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Our Executive Team

Mike Benteau, President
Mike Benteau is the founder and president of University First Class Painters and has been with the company since its inception in 1982. Mike’s hands-on management style has afforded him the opportunity to obtain the skills and knowledge required for every level of the painting franchise industry. Mike bases his business model on the basic principle of providing value to both clients and franchisees by focusing on efficiency, affordability, and the customer experience. His years of experience and natural leadership qualities continue to place University First Class Painters at leading edge of the painting industry.
Shawn Donaldson, Atlantic Regional Manager
Shawn Donaldson started his career with UFCP in 2003 while he was in his first year of a Business Program at Memorial University. He graduated in 2009 with his BBA and a minor in Political Science. Shawn has operated franchises throughout the country including operations in Alberta, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Due to his extensive knowledge of operations he has won numerous awards for achievement in sales and production. He was promoted to Regional Manager of Atlantic Canada in 2009 and attributes his success to hard work and a willingness to continuously improve performance.
Chris McDonah, Alberta Regional Manager
Chris McDonah joined UFCP in 2004 as a Franchise Manager in Halifax, NS and became the National Rookie Manager of the Year in the same year. With strong leadership qualities and a willingness to get the job done, he was promoted to District Manager of Nova Scotia for 2007, and then promoted to Regional Manager of the Atlantic provinces for the 2008 season. In late 2008 Chris re-located to take over the Regional Manager role for the Western Region. Chris teaches his managers how to run successful and profitable franchises based on his vast knowledge of the market, products and customer base. He encourages his managers to perform top quality jobs by exceeding customer expectations.
Devon Arnold,  British Columbia Regional Manager
Devon Arnold is currently in his 9th year with University First Class Painters. Devon started with the company in 2006 while obtaining his Bachelor of Commerce at Saint Mary’s University (with a major in Finance). In his first year with UFCP, Devon received the Eastern Manager of the Year Award and continued to excel from there. By his third season, Devon was promoted to District Manager in Vancouver, BC and then to Regional Manager for the province. He is very enthusiastic about the upcoming season and hopes to guide many more student managers through a successful, profitable and rewarding experience.
Karen Benteau, Office Administrator
Karen started her career with University First Class Painters in 1987 and has helped to promote and grow the company since that time. As the Administrative Director, Karen supervises all administrative functions related to the smooth operation of the organization. She must ensure that the Head Office of University First Class Painters has the resources required to run a successful business. With her practical business experience, Karen can anticipate the needs of the franchisees and their clients which allows her to provide daily support to franchisees and office staff.
Diane Avery, Accounting Manager
Diane has recently completed the CGA program and has over fifteen years of accounting experience. Her responsibilities include supervision of all accounting operations for franchisees, guiding student managers on payroll and employment standards, and contributing to financial decisions of the corporate office and student managers.
Lauren Dominix, Executive Administrative Assistant
Lauren returned to the Head Office team after a brief hiatus. She brings with her a diverse skill set and an in-depth knowledge of the student painting industry. She is responsible for a wide array of tasks including Franchise Manager support, customer service, event planning, social media, courier coordination and document management. Her friendly demeanour and willingness to help is a huge asset that was missed by all!