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 Burt Olhiser

Burt Olhiser

Burt Olhiser founded Vantage Point Consulting in 1991 after a 15-year stint as a successful Northern California painting contractor. He initially provided safety, training and business consulting services to fellow contractors. He was an instructor at UC Davis’ EPA Western Regional Lead Training Center until the program’s closure, at which time he moved to UC Berkeley's Center for Occupational & Environmental Health program where he still serves today. Burt also served as Environmental Health & Safety Director and Quality Control Manager for one of California's largest industrial painting contractors. A member of SSPC, CSI, PDCA, and NACE, Burt is a CDPH Lead Related Construction Professional, Certified Asbestos Consultant, Certified Professional Estimator, and NACE Certified Coatings Inspector. Burt is a contributing editor to D+D.


The Complaint Dept.: The Agony of ‘Blocking’ and Other Tales of Woe
By Burt Olhiser

The recent endless whining and posturing by our political “leadership” on one side of the aisle or another, complaining that they haven’t gotten “enough” from the “other side” and thus are not inspire... READ MORE

POSTED JULY 11, 2011 | 3 COMMENTS

When Is It a Good Idea To Turn Down Work?
By Burt Olhiser

My musings this month have to do with the reasons we turn down work.... READ MORE

POSTED JUNE 6, 2011 | 0 COMMENTS

Pondering this Matter of the Big-Box Era…or is it Big Headache?
By Burt Olhiser

I recently had occasion to become one of the wandering lost souls in a Big-Box DIY store, leading me to muse as I struggled to find a checkout lane about the “Do It Yourself” phenomenon.... READ MORE

POSTED MAY 17, 2011 | 0 COMMENTS

Two Words that Made this Contractor Tremble with Fear: Color Advice
By Burt Olhiser

During my years of contracting I loved most everything about my career choice, with one exception: Those occasions when I was asked by a client for color advice.... READ MORE

POSTED MAY 2, 2011 | 2 COMMENTS

It’s Spring, When a Contractor’s Fancy Turns to Thoughts of…Marketing
By Burt Olhiser

How are you generating new business—by word of mouth? By online advertising? By listings in business directories? By all of these, or by other means?... READ MORE

POSTED APRIL 5, 2011 | 1 COMMENT

Communicating about Quality in Painting Work
By Burt Olhiser

Some paint jobs are recipes for disaster-for both the contractor and the facility owner hiring the contractor. Telltale signs of this kind of set-up (ambush) are vaguely worded requirements describing... READ MORE

POSTED MARCH 24, 2011 | 2 COMMENTS

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