Recent Students Say About
DCI Training Schools!
concentrated, hands-on course with lots of invaluable
information. Thanks to Bob, Lee Ann, Ron, Barb and Sarge.
Matt Miller (Hibbing, MN)
been doing decorative concrete for 10 years, acid staining for
and the information given at the Chemical Staining & Specialty
seminar was so vast and complete on the subject, I’ll have
to take several
weeks to digest it all………Ted Keskinen (Summerfield,
I am blown away. Our time was utilized to the fullest extent with
amount of lecture, demonstration and hands-on. I leave excited,
and with a clear picture of where I am heading. Thanks!…..Rick
Awesome! The information learned from this seminar is invaluable.
you to Bob Harris and Staff and Kemiko. All that was presented
many trial and error mistakes, which will save us problems with
floor, and the pocket book. Another special thanks Barb and Earl
for all of there support and help with our projects……Javier
What a great workshop. I learned a lot from this workshop. Many
Bob Harris and the DCI Group……Furng-Fang Frank Lee
Bob and Lee Ann,
Loved the training! Thanks for motivating me to keep trying new
techniques. I can't wait to start making more countertops. Thanks
owner / operator
Progressive Concrete Coatings
Lee Ann & Bob!
I love the news letter from the illusional art class. I just want
to say that it really was a lot of fun and incredibly inspiring.
You know, when I decided to pursue the decorative concrete industry
many years ago, I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would
be creating the things I do today and exploring different techniques
and applications with concrete. I love what I do.
I am happy to see another illusional art class coming. I am not
surprised. These classes are true spring boards to a new dimension
in decorative concrete. I cant imagine what we will be seeing
in the next few years as other contractors begin creating illusional
art. It is so cool to be a part of it.
Greg & my much better half, Tiffany
Kemico workshop at the Decorative Concrete Institute was truly
an information packed seminar. Since attending the seminar, I
feel extremely confident about the preparation, application of
stain, sealers, waxing and the maintenance required for a decorative
concrete business to fully understand. The pricing and troubleshooting
lessons will be a huge benefit for future projects as well as
the confidence to control the many variables of concrete staining.
Evenfaux Custom Interior Finishes
Bobby and Lee Ann,
I would sincerely like to thank you for the honor of having me
participate as a guest speaker and demonstrator at the Getting
Started in the Field of Decorative Concrete workshop. My topic
being pattern stamping allowed me to demonstrate to potentially
new decorative concrete contractors throughout the U.S., Korea
and Canada to the students at your Douglasville, GA location.
Bobby had taught me stamping so many years ago, amongst other
topics to current including micro toppings, overlayments, acid
staining, dyes, and polishing just to name a few.
The additional guest speakers were outstanding and each had their
own input and topic to add to the melting pot of Decorative Concrete.
We all, and I'm sure including Bobby, had the opportunity to learn
from each other. I hope the students have received the valuable
information given to them and understand that it does not end
Lee Ann on the other hand is a ball of fire and unmistakably the
most detailed and thoughtful hostess.
In all, your program, Getting Started in the Field of Decorative
Concrete is by far the most ingenious program that I have ever
had the ability to encounter in the Decorative Concrete Industry.
Bobby and Lee Ann's relationship with me has by far extended beyond
business and I have welcomed them as family. I propose to anyone
who has the ability to read this, that if considering either getting
started in the Decorative Concrete Industry or just moving to
the next level of the industry, to consider The Decorative Concrete
Institute for education and association with Bob and Lee Ann.
The only thing I can say to new people who have been there and
those who intend to, is.....welcome to our family!
Dominick P. Cardone
The Concrete Impressionist
thoroughly enjoyed the Advanced Coatings workshop and I appreciate
the opportunity to advance my knowledge in the field. I would
like to thank you for one of the best seminars I have attended.
I look forward to attending more in the future.
Tech Lightweight Concrete, Inc.
again thanks for the motivation!!!! Keep up the great work. I
was a concrete junkie before I took your seminar and now I just
can't get enough of the creative side to this industry.
Thanks for everything,
Custom DesignCrete Inc.
wanted to take a minute to tell you how much I appreciate all
that you and your staff have done to make my business successful.
There is no question in my mind that the classes that you teach
are among the best (if not the best) in the business. It is also
not surprising to me to read all of the great comments that you
have received from your other students. You have arguably the
most extensive knowledge of decorative concrete techniques in
the country and I can say from personal experience that you have
a very clear and enthusiastic presentation method when teaching.
I did not attend one of your scheduled seminars but instead hired
you as a consultant on both floors and countertops.
Without question, I can say that your consulting services have
represented the best return I have received on any money that
I have spent on my business. I say this for four reasons.
1) While classes are great and I certainly encourage people to
attend the ones that are appropriate for their businesses, there
simply is no substitute for one or more days of dedicated one-on-one
2) We both know that it is one thing to see something in a classroom
in a pseudo-controlled environment. But, when you get into the
field, a whole new set of intangibles presents itself and having
you there while those are happening is very beneficial.
3) Your dedication to your consulting clients and their businesses
through ongoing personal communication and advice has helped me
on more than one occasion.
4) Finally and most importantly is confidence. There are a lot
of opinions in the decorative concrete field and as the old saying
goes..."Everyone is an expert." Well, Bob, you truly
are an expert, and it is comforting to know that when I call on
you for advice it is going to be sound and I have the confidence
to use that advice when my reputation is on the line.
To anyone else who reads this, I hope you have figured out that
this is a glowing endorsement for Bob's consulting services. I
think it is also important to point out that I am not writing
this simply as a reaction to a wave of emotion from a recent seminar
or training session. It has been one year and two months since
I first hired Bob as my consultant. My opinions have formed over
that length of time through actually using his advice on the job.
thanks again for all of your help. Please use this recommendation
in any way you see fit. Also, feel free to have anyone contact
me if they should have any questions regarding a client's perspective
of your services.
Greymatter Concrete Designworks, LLC
P.S. I will be sending you photos from my last three floors on
which I used your new dyes. They are GREAT!
just want to say that dealing with DCI has been one of the best
experiences I have ever had in business. Due to the class and
training at DCI, I learned a lot about concrete polishing and
the world of concrete in general. Because of the professionalism
and help that I received from Bob Harris and his staff at DCI,
my business has been able to move forward and prosper. DCI has
allowed me to establish enduring relationships with other professionals
who really care about doing business the right way!"
Kemiko Stain workshop was wonderful! I thoroughly enjoyed every
minute of my training at the Decorative Concrete Institute. I
had no idea that I would learn as much as I did. From staining,
specialty techniques and learning how to create, layout and saw
cut our own designs."
attended the Chemical Staining and Specialty Techniques workshop
in Douglasville, Georgia a little over a week ago, and wanted
to thank you and Decorative Concrete Institute for the experience.
Wow! It's amazing how much knowledge and information was packed
into two days. It was an eye-opening experience seeing what can
be done in the field of decorative concrete staining...the possibilities
are truly endless. The quality of the Kemiko product teamed with
Bob Harris' vast knowledge and experience and the friendly atmosphere
are something that I will never forget. I would have stayed much
longer if I could have! It really was an incredible experience...thanks
__ Clinton Veach
the class! Never learned so much! Hands on!! Easy to understand,
Bob is very informative, organized and pleasant! Thanks so much!"
May 2005, one of my employees and I attended the two-day concrete
acid stain school that Bob Harris and Kemiko Stain held in Georgia.
From start to finish, everyone I dealt with to get registered,
teaching the classes and demonstrating the techniques were very
professional and friendly. We've been in the business for 2 years
and we feel this school will help take our company to the next
level which will easily pass the competition in our area."
was really impressed with the acid stain class. I learned a lot
and have gained more confidence working with stains. I was impressed
with how my group's slab came out (we did the tile pattern). You
have put together a first class operation!"
am a very hard person to impress, but the word "impressive"
does not give justice to the job that Bob and his family do. I
have been looking to break into this field for about six months
and I really got serious two months ago. I love art and I love
creating things. What entices and lures me to the field of decorative
concrete is the fact that I can create something beautiful that
people will appreciate for years. "
say enough about the experience & knowledge I came home with.
You all are a "class act" if ever there was one! I made
a sink mould on my table saw & will attempt an integral vanity
top this weekend."
__ David Crane
found your seminar tremendously helpful. My dealings with concrete
floors and cementitious toppings amounted to looking at cracked
flooring and wondering what was to be done. The principle lesson
I learned is that there is no one solution to a problem, and all
situations are different. Your seminar helped create the foundation
which is essential to be able to go into a situation with confidence
and propose not only a solution but a good estimation of cost.
We have done one big internal project that we think looks great,
and are working on obtaining others with the prospect of a very
large project coming up with a house we are building out of our
__ Richard Edge
"Thank you for giving me the opportunity to learn the exciting
world of decorative concrete. I was at the decorative epoxy systems
class and because of going I felt as if I could be professional
from the first job I sold not the fourth or fifth. I appreciate
that Bob and Lee Ann have a heart to teach those who are willing
to learn and are open about every aspect so that I can go out
and really impress my clients. Not too long ago I put a vinyl
chip flooring in a model for a high-end builder and have received
nothing but positive feedback for my work.
anyone who may be hesitating about going, it will only turn out
to be your loss because Decorative Concrete Institute has not
only enhanced my knowledge, but has also built my confidence to
take on the world of decorative concrete."
__ Bryn Bailey, Suncoast Concrete Solutions, Inc.
again for a great class. I can honestly say it was the best class
that I have attended and taken part in. I have attended a good
number of classes in my day, but this one topped them all. It
was well organized and covered a great deal of different materials
and applications. I think everyone that attended felt comfortable
and I was glad to see everyone in the class got involved."
__ Jim Stimmel
Bob, First I wanted to thank you for having the web seminar last
night. It was very informative and somewhat inspirational given
the projects we were able to see that you did. It pushed me to
buy a ticket to Vegas. Thank you for your time."
__ Don McClain
Leanne, and staff: Thank you for the most AMAZINGLY POSITIVE experience
while attending the "Getting Started in the Field of Decorative
Concrete" seminar. With my extensive concrete background,
I thought my LOVE for concrete could not have been any stronger.
Well, I was wrong. Your TREMENDOUS enthusiasm and passion for
this industry has in turn taken my passion to the "nth"
degree. Bob this seminar has literally been the most educational
experience of my life. My fire has been Lit and I can see how
bright my future will become when I succeed in this industry and
I'll have you thank for it."
__ Domenic Mattei, Custom designCrete Inc.
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