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EP37 Doug Imhoff: The Importance of Delegation in Order to Maximize the Growth of Your Painting Business


In this episode of DYB, Steve shares the mic with Doug Imhoff, owner/operator of Imhoff Fine Residential Painting.

Doug started working at a young age. He was paid $1 an hour to work as a busboy in his father’s restaurant – that experience led him to entrepreneurship later on.

After doing a couple of businesses like trading internationally, and after marrying his wife, Doug’s father called him up for help in his painting business.

Doug flew his new family over to Minnesota and served the family business for 9 years before finally setting out on his own in Denver in 2006.

Today, Imhoff Fine Residential Painting is known to be one of the most professional painting contractors in Denver with a specialty in re-toning wood finishes.



– The importance of recognizing and embracing vulnerability
– How female employees change your business
– The importance of delegation in teams
– How the owner/manager affects team culture
– Why entrepreneurs need to give themselves compassion and generosity




“It was one of the first times in my business life, and in my life in general, that I recognized, embraced, and employed the concept of total vulnerability.”

“I worked in dad’s painting business, started in the field, and eventually moved in to estimating for about 9 years.”

“Having women employees has changed how I think of my company, and our position in the market and what we’re doing im my philosophy about being a business owner. [It] has had a lot to do with who have I become in a way.”

“You just can’t grow beyond a point if you insist on being everything. You just can’t be everything.”

“Entrepreneurs and particularly, painters, in the building trade are super hard on themselves. And I think that they are richly deserving of some self-compassion and some generosity.”



[00:25] How did Doug recognize the concept of total vulnerability?
[07:35] When Doug started working for his dad and it’s psychological effect to him?
[10:41] What was the start of Doug’s entrepreneurial stint?
[17:24] Why Doug’s father called him for help?
[18:15] How AST – Advanced Shop Talk helped Doug in starting his business?
[22:27] Why Doug changes his business owner philosophy?
[26:12] What was the role of DYB in Doug’s business?
[30:08] How did DYB help in changing the team culture?
[36:31] What are the effects of having women in a trade environment?



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About the Author

As a newly single father of two from MI, he struggled to start over as a paint contractor in FL, going door to door. His situation was so bad, even the IRS had mercy on him.

 Feeling completely hopeless, he remembered the story of King Solomon praying for wisdom. Could it be so easy? 

He felt he had absolutely nothing to lose. So, as a bankrupt, divorced, high school dropout, single father of 2 young kids, now living 1250 miles away from all friends and family, started to pray for wisdom.
 And while he continues to wait for the wisdom to arrive, what did come was an insatiable desire to learn and read books… 
Thanks to God for giving him the burning passion to read books, and attend seminars, (oh and winning the wife lottery) he not only cracks the success code and overcomes the struggle, but also streamlines his painting business in less than 3 years, published a how to book, then sold the company. Now he leads a business coaching company for painting contractors so he can help other businesses, like yours, to do the same. Hear more... Or