Pro to Pro with Garret Abeyta: Put Down the Brush!

For 30 years, PPC magazine has been on job sites throughout the U.S. and Canada asking residential and commercial paint pros to share their stories. In our Pro to Pro column, we recap some of the best advice contractors have received and passed on over the last three decades. This time: Garret Abeyta, Abeyta Painting, LLC, Tucson, Arizona.

The most important part of good business advice is to actually follow it. I made a huge pivotal change in my business approach when I was told that to be really successful you have to take the brush out of your hands. Some of my favorite other bits of advice have been:

1. Keep your costs down but don’t bite off your nose to spite your face.
2. Surround yourself with good, positive people.
3. It’s not so much if you make a mistake, but what you do to fix it.
4. Pick your battles.
5. Perception is reality.

–from the Spring 2009 issue of PPC magazine

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Abeyta Painting LLC was founded in 2001 by Garret Abeyta and his wife Kim, both graduates of the University of Arizona. The company’s résumé includes some of the most colorful commercial and residential properties in Tucson.

Garret Abeyta was interviewed by Mike Starling, PPC Editor. Project and contractor photography by Mike Starling. Read more of what pro painters have discovered on the job in the PPC What I’ve Learned archive.