Our Team

Meet the Executive Team

CEO and Director of Expansion
Steve Acorn
CEO/Director of Expansion

 

In 1985 I started with the company as a Branch Manager in Sarnia, Ontario. As President of the company since 1985, I have had the wonderful opportunity of working with students from all over the United States. Being able to mentor and guide them in finding their true potential as young business men and women is extremely rewarding. This is an outstanding opportunity for the right person. If you have heart, desire, and a hard work ethic, it is amazing what can be achieved. It is very exciting to watch the growth of the student managers throughout their career with Student Painters. Each Manager can tell an incredible story to any full time employer once they have completed their journey with Student Painters. A story that will definitely set them apart from their peers. When they graduate and go out in the real world, I look forward to finding out what career path they have chosen and how being a part of Student Painters helped them achieve their goals.

Vice President - Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Indiana Divisions
Josh Drushel
Vice President - Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Indiana Divisions

 

My journey with Student Painters began back as a Junior at The Ohio State University as a Branch Manager.  In my first summer with the company I was given the incredible opportunity to run and oversee a $77,000 business.  Although I initially saw Student Painters as a one-year opportunity that I would move on from, that changed pretty quickly.  Ultimately, it ignited a passion in me to help other students realize their true potential all while helping them develop their leadership skills.  I have found a career path here that helps me change young students lives, develop them professionally, as well as earn great income to pay for school.  My greatest satisfaction comes from receiving the phone call from a past manager that our experience and recommendation letter helped them land the job of their dreams upon graduation!  It is great to be a part of the Student Painter family!

Vice President - Michigan, New England, Indiana and Colorado Divisions
Aaron Acorn
Vice President - Michigan, New England and Indiana Divisions

 

Student Painters has given me real world business skills that cannot be fulfilled in any class on a college campus. I have developed skills in management, marketing, sales, and also buliding customer relationships. I love the Student Painters system: I am free to manage my time how I please and what I put into my business is what I get out of it. During my second summer, I made over $18,000 and my entire team was responsible for more than $165,000 in revenue!

General Manager - Ohio/Kentucky
Ryan Shepherd
General Manager - Ohio/Kentucky Division

 

As a sophomore in college I began my journey with Young Entrepreneurs Across America as a branch manager.  I was given the opportunity to run my own business for my first, real life work experience where the “buck” stopped with me. I love this company because of the experience it provides to college students, the growth opportunity, and the Work Hard, Play Hard culture. The set of skills that branch managers are able to take away is something that is unique to this internship with YEAA.  The program taught me things both as a manager and mentor that cannot be learned in a classroom without getting out and gaining real-world experience. Having the opportunity to work with driven college students and seeing them being successful is one of the most awarding experiences I could ever have.  I am excited to continue my role as the general manager of the Ohio/Kentucky Division and helping other college students attain the same success I’ve had. 

General Manager - Ohio/Kentucky Division
Mat Harvey
General Manager - Ohio/Kentucky Division

 

My name is Mat Harvey, 2016 graduate of Miami University, and I am a General Manager of the Ohio division. I was an intern with the program for two years prior to leaving to work at ALDI as a District Manager. My first year with Young Entrepreneurs I ran a $60,000 business and made $6k in Galloway, OH while my second year I oversaw $252,000 in revenue and made $30k. After realizing what I wasn't getting out of my full-time job with ALDI, I came back to Young Entrepreneurs Across America to join full time because of the passion I have for mentorship and running my own business. This business isn't for everyone, but for those crazy enough to believe it is, it is a life-changing opportunity.

 

General Manager - Colorado Division
Ian McCarthy
General Manager - New England Division

 

I saw the opportunity to become an executive as an incredible way to grow on personal and professional level. I love the culture of the company and I get to surround myself with an incredible network of high achieving individuals. I am a firm believer in the fact that we are the average of our 5 closest friends and the people I have met through this company have taken me to the next level. The second reason I chose to return as an executive was because I was looking for a position that gave me lots of accountability and a way to grow my resume. I spoke with quite a few alumni about their experience working as an executive, many of them attributed there achievements after Student Painters to the experience they gained from there time as an executive. In my first year as an executive I oversaw $280,000 between myself and a team of 3 branch managers. Between my branches profit and my executive compensation I made about $29,000 that summer. The role in year one is very focused on making things happen. In year two that transitions to teaching others to make things happen. Developing the ability to inspire others to make things happen was a huge step forward in my development as a leader.

 

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Maddie Hudson
General Manager - Michigan Division

 

I decided to return as a rookie executive because I love what I do. I wanted to keep developing myself through this role and take on more responsibilities, to be able to help other college students grow and develop their own skill set. Being at this new level in the company, I have learned that staying organized and patient is key to your success. Between the branch that I am running and the managers that I am mentoring, I will oversee around $200,000 in revenue and profit around $30,000. The main differences that I have noticed form last year to this year are There are learning curves that aren’t applicable to the first year. Not only are you running your own branch, but you get to mentor rookies and help these college students run their business.

 

Meet the Office Staff

Office Controller
Sara Acorn
Office Controller

 

I am responsible for Financial Reports, Financial Systems, training and maintaining all Divisions Office Managers and support staff, and Event planning including the annual tropical awards banquet/trip. I started at Student Painters while attending Oakland University. I feel very fortunate to have been part of the Student Painter business since 1993. The most gratifying part of the business is seeing the next generation of managers come through. These young Entrepreneurs are very motivating, and make this company new and dynamic each year.

 

Office Manager
Natalie MacRitchie
Office Consultant

 

I started working for Young Entrepreneurs Across America in May of 2009. I was a full-time college student looking for work while I was home for the summer. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, I chose to join the YEAA team full time. My full time employment over the last 8 years has been very rewarding and a life changing experience. In 2020 I have taken a new role as the Office Consultant as I transition into becoming an Entrepreneur myself. I am excited to help the team in a new way! 

 

Administrative Specialist
Rachel Fillo
Administrative Specialist

 

Throughout my history with Student Painters/YEAA, I have grown so much as a business woman and person. I have built great relationships and led a group of peers to do astonishing things. The amount of growth a student can go through in a short amount of time with this program is remarkable. It changes how you think, speak and act. It has opened my eyes to the lifestyle as an entrepreneur. I wont go back. I highly recommend this company to anyone who is willing to take on the challenge and develop themselves past their peers.

 

Payroll Manager
Victoria Meagher
Office Manager

I  started working for Young Entrepreneurs Across America as a communication and advertising intern. This company has helped me grow as an individual giving me opportunities I could never imagine. I'm excited to see what this coming year has to offer me and everything that I will learn. I am beyond grateful for the opportunities this company has given me.

 

Senior Administrative Assistant
Alyssa Capling
Payroll Manager

I started working for Student Painters in the Recruiting Department during the Fall of 2014. I enjoyed that so much I decided I would continue my journey with the company throughout the summer and years to come. I am currently on my sixth year working with the company and I have learned many valuable skills to take with me through life. I have been taught problem solving skills, how to communicate well with others and how to stay organized. I will be graduating this year from Central Michigan University with my Bachelors in Family Studies. I am eager to continue learning and growing with this company in the years to come.


 

Receptionist
Laura Acorn
Junior Payroll Manager

In 2016 I was hired on seasonally for promotional videos for Young Entrepreneurs Across America. I was hired into the Student Painters office in the spring of 2020 as an Administrative assistant. I will be attending Michigan State University starting in August of this year. I will be studying pre-Law at MSU. I hope to learn and gain skills that I will need throughout my life through this position at Student Painters. I am very excited to see where this experience takes me.


 

Receptionist
Christina Daniels
Junior Payroll Manager

I have previously worked with Student Painters on their yearly Award Celebration Video and I am currently working as a Receptionist. I will be attending Michigan State University in the fall for Supply Chain Management. I am so excited to join a new team of hard workers this upcoming summer.  I am looking forward to learning and growing throughout this experience.


 

Receptionist
Reilly Lewis
Newsletter Editor 

I was hired as an administrative assistant for the Student Painters office in the spring of 2020. I am currently a sophomore at Grand Valley State University, majoring in Public Relations. I am very eager to gain lifelong skills through this company that I will carry with me into the future.


 

Receptionist
Brooke TerMarsch
Administrative Assistant
 

I was hired by Student Painters as a receptionist in the summer of 2020.  I have just graduated Parkway Christian School and I will be attending Liberty University in the fall.  At Liberty I will be studying Biomedical Science.  I am very excited for the opportunity to expand my skills and meet new people while working at this company.


 

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Sabrina Daniels
Junior Payroll Manager

I have previously helped at the Student Painters office over my school break and was hired as an administrative assistant for the summer. I currently attend Michigan State University as a junior and my major is Kinesiology. After graduating I plan on going to nursing school to achieve my nursing degree. I’m eager and excited to begin working with the company and I cannot wait to start this summer to learn and gain knowledge throughout this experience.


 

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Haley Elliott
Social Media/Marketing Intern
 

I am a graduate of Wayne State University 2021 and have a degree in public relations. I started working for Young Entrepreneurs upon graduation as a social media specialist. I have such a strong passion for writing and working with others and I am so excited to see how this summer goes! This is a very rewarding opportunity for college students and I am eager to continue learning.


 

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Elaine Bradlee
Social Media/Marketing Intern
 

I am graduating from Kent State University at the end of Summer 2021 where I will be receiving my Bachelor's degree in Sports Marketing. Working with diligent high-energy teams is where I thrive, which is why I am so excited to be working with Young Entrepreneurs. Not only do I have a passion for sports but creativity and people. I am ecstatic to use my strengths in people relations and artistic ability to help grow Young Entrepreneurs in-person and online. I am eager to learn and develop my digital marketing and advertising skills throughout this summer! 


 

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Veronica Check
Administrative Assistant

I was hired as an administrative office assistant for the Student Painters office in the spring of 2021. I am a Junior, soon to be Senior, at Oakland University, studying for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with a minor in Advertising. I am so excited to join the team, and to gain lifelong skills and knowledge in the entrepreneurial world!


 

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Lauren Walmsley
Shipping and Marketing Intern

I was hired at Young Entrepreneurs Across America in the spring of 2021 as a marketing intern. I am a student at Wayne State University studying marketing management with a minor in communications expected to graduate in the spring of 2022. I am looking forward to joining a team of hard-working young professionals and gaining new experience.