Minneapolis Breakfast Club

Freshen up your home inside or out with 5 Star Painting!

Early Birds: Mark Arnold was the first to arrive and followed by Pink Flamingo guy, Robert Sandberg.

President Dave Goodwyne rang the bell to start the meeting.

Guests: Mary Beth Crandall was a guest of her husband Ed.

Honorary Members: Mark Simon and Russ Bremner were in attendance and Tom Donnelly joined us late.


  1. The Boat Cruise is planned for August 7th leaving Wayzata bay about 5:30 PM. Cost per person is $100 and we have 25 people signed up. NEWS FLASH! The board authorized paying the $100 fee for each of the members who attend in their board meeting. Let’s fill the boat with 100 participants!
  2. Golf outing recap was provided by Paul Ralles. The winning team was Norcostco. Bullseye Media’s team cleaned up other prizes such as Long putt, Long Woman’s Drive, Orange ball, etc. Todd Alexander had the Men’s long drive, and Dave Bell had closest to the pin on #3.
  3. There are several open craft talks in June/July. Please sign up and market your business to members or suggest a topic. Contact Craig Blixrud with ideas.
  4. There will be a board meeting today.
  5. The Board approved the following slate of officers/directors to take effect July 1, 2019.

Minneapolis Breakfast Club Officers and Directors

July 1, 2019 thru December 31, 2019

President: Mark Arnold

Past President: David Goodwyne

Vice President: TBD

Secretary: Craig Blixrud

Treasurer: Matt Crane


Chuck Shreffler (Expires 12/31/2020)

Dwain Coleman (Expires 6/30/2020)

Susanne Bonfe (Expires 6/30/2020)

Paula Mertens (Expires 12/31/2020)

Richard Junghans (Expires 12/31/2020)

Karen Holtmeier (Expires 6/30/2021)

Business Networking: LVC has a customer appreciation luncheon next Wednesday in Edina.

Business Exchange: Paul Ralles started us off and was followed by Dwain Coleman, Jon Peterson, Tom Ashbaugh, and Mark Arnold.

Business Updates: Jon Peterson has a baby grand piano for sale. Too busy making loans to play it anymore….

Table Introductions:  Jon Peterson introduced his table with a theme of “What is your best summer memory or current summer plans”.

Pot of Gold: Neil Roers filled in for Bob Alexander. With the 5th card, Ed Crandall was the big winner.

Craft Talk:

Neil Roers started his intro by asking “Why did the paint brush retire?” —–It had too many strokes.

Last October, Protect Painters became Five Star Painting. Both brands are owned by the same Franchisor and they wanted to reduce the brand names and focus on one.

Five Star Painting has the same leaders with the addition of Mary Beth Crandall as the Production Manager.

60% of their business is Residential painting, interior and exterior, with 40% of this business coming as past clients or referrals.

They work with paints from Sherwin Williams and Hirshfields and use the brands, Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore.

They do a lot of lead paint removal with lead safe practices and drywall repair/replacement as well.

The 40% of their business that is commercial also includes interiors and exteriors. They have also painted floors with to give them a new finish.

An upcoming commercial project they have is the metal entrances at the Eden Prairie Center. This will involve lifts and a lot of tarps to keep the space clean for customers.

Five Star Painting typically has 4 crews out on jobsites with 2-5 persons per crew.

Give them a call to freshen up your home or business.

Register to Ed Crandall at 612-860-5417 or Ed.crandall@fivestarpainting.com

Looking ahead

June 26 is TBD at ECC

July 3 NO Meeting

July 10 is TBD at ECC