Your HOme Dream Team


CEO 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: The First Responders Foundation supports key programs, provides funds for other initiatives for first responders, and allows the Foundation to accomplish the mission of serving and honoring first responders and their families and building appreciation and respect for their work.



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



Training and Development 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.

Choice of charity: 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.


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 kid’s 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. 


Operations Assistant

Kristy – As a former hospitality manager, Kristy brings in over 13 years of customer service and administrative support. In her role as the Operations Assistant, she is responsible for overseeing day-to-day business activities, delivering quality customer service, and designing strategies to improve the company.  Kristy enjoys all the great things Minnesota has to offer from camping in the woods to ice fishing up north with her husband and their 5 beautiful kids. Some of her hobbies include cooking, culinary tourism, and making social media content with her family while they travel.

Charity of Choice: Kids in Need Foundation – By partnering with teachers and students in under-resourced schools, we provide the support needed for teachers to teach and learners to learn.



Sales/Project Manager

Kyle has been in the painting business for over 20 years.  His business background and 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.

Choice of charity: 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.



Construction Manager

Luke has been in the construction field for 15 plus years. He specialized his work in cabinet making but has excelled in several aspects of the construction industry. He has extensive experience in building products, finishing, and wood flooring. He takes pride in completing a project to the clients’ exact specifications. He brings a multifaceted list of skills as well as an upbeat, energetic attitude to MCP.

In his free time, he enjoys golfing, hiking, creating various wood projects, and spending time with his family.

Charity of choice: The mission of the American Brain Tumor Association is to advance the understanding and treatment of brain tumors with the goals of improving, extending, and, ultimately, saving the lives of those impacted by a brain tumor diagnosis.

We do this through interactions and engagements with brain tumor patients and their families, collaborations with allied groups and organizations, and the funding of brain tumor research.



Director of Operations

Marissa worked in the service industry for 8 years and worked as a physical therapist assistant for 2 years. She also has experience helping run the operations and scheduling for a construction company.

Marissa’s talents in building and optimizing systems make all the day-to-day operations of the company run seamlessly. She is the glue between our team, our crews, and our customers. Her ability to juggle all the information that flows through her office is a huge key to the amazing experience our team provides.

Hobbies: Volleyball and Golf, lake in the summer, traveling, going to concerts and live music, and spending time with family and friends

Charity of Choice: American Brain Tumor Association. This is near and dear to her heart (and head) after being diagnosed with a benign brain tumor at the age of 22



As the owner of Golz Accounting Services, Shanna brings over 17 years of 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.



Sales/Project Manager

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.