EP72 Rick Bruno From Start Up to $3M | DYB Coach

EP72 Rick Bruno From Start Up to $3M

painting contractor business coach

EP72 Rick Bruno From Start-Up to $3M


In today’s episode of the DYB Podcast, Steve welcomes Rick Bruno.

Rick is the head and founder of Bruno Painting, based out in Newport, Rhode Island.

In this podcast, Rick tells his journey of how he got into the painting business, learned from working for companies and eventually built his own, starting from scratch.

He talks about how integrity and hard work helped him generate leads and got Bruno Painting to where it is today.

Rick talks about the importance of company culture and giving back to the community.

Rick also shares his challenges over the years with finances and involvement with the IRS and how he overcame those ordeals.



  • How to get word-of-mouth referrals
  • How hiring a coach will grow your business significantly
  • The importance of culture in the foundation of a business





“I remember visiting some of my dad’s job sites and walking through and thinking it was the coolest thing ever.”

“I knew if I could get people’s trust, and work with integrity, they were gonna tell their friends and they were gonna tell their friends and that’s just how the company ran for the first seven to ten years.”

“If you want to grow, hire a coach. So that’s what I did.”

“Culture is everything. To me, it’s the oil of the company, like having a well-oiled machine.”



3:39 How Rick got started in and grew the business

7:46 Generating leads at the start

11:30 Employment structure and company culture at Bruno Painting

14:31 Books

15:42 On coaching



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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. Thanks to books, and seminars, and winning the wife lottery, he not only cracks the success code and overcomes the struggle, but also streamlines the business in less than 3 years, published a how to book, then sold the company,  and now coaches other businesses like you to do the same.