The Owners

Mark and Melinda have been in the residential and commercial painting business since Mark retired from the U.S. Army at Ft. Carson in 2003. They knew they wanted to own a small business and make Colorado Springs their permanent home. Starting their business from scratch, Mark firmly believed that the owner of a business should be an expert in the services that business provides. Not just painting, but customer satisfaction as well. So he spent the next several years on the ladder painting homes and commercial buildings. Mark attended all aspects of training the Painting industry had to offer and learning everything he could to be the subject matter expert his customers deserved. As their business grew, they were able to hire a likeminded team to provide the estimates, project management and level of quality they insist on.

Mark hails from Long Beach California and enlisted in the Army shortly after graduating from High School. Melinda was born on her parents farm in Cincinnati Ohio, but raised in Phoenix Arizona where she Graduated High School and moved to California.

Photo of Five Star Painting Castle Rock owners, Mark and Melinda.
Photo of Sarah in front of a Five Star Painting truck.


I was born and raised in California living the laid back beach life. When I turned 20 I decided to make a change. Four months later I moved and made Colorado Springs my new home. One of the major reasons I moved out to Colorado, is like most, I loved the mountains and wanted to live somewhere I could be close to all my favorite activities like camping, hiking, snow-shoeing, dirt biking and skiing. Colorado was the perfect place for me! So I packed everything up my dog, two cats and my clothes and moved out for a new adventure. Shortly after the move, I met a man that eventually became my husband. With so much in common we are a perfect fit. We spend most of our free time, hiking, camping, riding the beautiful Colorado Rockies. Something most people don't know about me is that my Husband & I share the same hobby as reptile breeders. My favorite type of food is Mexican Food, of course! I actually dislike sweets, so no favorite deserts for me. I’ve played many sports growing up and was a pretty decent softball player. I also enjoy MMA for exercise and health. I also taught horseback riding for a while. I am big fan of the great outdoors and consider it calming as well as therapy for the soul.

While living on the West coast, I worked for Sherwin Williams as a color consult for 4 years. Fortunately I was able to transfer to the Colorado Springs Sherwin Williams where I continued as a Color Consultant for 2 more years while increasing my education and knowledge on Residential Paint and Painting. During my time there I was able to take on an additional job as Project Manager /Designer for a Bathroom & Kitchen Remodel company. From there I joined the Five Star Team as a Project Manager. For 3 years I managed every aspect of our customers’ projects. Thanks to my desire to master my job and industry knowledge, I was trained as a residential and commercial estimator. Once I became highly proficient in these areas, the GM position with Five Star became available. After interviewing and training, I was awarded the General Manager Position for Five Star Painting Colorado Springs and Southwest Denver. I really enjoy my trade, meeting people and providing Five Star Service. With over 9 years in the residential painting and contracting industry, I pride myself on Customer Satisfaction and Industry knowledge.

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Four people having a team meeting.

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Veteran Owned & Operated Badge.

People in a team photo next to two Five Star Painting trucks with a red house in the background.

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