College Pro Painters, College Pro Window CleaningCollege Pro catches up with Steve Lane once College Pro Painter turned to College Pro General Manager in the West Coast.

Name: Steve Lane
Current Position: Senior General Manager
Location: West Coast

When did you start working for College Pro and in what role?
I started for College Pro in 2004 as a painter.

What were your prior job experiences?
I worked for my father on our farm and I have worked at the Gonzaga Law school as a lab assistant.

What is the most important lesson you have learned with College Pro?
I have learned a tremendous amount about leadership and how to accomplish big goals that involve discipline and long-term planning.

What do you find most rewarding about your current role?
I enjoy most seeing the growth in the people that report to me. It’s great to watch them take such a valuable learning experience and move themselves forward with it after just one summer.

What is a typical job day like for you?
I typically get up fairly early and drive to one of my franchisee locations in the Pacific Northwest. Depending on the time of year it may be for either recruiting events on different campuses, or it may be one-on-one working with a current franchisee to help them build their skills.

What skills are most necessary to succeed in your position?
Priority management and leadership.

Who or what inspires you?
I am inspired by the other senior staff at College Pro—we have an incredible group of people running this company and I am impressed by what they do and how well they do it.

What advice would you give to someone hoping to work for College Pro?
Be prepared for a ton of learning. It could be one of the most demanding yet rewarding experiences of your life.

What is your best story related to College Pro?
There are too many! Probably one of the best was going skydiving with a group of franchise managers in Perris Valley, California in 2005. I’ll never forget jumping out of a plane from 14,000 feet and seeing the curve of the Earth.

In your opinion, why is College Pro a great place to work?
Our company is run by very smart people. In the current economy while most companies are laying people off and there is a lot of uncertainty in the air, I have 100 percent confidence in our company’s success and that this is one of the most secure jobs for me that’s out there. We have a supportive/coaching relationship with our supervisors  that is unlike any other company; my friends are jealous of the type of working relationship I have with my peers and supervisor!


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