award of $10,000 and the residential project was featured in the March-April issue.
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  27. Local Painting Contractor Chosen as “Who’s Who” in the Painting Industry – February 28, 2007

    Mario Guertin, President of Painting in Partnership, Inc., a Palatine-based painting contractor, has just been chosen as the Top Honoree for Residential Small Business in the 2007 First Annual Who’s Who in the Painting Industry. The “Who’s Who” was announced in the January-February issue of the American Painting Contractor magazine.
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  28. Local Painting Contractor Sweeps National Residential Awards – February 14, 2007

    Painting in Partnership, Inc., a Palatine-based painting contractor, has just been awarded both of the 2007 National Residential Interior and Exterior Awards by the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA). The awards were just handed out at its upcoming national conference in Dallas, TX.
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  29. Quoted in Painting & Wallcovering Contractor Magazine – January 2007

    Mario Guertin was quoted in an article on “Selling service – not paint.” A few painting contractors in the US and sales consultants to the industry were interviewed for the article. The article took a bird’s eye view of the subject of selling the value of a paint job, besides the paint one uses.
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  30. PDCA’s Contractor College Announces the First PDCA Accredited Company – May 9, 2006

    PDCA’s (Painting and Decorating Contractors of America) Contractor College announced today that Painting In Partnership, Inc. of Palatine, IL has successfully earned PDCA Accreditation by completing all the necessary courses and submitting the appropriate business documents. Contractor College would like to congratulate Painting In Partnership, Inc. on this outstanding achievement.
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  31. Painting in Partnership wins National Residential Interior Award – February 12, 2006

    A local Painting Contractor, Painting in Partnership, Inc., has just won the National Residential Interior Award in the prestigious Picture It Painted Professionally competition sponsored by the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America, a St. Louis-based association, which has been the voice of the painting industry for over 125 years.
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Additional artcles by Mario Guertin can be found on the PDCA Craftsmanship Forum website.