A little History: I grew up in Crete Nebraska. I helped my father work on antique cars most of my life, which developed my work ethic and eye for detail. I worked at Taco Johns in Crete, Nebraska while attending College of Hair Design in Lincoln, Nebraska. I performed tasks such as cashier, drive thru attendant, dish washer, and cook. I learned customer service and management in a fast paced environment. Although this was a fast food restaurant, it also taught me a lot about work ethic and customer service which I apply in my painting business to this very day. I then worked at Walker Manufacturing in Seward, Nebraska as a spot welder and fork truck driver in the distribution department. See our Complete Story at Our Story.
After factory life, I enlisted in the United States Army and served active duty between 1991 and 1997. I spent 2 years in Washington State at Fort Lewis working as a Unit Supply Specialist at a S-4 for 555th Combat Engineer Group. There I worked my way up from an E-1 private to an E-4 Specialist in under 2 years while attending Pierce College at night. The next 4 years I spent in Hohenfels Germany. I was a Unit Supply Specialist for an Observer Controller Team and managed a supply room for 1-4 Infantry Battalion while taking corespondence courses from Moody Bible Institute. I was promoted to Corporal, than Sergeant before my ETS in June, 1997. 2 of my 4 children were born in Amberg, Germany. Some of my awards in the Army included the National Defense Ribbon, Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Ribbon, Drivers Badge, Expert Marksman badge, and Expert Grenade Badge. I was 1 of 6 soldiers chosen from our battalion who qualified physical fitness, Army Correspondence Courses, and College to pursue Special Forces. I declined, choosing rather to be with my family full time.
I started my painting company as a 1-man operation in 1998, and worked my way up into the high-end residential and commercial painting market. Since then, the painting company has grown, but our commitment to quality remains the same. I mainly estimate about 300 homes and businesses a year and advertise the business at this point. I also work along side my employees from time to time training them to provide the highest quality and customer service that Matthews’ Painting Company was founded on. We complete around 120 homes and businesses every year. I am very thankful for our employees, they are the ones that make it all happen.
I have a beautiful wife who teaches pre-school in the mornings and owns her own tutoring business called Heart of Learning, LLC. She is an amazing organizer and is very supportive and understanding with my long days of being a business owner. We enjoy time on the lake, great food and just being together.
I have 1 daughter, 3 sons, a precious 4 year old grandson who calls me Papa and loves it when I run after him and of course never catch him and a 2 year old grandaughter named Aurora who loves dancing and putting her head on my shoulder as I sing to her. See our complete story at Our Story.
Lead Painter/ Lead Pressure washer
Howdy! I am Bill. I’m excited to be a part of the Matthews’ Painting Company team. I was born and raised in Warsaw, Indiana. I graduated from WCHS in 2008. I then headed to Hocking Technical College to study music business and production. After coming home I went into the workforce. I labored at KGP Co. for 5 years. I enjoy walking with God, playing praise and worship music and spending time with my family.
Hi, My name is Kent. I married my wife Angela in 2011. We have a son and are expecting our second son in September of 2019. I was raised in Bourbon Indiana where I graduated from Triton High School. I then went on to receive my bachelors degree in General Studies at Indiana University. My painting career began during my high school summers when I started working for my uncle who had a painting business. When he passed away, I continued painting for many people who would call me for painting need. After college I got into the restaurant business where I worked for several restaurants including Logan’s Roadhouse, Hard Rock Café, The Lakehouse Grill and even started my own Restaurant called Fiddlers moon. It wasn’t in God’s plan for my restaurant to continue and from there I found Matthews painting Co. where I worked for about a year. Since Matthews I have continued restaurant work as well as painting on my own again but I realized that God had plans for me to return to Matthews Painting and I am thrilled to be back. I look forward to learning more tricks of the trade as well as working for a company who cares about personal growth of their employees.
Hi, my name is Duane. I am excited to learn the painting trade, and heard about Matthews’ Painting from one of the lead painters, Kent. I was born and raised in South Bend, IN. I graduated from Clay High School in 2008. Then, I went on to college for over 5 years. After that time I eventually left school before I could decide a major. It would take 4/5 years of living without feeling much purpose in life to eventually start attending church at the Vineyard on Jackson road. After a few months of attending there, I felt called to return to college where I finished my degree in General Studies by taking one simple course.
When I left school I became a restaurant waiter at Logan’s Roadhouse, where I first met Kent, who trained me there. I served and occasionally had other jobs for the next 5 years, some might recognize me from Carrabba’s Italian Grill, or Sleep number. I also occasionally drive for Lyft around South Bend.
I have a beautiful daughter named Georgia who I enjoy going to the park with and watching sunsets. She is my sunshine and the reason I’m double excited to be working here where I have weekends off and a schedule that better coincides with the time she attends daycare.
Hi, my name is Jamey. I was born and raised in Warsaw, Indiana. I went to Warsaw High School then after graduating high school moved to Evansville for 1 year and attended Ivy Tech. After deciding to take a break from school I was ready to start working and moved back to Warsaw. From there I got a job at Thallemer and Reinholt Eyecare and worked there for three years which is where you may recognize me from.
In my free time, I enjoy being with family, kayaking, and baking.
I have always enjoyed hard work and learning new things so I am very excited to be apart of a great team at Matthews’ and learn even more!
Hey, I am Derrick. I was born in Goshen, Indiana. But I was raised in the North Webster area. I have three brothers and one sister. I am a senior in Goshen High School. My friends and I made a rock band and love to make music together, with our inspiration being Led Zeppelin, and The Doors (except for their lifestyle of course).
My father owns this company, so I’ve been around painting and painting talk my whole life. I have had the opportunity to work with many of his amazing employees over the years from time to time.
I’m honored to be a part of the Matthews’ Painting Team!
Hi, I’m Jake! I was born in Long Grove, Illinois. My family moved to Warsaw when I was five years old and we have lived here ever since. I graduated from Lakeland Christian Academy and I am currently attending Grace College. I am studying Sports Management with a minor in Communications. I also play basketball on the Grace JV team. I attend Christ’s Covenant Church and love continuing to grow in my relationship with Christ. I also enjoy spending time with my family, playing basketball, and eating Cheez-it’z.