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Katie is the founder and President of ISP Painting, Inc. and has dedicated herself to growing ISP from a local painting company into one of the largest and most reputable national painting companies serving the US, Canada & Puerto Rico. She has enjoyed the challenge of being an entrepreneur for more than half her life. Most of her knowledge in the painting industry is from hands-on experiences, learning from her customers, employees, strategic partners and her father, who was also an entrepreneur. She spent a significant amount of time with him at trade shows and in his home office learning about running a business. She graduated in 1989 from Illinois State University with a B.S. degree in Speech Communication and Psychology. In 1991, Katie started Illinois State Painters, a Chicagoland residential painting company out of her parents’ home office.
In 2003, Illinois State Painters transitioned from a local residential painting company to a national commercial painting company, thanks to a local customer with national ties. ISP Painting was formed because of a need that she wanted to fill in the painting industry. “If this customer needs it, what about all the other customers that have multi-locations across the country?”
During her career, she has been the creative force behind the development of our proprietary, online project management system, the Extranet, which led ISP to be the only national painting company with this tool. Katie led the charge on continual improvements to meet our company and customers’ needs. She also pioneered our unique business model by partnering with local quality professionals throughout North America and established universally beneficial relationships across the Strategic Partner network for unparalleled efficiency and effectiveness.
During Katie’s free time she is a wife and a mother where she tries to maintain a passionate commitment to family values that her parents, Dave and Char, shared with her. Katie is married to a fabulous man who shares her love of the business, enjoyment of supporting their children and time at their condo, on their boat, or going to musicals in their favorite city, Chicago. They also travel together both for business and for pleasure which is one of the things she has always wanted to do.
Outside of work, Katie loves going to her children’s sporting events and choir concerts. As the children are starting in college, she is enjoying watching them grow up as independent, confident young adults who are ready to take on the world. These are her greatest accomplishments in her life.