Heeding parents' advice, MV grad gets good start on career


Alex Payne, 20, leads the Greenfield division for Student Painters. His parents urged him from an early age to work for what he wants. (Shelley Swift / for the Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — As a 12-year-old kid, Alex Payne and his friends thought his dad was a nag for frequently encouraging them to one day own their own businesses.

Just a few years later, however, Payne is doing just that. The 2012 Mt. Vernon High School graduate now leads the Greenfield division for Student Painters, a Midwestern company that recruits ambitious college students to lead their peers in painting houses and business buildings over summer break.

His dad couldn’t be prouder.

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