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Dozens Receive Painting Accolades

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

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An extensive wood finishing project at a new residence in Missouri, an elegant decorative painting endeavor at a Catholic church in Louisiana, and a vast wallpaper installation at a movie theater in North Carolina are among the award-winning projects newly honored by the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America.

Many of the country’s most celebrated decorative and professional painting contractors took center stage at the PDCA's 2013 annual convention and expo held March 3-6 in St. Louis, MO.

Honored for lifelong achievement, best craftsmanship, community service and safety, the PDCA’s 2013 national award winners represent those making noteworthy contributions to the profession and the PDCA.

Conrad Schmitt Studios
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Founded in 1889, Conrad Schmitt Studios received a commercial decorative award for its work at St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Lafayette, LA.

PDCA is the only trade association dedicated to the success of painting and decorating contractors, according to its website. Nearly 2,000 contractors in North America are members of the organization, which was founded in 1884.

Projects, Companies Honored

Perhaps some of the most anticipated awards announced were those for outstanding achievement in painting and coating.

Professional Painters Inc
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The commercial exterior restoration of the historic Charnley-Persky House in Chicago, IL, earned Professional Painters Inc. of La Grange, IL, a 2013 PIPP Award.

The KILZ Picture it Painted Professionally (PIPP) Awards honor the work of professional painting and decorating contractors.

Wood Finishing Project

A professional paint job at a new residence in St. Charles, MO, earned SNL Painting Inc., of St. Louis, a PIPP award in the residential interior category.

According to PDCA's video on the project, the team overcame a number of obstacles, including a tight budget and schedule, to complete the project. A key aspect of the project was finishing four different species of wood surfaces used throughout the million-dollar home.

SNL Painting
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SNL Painting of St. Louis, MO, was honored for its work on this million-dollar home in St. Charles, MO. The project challenges included a tight budget and schedule and a rookie contractor, according to a PDCA video about the project.

SNL Painting said a high level of custom staining was completed on site to satisfy the homeowner.

Decorative Painting Recognized

Conrad Schmitt Studios of New Berlin, WI, founded more than 120 years ago, creates, decorates, restores and conserves building interiors and art glass throughout the country.

The firm received a PIPP award in the commercial decorative category for its work at  St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Lafayette, LA.

Artisans from Conrad Schmitt Studios designed and painted four portraits of saints on site and completed six murals on the church ceiling in addition to stenciling, faux marbling and other decorative painting techniques, according to the video describing the firm's work.

Wallcovering and Warehouse Projects

Charlotte, NC-based A&K Painting Company achieved PIPP awards for two categories: Industrial Interior and Commercial Wallcovering.

A&K Painting
A&K Painting Company

A&K Painting Company, of Charlotte, NC, received two national painting awards for two recent projects.

A&K earned the industrial interior award for its coating of more than one million square feet of surfaces at the new Caterpillar Heavy Mining Equipment manufacturing plant in Winston-Salem, NC. The complex project required enhanced safety management, extensive pre-project planning, and reliance on field operations management of several crews and night work, according to the company.

The company was also recognized for its work on the Stone Theaters Sun Valley project, a 14-screen multiplex in Indian Trail, NC. A&K’s expertise with vinyl and fabric wallcovering was utilized with installation of over a dozen different wallcoverings. The project also included a variety of paint and wood finishes.

wallcovering award
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A&K Painting Co. installed more than a dozen different wallcoverings in this award-winning project at a multi-screen movie theater in North Carolina.

A&K’s award-winning projects are further described in the PDCA videos: Industrial Interior and Commercial Wallcovering.

More Projects, Companies Honored

A number of other projects including an historic exterior restoration of a national landmark in Chicago and a lead-abatement and repair project at a Delaware legislative building received PIPP Awards.

Click on the project and company names to see a video describing the project honored.

The following chapters were also honored with PIPP awards for community involvement. Click on the chapter to view a video describing the project honored.

‘Outstanding Member’ Award

Ned T. Lyerly, of Charlotte, NC, was recognized with the PDCA Al Quilici Outstanding Member Award for his lifetime of contribution to the trade and the association.

Ned Lyerly
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Ned T. Lyerly, a former president of PDCA and retired painting contractor, received the organization's most prestigious award.

Described as the “most prestigious award,” the award honors a PDCA member or honorary member with demonstrated accomplishments for the overall betterment of the contracting environment, according to the national organization.

The award honors “the embodiment of integrity, devotion and steadfast contributions toward advancing PDCA as shown by Mr. Al Quilici,” PDCA said.

A retired painting contractor and past PDCA president from 2001 to 2002, Lyerly’s service to the industry and association also included six years of service on the PDCA executive committee, according to the national organization’s video honoring Lyerly.

In his role on the executive committee, PDCA said that Lyerly was a “calming influence” for the association during difficult times and noted his willingness to work with all for the betterment of the association.

Lyerly also served on investment and scholarship committees and held a variety of local chapter roles, PDCA noted.

Honors for Safety

The PDCA also doled out three Safety Awards recognizing the efforts of member companies that have made a commitment to safety in the workplace by demonstrating and providing evidence of their success in controlling accidents and losses within their companies.

  • Gold Award: Redwood Painting Co., Pittsburg, CA;
  • Silver Award: Graydaze Contracting Inc., Alpharetta, GA; and
  • Bronze Award: Penington Painting Company, Chandler, AZ.

More award winners and descriptions are noted below.

Richard A. Liddeke Distinguished Service Award

The PDCA Richard A. Liddeke Distinguished Service Award recognizes exceptional, meritorious association and/or industry service.

“This honor pays tribute for unselfish commitment, the highest qualities of personal character, ultimate professionalism, and significant contributions towards the achievement of PDCA objectives on a nationwide scale,” PDCA said.

The winners are:

  • Anita Dallas, Middle Atlantic Council PDCA, Fairfax, VA and
  • Tony Kozak, New York State Council PDCA, Buffalo, NY

Recruiter of the Year

The PDCA Recruiter of the Year Award is presented to a member who has, through exceptional efforts, made an outstanding contribution to membership growth in a forum, council or chapter.

  • Lynn Fife, Evergreen Technology, Kent, WA

Associate of the Year

Associate members are the suppliers and manufacturers who provide the products and services needed to conduct business. The PDCA Associate Member of the Year Award is presented to the company representative who has consistently supported PDCA in its efforts to improve the coatings application industry.

  • Keith Cornelius, The Wooster Brush Company, Wooster, OH

Humanitarian of the Year

The Humanitarian of the Year award is presented for recognition of extraordinary humanitarian achievements by members. These achievements may or may not be involved with the painting or decorating industry.

  • Joshua Abramson, A. Allbright Painting, Valencia, CA;
  • Joel Hamberg, Joel Hamberg Painting, Portland, OR; and
  • Tom Lopatosky, Lopco Contracting, Providence, RI.

To view all of PDCA’s YouTube videos of the award winners, click here.


The Painting and Decorating Contractors of America serves the coating and wallcovering industry with standards, education, training, advocacy, and best practices essential to member success.

More information: www.pdca.org.


Tagged categories: Associations; Awards and honors; Commercial contractors; Contests; Contractors; Decorative finishes; Painters; Painting & Decorating Contractors of Amer. (PDCA); Residential contractors

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