Executive Team

Jeff Gunhus

Executive Officer, NSG

Jeff attended the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he studied political science and economics. He is a USA TODAY bestselling novelist with fourteen published books. In his free time he can be found hiking, fishing or working on his latest novel at a coffee shop. He lives in Maryland with his wife and five children.

Spencer Pepe

Executive Officer, NSG

Spencer graduated with a business degree from the University of California at Riverside. He was Ernst & Young’s 1998 Entrepreneur of the Year, a finalist again in 2001, and was a managing partner at Platinum Capital, once ranked #10 in the Inc. 500 for America’s fastest growing companies. He enjoys climbing, whitewater kayaking, fishing and mountain biking.

Jason Reid

Executive Officer, NSG

Going from painter to owner, Jason’s career with the with the company spans 19 years. In addition to College Works Painting, he is also involved with organizations such as TEC and YPO. In his spare time he runs, plays guitar, cooks, and recently received his black belt in tae kwon do.

Matthew Stewart

Executive Officer, NSG

Matthew attended the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he studied political science and history. In 2002 he won the Orange County Business Journal’s “Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award,” and has twice been an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist. Matt is a past Chairman of the Global Board for the Entrepreneurs Organization.

Tracy Meneses

Finance Manager, NSG

Tracy earned a B.A. in Human Development from the University of California at Riverside, and her M.B.A. from California State University, Fullerton. She has developed the critical financial controls we count on here at College Works Painting.

Nancy Meloni

Chief Financial Officer, NSG

After earning her B.A. from California State University, Fullerton, Nancy became a C.P.A. while working with Arthur Young, and went on to hold key positions with many noteworthy organizations. A native Californian, she enjoys traveling, hiking, biking, and riding her “trike”.

Taylor Duncan

Executive Vice President

Taylor played football and ran track at the University of Wisconsin, winning the Rose Bowl with the Badgers. He later graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Finance. He enjoys travelling the globe, or anything related to sports. But his real favorite activity is spending time with his wife and 5 children

Tom Ackmann

Executive Vice President

Tom graduated from the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana with a degree in General Engineering, and a secondary field in Business Systems Integration and Consulting. In his first year as a College Works Painting district manager he set the national rookie record, and received our District Manager of the Year Award.

Kyle Lindsey

Executive Vice President

Kyle graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Political Science. In addition to his Executive Vice President role nationally, Kyle is one of the Presidents of the Great Lakes Division, which include Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, New York and Colorado. He was an intern for College Works Painting in 2009 in Champaign, Illinois. Outside of his professional career he enjoy fishing, hunting and any outdoor activity.

Marc Blumenthal

Chief Business Development Officer

Marc graduated from the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana with a degree in Economics and Finance. Some of Marc’s interests include the outdoors and music. He set the Illinois production record as an intern in 2008. Returned as a District Manager in 2009 winning the District Manager of the year award as rookie, followed by another top year as a General Manager in 2010 repeating the national award. His 1st year as a Vice President he set the company record for highest revenue for a start up division.

Rob Sprong

Vice President, California

Rob was born and raised in Southern California and went to University of California, San Diego to study Economics. He began his College Works Painting career as an intern in 2008 and worked his way up to Vice President of the Pacific Coast California division. Having played competitive sports since the age of 5, Rob is competitive and driven and is known for his ability to motivate others.

Chris Heerdegen

President, ISM

Chris attended the University of Illinois, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management, Recreation and Tourism. After becoming a College Works Painting co-vice president at age 21, he decided to expand the opportunity into Missouri and Kansas. His hobbies include practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kajukenbo, kayaking, boating, hiking, and wine-tasting.

Sean Phelps

Vice President, Great Plains & Arizona

Sean attended St. Louis University, where he interned with College Works Painting in our first year there. He was later promoted to vice president, and helped start our Midwest branch. He loves the outdoors. His favorite vacation involves spending time with his family at their cabin in Wisconsin.

Brent Miller

Vice President, Pennsylvania

Brent majored in Communications and minored in Business Administration at Penn State University (University Park), graduating in 2007. After starting his College Works Painting career as a sophomore, he was named National District Manager of the Year in 2009, and holds the district manager record in Pennsylvania. He enjoys Ohio and PA for its outdoor opportunities, including fishing, hiking, and hunting.

Nick Schroer

Vice President, NorthStar

Nick graduated from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota: Twin Cities with a degree in Entrepreneurial Management. Nick was promoted to the Vice President role in 2014 and has since expanded into Iowa. His hobbies include rock climbing, hiking, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

Jon Carrasquillo

Vice President, New York

Jon was born and raised in Long Island, NY. His freshman and sophomore years at Stony Brook University were consumed with sports and working part time as a bartender. In 2012, he was a Health Science student pursuing a degree in medicine. That year, as a junior, Jon was presented with the opportunity to pursue College Works. After completing the program he quickly found that moving forward, he wanted to pursue business. Five years later, Jon became the Vice President and is looking forward to growing the NY division.

Austin Killian

Vice President, Pennsylvania/Ohio

Austin attended the University of Pittsburgh College of Business Administration where he majored in Finance and Marketing.  Austin was runner-up for National Intern of the Year in 2014, Rookie District Manager of the Year in 2015, District Manager of the Year in 2016, and expanded the Pennsylvania Division to Ohio in 2017 as CO-Vice President.  Recently, he was appointed Vice President in what is now the fastest growing division within College Works Painting.  Austin has a passion for mentorship and entrepreneurship and in his free time he enjoys traveling and thrill-seeking.

Pilar Barr

Vice President, California

Tyler Morelan

Vice President, Great Plains & Arizona

Tyler is currently a senior at Kansas State University where he will be graduating with a degree in economics. In his first year with College Works Painting, he set the record for most revenue produced by an intern in the Great Plains division. After managing some of the top interns in the nation as a District Manager, he was promoted to Vice President of one of the largest divisions in the company. He continues to grow and look for new opportunities for development.

Kyle Look

Vice President, Great Lakes

Born and raised in central Illinois, Kyle chose to pursue an engineering degree not far from home at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. After interning in 2014, he chose to change his major to incorporate business into his career. Kyle became Vice President upon graduating with a degree in Technical Systems Management in 2017. He works with interns and district managers primarily in Illinois and Indiana, and he enjoys the ability to provide professional development to talented college students.

Chris Waite

Vice President, North Carolina

Chris attended the University of Pittsburgh where he majored in History & Political Science. He was interested in a law career, but quickly found his passion for business with the CWP internship. Chris was the Pennsylvania Intern of the Year in 2015 and decided to move into the mentorship role himself. In 2017 he was the runner-up for the National District Manager of the Year. After years of managing some of the top interns and district managers in the nation, Chris was appointed Vice President of the North Carolina Division.

Logan Postweiler

Vice President, Great Lakes

Logan graduated from the University of Wisconsin where he majored in Personal Finance. He started as an intern in 2015 and was promoted each year until reaching his current Vice President role in the Great Lakes division in 2018. In his free time he enjoys football, basketball, and racing motorcycles.