Today we’d like to introduce you to Tony Pizzey.
Tony, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I got started in the industry serving a 3 year apprentice program in London, England.
I have worked in all the facets of the industry residential, commercial and industrial.
I moved to Southern California in 1985 to work in a warmer climate working on homes in and around Newport Beach. I started my own painting business back in 2003 after getting burned out working for contractors who can be a little crazy at times. I specialized at that time doing a lot of high end cabinetry projects working exclusively for the Clive Christian company who specialize in Victorian style exclusive cabinetry.
When the recession hit California, my wife and I decided we needed to sell up and move to somewhere that wasn’t getting hurt so badly by the recession, so my wife’s sister who at the time was a school teacher in the Irving school district told us to check out Dallas.
So we bought a home in Little Elm back in August 2007 then started my business up again, work was slow at first so I did the Allen home show a couple times and met some contractors that I have done a lot of work for since, I also have gotten a lot of work from Angie’s list getting some good attention there having won the super service award 4 years running. I also get a lot of referral work as the people here tend to love referring good trades people to their friends.
Has it been a smooth road?
It has not been smooth sailing there have been times where I have been stressing out worrying about running out of work, and at times it has happened you wake up on Monday and realize you have nothing scheduled for that week and for a natural worrier that’s scary. At times like that I have reached out to friends in the industry to push some work my way or I have run a Big Deal add on Angie’s list, they are like a loss leader for a company you offer a crazy low price on your service then Angie’s list sells it to its members it’s a great way to get you in front of a lot of potential buyers of your product. It’s also been a struggle to wear all the hats from estimator, accountant, marketer and of course the person that does the work my wife helps out when her work allows.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Prestige Painting & Decorating story. Tell us more about the business.
My company specializes in custom paint projects done to very meticulous standards, I have a reputation particularly for the cabinet finishes that I do from standard paint finishes to sophisticated multi-layer glaze techniques. What makes me most proud is the terrific reviews people leave on my Angie’s list profile, my clients are so overjoyed at how nice the paint project has turned out that gives me the juice to keep going even when things get tough. The one thing that I feel sets me apart is the training I have received in the industry combined with an obsession to create perfect paint projects results in the ultimate painting experience for a homeowner.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
The big trend I see is so many people are going to the web and social media sites to find contractors so they can check reviews and backgrounds of these company’s so they can get a good feel for who they are letting into their home and can they be trusted. I also see the industry going more and more to using green products and getting away from obnoxious solvent based products, I have been using them whenever I can for the last decade, they have lots of benefits low or zero voc content hardly any smell and easy clean up. On top of that you don’t get the yellowing effect that you get with using oil base products.
- Hire me for up to 8 hours of painting $325
- Cabinet paint pricing $60 per piece for standard painting
- Cabinet paint price $75 for premium paint finish including clear coats
- Website: www.pizzeypainting.com
- Phone: 972 762 9799
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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