Myrtle Beach Student Painters is now under new management.
Patrick Gardiner started the business last summer. Tyler Matthews is now running it.
Gardiner, a Socastee High School graduate and sophomore at the College of Charleston, was the first college student trained by Young Entrepreneurs Across American to operate a painting business in Myrtle Beach and the surrounding area.
He has been promoted and is now coaching and mentoring Matthews and other students in Charleston and the Rock Hill area.
“It’s been an amazing experience,” he said. “It’s a lot of work but I’m enjoying every minute of it. The best part about it is having the opportunity to impact these guys’ lives and help set them up for a successful future.”
Student Painters is a YEAA program that trains students in all aspects of managing a business. The managers and painters are all college students working to pay tuition and other costs, and they devote a lot of time to their training.
Sherwin Williams partners with the program and trains and certifies all of the painters.
Most of the profit Gardiner made last year went toward his college expenses. He was also able to commit $1,000 to the scholarship fund he created in memory of his father, Tom Gardiner, who lost a long battle with multiple myeloma while Patrick was a high school sophomore.
Patrick Gardiner hopes to award that scholarship this year to a Socastee High student who has lost a parent, and he plans to continue it.
Matthews and Gardiner are now busy providing estimates for customers, and Matthews will begin work with his student painting crew this summer.
Matthews, a Socastee High School graduate, is a sophomore majoring in communication at Coastal Carolina University. In January, he attended a Student Painters’ managers training weekend in Charlotte, N.C., where he was not only trained, but motivated.
Student Painters pays for everything to get the business started, including two marketers who go door to door, and then it is up to Matthews to make it successful.
“It is a blessing to be provided with this opportunity to run my own business and to communicate with people all over the Myrtle Beach and Conway area,” he said.
Matthews, of Surfside Beach, is a son of Joseph Pezzula, marketing and sales manager at Builders Firstsource, and Randee Pezzulla, a substitute teacher with Horry County Schools.
“I’m really excited,” he said. “This is something that could potentially keep growing and I could do it next year and the year after that.”
Matthews said he is very fortunate that his painting crew will include Production Manager Zac Heneidi.
Heneidi, also a sophomore at CCU, was trained last summer and worked with Gardiner.
“I feel like I’m ahead of the game,” Matthews said.
He said he believes that much of what he has learned in communications at CCU will benefit him now.
“When you’re selling a job, you’re really selling yourself as a person,” he said.
For more information, call 1-888-839-3385, Gardiner at 685-2312 or Matthews at 267-9480. Information on Student Painters and YEAA is also available on the Internet.
Contact PEGGY MISHOE at email@example.com or 365-3885.