News : Minute Men paints the town green

Apr 21, 2015

Originally published in New Hampshire Business Review.

By Michael McCord

Sean Sturk had a choice to make after he finished college. He could take a more traditional career path, putting to use his degrees in business and marketing. Or he could continue doing the work he'd enjoyed since he was a teen – getting his hands, face and neck dirty while managing a paint crew and becoming an expert.

“I began painting when I was in high school and excelled at it. I learned a lot when I was put in a management position and ran crews,” said Sturk, co-owner of Minute Men Painters of Portsmouth. “I realized I could make more money painting than being an intern and doing something else.”

Sturk also owned and operated a retail paint store where he expanded his knowledge of the products and applications, including eco-friendly options. With his expertise and education, Sturk turned Minute Men Painters into a regional leader in the "green painting" revolution when he took over the company in 2000.

“We take pride in our sustainable practices while protecting and adding to the beauty of the homes around us,” said Sturk.

Since its founding, Minute Men has committed itself to sustainable practices and products. In particular, the use of low- or no-volatile organic compound (VOC) paints and finishes, which are non-toxic and environmentally friendly. Minute Men also conducts its own testing of new industry products with low- or no-VOC claims. “We test to uphold our own standards and don’t just take their [industry] word for it,” Sturk said.

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