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



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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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