Central Arizona Chapter No. 1 PDCA
Arizona Council

We are now accepting applications for the Bill Lunsford PDCA Scholarship


Help the Adviosry Council Plan Our 2019 Calendar
Download and complete our survey then email it to arizonapdca@gmail.com

TRANSITION to national pdca advisory council

The duly elected Executive Board of the Arizona Council (PDCAZ) of the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA)
voted to recommend to the membership to switch to a National PDCA Advisory Council model from a separate local entity.

In accordance with our bylaws, Arizona Council members in good standing, voted in-person on Tuesday, October 30,2018 to confirm the decision.

What Happens Next

Steps will be taken dissolve the local entity by December 31st, 2018.

The current Board will meet to develop a 2019 meeting calendar. 
Please note that there will not be a Board of Directors in 2019 under the new model. 
Instead, the Adisory Council will consist of volunteers working together to continue to develop programs and plan events.

Contractors with dual membership will not need to take any action.  You local membership expires at the end of this year. 
You will continue to be invoiced by National for membership dues. 

Contractors that only joined the Arizona Council but would like to continue their PDCA membership will need to join at the national level.

Click here to see what National PDCA has been working on!

Learn More

The following resources explain the Adviory Coucil model and how the transition will work.

Arizona Bylaws.pdf

Advisory Model Article.pdf

FAQ - Advisory Council Model.pdf

Moving to Advisory Council Model.pdf

If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Randy Fornoff, Chair of the Advisory Transition Committee.


bill lunsford pdca scholarship fund

Now Accepting Applications

The Bill Lunsford PDCA Scholarship Fund will remain active with oversight by the Advisory Council and Trustees.

Applications need to be mailed to the address below and postmarked no later than December 31st, 2018. 

Mailing Address:
PDCA Scholarship Committee
c/o Randall Fornoff, MTS Painting
440 S Extension Rd #105
Mesa, AZ 85210



Season's Greetings!

Another outdoor season is wrapping up, and I hope you have been busy and profitable. If you are like many PDCA members this year, you have been overwhelmed with opportunities but unable to find the painters you need to grow your business, let alone to service your existing obligations and keep to your production schedule. Running a painting company of any size is always a lot to manage but these past few months have been exceptionally unusual.

Your PDCA Executive Director Steve Skodak and his staff, along with your volunteer leaders, have been hard at work building a better association, a PDCA that is capable of change and growth and one always deserving of your membership.

Here are the higher profile projects underway at PDCA in 2018;

1. Rollout of the new membership model and dues structure

This change comes in response to the recognition that the concept and model of association membership is evolving – the old PDCA benefited from a Painters Union
relationship that both required PDCA national membership and dictated joining at all three membership levels – National, Regional and Chapter. We knew from surveys and data that a majority of members never attended regional or national events but enjoyed the camaraderie of Chapter events – while others lived where no Chapter or Council existed and sought to join at a National-only level. This new model caters to all needs and we will monitor membership attraction, retention and attrition, to ensure this model is successful for our existing and new members.

2. Rollout of national administrative support of chapter and council units

PDCA recognized a decline in volunteer leadership so it has created an Advisory Model that places billing, event planning and logistics in the hands of PDCA staff member. The original model of requiring Officers, meeting minutes and annual IRS filings, not to mention liability insurance, had slowly drained the ranks of the volunteer leaders – the new model allows meeting groups at the local and regional level to work on the good stuff – programming and content – while leaving the the heavy lifting and back-end support to National PDCA staff.

3. EXPO Savannah 2019

On the heels of a very successful EXPO in Galveston this year, with 439 attending and 134 new companies represented, planning and program development is already completed to ensure next year’s event meets all our member needs;

a. Business development, sales and estimating tracks
b. Leadership development track
c. Office systems and HR program tracks
d. Technical track

4. PDCA Trade Best Practice program

Development and rollout of a video-based program designed in partnership with the Denver-based TEACH Construction Initiative to provide high schools, trade schools and to-work programs with an introduction and onboarding to the trade of painting. This program provides introductory training along with a career path outline to show those looking for a better quality of life what the painting industry can provide. The onboarding program is offered free of charge to these schools and will be released as an industry standard onboarding for the new hire with zero or limited painting experience. We are nearly halfway complete with 16 video modules and the program will be available to schools in early 2019 and to the paint contractor shortly after.

5. Education content

Trade-centric and PDCA custom developed podcasts and webinars that our Education Manager Chris Shank and the PDCA team releases weekly. If you have a problem you need help with, chances are high someone else has already shared their experience with the same problem with the PDCA team. If you think you have addressed a unique problem, please reach out to Chris and share your experience with your peers!

6. Association Health Plan

PDCA is working to establish an Association Health Plan for the painting industry that will provide group health plans at more affordable prices for paint contractors. In the coming days you will receive an interest survey. It is our goal to have the program available mid-
year in 2019.

7. International Interest

PDCA has received a great deal of attention in Brazil through our weekly Facebook program Ask-a-Painter with Nick Slavik. Currently, we have 110,000 Brazilian painters in a closed Facebook group working to improve their industry standards and elevate the professionalism in country. Nick Slavik will be touring Brazil in the coming weeks to share his Master’s Classes and to explore ways that PDCA can be of assistance with standards and education as Brazilian contractors look to improve both craft and profitability.

8. Rebranding

In March, PDCA rolled out a new look and feel for both the website and communications. The new logo is designed to provide the message that PDCA is the Painting Contractors Association. The new public facing website contains information about the mission and value of the organization. Additionally, changes are underway to enhance and improve the member side of our website to provide better access to educational content and resources
designed to make your business more profitable.

As always, PDCA is interested in your feedback – this is your association, after all. I look forward to seeing you in Savannah in March, 2019.


Nigel Costolloe - Chair
Board of Directors