Mike Starling

Senior Editor, Northbrook Publishing

United States

Mike Starling earned his journalism stripes over a 20+year career working in print and broadcast media.

He is currently a senior editor at Northbrook Publishing, where he is the editorial director of PPC magazine and its bilingual sister publication Pintor Pro.

He has also served as writer/producer of the magazine's Pro on the Go video series. Below are some samples of his writing, photography and video work.

Paint It Forward: The Value of Community Service Marketing - PPC

Volunteering your time in the community is not only the right thing to do, it's good for business too. That's what the owners of professional paint contracting companies large and small are learning. "If you give, you get more back," says Craig Penne, who has built successful painting contracting companies in Hawaii and California.

World's Largest Theater Restoration Project: Teamwork Required! - PPC

Behold the rejuvenated State Theatre. Part of the final phase of a major entertainment complex restoration in downtown Cleveland, the repaint of the historic 3,193-seat theater was a collaborative effort of the Playhouse Square Foundation and two experienced contracting firms. Researching the right colors EverGreene Architectural Arts, a New York-based firm that has done restoration ...

Defeating Graffiti: Restoring the World's Largest Termite - PPC

A giant fiberglass termite, a graffiti-spraying vandal and a really ticked-off community. This is the tale of Nibbles Woodaway, and how a Providence painter and Sherwin-Williams set things right again. Rhode Island pride Nibbles Woodaway, also known as the Big Blue Bug, has been the mascot of a pest control company in Providence, Rhode Island ...

Talk of the Town: Illinois Restoration Project Inspires the Community - PPC

Running from New York's Times Square to Lincoln Park in San Francisco, the Lincoln Highway is the nation's first trans-continental highway. Near the middle of its 3,000-plus miles is the National Headquarters of the Lincoln Highway Association in Franklin Grove, Illinois. The village of 1,000 people is also home to one of the highway's oldest ...

From Blah to Bold: A Corporate HQ Painted to Look Like a Classic Mustang - PPC

The repaint of a classic California car company's corporate headquarters shows how professional painting contractors can leverage bold concrete color choices to help their customers create better branding. The project: A color update fit for a legend Auto industry legend Carroll Shelby made his mark first as a driver, breaking land speed records at the ...

Concrete & Color: Paint Breathes New Life into Historic River Town - PPC

Paint color transformed a historic property and helped Designing Jewelers gain recognition as one of "America's Coolest Stores" from InStore magazine. Two Sherwin-Williams masonry coatings provide the one-two punch for long-lasting protection on the repaint of the 136-year-old building. Updating a classic Business owners like Al and Brenda Louis are part of a downtown renaissance ...

Icon in the Sun: Long-Lasting Colors for Albuquerque's Beach Apartments - PPC

A unique, eye-catching color scheme made the Beach Apartments a landmark property on Route 66 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. But the exterior hadn't been painted since the 1990s, and rain and sun had caused significant damage. The stucco was cracked and crumbling, and the colors had faded in the high desert climate.