Today we’d like to introduce you to Jon Kopp.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Jon. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was working at Intel and my buddy called me and said, “I just closed on my new house. Can you come over and help me paint my garage floor?” So I did, and after we were done I said, “This looks really nice. I know we did it wrong and should not be using paint, but let’s start a floor coating business!” My friend said, “Ok”, and that afternoon I started my homemade flyers and went door to door. A week later I had not heard from him, so I called and asked, “What’s the deal? Are you in or out?” He was scared about ‘what ifs’ and I said, “Who cares? We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.” So, I moved ahead without him. Fast forward to 18 years later, and now I dominate the epoxy metallic industry!
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It’s been a very rough road. When I was working at Intel I was on a compressed work week. I had very few days off. When I left Intel to start Quality Epoxy, it was scary! I had no income coming in and was going to Costco to eat the free samples of food they give out. Before Intel, I was working in the airline industry out on the ramp as a lead. I realized I needed guaranteed income and Southwest did not hire part-time. So I applied for a part-time job with Frontier Airline and was working there while trying to get Quality Epoxy off the ground at the same time. After a while, as the call volume started picking up, I realized that I needed to either be all in or out!
Quality Epoxy – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am an owner operator and I have stuck to my values (top quality and guarantee) from day one. I do all the jobs myself. I answer the phone, return the calls, manage my Facebook page, set up a YouTube account, do all the marketing and keep up with product supplies. I am best known for my metallic work. I did not invent it but I am the creator of my multi-colors and effects. I now have people from all over the world getting into metalics and trying to copy my artwork.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on? The fact that I am now recognized world wide for my metallic floor-coating work.
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