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Since 1996 Stephen Hester has been at the helm of Hester Painting & Decorating. He has provided a vision for the future of the company, as well as management, finance, legal, and marketing expertise. Stephen is a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO) and is active in Chicagoland’s civic and philanthropic communities. He earned an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management in 2004 and received a Bachelor’s degree in 1990 from the University of Miami in Florida where he graduated cum laude with a degree in real estate finance. He is a co-founder of the Commercial Painting Industry Association. (

Hester Painting & Decorating celebrated 50 years in business in 2018. Over twenty years ago Stephen saw the potential to expand the company from one that offered 100% high-end residential work to include the commercial market as well. That decision helped the company greatly expand its revenues. Today Hester Painting & Decorating provides its well-reputed service to residential and commercial clients throughout Chicagoland and across the country.

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