Meet the Crew
Sean Kennedy – Founder and Owner
With a vision to change the way home painting is done in St. Louis, Sean started Kennedy Painting in 1998. His current role is largely focused on meeting with customers, estimating projects, and overseeing the operation and direction of the company. He is dedicated to providing the best customer experience by hiring, training, and retaining quality employees. With a “Customer is King” mentality, all employees are trained not only in trade skills, but Customer Service and communication. Sean began painting at age 20 and continues to improve the company by participating in Summit Services, a trade organization that works with painting contractors to help them develop business systems and ongoing employee training on new products and systems. He is always available and eager to receive feedback to help improve the company.
Nate Michael – Project Estimator
Joining Kennedy Painting in October of 2013, Nate came to us with over ten years experience in the painting trade. He owned his own painting company, so he’s adding his own expertise to our newly joined forces. Nate has a passion for relationship building and feels it is important for customers to put a face with the Kennedy name, and helping them achieve their goals in a professional manner. Nate is a family man who values time with his wife, Meghan, and their children when he’s not hard at work. He enjoys the outdoors as well as St Louis sports.
Amy Akers – Color consultant
Passionate about interior design since age 10, Amy has dedicated her life to enhancing the beauty of people’s homes. Now with a degree in interior design, she pairs her creativity and detail-oriented personality to provide project estimates and manage our color consultation program. Amy derives great satisfaction from helping people plan and implement changes in their homes, and her organizational skills help projects run smoothly. A proud mother and dedicated worker, Amy is a valued member of the Kennedy team.
Adam Freeman – Project Estimator and Sales Representative
Adam is not only a paint professional with years of industry experience behind him, but he also is a third-generation paint salesman. Needless to say, he has both extensive knowledge and expertise as well as an understanding of all that goes into a successful painting project.
Even though Adam understands the ins and outs of the painting process, we appreciate that he is not one to get stuck in a rut of “the way it’s always been done.” He enjoys thinking outside the box and offering a fresh perspective. When he is not at work, he enjoys relaxing with his wife and daughter.
Josh Cornell – Project Estimator
Josh joined us with not only years’ worth of technical knowledge and industry experience, but also another quality that we appreciate even more. He is a real people person, and enjoys making connections and building relationships. As an estimator, this is an invaluable attribute, and one that we and our clients appreciate.
When Josh isn’t at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife. On a nice, sunny day, you also can find him outdoors (most likely playing golf).
Andy Vogel – Field Supervisor
Deeply knowledgeable and thoroughly experienced, Andy brings a wealth of expertise to our company. With more than three decades in the painting industry, Andy has filled every kind of position, from apprentice to crew leader to estimator to business owner! Now he is working with our team so that our clients can benefit from his skills and knowledge. He and his wife have three children, and Andy enjoys coaching their sports teams, including basketball, soccer and T-ball.
Lindsey Ellis – Scheduling Coordinator
n a business like ours, there are a lot of moving parts that need to be perfectly coordinated. To make this possible, we need a scheduling master with incredible organizational skills. Lindsey brings exactly that to the table, along with twenty years of experience in the construction industry.
On her own time, Lindsey lets this creativity and focus shine through her love of photography. You also might find her spending time with her horses, one of her other passions.
Debbie Schmidt – Office Manager
Bringing a wide array of skills and experience, Debbie manages our office with competence and reliability. She is the number wizard, working magic with our bookkeeping, invoicing, and other financial aspects, as well as data filing and management systems, marketing and customer appointments and service. Debbie’s efficiency lightens the office burden for others so that they can focus on meeting customer needs with as little distraction as possible. Her past work experiences include advertising and publishing, the DMV, and even NASA! She has worked for Kennedy Painting since May of 2010, and the Golden Rule is her primary goal. Happily married, Debbie and her husband Vernon have one son.
Mari Hensley – Administrative Assistant
Mari has been with the company since March of 2013 and has been a valuable addition to the office staff. If you’ve called our office for an appointment to schedule an estimate, you’ve probably spoken with her. Besides her phone duties, she assists with setting up the paperwork for production, marketing, accounting – you name it – assisting everyone with any tasks she’s asked to do. Mari loves helping people and hopes to one day complete her studies to become an Occupational Therapy Assistant. We just hope she’ll go to school in the evenings and take a long time to complete the program! We don’t know what we’d do without her!
Eric Kozlik – Senior Crew Leader
With passion for his work and expertise in painting, Eric brings excellent leadership and stability to Kennedy Painting. 18 years of painting experience make him an expert, and in 5 years with the company he has shown himself capable and successful in orchestrating large, complex jobs. He loves a challenge and takes a great deal of pride in providing superior results on every project. With an outstanding eye for detail and a professional touch, he treats customers with respect and cares for their homes as if they were his own.
Kascar (Ric) Reed – Senior Crew Leader
With 20 years of experience in house painting, Ric has extensive skills and knowledge in all kinds of exterior and interior painting. Serving the company since 2006, he has shown wonderful dedication and is willing and ready to do “whatever is needed of me” to do a job right. He knows the tools, products, and techniques that it takes to provide beautiful, lasting results, and he has brought a satisfied smile to customers all across the St. Louis region.
Michael Daniels – Crew Leader
Mike comes to us with 9 years of painting experience, and particular strength in the areas of drywall repair and carpentry. This would be an asset in itself, but on top of that he brings strong leadership qualities, attention to detail, and customer service skills that make him a welcome addition to our team. When Mike isn’t working with his hands for Kennedy Painting, he is putting them to use pursuing two other passions of his: building cars and riding motocross.
Kelly Oster – Crew Leader
Kelly has it all! Starting here in 2011 as a construction graduate of South Technical High School, he has worked his way up through our Skill and Leadership Training Programs to become our newest Crew Leader. Through his high attention to detail and focus on quality first, he works expertly as both an interior and exterior painter, and can handle any drywall and plaster repairs that come along. Kelly also is a highly skilled carpenter who completes the majority of our carpentry repairs and finish molding installations.
When Kelly isn’t at work he might be watching hockey, spending time with friends, or both! And, as an additional fun-fact, his younger brother works here as well. We are certainly glad to have them!
Wade Palmer – Project Manager
With over 25 years of industry experience behind him, Wade is a true painting professional. In addition to this longevity in the field, he also has painted in a wide variety of places, including Arizona, Alaska, Georgia, and Tennessee. This skill and dedication serve him well as one of our Project Managers, as does his unique ability to find solutions to any problem. He always does the job well, happily going the extra mile for our clients.
When Wade is not painting, he is most likely spending time outside. He is an avid hunter, fisherman, camper, and gardener. He also is a family man with “two daughters and a beautiful wife.”
Bob Horn – Project Manager
A born-and-raised St. Louis native, Bob is a true local professional. His painting experience extends back for 25 years, making him an ideal Project Manager who understands every aspect of the process. Beyond skill alone, Bob also has a few priceless qualities that cannot be taught: excellent attention to detail, a focus on customers, and a genuine interest in making our clients happy.
While he can handle projects of all kinds, his favorite is painting new construction. Why? Well, who doesn’t love starting with a clean slate?
David Daniels – Project Manager
David is a skilled Project Manager who truly takes pride in his work and understands our goals as a company. Not only is he a St. Louis native who knows our city and culture, but he also brings optimism, precision, experience, and excellent customer service to every job site he visits.
As an interesting side note, David’s older brother works here as well. We are thrilled to have them both!