Episode 07 • 11/17/2022

Anton Ruesing, Executive Director of FTI, on Bringing Contractors and Training Directors Together

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How do you find meaning and camaraderie in your work? Associations Thrive host Joanna Pineda interviews Anton Ruesing, Director of the Finishing Trades Institute (FTI). Anton introduces FTI, and shares how a dead car battery led him back to the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT). He also shares what FTI and the IUPAT are doing to attract apprentices, make training better, and foster good relations in the industry. Anton discusses:

  • The yearly Finishing Industries Forum, which brings contractors and Training Directors together 
  • Helping Hand, a program of the IUPAT for members who are suffering from substance abuse or at risk for suicide
  • The Big Build at the National Building Museum
  • Rollers, spray rigs, and Virtual Reality training


About Anton Ruesing

About Finishing Trades Institute

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Associations Thrive podcast is hosted by Joanna Pineda, CEO & Chief Troublemaker at Matrix Group International. Joanna’s personal mission and the mission of Matrix Group is to help associations and nonprofits increase membership, generate revenue and thrive in the digital space. 

We believe that every association has a unique mission and unique story that demonstrates how they’re serving their members, impacting their industry, and ultimately changing the world. Every guest is an association Chief Executive, Executive Director or President. We’re here to help amplify their stories so all associations can learn and thrive, together.

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