HPU student to manage local painting business

Feb. 13, 2013 @ 04:36 PM

Kent Johansen was offered a unique business opportunity as a freshman at High Point University.
As a part of the national organization Young Entrepreneurs Across America, Johansen will be the branch manager of a painting business that will employ other college students.
Student Painters is Johansen’s internship. He will be in charge of hiring nine employees and the day-to-day operations.
“I went to a conference in Charlotte that trained me how to interview other students, make cold calls and generate business,” Johansen said. “It gives the opportunity to provide quality painting to the community and work to hard-working college students.”
Johansen, a Thomasville native, has hired one marketing employee and will hire another. He also will hire seven painters who are trained and certified by the organization’s partnership with Sherwin-Williams.
“It trains me how to run a business outside of the classroom,” Johansen said. “I’ve learned more in the two weeks I’ve been doing this than I’ve learned in any of my classes.”
Johansen said although he is only in his second semester of college, he’s always known that he wanted to be an entrepreneur.
“I like that how hard I work determines the success of my business and that every week I can work toward a new goal,” he said. “With Student Painters, I’ll be doing exactly that — how hard and how smart I work determines its success.”
Johansen said he wants to hire students who may not be able to find work elsewhere and are working their way through college.
“Not many college students get to run their own business as a freshman,” Johansen said. “This internship will set me apart to future employers, and the community will be investing in future business leaders.”

AT A GLANCE
For more information about employment and services, contact Kent Johansen, High Point-Thomasville branch manager for Student Painters at johank12@highpoint.edu or (336)561-1423

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