Sorry I'm Late!

The Lipton’s have always been a punctual bunch.


Except ME!


Or at least that’s what the rest of the Lipton’s think.

When you’re a Lipton, late is not an option. As a matter of fact, they’re so bad that I’ve always made the joke, “If you’re meeting the Lipton’s at a restaurant 7:00, you had better be at the bar with a drink in your hand at 6:50 otherwise; you’re LATE!"

My mother and sister have always been bothered by that joke because to them the problem is simple: “Mark, you’re late!” And no matter how many times I rolled my eyes or insisted that I was on-time and that they were early, I was never able to make my point.

Of-course, that little idiosyncrasy doesn’t stop us from being a close family and so I thought it was sweet that both my mother and sister texted me on Monday night this past week to say happy birthday.

Which confused me, because my birthday was Tuesday!

Making them early and proving my point!

Early is not something I know a whole lot about these days. Working from home continues to allow me to change my schedule to one that better suits my nocturnal ways. Generally, the first appointment time I make available is 10:00 AM and I continue to be happy writing and editing podcasts well into the night.

I have spent time the last few weeks catching up on my podcasting. I always enjoy making these and they continue to be a “fan favorite” and so I don’t know why when I get busy, pods are the first thing to go? But now I am (re)committed and so with this blog, I also dropped a new episode of the “Mark, My Words!” podcast.

Tim Bowling is the owner of Hoover Paint, headquartered in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. With eight stores in the suburbs around Nashville, Tim has a multidimensional business. With six outside reps, Hoover handles industrial maintenance coatings, RomaBio Mineral Paints and Chemcraft for the wood finishers. As for the paint brands, he carries PPG, Fine Paints of Europe, Richards and recently added Benjamin Moore to most of his locations.

With all those lines, Tim clearly understands the value of diversification!

Tim used more than his sweet southern drawl to build Hoover Paint from one store to eight though. Tim wrote the software for Hoover’s POS system himself and is currently managing the installation of their new e-commerce platform!

Not your ordinary paint geek!

After the episode with Hoover Paint, I have other episodes lined up including one with a color expert who wants to share with you how she uses her system to sell remote color consulting services: a great listen for retailers looking to get their decorating departments back up on their feet!

I’m also looking forward to sharing two episodes I’ve done for retailers who want to focus some attention on their relationships with painting contractors. Specifically what dealers can do to help painters be better painters and businesspeople and so therefore; better customers for you!

And of course: E-Commerce. Lexington will be available shortly, next week is my guess, and I’ve got some podcasts coming to spread the word:

The Independents are Coming! THE Independents are coming!