We Are Thankful

We Are ThankfulFor the team of people at A&K who enable and empower us to provide a relationship that can be trusted – we are thankful.

For our clients who provide us our work, who trust us to deliver exceptional service and value for their facilities, properties and projects – we are thankful.

For our vendors and suppliers who are an integral part of our forward motion – we are thankful.

For all of the relationships, friendships and families we are blessed to interact with and impact positively – We are thankful.


Seeking Renewal of Terrorism Risk Insurance Program

DC Capitol

A&K Painting Company is an involved member of Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA) and Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM). These two industry groups have issued Call-to-Action alerts  for their members to contact U.S. House of Representatives members to renew the Terror Risk Insurance Program (TRIA). The TRIA was first signed into law by President George W. Bush on November 26, 2002.  The Act created a federal “backstop” for insurance claims related to acts of terrorism. The Act provides for a transparent system of shared public and private compensation for insured losses resulting from acts of terrorism.

We urge your support by contacting your U.S. House of Representatives Member’s office. Provide a message to take action and pass the House version now during this session, with the mid-term elections now completed, and before the expiration of the current program.

BOMA and IREM are part of the 75 member Coalition to Insure Against Terrorism (CIAT). The CIAT represents a wide range of businesses and organizations throughout the transportation, real estate, manufacturing, construction, entertainment and retail sectors. Coalition member groups include other construction associations such as ABC and AGC, and includes the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and entertainment business groups NASCAR, NFL, NBA, and NHL.

These groups banded together to speak for business insurance policyholders and win passage of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act in 2002. This federal reinsurance backstop is the sole support of the U.S. market for terrorism risk insurance.  The group backed a 2-year extension of the act in 2005, and a 7-year extension in 2007. Today, CIAT is seeking a long-term solution to make comprehensive terrorism risk insurance coverage available and affordable after the expiration of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act at year-end 2014.

References:  BOMA, IREM, CIAT, Wikipedia

Raising the Bar for Our Clients and Our Industry

Value of our NACE and MPI Certified Team Members

Clients recognize increased value on their projects through the continuing education and certifications the A&K team brings to their projects. Certifications provide proof of competency-based education and are an important part of how we set the standard for excellence.  We understand and appreciate our clients’ need to measure qualifications of their service providers. Internationally recognized certifications for corrosion inspection and architectural coatings technology establish industry best practices.  We’re intentional about leadership, improving our industry and investing in the industry leading continuing education for our employees.

For over 30 years, the NACE Coating Inspector Program has set the standard for inspections in the protective coatings industry and is the world’s most recognized coating inspector certification program. CIP is the first international certification program designed to improve the overall quality of inspections performed, and it continues to provide the most complete training curriculum, producing top-notch inspectors for the industry.

MPIMPI Architectural Coating Technologist  
Master Painters Institute ACT Certification teaches and tests essential knowledge skills and strategies regarding architectural paint and coatings. Training includes paint technology, paint types, color, paint application, safety, basic specifications and environmental considerations. 

The Pace of Business is On the Rise


Business challenges we all face when responding to change.

Research by Progress Software/Economist Intelligence research showed some interesting statistics regarding the shifting business landscape around us.  The statistics show that the pace of business is the on the rise, and the top three factors causing this change over the past five years are the volatile economic environment, increased competition and a fast-changing regulatory environment. Unfortunately, businesses have barriers to overcome to react to the fast pace, including lack of resources, lack of coordination and inaccurate or incomplete data. Take a look at their infographic.

Most importantly, an overwhelming 53% of people believe leadership is ineffective in making the right decisions about how or when to respond to change.  Fortunately, we can all overcome these challenges by incorporating strong leadership, effective flow of information and keeping accurate and up-to-date data.