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BRAND AMBASSADOR PROGRAM

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FREquently asked questions

Check out our FAQ’s for some of our most common questions.

Why did you start the brand ambassador program?

This program was started out of a need to thank the loyal and vocal Columbia users online. We noticed that many of our customers were giving their time and talent to post amazing content about our tools and we wanted to give something back. The program has been running for 3 years now and we're very happy with how it is growing.

What does it take to be a Brand Ambassador?

We select new Ambassadors every year and pay special attention to those accounts that are already using, and making content about, Columbia Tools. We also look at your location, your following, your engagement in the online drywall community, among many other things.

How do I apply?

As we said above, we select a new group of Ambassadors every year. Keep an eye out on our social media channels in November. We put a call out for applications and give you all the details on how to submit it.

What are the benefits of becoming a part of this program?

Our Brand Ambassadors get to place an order with us as soon as they are named to the program. This can include tools to replace what they already have or tools they have never used and would like to try. We also send our Ambassadors all of our new launches/releases, as well as any upgrades throughout the year. We work closely with our Ambassadors to promote their accounts, and many of our past Ambassadors have gone on to work with other companies/corporations to receive more complimentary trips, swag, and products!

I use Columbia Tools. Can you sponsor me?

In November, we will put a call out for applications for the next year's group of Ambassdors. Be sure to submit your application so that you can have a chance to be involved!

How can I get started on Instagram or Facebook?

The online drywall community is supportive, knowledgable, informative and inclusive. It has slowly moved from forums and websites to social media networks. On Facebook, you can take part by joining some of the Drywall related groups... there are hundreds!

On Instagram, try following some of these hashtags: #columbiatools #drywall #drywallnation #drywallfinisher or even #skilledtrades.

Start posting your work, both photos and videos, and chatting to other Finishers about your technique and/or tips and tricks that work for you. You'll be entrenched before you know it (and armed with new skills and ideas!).

Here's what Elliot and Aaron St. James have to say about it....


2020 Brand Ambassadors

This year's members:

Joel Bartley - @Maritime_Mudder

I am the owner of Maritime Mudder operating in Nova Scotia, Canada. I got my start in drywall in 2015. I was a residential framer and was getting sick of crooked material and wanted to make the switch to steel framing. In commercial, you end up doing a bit of everything and taping turned out to be my favourite. Still fairly new to the trade but I decided to start Maritime Mudder in October 2019. I have mostly been working in apartments with the odd house or addition in between. I decided to apply to the Columbia Ambassador Program as I love trying new tools and new ways to continue to improve my process. I also thought it would be awesome to be part of the Columbia family and get to take part in testing new releases and being able to provide future buyers of my thoughts on them. The tools have been an asset to my business as I can complete jobs in a more timely fashion. Can’t wait to see what the future holds for my business!

Joel Bartley - @Maritime_Mudder

I am the owner of Maritime Mudder operating in Nova Scotia, Canada. I got my start in drywall in 2015. I was a residential framer and was getting sick of crooked material and wanted to make the switch to steel framing. In commercial, you end up doing a bit of everything and taping turned out to be my favourite. Still fairly new to the trade but I decided to start Maritime Mudder in October 2019. I have mostly been working in apartments with the odd house or addition in between. I decided to apply to the Columbia Ambassador Program as I love trying new tools and new ways to continue to improve my process. I also thought it would be awesome to be part of the Columbia family and get to take part in testing new releases and being able to provide future buyers of my thoughts on them. The tools have been an asset to my business as I can complete jobs in a more timely fashion. Can’t wait to see what the future holds for my business!

Guillermo Castillo - @csdrywallhawaii

We are a small local company in Honolulu, Hawaii names C & S Drywall. Specializing in interior and exterior plaster with over 18 years experience. I am a second generation taper and previously worked in the Tapers Union for 15 years. Although we do all our hanging and exterior plaster, taping continues to be my passion. I am truly blessed to be a part of the Columbia family. Aloha!

Guillermo Castillo - @csdrywallhawaii

We are a small local company in Honolulu, Hawaii names C & S Drywall. Specializing in interior and exterior plaster with over 18 years experience. I am a second generation taper and previously worked in the Tapers Union for 15 years. Although we do all our hanging and exterior plaster, taping continues to be my passion. I am truly blessed to be a part of the Columbia family. Aloha!

Sean Murray - @drywall_repair_solutions

I started in drywall right after high school. Then worked as a sub contractor for a number of years. I started my own business in 2001 and have dealt with the ups and downs of that since. :) Nowadays I do a lot of repairs and remodels, and I also do some work for a few custom builders finishing and texturing homes for them. I have my 20 year old son help me. I still love the trade even after all these years!

Sean Murray - @drywall_repair_solutions

I started in drywall right after high school. Then worked as a sub contractor for a number of years. I started my own business in 2001 and have dealt with the ups and downs of that since. :) Nowadays I do a lot of repairs and remodels, and I also do some work for a few custom builders finishing and texturing homes for them. I have my 20 year old son help me. I still love the trade even after all these years!

Joshua Duggins - @Paps_mudmaddness

Born and raised in Brooklyn NY, I found my passion for finishing drywall in 2002 while living in Georgia looking for a job to support my growing family. After searching and searching for a job, I look out the window to see my neighbor washing tools. I approach him and ask if needs help? He looks at me then hands me a tool that reads Columbia Tools. He hands me a hose and says I want all this mud off! The next day, he had me on the job site learning the corner roller... I’m forever grateful and feel blessed that Jeff took a chance on a big head 18 year old kid! As of now I’m back in New York staying pretty consistent, working on custom residential and commercial projects and trying to stay open minded to my fellow finishers out there running great systems. Becoming a Columbia Tools ambassador is full circle for me as the tools have been a part of my drywall life and I know first hand how great they are! It’s an honor to be a part of such a prestigious family!

Joshua Duggins - @Paps_mudmaddness

Born and raised in Brooklyn NY, I found my passion for finishing drywall in 2002 while living in Georgia looking for a job to support my growing family. After searching and searching for a job, I look out the window to see my neighbor washing tools. I approach him and ask if needs help? He looks at me then hands me a tool that reads Columbia Tools. He hands me a hose and says I want all this mud off! The next day, he had me on the job site learning the corner roller... I’m forever grateful and feel blessed that Jeff took a chance on a big head 18 year old kid! As of now I’m back in New York staying pretty consistent, working on custom residential and commercial projects and trying to stay open minded to my fellow finishers out there running great systems. Becoming a Columbia Tools ambassador is full circle for me as the tools have been a part of my drywall life and I know first hand how great they are! It’s an honor to be a part of such a prestigious family!

Justin Strudwick - @Strudwick_plastering

My name is Justin Strudwick. I’m 25 years old and I’m an Australian plasterer. I have been in the trade for around 10 years. I mainly do residential jobs but also the odd commercial here and there. I’m so honoured to be apart of the Columbia tools team. I remember purchasing my first set of Columbia fat boy boxes and I was amazed on how great the quality was! Just makes the job so much easier. Since then, I have purchased many more Columbia tools and swear by them! They look cool too. Columbia Tools have helped me achieve the finish I require to have a successful business and due to those reasons I’ll be using Columbia tools for as long as I’m in this trade.

Justin Strudwick - @Strudwick_plastering

My name is Justin Strudwick. I’m 25 years old and I’m an Australian plasterer. I have been in the trade for around 10 years. I mainly do residential jobs but also the odd commercial here and there. I’m so honoured to be apart of the Columbia tools team. I remember purchasing my first set of Columbia fat boy boxes and I was amazed on how great the quality was! Just makes the job so much easier. Since then, I have purchased many more Columbia tools and swear by them! They look cool too. Columbia Tools have helped me achieve the finish I require to have a successful business and due to those reasons I’ll be using Columbia tools for as long as I’m in this trade.

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