Your HOme Dream Team


Chief Executive Officer and Owner

Matt opened M. Carlson Painting in 2001.  He saw the need in the market for reliable, accountable, and professional painting crews and knew he could fulfill the demand.  20 years later, Matt’s vision has gone from a one-person crew to a nationally growing home improvement company.  The success M. Carlson Painting has experienced comes from the team’s dedication to doing the job right and on time.

Matt enjoys spending time with his kids, coaching, skiing, doing yard work with his wife, and golfing.

Charity of Choice: South Lake Prevention Fund was founded in 1981 with the sole mission of supporting the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department. 


Chief Operating Officer

A former business coach, Adam brings his experience leading small businesses to M. Carlson Painting.  In his role as Chief Operating Officer, he’s responsible for creating an incredible experience for our customers and team members. 

Adam is married with two young boys.  He is an avid reader, a John Maxwell certified trainer, speaker, and coach, and participates in long-distance endurance events, including completing 3 ironman triathlons and a 50-mile race.

Choice of Charity: O.U.R. has made a significant impact in the fight to end sex trafficking and sexual exploitation by rescuing and supporting thousands of survivors in 30 countries and 50 U.S. states.



Customer Experience Manager

With a degree in public relations and background in financial industry, Candace help develop and execute  MCP’s business plan.   Candace enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, biking, kayaking, yard work, walking dogs, and traveling.

Charity of Choice: Secondhand Hounds



Senior Project Manager

With a solid 7-year tenure in the painting industry and a background in Electrical Engineering, Gabriel has merged technical expertise with artistic finesse. Beginning as a subcontractor for M. Carlson, Gabriel has seamlessly transitioned into a dual role as Project Manager and Sales Representative. Beyond his professional pursuits, Gabriel finds joy in quality time with his wife, indulging in soccer matches, and crafting melodies through music production. A multi-instrumentalist at heart, Gabriel weaves rhythms on guitar, drums, and bass. 

Charity of Choice: Gabriel actively supports La Viña Foodshelf in Burnsville, a vital social initiative delivering sustenance to countless families across the south metro area of Minneapolis every week.


Senior Project Manager

Joel started painting 10 years ago and in a short time, went from a crew member to lead, to a business owner.  Joel joined MCP in 2019 and has taken on the role of Training Development Manager to help train our crews to strive for excellence in their work and service.  

Joel enjoys his work, spending time with his family, soccer, camping, bicycling, driving ATVs, enjoying the lakes in the summer, and outdoor activities.

Charity of Choice: St. Jude’s Research Hospital.  The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion, or a family’s ability to pay.


Commercial Cleaning

Jeff is our Commercial Project Specialist. Jeff is a former business owner, who has worked extensively with Property Managers, Facility Managers, CEO’s and Business owners. With his extensive background
in sales, project management, and a focus on customer service, he understands the importance of safety, production schedules, and the effect projects like these have on the customer’s business.

In his free time, Jeff enjoys spending time with his family outdoors, cooking on his grills/smokers, and listening to live music.

Charity of Choice: Chanhassen Evening Rotary Club.



Jerry has been in the construction industry for 10 years and done a lot of remodeling and painting and has been known for his great communication and customer service. He has been working with M. Carlson Painting over the past years and he has finally decided to be a full time employee and join the MCP crew. He has done photography for a business.

He has been a Minnesota resident for most of his life. He enjoys camping, photography, hiking, mountain biking and being outdoors. He is married and enjoys spending time with his wife and newborn daughter.

Charity of Choice: Feed My Starving Children, a Christian non-profit organization that coordinates the packaging and distribution of food to people in developing nations and has reached out to more than 70 countries.



Administrative Coordinator

As an Administrative Coordinator, Kari brings a wealth of experience and a passion for organization and efficiency. With a background in education and personal development, she is dedicated to supporting the team and facilitating excellent customer experience.

Outside of work, Kari enjoys spending time with her children, walking the trails near her home and fostering a balanced and fulfilling life.

Charity of Choice: Greater Twin Cities United Way – They unite changemakers, advocate for social good and develop solutions to address the challenges no one can solve alone. Greater Twin Cities United Way plays a variety of roles throughout Minnesota to help create a community where all people thrive regardless of income, race or place.


Marketing and Operations Director

Kelly has owned her own business for over 19 years and has been a graphic designer for the past 10 years. She loves putting a personal spin on her work and enjoys the creativity part of creating unique things. In the past five years, she has developed a passion for photography and though her favorite is capturing her kids’ sports, she loves using her photographic eye in creating ‘freeze frame’ moments.

Kelly enjoys watching her 4 kids play the sports they love, traveling-usually for sports tournaments, photography, camping, and hanging out with my family and dog!

Charity of Choice:  Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance, which is near and dear to her family, as her mother passed away from ovarian cancer in 2018. (OCRA) is the oldest and largest ovarian cancer charity in the world. 


Wallpaper Division Lead

With 20 years in the Real Estate/Title Industry, Kristen brings a strong background in client services, business management, and leadership skills to the M. Carlson team. With her friendly and outgoing personality, she’s the ideal person to represent the team as she develops new relationships with interior designers, stagers, and realtors.

Kristen loves spending time and creating memories at the cabin with family and friends. She loves coaching and watching her two daughters play hockey, and loves the Minnesota Wild. You will find Kristen spending a lot of time crafting and being creative.

Charity of choice: Minnesota Neonatal Foundation – Strive to make improvements to the NICU environment creating a space of healing and comfort for families during this stressful time. Through positive impact, we help families by focusing on the heart, mind, and soul.


General Manager | Residential Division

Kyle has been in the painting business for over 20 years.  His business background, experience in painting, and leading painting crews have helped Kyle know the “ins” and “outs” of the full painting process.  Kyle is one of our Sales and Project Managers.  

Kyle enjoys climbing, camping, fishing, skiing, outdoors, and spending time with his family.

Charity of Choice: The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion, or a family’s ability to pay.



Sales | Project Manager

Mark Kopylov was born and raised in southern Minnesota. He grew up learning from and working with his parent’s painting company – becoming proficient in the details of painting and construction. Having received his general contractor’s license, Mark is equipped to manage large projects while having the experience to be knowledgeable about the details!
Mark enjoys football (Go Vikings!), playing sports, and spending time with his wife and 2 kids. 
Charity of choice: Wounded Warrior Project – 


Sales | Project Manager

Matt has been in the painting business for nearly 20 years, beginning in multi-million-dollar
homes. He has a diverse background in business ownership of both painting and design build, financial services, stage acting, film, public safety, and EMS. Matt puts high value on treating every human being with dignity and respect.

Matt is married with four children: three girls and one boy. He loves being with his family,
cooking, swimming, and watching re-runs of Seinfeld. Matt also enjoys serving as Reserve Police Officer for a local police department and you may see him at local sporting events providing pre-hospital emergency care for injured athletes.

Choice of charity: The Gary Sinise Foundation serves our nation by honoring our 
defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need. This is done by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities.


Chief Financial Officer

As the owner of Golz Accounting Services, Shanna brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to M. Carlson Painting. She enjoys working with small business owners and is dedicated to helping her clients grow their businesses. Her role and responsibilities include the day-to-day bookkeeping and strategic growth initiatives. Shanna holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography from St Cloud State University. 

Her interests involve cooking, photography, traveling, and spending time with her family and two dogs.

Charity of Choice: A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation. She and her mother were founding members of the organization. Since losing her mother to lung cancer in 2009, she remains passionate about raising awareness around this deadly disease.



General Manager | Builders Division

Woody has been in the finishing business for over 30 years.  His knowledge and experience in the industry help MCP customers receive the best approach to their projects and get them done correctly.

Woody enjoys refinishing furniture, amatuer silversmithing, rockhounding and lapidary, and paleo archeology, spending time with his wife of 25 years, granddaughter, and dog.

Charity of Choice: Missions Inc. A safe place for victims of abuse and addiction to get the help that they need.



Wall Coverings Division | Larussi Studio Owner

Winnie opened the Minnesota division of Studio Iarussi in 2020. Founded in 1995 in Houston, Texas. Studio Iarussi is a decorative art company, run by a multi-generational family of artists.

Winnie has a background in design, business management and classical drawing and painting, Winnie is passionate about art and its relation to architecture and interior design. With a focus on wall finishes and lime-wash technique, her mission is to provide designers and retail clients with beautiful walls.

Winnie enjoys traveling, gardening, fishing with her husband and creating artwork in her home studio.

Charity of Choice: Acus Foundation – is a non profit organization that brings life-changing medical acupuncture to our nation’s service members and veterans



Mya has a background in Art & Design, using her knowledge and talents creating a special unique style for her clients homes and businesses. She has run a painting business doing interior decorative work from paint and wallpaper to countertops and flooring since 2016. She incorporated that same concept with exterior decorative applications for all types of sport courts with commissioned murals and logos, utilizing her gift to share with our local community and the rise in popularity of custom design residential Pickleball courts. She joined M.Carlson to expand her talents and team.

Mya loves creating, constantly learning new ways to make new project visions come to life with the client and bring the ideas it into reality, that wow factor.

Mya loves animals and has two dogs/lab fur babies Jax (10) & RZA (1). She loves coffee, her daily 6-Shot Macchiato from Starbucks- coffee is essential.

Charity of Choice: She Ready Foundation, which believes foster children deserve equal opportunity for a normal childhood. Goal to empower, support and encourage kids they to deserve a safe place and platform to follow their dreams while living in the foster care




Sales | Project Manager

Dirceu previously worked at another painting company before being offered to work with MCP. He’s been painting for 4 years and worked in remodeling as well. Dirceu has always enjoyed working with others and seeing the growth amongst one another. He does some real estate on the side and when he has some free time and likes to learn about the market and its ever-changing state.

Dirceu enjoys time with his family and being with friends. Fun fact: Dirceu plays multiple instruments but his main instrument is the trumpet. He attends church on the weekends and plays sports.

Charity of Choice: Habitat For Humanity