There is nothing more important on a students resume than the experience bullet points. Becoming a part of this internship with Student Painters truly made me understand why employers look for past experience first. Between selling work, producing it, and everything in between I have learned more through this company than I will ever learn in the classroom. The company gives you the opportunity to feel what an entrepreneur is like. A true test for someone is seeing if they will be ready for the real world after graduation. There is no better way to test this than running your own business.  I am happy to say that YEAA and Student Painters have made this past summer one impossible to forget. Within just under four months I produced over 70 jobs and employed over 20 students. I’m only 19 years old! There’s no comparison with other internships in the amount of valuable experience I have gained from that. Communication, good time management, and organization were repetitively practiced throughout my summer and made me realize how important they are on a regular basis with any company. Running a business is no doubt a risk and at times very stressful. But, once the summer is over and an updated copy of a resume is done, every second is worth it.

Spenser Suski
Granger, IN

My first year with Student Painters has been far more rewarding than I could have ever imagined.  The experience gained through this internship is unlike anything that a college course or previous job has taught me.  Having the opportunity to run my own business and learn valuable skills in marketing, management, and communication is well worth the hard work to be successful.  My decision to join Student Painters and run a business has been one of the best choices I’ve ever made.  If you want to challenge yourself and have fun at the same time, then I recommend Student Painters to any college student.

Justin Cook
Elkhart, IN

My summer with Student Painters started after my general manager came to my school. He gave a great presentation that caught my interest. After a great interview I was given the opportunity to get started with Student Painters. After training immediately worked to grow cliental. I successfully worked my tail off and met the requirements to open my business. It was a huge learning experience over the summer. It had ups and downs, but I gained a ton of experience. I gained knowledge in sales, management of a crew, planning and scheduling to get production done. There were also so many little things that I learned about dealing with people and myself. This internship was a challenge, but it does give a unique and rewarding experience.

Ryan Bukowiecki
Carbondale, IL

My first summer with Student Painters has been a very pleasurable and fulfilling experience. Now that I think about it, experience is a very good word to describe the Student Painters summer internship. You meet a lot of very interesting people, very nice people, and some not so nice people, but for the most part managers walk away with the ability to talk to clients, and provide the best customer service that is possible. I feel that this is what I have taken away from Student Painters because it will help me in my future career decisions.

I learned how hard it is balance everything that comes with running a small business, and fortunately it worked out pretty well for me. Things went wrong as they always will at times, but in the end I learned how to adapt and adjust to any situation that was thrown at me. If anything Student Painters helped me explore my own abilities and take opportunities that I would not have had the chance to take if not for Student Painters.

Grant Kueker
Edwardsville, IL

As a freshman, chemical engineering student at the University of Missouri-Columbia, I could have never foreseen the opportunity awaiting me this summer. I was given the opportunity and the tools to succeed as an entrepreneur running my own business. With this opportunity, I was able to gain experience hiring and firing employees as well as training and managing them, marketing a region for a specific service by finding target areas and effective marketing techniques, conducting a sales presentation with over one hundred customers, complying with government regulations, and producing over $65,000 worth of work in 3 months in addition to profiting almost $10,000. This internship with Young Entrepreneurs taught me many more valuable lessons about business and working with people. It was an invaluable experience and I would not trade it for anything.

Paul McCaughey
St. Louis, MO

When I heard about the opportunity to run my own business as an internship instead of a boring accounting or marketing internship, I jumped right on it.  I’ve always wanted to run my own business and given the opportunity I made it my own.  Through Young Entrepreneurs Across America I gained the knowledge to effectively market, sell work, and produce the work that was sold.  When I started the summer I was anxious that I would not be able to fill my entire with work as I only sold about 2 weeks of work in the 3 months of marketing.  With smart marketing and determination I quickly filled the next two months by the end of the May.  After finishing a summer of this internship I can confidently go on into life and do anything I put my mind to.

Nate Betz
Lincoln, NE

Thus far this season I have learned so much about myself and my abilities that I never could of acted on in a classroom. This internship truly gives you an opportunity to test yourself in a variety of ways from being a leader and hiring marketers and painters to being a business professional.  The most rewarding part about this job isn’t the great money you will earn, but the thanks you get when you get done painting a home and realize that their large investment in you paid off and that they are truly appreciative of your hard work. The training this company gives you sets you up for success. Wanting to be an entrepreneur myself in the future made it a no brainer to try this out. This job isn’t hard but does require hard work to be successful like any other business. The support system from the company is amazing, I really like everyone I have met and worked with inside the company starting from the President all the way down to other branch managers as well as the people at Sherwin Williams. Before this I was really worried about life after school and finding a job yet one that I like. I have already received a few job offers this summer and am now not worried at all about finding a job because I know what my abilities are and how far I can push myself thanks to Student Painters. I highly recommend anyone whose up for a rewarding challenge to take this on.

Aaron Lewandowski
Sylvania, OH

Many of my friends have interviewed for internships to learn things like management, sales, customer service and accounting. My internship involved all of the above. The Student Painters experience has taught me invaluable lessons in both my personal and professional life. While this is an incredibly fulfilling experience, it is not for everybody; hard work and discipline are required from day one. After selling and producing over $60,000 in revenue over a summer while earning over $10,000, Student Painters looks great on my resume. If you are willing to prove yourself in the real world while gaining valuable experience, Student Painters is the right internship for you.

Joe Osterfeld
Medina, OH

My name is Simon Fraser, and I’ve just succeeded in my first summer as an entrepreneur. At the end of the summer, my business generated a revenue of over $60,000, while profiting over $12,000. One year ago, I never would have pictured myself having accomplished a feat like this. At only 19 years old, I can confidently say that not only my resume, but my newly fine-tuned skill set can set me apart from most college students. This summer gave me a broad range of real world experience which can be applied to almost any situation in life. Taking on this internship showed me how hard I can push myself, gave me leadership skills and so much more. To any motivated, hard-working and driven person, I HIGHLY recommend stepping outside of your comfort zone and seeing what you’re capable of; you might be surprised at what you can accomplish.

Simon Fraser
Hillard, OH

My name is Chad Moyer and this summer as an 18 year old, I never imagined how much I would learn in one summer. As a first year manager, I ran over an $94,000 dollar business and profited over $18,000 in the process. Not many college students can say that they made 10K in one summer! I can honestly say that I am a real world entrepreneur and have succeeded. The great thing about Student Painters is you get exactly what you work for. The real reason I chose Student Painters was because it was a challenge I wanted to overcome. I learned more in the short 3-4 months about myself and about running a business than I ever could in a classroom. Handling all of my own marketing, sales and production is something that I utilize from this internship forever; it has given me the confidence to know that I will be successful in the future as a businessperson and a leader. In the process, simply because of the culture of the company I’ve made many new friends and had a great time doing it. I am confident in saying that many of them will be a big success in the future in anything they do. Student Painters really creates an environment to succeed. Choose Student Painters and you will have the most unique internship experience you could find and you can profit immensely from it in all senses of the word.

Chad Moyer
Macomb, MI


Until I began my journey with Student Painters, I did not have much to show for on my resume. With the help and support of everyone in the company, I was successfully able to run a $110,000 business while profiting $18,000. The managing, marketing, sales, and organizational skills I learned through student painters have literally proven invaluable in all facets of my life. Rarely are other college kids prepared for business in such a way that student painters prepared me throughout only my first summer running my own business. From dealing with customers, to handling worker complaints, hiring workers, firing workers, selling jobs, to making business calls, student painters provided me with all the skills and support to be successful both with the company and beyond. I can honestly say that deciding to join the student painter’s family was one of the best decisions I could have made.

Brooks Allwardt
Kalamazoo, MI


I just finished running my own painting business for the summer under Student Painters, and it taught me a lot.  I grew in my ability to sell, lead, recruit, market, manage, oversee production, be accountable, and solve problems.  Student Painters also helped me gain confidence in my own abilities, especially my leadership and problem-solving skills.  There were so many challenges this summer that came with running a business; however, my executives were always willing to give advice, and as time passed I learned to tackle each obstacle as it came.  This summer I operated a $75,000 business without ever having painted before, and I profited around $15,000.  I would definitely recommend Student Painters to anyone interested in leadership, business, or simply developing their own talents.  It is a challenging, fun way to grow and gain valuable experience.

Jonathan Hasper
Grand Rapids, MI

Student Painters gave me an amazing opportunity to run my own business. I have grown as a leader and a businessman, and I guarantee there is no better real world experience than actually going out of your comfort zone and proving that you have what it takes to run a painting business with little to no painting experience. While my friends sat around this summer (I can’t complain too much, because many of them painted for me when I was in a jam), I ran a $63,000 business and profited over $13,000 as a 19 year old full time college student. It was the most challenging (and sometimes stressful) summer of my life, and I ran into about every situation imaginable. As I’m sitting here now, I still haven’t encountered a problem I haven’t been able to solve. The best part of this job is that you have complete control of your business. The only limiting factor to how big your business can be is how much time and effort you are willing to dedicate to the job. Student Painters provides excellent training and plenty of tools to guarantee success, if you are willing to fully commit to accomplishing your own goals.

Steve Riley
Midland, MI

In the 8 month span from being hired to shutting down my business with Student Painters, I learned more than my entire time in college. The people skills you will develop cannot be found in a textbook or noted down from a professor’s lecture because it’s the real deal.  I have learned many things with Student Painters in sales, marketing, and management, but most importantly, I learned to be comfortable stepping outside of my comfort zone and learned that running a business, like anything, is not difficult with lots of practice.  No one gets the opportunity to open a business and have a “practice run” except interns with YEAA  There’s no doubt about it that this is one of the hardest internships you can get involved in and only the extremely determined will succeed because it requires effort without immediate rewards.  It takes the kind of person who can say no to a frat party to go market his or her business instead.  I would recommend it for anyone in the business school at your University or College, but anyone can be great at it if you work smart.  I sold $50,000 worth of contracts before I had ever put a paint brush to a house and that proves that anyone can do it if you have the right mind-set.  Experience and resume building is always great, but what I got the most out of Student Painters is the people I meet, the stories I can tell, and the amazing feeling of being able to say “I ran a business successfully from scratch”.

AJ Rodriguez
Greensboro, NC

My experience with Young Entrepreneurs this summer has changed my life.  I have truly learned what hard work is and have developed skills in management, marketing, and sales. Starting my own painting business was an amazing challenge. On Day 1, I thought running a successful business would be nearly impossible at my age and with my lack of experience. Now at the end of summer I have a $78,000 business to be proud of! Working with Student Painters forces you to step outside of your comfort zone and take on challenges such as dealing with customers and leading employees – experiences that you NEED to experience as a business student! I’d recommend this internship to anyone who wants to build their resume, earn some cash, and have a great experience to talk about for the rest of their lives. I can honestly say that I learned more from my internship with Student Painters than I did in my entire freshman year of college. Learning how to effectively manage a team of 9 painters was definitely the most enjoyable part of my summer. Being in charge of who works for you and whether they get hired, deserve a raise, or need to be fired, is completely up to you. I no longer fear finding a job after college. Instead I look forward to talking about my summer with Student Painters in any interview, and finding the exact job I want.

Kendall Wernet
Asheville, NC

Student Painters gives you all the tools and knowledge you need to run a successful and profitable business, all they ask of you is to put in the time and effort. At the end of the day, I wouldn’t change my experience at all. There are definitely many obstacles you will be faced with on your journey, but if I never faced them head on and with the confidence that Student Painters instilled in me then I would never learn. That is why I would recommend this program to others; you aren’t just reading in a library about how to run a business, but rather getting out there and really learning by hands on experience. This internship is also a huge resume booster. Who wouldn’t want a guy that ran a $70,000+ business as a 19 year old and faced real world challenges on their team to work for them?  The management is such an awesome and personally my favorite part about the whole experience. You are the boss. This side of the business is one that you can really reflect on and see how far you’ve come since the day you opened your business to the last day of production. To really look back at how far you’ve come as a leader and have something to be proud of. At the end of it all Student Painters has changed my life in so many positive ways and opened up so many doors for my future I can’t thank them enough and I urge anybody that has any interest to step out of there comfort zone a little bit, put in the effort and reap in the rewards. “Work Hard, Play Hard”.

Patrick Gardiner
Myrtle Beach, SC


YEAA is an amazing internship organization that provided me with an unparalleled experience. The opportunity to be in the YEAA internship program and have the ability to work for Student Painters has been one of the most rewarding experiences ever. It allowed me to do something I have always wanted to do, run my own business. This internship presented me with many challenges that required me to really understand what it takes to run a business. The experience was very unique and I learned so much it is unbelievable. There is truly no way to learn on this level in a classroom environment. The knowledge, connections, and networks I was able to gain through YEAA and Student Painters is invaluable. The amount I learned and grew from my involvement with this organization has really set me far above my peers. I will never forget this amazing opportunity.

Hunter Freeman
Clemson/Anderson, SC




This summer working with Student Painters has been the most challenging and rewarding summer that I’ve ever had.  With their help, I was able to run over a $100,000 business and achieve the title of “Entrepreneur of the Year”. This internship taught me things that I will never be able to learn in the classroom. I had great mentors (Joel Puthoff & James Roper) and they pushed me to be the best that I could be while also creating a company culture second to none. They made the experience very fun, and I got to meet a lot of cool people that were experiencing the same things that I was. At the end of the summer, we were all able to look back at how far we had come and appreciate all of the hard work that we put in. I took away many amazing memories from this summer and I can honestly say that I learned and accomplished things that will stick with me for the rest of my life.


Chandler Bolt
Charleston, SC

Looking back on my rookie year as a branch manager for Student Painters I can’t believe how much I learned throughout the summer, not just about business, but about my own determination and work ethic.  I cannot think of any other summer job which challenges college students as much as I was challenged throughout the summer.  That being said, running a successful business in about 3 months was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.  I have become more confident, organized, and more mature as a result of the adversity I faced throughout the summer.  There were nights throughout the summer where the responsibility of running my own business and providing work for 5 other college students seemed overwhelming, but I learned to use this stress as motivation and marketed any chance I had, even ten or eleven o’clock at night.  While this internship is a lot of hard work, I am confident that the knowledge and experience I have gained throughout the process of being an entrepreneur will allow me an advantage in any career path I may choose in the future.  My experience with Student Painters has been more rewarding both personally and financially than I could have ever imagined and I would highly recommend the program to anyone that is interested in getting a head start in their future career.

Jordan Dunning
Upstate, SC


Last fall I was starting fresh as a transfer student at High Point University, and I was looking for opportunities to grow as a business student. It was early in the year, but I had already started looking for summer internships. I came across Student Painters, and was instantly hooked. After training in the spring I spent my free time marketing my business and making sales. When the summer started production began, and it was the greatest learning experience I have ever gone through. Overall I ran a $42,000 business, and I still am proud to tell people about it today. When I am able to sit with future employers and tell them about all the experience and skill I gained from Student Painters, it will make what I did that much more satisfying. Not only did I learn about every aspect of running a business, but I experienced every aspect first hand. I’d like to say thank you to Joel Puthoff and the entire Student Painters team, I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them.

Charlie Apter
Carey, NC

I never thought I would be able to say at the end of the 2012 summer, I ran a successful business. At the beginning of this year I was just an average college student with and average college job. Then I saw a Y.E.A.A. flier one morning during class and attended a seminar that was looking for college students with serious ambition and motivation. I attended the seminar and from that point on I was no longer an average college student, but instead starting my journey as an entrepreneur. In the past six months I went from being a closer in a grocery store at minimum wage to running my own business and profiting over $1,600 dollars within my first two weeks of production as a branch manager. Instead of being told what to do, I could be my own boss. I was responsible for a business that produced over $37,000 dollars of work in a single summer and profited around $7,000. While some of my other college friends were sleeping in on their weekends, I was traveling to complete payrolls, marketing, and completing interviews with potential employees. Not only has this been an amazing experience for the summer of 2012, but this is something that will benefit my future in so many ways as well. Student Painters has been an amazing experience and journey for me. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be able to work with Joel Puthoff and the rest of the Y.E.A.A. team. Thank you guys for everything that you have taught me and all the experiences that I have gained from Student Painters.

Joe Grady
Asheville, NC


While my first thought of working for Student Painters was un easy, this experience has turned out to be a tremendously rewarding and educational experiences for me thus far. I have learned how to manage a crew of my peers, created a marketing strategy, and organized and executed a business with over $100,000 in sales. Student Painters has given me an opportunity which no one else compares to. This is real world experience to create a business and truly see how successful you can be. While it requires dedication and hard work, it is also extremely rewarding.

David Ploesser
Kirkwood, MO

Joining Student Painters 2 years ago has been one of the best decisions of my life. I have learned far more about the business world than I ever would in a classroom. Being a Branch Manager was an unbelievable experience that taught me the aspects of starting a business from scratch. From developing a marketing plan, hiring/firing employees, selling jobs, and most importantly overseeing the everyday operations of a business, I have a great understanding of how a business is run and am far ahead of my peers in experience.

This past year I oversaw $175,000 worth of business. Not many juniors in college can say they did that. Aside from numbers, the experience gained this year was even far more tremendous. Knowing how to run a business already let me gain more experience in other fields such as recruiting interns, training them, conducting interviews, and overseeing their businesses. Getting into a middle management position as a junior in college is a great thing to have on a resume. Hard work definitely pays off and that is one thing I have gained from Student Painters. Joining Student Painters has been a rewarding experience that will definitely pay off in even greater dividends down the road.

Chris Moore
Collinsville, IL

My name is Alex Dalpiaz and I am a junior at Clemson University. I have just completed my second year with Student Painters as a Regional Manager. Two years ago I was hired as a Branch Manager where I oversaw a $55,000 business as an 18 year old college student. This summer as a 19 year old Regional Manager, I not only oversaw my own personal business of $74,000, but I also managed 2 Branch Managers as well. Over the past two years, I have overseen over $190,000 worth of business. I am grateful of my opportunity to manage and mentor my two managers and help them in their career success. My past two summers at Student Painters have been ones that have rewritten the course of my life. I have gained more experience than I could have ever expected. Being a manager with Student Painters has taught me 100% accountability for my success. I was responsible for the marketing, sales, production, and customer satisfaction of my entire business. I personally hired all my employees; I marketed, estimated, sold and produced a $74,000 business. The experience I have gained is much more than any of my friends could have ever imagined receiving. The things I have learned and know now are unparallel to what any other person at my age has. Not only have I gained real world experience, but the financial success I have benefited from is untouchable to any job out there. Student Painters has set me up to be successful in whatever job I choose. There is no doubt that this internship makes me the most qualified person at whatever career path I choose. Not only have I grown in the business world, but Student Painters has also grown me as a person as well. Student Painters has been the best thing I could have ever done for my career future.

Alex Dalpiaz
Easley/Peidmont, SC

Being a Branch Manager with Student Painters allowed me to run my own business and understand the basic elements that go into being an entrepreneur. There is nothing better than seeing the step-by step process of a business taking place right in front of your eyes and knowing you have personally engineered every component of it. The training and support that I have received in this internship fully prepared me to reach my goals with the company. What other internship can offer a young, talented college student the opportunity to create and manage a successful business while backing them with world class support and service? There is not another internship like this.

Phil Stodola
Oak Creek, WI

I decided to get an internship with Student Painters not just because it sounded fun, but because of the learning experience that I know I would get from it. Being an entrepreneur has always been a dream of mine and furthering myself in that dream, I felt Student Painters was right for me. My experience through Student Painters has been a very big learning experience. Going from the informational meeting to where I am now was a large leap. When I first started, I didn’t know how far I’d go or how big of a business I would run. As I got further and further into the pre-season and my marketing paid off, I finally realized that as a soon to be junior in college, it is possible to run your own business. Sure I had my ups and downs with everything, but all together I am extremely glad that I had the opportunity to be a manager and learn some very important business aspects. Having the opportunity to come back next year is another honor. Throughout the summer I always remembered the motto that Charlie said, “Work Hard, Play Harder.” In the end it pays off and if at times you feel like giving up, stick with it and who knows you might just end up on top.

Andrew Minster
Sheboygan Falls, WI

Student Painters has enabled me to accomplish feats that I did not even realize I was capable of conquering. My summer with Student Painters will be one that I can look back on for the rest of my life and feel extremely proud of what I have accomplished in such a small amount of time. The adversity I was faced with throughout the course of the summer is something that has made me more mature, well-rounded, and mentally strong. There were so many times when I second guessed my decision to take on this responsibility but the risk is what has made this such a rewarding experience. I ran over a $50,000 business my first summer and learned more about myself, and the world of business than I did in my 20 years prior to this summer.

J.D. Schmerge
Park Hills, KY

My name is Wayne Titus and I just completed my second summer working for Student Painters. This year as a branch manager, I gained the most valuable business experience I have had thus far as a college student. I was set up extremely well for success, and reaching all of my goals as an entrepreneur was highly rewarding. I worked hard throughout the spring and summer in order to run a $70,000 business, however, with the support I had from the company I was able to greatly exceed that number and run a $128,000 business as a 20 year-old. All of the knowledge I gained this summer in marketing, recruiting, sales, production, management, cost control, etc will boost my confidence level in future interviews and jobs. I would recommend working for this company to any college student who is willing to work hard to achieve great things as a painter, branch manager, or regional manager

Wayne Titus
Canton, MI

My rookie year with Student Painters started and finished in a flash, but now that I have time to look back and reflect, I can tell you it has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. During the time I have been with Student Painters, I have sharpened my communication skills, gained valuable experience in sales, made many new networks and friends, and learned some of the ins and outs of my major (Business Management). To throw on top of that, I now have one of the best resume builders possible by being able to say I ran a $50,000 business as a Purdue University sophomore. All of these things could not have been possible to achieve in the classroom but with Student Painters help they are and I thank them for that.

Robbie Stewart
Logansport, IN

My name is Andy Samoray and being a branch Manager for student painters last summer has helped me in so many different ways. I now have to the skills to run my own business, hire and fire employees, and to talk comfortably to potential clients. Working for Student painters will help me with future employment, by having SP on my resume employers see that I have ran my own business and that I am knowledgeable in the business job market. What excites most people in becoming a manager is the potential to earn a lot of money during the summer. I made around 7k last summer. Student painters also gives out a lot of perks to successful managers, I won a skydiving trip and a golf outing. I also got to participate in a triathlon. Working for student painters is a lot of work, but the end product is awesome!

Andrew Samoray
Ann Arbor, MI

Student Painters gave me an opportunity that no other company can give a college age student. Not many college students can say they ran a $60,000+ company. It was an internship that pushed me beyond what I had imagined for this past summer. It allowed me to build my experience with marketing, customer service, management, as well as many other skills. The skills I acquired weren’t easy to learn, but by working closely with my manager, as well as experience in the field, I was able to overcome my initial concerns about the position. My favorite part about this internship was that my manager did truly care about my success; I was guided through every step of the experience, with any questions being answered immediately, without hesitation. I would recommend this internship to any student that is looking to build a resume and also enjoys making money.

Ryan Nuechterlein
Minneapolis, MN

My name is Bryan Nehrkorn and I am currently a branch manager in Peoria, Illinois. I began my journey with Student Painters as a production worker in 2010 and now as a sophomore from Illinois State University, I am overseeing a business with sales in excess of $85,000. To this point, joining Student Painters is probably the best decision that I have ever made. I highly recommend that you take the same leap of faith that I took less than one year ago. It’s an incredible challenge that all entrepreneurial minded students should take on.

Bryan Nehrkorn
Peoria, IL

I was inspired to be a Branch Manager for Student Painters for the opportunity and challenge to manage my own small business. It was also an opportunity for my first real life work experience where the “buck” stopped with me. In this job, I loved that every day was a different challenge, and that I had an opportunity to be creative and a problem solver. Being an entrepreneur is also a great resume builder. I was inspired to meet new people in my community, which was one of the most refreshing experiences of the job. This was also a great chance to make more money than the typical summer job, and would highly recommend Student Painters to other.
Ryan Shepherd
Springboro, OH

My first year as a branch manager has been a great learning experience. In my first year I have learned how to do many things that I will be able to utilize in my career. I feel that managerial experience will simply make me a better employee in the future. I will now feel more comfortable in interviews since I spent a portion of my summer conducting interviews. I am happy that I took on the challenge that student painters provided me with and am looking forward to excelling and becoming even more successful.

Steven Keber
Shelby Twp., MI

My name is Matt Lyon I am a junior at the University of Michigan. I have been with Student Painters for one year and I am looking forward to another successful and exciting year with Student Painters. I ran a $65,000 business my first year and learned how to market, talk to customers, make sales, hire a team, maintain a payroll, and so much more; but most importantly I learned what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur. This experience is like nothing else. I have full independence as a branch manager, while having the full expertise and support needed for success from the corporation. This is a rare opportunity to have financial success, business success, and personal satisfaction from delighted homeowners with a job well done on painting their homes. I am studying engineering, and am thrilled that this experience will prepare me for technical sales. I have learned more than is possible in a classroom, and look forward to another great year as a regional manager.

Matt Lyon
Traverse City, MI


My two years with Student Painters have been great.  My first year, I had the opportunity to run my very own business which grossed over $100,000. I gained invaluable knowledge that will benefit me greatly now and in the future.  I managed 7 full-time employees and painted over 100 houses.  The Student Painters experience was definitely lots of dedicated hard work, but it was also very fun and exciting.  So fun, in fact, that I decided to take on more responsibility my second year.  I still ran my own crew, but I also was the mentor for three new managers. Running my own business allowed me to have free time that my hourly-wage friends envied.  I would recommend this job to anyone who has an outstanding work ethic, a positive attitude, and an entrepreneurial drive to succeed.

Nick Giannetti
Chesterfield, MI

My name is James Roper. I am currently a senior at the University of South Carolina where I am completing my undergraduate degree in Business Administration with majors in Entrepreneurship, Marketing, & Real Estate. I have now worked with Student Painters for the past 2 years, first as a Branch Manager and this past year as a Regional Manager. In my time with the company, I have overseen nearly $200,000 in business and have helped 4 young entrepreneurs develop into true business men internship is eye opening to all that take part in it. You learn so much about the real world of running a small business, such as: dealing with customers, marketing, managing 5-8 employees, etc… The experience that I have received from Student Painters in the field of entrepreneurship is unparalleled. This is not just an easy internship that looks good on a resume, but yet a learning adventure that will set you up for success after college. I look forward to coming back another year as a District Manager, and continuing my education, while also helping many new college students develop into successful entrepreneurs.

James Roper
Columbia, SC 

Student Painters has been a great experience for me. I never imagined at my age running my own business and hiring employees. This summer, I developed a stronger work ethic and matured as a person. Many young adults can’t say they ran their own business. I’ve strengthened my leadership skills as well as my perseverance to achieve a higher level of accomplishment has now led me into my next chapter with Student Painters as being a District Manager for the 2010–2011 season.

Michael Ames
Macomb, MI

When I first heard about Student Painters, I thought it was just another “get rich fast scam” that was too good to be true. After attending information sessions and interviews, I learned I had a chance to be part of a great company that was giving a chance of a lifetime to young college students. There were no scams or hidden truths, only motivating leaders that would give you everything you needed to be successful. It was not easy starting my own company, but overcoming obstacles lead to great satisfaction, not only monetary but also mentally. After completing my first summer with Student Painters I knew I still had a lot to prove and came back for a much more rewarding second year. I can not even explain how fortunate I was to be able to be part of this company and be surrounded by people that will do whatever it takes for you to be successful. In the future I plan to not only run my own branch but to oversee other managers and help lead them down the same path, and give them the same great opportunity that I also received.

Zack Harris
Columbus, OH


This summer has been a great learning experience for me. I went from some one who didn’t like to talk on the phone to some one who can talk to any body about anything. I was responsible for communicating with my employees as well as customers. It has made me grow more than anything I have done so far. To top it off while doing this I learned how to run a business and make the decisions that affected the money that I make.

Dexter Minneman
Fairbourne, OH


Hey Steve,

I hope that everything went well with Student Painters for you and your managers this summer. I am graduating this December from Central Michigan University and I am beginning to put my resume together. The two years that I worked for Student Painters gave me really good experience and I really appreciate you giving me an opportunity to be a part of the company.

I was wondering if it would be possible for you to write me some kind of general recommendation letter that I could use to put in my resume. Anything at all would be awesome and it would really help me out. Hope everything goes well, and if you haven’t gone on the Cruise yet I hope you have a great time!


Mike Hammond
Mt. Pleasant, MI


Dear Steve:

During this past month I have found myself doing some reflecting on this past summer. Initially, when the summer came to a close I was very relieved. Now that I have had some time to think about the whole process and what I went through, I am really beginning to appreciate everything that took place. I would like to thank you for everything that you have done for me, not only as a person, but as a future entrepreneur as well. I feel that I have learned more in one summer than I ever could in any classroom or in any other business training program.

I have to admit when I first heard about Student Painters last winter I was very skeptical, but after attending the conference last winter I was an instant believer. I have never left a group of meetings feeling more excited and self empowered about anything in my entire life. I was so eager to get out there and get my business going not only for myself but for everyone at Student Painters as well.

With all that aside, the greatest thing about being a part of Student Painters was knowing that everyone working for the company care. I mean it’s not every day that the president of a company will call a local branch manager and ask him/her how their day is going.

In the future, I will recommend Student Painters to any customer or future entrepreneur that is interested in your company.


Graham Wagner
Defiance, OH

Dear Steve Acorn,

Steve, I received your phone call while I was in class today. After I left class I listened to your message and the instinct to call you back right away. But I realized that if I did, we would get into a tangent and I would never be able to truly tell you much these past four years has improved me as a person. As I walked back to my apartment from class, I instantly got choked up and semi-emotional reflecting on all the different experiences I have had. All the experiences dealing with customer problems, to having fun in the office, going on the golf outing that I did not even golf, the different trainings both executive and manager, and of course the boat cruise, have made me who I am today. As I open my phone and scroll through my contact list, 50% of the people in there are friends I met through Student Painters.

This experience has caused me to realize that I really can do almost anything I put my mind to. Throughout college you listened to me complain about various different subjects, it could be my classes, my managers, my business, my DM (HA!) and a time or two… YOU! Each time I always left the office or phone call better off than I was previous to talking to you. You have the ability to take any situation and change the perspective on it, usually leading to some type of solution or plan to put a solution into place. People feed off your energy and through your energy they improve themselves and others they work with.

I do not know how to finish this other than to say that I thank you for everything you have done for me throughout my time working with you. You have had a major impact on my life. My relationships, my friends, and my mentality as I leave college are all different now. I realize I have not been the easiest person to work with, but hopefully I have had a positive impact on Student Painters, because you have had an extremely positive impact on me.


Joseph T. Delia

I chose to work with Student Painters (initially and again this year) because of two simple reasons. The first is that many members of my family have chosen the entrepreneurial route in life. Some have done well, others have struggled. I wanted to see how I compared to the many family members I admire so much for their daring approach to life and business. The second reason is because I wanted to see what I was capable of on my own. I have been fortunate enough to have many things provided for me in life because I happened to be lucky enough to be born into a pretty well-off family. I knew that I was capable of surviving and even thriving without such a “safety net” like the one my family can and has provided me for so long. This opportunity, for me, is the first true life-adventure that will allow me to gauge my self worth and levels of determination, innovation, and (as many of you have already experienced all too often) stress management. Student Painters has helped me become confident that I can do just about anything I put my mind to, and that it has shown me that I can actually learn to fly if I will simply push myself out the the nest (or out of my “comfortable” box for those of you who remember that part of manager training in Michigan). While there are many motivations for me doing Student Painters, those are the two biggest ones. If I’m being honest, the idea of not working an hourly job, and potentially making a nice chunk of change this summer is nice to think about as well. The last point I would like to say is that, while those two main reasons are why I enjoy being an entrepreneur, the family-like culture that Student Painters consistently provides, is the probably one of the main reasons I chose to come back for my second year at Student Painters. Good luck with production and sales everyone! If any managers in Columbus need help, feel free to call me and I will do my best to promptly meet you. I hope this goes without saying, but if any manager has a question and cannot reach their executive, feel free to give me a call as well and I will be happy to help. Here is my cell (its also on the whiteboard) 440-241-5251. Best of luck and see you in the Bahamas!

Spencer Giesen
Student Painters Regional Manager

For the past two years I have spent the majority of my time concentrating on my involvement with Student Painters LLC. Throughout these two short years I have learned more than my four years at Miami University could ever teach me. AT the age of nineteen I took on my very own exterior home painting franchise, an odd adventure for a young female but one that I am proud of.

In my first year I took on the role of Branch Manager. In this capacity I was responsible for building and running my very own small business. My training began in the fall of 2005 with weekly readings and talks with my District Manager, Scott Snyder, a man who I would later come to highly respect and admire. During this time I had varied meetings and the major task of building my business plan, a document that I would later learn was the backbone of any business organization. I know that in this period I was nothing but excited with little idea of what truly laid ahead of me.

On a cold weekend in February I traveled to Detroit, Michigan with the hundred other managers for our first formal training, here is where I first discovered that I may have been in for more than I imagined. I walked into the hotel’s conference room bright and early on Saturday morning, ready to learn all about the painting business. My first observation was that the room was full of many managers, close to a hundred but they seemed to be all male. I am not sure why it had never occurred to me that there was not going to be many females around at first it frightened me but with time I learned that my being a woman only enhanced my experience. I took away from the training that my success depended solely on my dedication and hard work, two things that I had never been afraid to put forth.

I started pre-season, February-May with much excitement. During this time I did the weekend trips hope to market my new franchise and source for my employees. I learned how to estimate how much it would cost to paint a house, something I had never thought about, how to close a sale, and what it feels like to not be the interviewed but rather the interviewer. In this period I set a good foundation for the business that I would open in May.

Production, or the time once I began painting until close, began the second week of May. The first few weeks were some of the hardest weeks I have ever gone through. Suddenly I was responsible for a business that had employees, needed to be marketed and had to continue closing sales to be profitable. From angry customers to delinquent employees it seemed I could never catch a break. I began to understand why it would take a special individual to be successful. With much encouragement and advice from Scott I changed my attitude and decided that I was going to be successful. I discovered that this was not a job like I had ever had, in fact this was not a job at all, and it was my new way of life. I had to realize that few days would go as planned and my most important role was to be a constant problem solver.

The summer was a continued rollercoaster. I had some up weeks and some weeks that I never thought would end. I worked some sixty-hour weeks and found what my work ethic was truly made of. I had set many goals and it felt great to accomplish those and so much more. With the average manager, running around a $45,000 business I was proud of the $53,000 summer I had concluded with. I left my first summer with knowledge that I knew my peers would not gain for many years and a new confidence in myself.

I also went into the upcoming fall with great excitement as I had earned a promotion to Regional Manager and the opportunity to move to Cincinnati, which was a much larger market than my small hometown of Piqua, Ohio.

My second run with the company I had come to firmly believe in began early in my sophomore year. With my new position I was responsible for not only my own franchise but also overseeing two rookie branches that were just starting. I had also taken on a more behind the scenes role, in that I had to now recruit new Branch Managers and as to lead them through the training process. I look back and see that in this position I truly grew as not only an individual but as a business executive.

In the recruiting and training process I learned that both my relationship and public speaking skills had greatly improved. I was no longer fearful of speaking in front of a classroom or holding an interview. I had grown into a mature businessperson and was excited to share that experience with others. Through the trails of recruitment and training I entered my second formal training with big hopes for my own business that was to be opened in Cincinnati and the two businesses I would be overseeing in Fairfield, Ohio and Louisville, Kentucky.

When the summer began I knew that it would be great. My personal business continuously was on top and the businesses of my two rookie managers were of course full of first year mistakes but quickly eased out of them. My role as problem solver and coach was quickly defined. It seems as though my summer was one giant blur of time management and customer relation lessons. I know that the experiences I had during this time were ones that many of my classmates would not have until much further into their careers. Again, the summer had its ups and downs but at the end of everyday I truly enjoyed what I was doing and who I was becoming; to be able to say this at only 20, I would consider myself very fortunate.

Even though my time as a Branch and Regional Manager has ended my involvement with Student Painters has not. I will always attribute much of my maturing and development as a businessperson and individual in general to my summers with Student Painters. A common analogy the company uses is that everyone ahs a story and the only one to write that story is his or herself, therefore we are in complete control of how our story end. I am happy to say that my story ahs become much more than I had plotted and thankfully is not yet finished. Student Painters has given me the opportunity to write the beginning of a wonderful career that has few limits and the confidence to purse whatever direction it may take.

*Please note: This short essay does not dare do my last two summer’s experience justice but it is at least an attempt and in the end having the willingness to attempt things generally means you will one day succeed.

Maria Cecil

This summer with Student Painters has by far been the most interesting one of my life. As I look back on the past three months I truly cannot believe how fast it went by. The summer, I feel, went about as realistic as a condensed business can be. The summer was filled with ups and downs; problem jobs and easy jobs, and plenty in between. My initial sales goal was $65,000 but I ended up with $51,000. Way short yet it does not bother me because in those $51,000 I dealt with all kinds of people, kept most of my original hired painters, only losing one, and then picking up another with a month and a half left in the season. I am amazed at how well my painters worked together and how fast they worked, with a majority of my jobs done with three workers, and some of the jobs being large. I like to say that we did everything from a shed in Cincinnati to a commercial building sitting in plain view off of I-75 in Dayton and everything in between. My crew also beat nearly every single budget in one summer, which I was thrilled with. The crew earned the report cards that allowed me to sell the work in order to keep them busy, for this I am very appreciative. I came into the summer off the preseason with about $10,000 sold, meaning with a huge help from the crew I sold $41,000 in mistakes, yet I was too afraid of losing his roommate as well. I know I could have done a better job marketing in my targeted areas and that is one thing I would do differently if I were to do it all over again, to be more demanding of my employees to go out for an hour after painting and knock on doors. Honestly though I am not upset with where we ended up at all, my crew was happy most of the time, they were a great group, I dealt with some great customers and some not so great ones, and I had the full support of the rest of the company.If I were to come back next summer my goal would be reset to $70,000 for the summer with a pre-season goal of around $25,000-$35,000 in booked work. I would hire four quality painters after doing at least 15 interviews in order to find the best people possible. I would strive for an excellent rating on every job, which we nearly accomplished this past summer. I would oversee 2 or 3 managers and help them reach $50,000 each, putting myself in a position to manage a $175,000 business.

I would reach these goals by heavily marketing during smart times beginning in February; right after training, since I tried in January last time and it was more of a waste of my time. I would hire a marketing crew for the preseason with more interviews conducted for that position, since the crew I had id not work out very well, I would also monitor their work more closely. Another thing I would do is ask more questions to Scott and more experience managers in the area. The company, from top to bottom, was always behind me and it really shows why this company is so successful, a great support system and knowing how to hire the right people. The summer of 2008 was a fast, memorable, and learning experience, but if I decide to come back I know I will have a better 2009.

Marty Kelchner

Hi Scott,Long time no see! I hope everything is going well for you. I assume you are still doing Student Painters. How is that going for you? I just wanted to contact you to see how things were going because you were a great help to me when I was learning how to run a business. I just graduated from Ohio State last week with a degree in Operations Management from the College of Business. I have accepted an offer to work for a company in Solon, Ohio (Southeast of Cleveland) called Swagelok. I will be doing a Supply Chain Career Development Program with them (operations, logistics, purchasing, etc.) I am excited to start work for them in a couple of weeks and Student Painters really helped me in becoming successful in school and life.

Thanks for all of the guidance you gave me a couple of years ago Scott and please keep in touch!


Ryan Barker

Hey Steve,Just thought I’d drop you a line and let you know that I got an outstanding job offer for after I graduate in a month and landed a sales job at a company called Keyence.

It’s a near perfect opportunity for me out of college. Six months of intense training, 40k base salary plus commission. They said average first year makes 66k and second year 75k. The benefits are great too: 401k, health/vision/dental and profit sharing. I’ll be doing face to face selling with high tech products and I’m sure I will enjoy it.

The point of this letter though is that I’m absolutely sure that I would never have got the offer if I wouldn’t have done Student Painters. They didn’t ask me anything about school, just my experiences selling in the real world. I was one of only 3 people chosen from Western and they told me I was actually their 1st choice from 20 people that were at the final meeting. On top of that I’d bet anything my GPA was lower than everyone else there but they didn’t even care.

I’d just like to give you final thanks for letting me be a part of Student Painters. Ha-ha well I guess I should thank Charlie too because he is the one that hired me. Just let all the new guys know that if they do Student Painters it will give them a huge advantage when trying to get a job. Thanks again Steve, I hope SP keeps getting bigger and better.


Brian Hill


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