Meet The Middletown and Bear Team
From left to right: Susie Moak (Estimator), Laurie Bailey (Estimator), Dave and Kathy Stracke (Owners), Karen Ehemann (Schedule Coordinator), Brian Vasquez (Project Manager), and Fran Lewis (Project Manager).
Five Star Painting of Wilmington has been owned and operated by Dave and Kathy Stracke since December 2015. They’ve been business partners for more than 20 years, and are long-time residents of Newark, Delaware. Their passion for delivering superior customer service has been the key to their success, and they pride themselves on providing excellent painting services through the use of superior products and experienced, skilled painters.
Susie Moak, Estimator, has been with Five Star Painting since May 2018. With her professional background in the real estate industry, she brings a wealth of knowledge about property enhancements, trends and styles. Susie has a dynamic personality that allows her to connect authentically with clients. She is a proud veteran of the U.S. Army.
Brian Vasquez began his career at FIve Star as a painter, but was promoted to Project Manager in 2020. With his knowledge of paint and his attention to detail, Brian focuses on running efficient job sites and maintaining communication with the clients during the project. In addition to being fluent in English and Spanish, he enjoys learning other languages, including French and Italian.
Karen Ehemann joined the team in 2021, and has been instrumental in keeping the entire operation on schedule, week in and week out. Her strong organizational skills and ability to problem-solve make her a valued member of the team, as does her sunny disposition and sense of humor. Karen is happily married and the mother of two teenagers, which explains her ability to multi-task like a beast!
Fran Lewis has been a part of Five Star Painting for several years. As a part-time Project Manager, Fran works closely with the homeowners and will assist the crews during the paint project. Fran is happily married with two children, a big supporter of the B Positive Foundation, and will talk to anyone about his love for the University of Tennessee.
Laurie Bailey recently joined our team as a part-time Estimator. A definite "people person" who always has a smile, Laurie enjoys working with clients in helping to assist with their painting needs. When she's not measuring rooms, she enjoys spending time with her husband and her fur baby.