Crank On Fire - Pro Painter Network

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SEP 29-30

Wright Room
Denver, CO

About the event

Forge the Tools You Need to Grow

What a strange time to be alive.”

You hear it all the time. You grit your teeth thinking about the economy, and even just browsing the news headlines starts to give you a pulsing headache.

Where is the world headed? And what does it mean for my business?

When uncertainty is high, we turn our attention to the practical – the nuts, bolts, gears and tools that keep the machines of our lives and businesses running smoothly, so they’re ready to handle the bumps in the road. 

In this reimagined version of CRANK, we’ll be diving deep with industry experts in a workshop style event. Join your fellow professionals as we go shoulder-to-shoulder to tackle the most pressing issues we each face in our businesses- recruiting, communication, leadership, training, and how to achieve stability along with our long-term goals for growth. 

Each workshop is an invitation to spend time in-person with the industry experts who tackle these subjects best. Work through practical exercises in small groups, and review case studies on specific industry issues alongside your peers.

Walk away with a set of tools that you can immediately leverage in your business. 

Join the community at Crank On Fire, and ignite a passion for learning and excellence as we elevate the industry!

– Morgan Ray Knox

Event Details

Just the facts


Business owners and paint contractors who are ready to get serious about taking control of their business, reduce stress and succeed.


September 29th, 2022 (Thu)

September 30th, 2022 (Fri)


Wright Room

535 16th St Mall #240
Denver, CO 80202

See venue photos below.

Early-Bird Pricing:

$100 savings
(ends July 31st)

PPN Members


Standard Pricing:

PPN Members



additional $200

additional $100

(VIP Access includes live online access and on-demand recordings after the event)

What's included:

(with ticket purchase)

  • 6 industry experts leading workshop exercises on topics like:
    • Cognitive flow, personal and team development, effective communication, impactful marketing campaigns and how-tos, innovation, Sprint production management, customer experience journeys, and more!
  • Meals hosted at the Wright Room
    • Lunch both days
    • Hosted dinner and drinks (Thu evening)
  • Improv workshop with RISE Comedy
  • Group tickets to Hit & Run: Musical Improv at RISE Comedy
  • Networking with key industry educators and supporters

What's included:

(PPN members only)

  • Discount pricing
  • Special event promotions
  • SWAG mystery gift
  • Ongoing content and access to add’l discounts

Members, be sure to log in first to get your special pricing!

*First-time and second-time Crank attendees
**Use “Tru by Hilton” link above



Seasoned Experts, Talking Shop


Strategist, Investor, Negotiator, Influencer

Morgan Knox, host of Crank and director of the Pro Painter Network, invites entrepreneurs to look at their businesses from fresh angles while introducing research into leadership strategy. 
Special Skills: 
  • Ultra-Networker
  • Translating the trickiest information into practical takeaways
  • Making hard conversations seem easy
  • Rocking the boldest lipstick colors in the painting industry 


Author, Marketing Expert, Consultant, Thought-Leader

Torlando Hakes, owner at Craftsman Painter and host of the PaintEd Show, demonstrates how reflection and organized thinking can help owners improve their internal processes from the ground up. 
Special Skills: 
  • Sprint Management Guru
  • Gifted Conversationalist
  • Developing leaders and teams towards their highest purpose
  • the Super Mario of Recruitment Pipelines


Founder, Athlete, Investor, Partner 

Jason Paris, Founder of Paris Painting, Partner of Aleph Holdings, Chair of the Painting Contractors Association (our industry ally), First of His Name and Protector of the Realm, was somewhat tricked into attending Crank by a wily friend who committed him before he knew what he was in for. 
Special Skills: 
  • Keyboard design aficionado
  • Collecting skillful people and motivating them towards a focal cause 
  • Operational efficiencies 
  • Making smoothies and making smoothies a popular topic of conversation

JB Brown

Investor, Speaker, Coach, Deal-Maker 

JB Brown, founder at White Buffalo Advisors, helps businesses tap into their potential through strategic partnerships. His emphasis on mergers and acquisitions strategy is informed by his years of experiences as an investor and advisor, with multiple 7 figure exits under his belt. 
Special Skills: 
  • Personality-management and team building
  • Thoughtful critiques
  • Influencer star-power
  • Bourbon Black-hole

Nick May

Founder, Influencer, Media Mogul 

Nick May, Founder of the Pro Painter Network, Walls By Design, and iMay Media, is co-hosting this Crank event as he passes the torch into a new age for the Network.
Special Skills: 
  •  Community builder
  • Messaging and marketing wizard
  • Business systems advocate
  • “Lady of the Lake” impersonator 

Chris Shank

The Education Guy™, Thought Leader, Community Builder

Chris Shank, Education and Engagement Lead at Estimate Rocket, is returning to the Network to share his wisdom (and some choice quotes) about training and engagement in work. 
Special Skills: 
  • Effective education curricula
  • Engagement engineer
  • Culture building
  • Philosophy and poetry guru 


  • 830A | Building Systems to Manage
  • 915A | Automation
  • 1015A | Break
  • 1030 | Sales & Estimating Process
  • 11A | Roadmap to Profit Intro
  • 12P | Lunch
  • 1245P | Talking Systems
  • 115P | Systems Workshop
  • 145P | Bonus Q&A



Saturday Excursion to Meow Wolf!

Want to spend a little more time with your friends from Crank, and explore something unique to Denver?

Join us for a group outing to Meow Wolf Denver: Convergence Station. This immersive experience is a 4 story installation of mesmerizing art exhibits. You’ve never visited anything like it – keep your camera ready!

Saturday, Oct 1 @ 10A
Tickets: $50 (Just select the option in the cart.)

Past event

Crank 2020, Denver

Here’s a video of last year’s Crank event in Denver, shot and recorded by Pro Painter and longtime friend Eddie Bourbeau (All Island Applications).


Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely! It’s an additional $400 for someone to participate at Crankstart with you.

We’ve listed our itinerary and will send out an exact schedule closer to the event, but you must be in Denver and at the Tru Hotel by 6PM on Thursday to catch our meet and greet cocktail party.

Not at all, but we highly recommend it to get the full experience, and the most bang for your buck. A lot of the value of events like these is linking up and talking with others (including our staff and speakers) throughout the weekend.

Officially, the event will be over by 2PM on Saturday. However! Everyone is invited and encouraged to stay until Sunday morning, so we can all go out Saturday night and enjoy Denver together.

Yup! We’ll be offering complete audio recordings of every session to all attendees for no extra charge.

Holiday Inn Express

1715 Tremont Pl,
Denver, CO, 80202

(303) 296-0400

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Magnolia Hotel Denver

818 17th St,
Denver, CO, 80202

(303) 607-9000

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Hampton Inn & Suites

550 15th St,
Denver, CO, 80202

(303) 623-5900

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