Nick Barber, Owner/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.