Who is Debbie Zimmer?
Debbie Zimmer is North American Director of Communications for the Paint Quality Institute, a leading source of information on paints and painting for consumers, painting contractors, and others in the paint industry. She is a nationally recognized expert on color, use of paints in interior and exterior design, and decorative painting techniques and is knowledgeable about paint ingredients and their impact on performance and application.
In her capacity as PQI spokesperson, Debbie has been interviewed on TV and radio shows from coast to coast. A skilled journalist, her articles have been published in countless magazines, newspapers, and home decorating blogs, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Univision, HGTV, Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Sun-Times, Dallas Morning News, The Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, St. Petersburg Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Yahoo! Finance, ConsumerAffairs.com, and CNBC.com.
Debbie serves as guest editor of The Home and Living Examiner, one of the largest and most prestigious online publications covering home improvement and related topics. Debbie also is editor of PQI Magazine, as well as the Paint Quality Institute’s monthly on-line newsletter and its blog on paints and painting and is a regularly scheduled contributor to the American Painting Contractor magazine.
Debbie is a member of the Color Marketing Group and the Home Comfort Council. She was twice named one of the top influencers in the paint industry by American Painting Contractor magazine in its annual “Who’s Who in the Paint Industry.”
Intimately involved with the Painting and Decorating Contractors Association (PDCA), Debbie is a member of PDCA’s Deco Magazine advisory and editorial board, and is past chairman of the Associates Supplier Committee.
Debbie is a frequent speaker at paint industry events. She also has spoken at the university level – most recently at Temple University and Rutgers University — on the art of communications. She currently is spearheading an online training institute for paint industry professionals and others involved in specifying paints and paint colors.
Outside of her professional life, Debbie enjoys gardening at her home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where her gardens have won recognition in the Bucks Beautiful Gardens Competition on multiple occasions. She also is a skilful do-it-yourself painter.