Glenn Brien started his career as a professional painter in 2001 when he joined his father’s business – S & A Painting. Steve, Glenn’s father, was a natural hard working man, who would not have allowed his son waste time at school if his attitude was not there in studies; and he made it so.
Glenn, not a top type of student, left formal school studies at an early age of 15, and joined his father in the painting business. He was baptized into the trade quite early and learnt the tricks of the game standing close to his father in the field.
Initially, as it happens with all young men, Glenn was at a loss being a young boy of 15, but he was quick to learn. As Glenn started early, so his father inculcated the traits of a reliable tradesperson in him to enable him to differentiate between the right and the wrong way; and Glenn chose the way to grow.
From the very beginning, Steve allowed Glenn to do things in his way and to learn from his self experiences. It had one condition that if he commits a mistake, he will have to own it up to put it straight, in other words, “pay the piper” as Steve used to tell him quite often.
After five years, Steve gave the day to day control of S & A Painting to Glenn. He was made to manage the daily operations. He was also responsible for finding the work. Glenn, after made into a skilful Brisbane painter in last five years, took the opportunity with great zeal and learnt fast to become an independent entrepreneur, which would not have been possible if he had just “been on the tools” standing under the shadow of his father.