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Fast 100 Two Years Running

With the economy in a downturn, many companies are struggling to meet goals, let alone exceed them. Every year Business in Vancouver releases a list of the Top 100 Fastest growing companies in BC. Topping that list you can usually expect to find a veritable handbook of mining companies and real estate developers.

Amongst that list, for the last 2 years in a row, has been one local painting company, Wolfgang Commercial Painters. Started in 2001 by UBC grad David Notte and partner Kevin Parenteau, Wolfgang quickly became a major player in the commercial painting industry.

I was able to sit down with Dave and have a chat with him about what it takes to build a company that can compete with the giants.

How is such a small company able to grow so quickly in a competitive industry?

Dave: “I believe that we spend more on marketing, systems and training than the average painting firm. We put a lot of effort into building and executing good strategy. Most importantly, we work hard to be different and stand out from our competitors.”

What kind of focus do you place on growth within the company?

Dave: “We are a growth company. Our vision is to build a $100,000,000 service organization. Every person that we hire needs to be inspired by our vision and prepared to play a major role in our journey.”

So is this just growth for the sake of growth or is there a different goal?

Dave: “No. We are healthy company, which means that make a profit. We do not chase revenues. We are self-financed so we need to be profitable. The majority of our profits are reinvested in the company in order to achieve our goals.”

What does it take to compete for a top 100 spot in growth with companies that apparently have the upper hand (ex: mining and real estate development)?

Dave: “Hard work, creativity, an open mind and a lot of focus.”

Wolfgang Commercial Painters clearly show no sign of slowing their plans for growth with their goal of building a $100,000,000 company. Best to luck to Dave and the Wolfgang Crew in their future.

Erin Gray

About the Author: Erin Gray

Erin Gray is the Office & Marketing Manager/Finance Assistant for Wolfgang Commercial Painters, one of Vancouver's top commercial and strata painting companies. On a daily basis she could be responsible for doing back end maintenance on the website, organizing marketing campaigns, building videos for the website, paying suppliers and painters, collecting on outstanding invoices, ordering office supplies... just about anything that needs doing to keep the office running smoothly.

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