Meet Our Team
Brian Ammerman - Owner of Five Star Painting of New Orleans/Mandeville
From his humble start managing a fast food restaurant, then beginning his last career at the bottom, working in assembly at an automotive manufacturing business. Through dedication, and determination, advancing every couple years to his final role as a Regional Sales Director; having always prided himself in finding efficient systems while delivering exceptional customer service. He quickly learned that if you take care of your employees and your customers, then you can be successful at any business. He started his first Five Star Painting in Illinois in 2016 and carried over all of the leadership skills and philosophies that he learned in his previous industry. He quickly expanded to purchasing 2 additional territories in Illinois in 2017. He built a successful business and created raving fans all over our market. In 2020 he took the same leadership and philosophies and acquired the Five Star Painting of New Orleans and Mandeville so he and his wife Sherri could raise their children closer to Sherri’s family.
When Brian is not working or with his family, he enjoys music,(playing the drums) boating, and participating with his iRacing team. He is also a huge animal lover and has to give a shout out to their four legged baby, Tyson, their lab mix.
Sherri Ammerman- Owner
Sherri’s first job was with Sears, fresh out of college. She began to develop the management and customer service skills as an entry level employee, working her way up to Appliance Department Manager. Sherri then decided to make a move to another retailer, downside, is they start everyone at the bottom. Bed Bath & Beyond was her next adventure, beginning in “soft side” which means towels, linens, etc.. Of course it didn’t take long for her to elevate to the position she was hired for, assistant store manager. Sherri enjoyed a long career at Bed Bath & Beyond, eventually ending her career as Regional Director of Customer Service. At this position, Sherri managed the Regional Managers, developed innovative customer service practices, improved bridal registry, and learned valuable leadership skills, to be successful. When BBB took over Buy Buy Baby, Sherri was tasked with developing their entire customer service hand book, processes, and training. After 2 kids, and a successful career, Sherri decided it was time to slow down a bit, and find a path that didn’t require so much travel, and this came at the perfect time, because that is when the Five Star Painting of New Orleans became available for purchase. So she and Brian, packed up their belongings and moved to the south. Sherri is a vital part of the business, utilizing the exemplary tools and skills she has learned throughout her customer service focused career. Five Star Painting of New Orleans and Five Star Painting of Mandeville provides the best customer service experience, because of the training she has provided, and coached.
Mike Farrell- Sales
Michael Farrell grew up on a horse farm outside Charlottesville Va.
has been a professional in the Food and Beverage business for thirty years as an Executive Chef, Owner and General Manager. He has been recognized by the James Beard Foundation, DiRoNA, Wine Spectator, Zagat and Bon Appetite, in a career that has taken him across the United States.
Michael has served in a variety of prominent positions including Owner and Executive Chef of Nantucket’s Summer House and Executive Chef of establishments such as Beano’s Cabin and Saddle Ridge in Beaver Creek, Colorado; Castle Pines in Denver, Colorado and Anthem Country Club in Las Vegas, Nevada.
After moving to New Orleans in 2009 Chef Farrell took the culinary scene by storm, receiving 4 Beans and 4 Star ratings by the city’s top restaurant critics after opening Le Meritage in the French Quarter. He was also the Corporate Execute Chef for Dickie Brennan and Co. and opened Nosh for Creole Cuisine Co. before retiring in 2018.
Michael then started on his second career and something he had done for many years while not in the restaurant. Living in the Rocky Mountains in the 90’s many of the the tourism centers and restaurants closed down during the “off seasons”, the times between winter and summer.
Painting was something he had experience in and so Michael put that time to good use painting houses in the Vail and Beaver Creek CO. After retiring from the hospitality industry Michael ``returned to the only other thing I Loved to do” and started to paint for a local painting business. He was soon made Operations Manager for the New Orleans Area. Mike then decided to start his own business Chefs Painting Co. Several years later, he was asked to join the team at Five Star Painting and happily accepted. As the Sales and Customer service consultant, Michael is utilizing his skills he developed in the hospitality industry, along with his passion for helping others, making him a perfect fit for Five Star Painting.
Axel Sanchez, Project Manager
Axel comes from a tradesman background and grew up working at his parents’ construction company at a young age. His father taught him many things from working hard to treating others with respect at all times. At 17 years of age, his life took a turn for the better when he moved to Mississippi to start his new job as a heavy machine operator. He dedicated two years of his life to the company when a new opportunity came knocking at his door to become a mill operator for a successful gypsum company in Westwego, Louisiana. Due to a family emergency, he had to leave the country for a few months. He then came back to the United States and started doing some roofing/concrete jobs on his own. Unfortunately, COVID-19 slowed business down, but it was then when he was presented with a great opportunity to become part of the Five Star Painting family. There, he works to improve his skills alongside his paint crews to bring the highest quality of work to the New Orleans/North Shore area.
Alex Recht, Project Manager
Alex began his working career as a busboy in a restaurant. Alex has always been a go getter, and eventually worked his way up to co owning a restaurant. He quickly realized that the restaurant business was very taxing on his family and personal life, and started looking for something that would provide him with the ability to take off nights, weekends and holidays.
So he decided to go back to school and get a degree for Industrial Mechanics. Alex worked as an Industrial Mechanic for 8 years, having also worked a contract with NASA building the SLS rocket. Just before his first child was born, he was offered an opportunity to go to work for a home remodeling company, as a Project Manager. He worked with that company for 4 years when Five Star Painting came knockin on his door. He started his new career with Five Star Painting in May 2021, as Production Manager. Alex has an impeccable eye for detail, along with management and customer service skills learned in his early days in the restaurant industry. Alex has 2 children, and while not working, enjoys spending time with his family, traveling through Europe , and live music events.
Nicole White, Office Manager
Nicole started working in child care when she was in high school and continued to for the next six years. Nicole has always enjoyed taking the lead on projects and providing new and insightful ideas in the workplace. She takes pride in her work ethic and communication skills. Nicole decided when her son was two that she wanted to pursue professional body piercing, which was something that had interested her since she was a little girl. She quickly realized that it wasn't as stable as she needed it to be for a career, so it became a hobby…(Nicole professionally pierced Brian and Sherri’s daughters ears.) Nicole was offered a job with Five Star Painting when coronavirus had first appeared and was affecting her business at the piercing shop. Nicole loves her work and the people that she gets to interact with on a daily basis, and it is enjoyable for her to make people happy and to provide them with the best service that she can.
When Nicole is not working she enjoys hiking trips, gardening, live music, and caring for her pet cat.