Jim Van Tuinen, Owner Van Tuinen Painting, Inc.


I was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, attended the Grand Rapids Christian Schools, Calvin College and Western Michigan University. In 1972, I graduated from WMU with a Bachelors Degree.

One of my first summer jobs was on the painting crew at Calvin College. Eventually, I began contracting painting on my own. I discovered I enjoyed the work but even more enjoyed running a small business.

Upon graduating from WMU, I “officially” started a painting business. Building the business, earning the trust of our customers, providing a living to my employees and building a superior reputation in Kalamazoo has been rewarding. The challenges are far out-weighed by the satisfaction I receive from managing Van Tuinen Painting, Inc.

I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart, Jane, a retired public school teacher, for 48 years. Our son, Matt, is married to Tricia, and they live in Chicago with their three children. Our daughter, Lindsey, is married to Drew and they have five children.

In my free time I enjoy golf and racquetball and I’m an avid reader. Jane and I enjoy traveling and spending time with our eight grandchildren.

It’s hard to believe it’s been more than 45 years since I started Van Tuinen Painting. I’ve never stopped working to improve our company’s operation and the quality of service we provide.

Nick Barber, Vice President

Nick has been with Van Tuinen Painting since 2006. He has been a full-time resident of Kalamazoo, Michigan, his entire life and graduated from Portage Central in 1998. Nick started working as a painter and was eventually promoted to job site foreman. In 2016, Nick was again promoted to Assistant Manager, where his years in the field proved to be a valuable asset to Van Tuinen Painting. 

In January 2017, Nick entered into an agreement with Jim to assume ownership of Van Tuinen Painting, Inc. upon Jim’s retirement in the near future.

Shelly Sutter, Office Manager


Shelly is an accounting professional with 20+ years of experience in accounting, human resources and payroll. She was hired by Van Tuinen Painting in 2003 as the Office Manager. Shelly is responsible for answering the phones, setting up appointments, typing proposals, human resources, marketing, and all aspects of accounting. Shelly graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.

Shelly has two daughters. The oldest is attending her alma mater, GVSU, while her youngest is still in high school. She has two dogs and enjoys reading and gardening in her spare time.

Nick Newhouse, Project Manager/Lead Painter

Nick started painting directly out of high school and after a few years away from it, he found his way back to painting when he joined Van Tuinen Painting in 2006. The thing he enjoys most about his job is the reward he gets from his hard work.  It’s extremely satisfying to bring new life to something. He also truly enjoys the challenge of finding the right way to get something done.

Nick married his wife, Trisha, in 2013 and in 2014 they were blessed with their son, Tucker. Nick is also an avid hunter, fisherman, and mountain biker. He also enjoys golf, camping, and woodworking.

Jason Robinson, Lead Painter

Jason is a Marine Corp veteran who has been with Van Tuinen Painting since 2007. He knows the importance of paying attention to details and accuracy, along with the fact that satisfied customers are the key to the success of Van Tuinen Painting. Jason’s quality workmanship sets the bar for other painters in our industry. When not painting, Jason enjoys spending time with his family and enjoying all that Michigan has to offer — from recreational sports to hunting and fishing. 

Robert Burroughs, Lead Painter

Robert started working for Van Tuinen Painting shortly after high school. His abilities and maturity have grown through the years. He takes pride in his work, and always goes the extra mile to give our customers a great paint job. Robert has 20+ years of painting experience. Robert lives in Parchment and has 2 children. In his spare time he enjoys Frisbee golf and spending time with family and friends.