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ASU student, former Aztec paints a picture of his future
By Matt Stone

March 4, 2006

A former Corona del Sol High School graduate is making the most of his first year at Arizona State University.

Evan Kasian, 19, was one of 3 percent of 1,600 applicants accepted by College Works Painting to intern with their program for the spring and summer of 2006. CWP has worked since 1987 to give college students a chance at valuable real-world business experience.
"This gives you the chance to set (yourself) apart," Kasian said. "They look for people into that challenge."

Kasian, who went through the rigors of three face-to-face interviews, has been given the opportunity to manage his own painting branch for the summer. He will hire painters, paint homes, organize a payroll and manage customer relations, Kasian said.

Up until the summer, Kasian and the other branch managers will train and work part-time for CWP.
A native of the Kyrene Corridor, Kasian is pursuing a business marketing degree at ASU and hopes this internship will give him the edge after graduation.
"I'm graduating with a degree that a lot of people have, so I need something (extra)," Kasian said.

There are other perks to the opportunity as well. The average branch brings in revenue of $50,000 over the summer, Kasian said.
"My goal is $75,000-90,000," Kasian said. "Honestly, it pays pretty good."

Of the income, Kasian can receive roughly 22 percent, depending on his managing performance.
It will take a lot of his business savvy to sell his product, as his crew(s) will be comprised of mainly other college students. In some ways, it is a plus, Kasian said.
"These kids won't know how to find loopholes," Kasian said. "We consider ourselves professionals. I want them to do a fantastic job."

Kasian hopes to convince potential clients that his business is legitimate, no matter how much overtime he racks up.
"(I want to) let (the customers) know my intentions," Kasian said. "Trust me and know I'm gonna do a good job for them."




















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