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How long have you worked for Soep painting?
I have been working at Soep painting for 17 years.

What do you feel is unique about working for Soep?
Although I haven't had much experience with other companies, I feel our talent level cannot be matched. We are never complacent and are always looking to grow.

What is the most memorable project you've been involved with?
One of the many memorable projects I was involved with was Gillette Stadium. The crew size and even the size of the job in general was something to admire. Another one was Newburyport Elementary School. It was by far the best looking school I have ever seen, or ever will step foot in.

How is your role critical to the strategic vision and success of Soep?
My role and everyone else's role should be the same. To be productive, teach, and be a leader to the younger and inexperienced guys. We're only as strong as your weakest link.

What is the most satisfying aspect of your job?
It's all about the finish for me, walking away knowing that the product we put out is top notch and that the customer is happy.

Which of Soep's core values do you feel is most critical to the company' success?
I think that "Diligence" is the Core Value that makes us so successful year after year. Being consistently focused, highly productive, and efficient are just some of the qualities that set us apart from others.

Finish this sentence. When I'm not at work you can find me...
There was a time where the answer to this question was playing sports or having a good time with friends. However, for some time now it's been all about my family. We love walking together or even lounging on the couch.

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How long have you worked at Soep?
I have worked at SOEP for 2 1/2 years.

What do you feel is unique about working at Soep?
One thing unique about working for SOEP is the diversity of the projects we're involved in. From line striping to wall coverings, and everything in between, we really do it all.

How is your role critical to the strategic vision and success of Soep?
The way my role is critical to SOEPʼs vision is being able to deliver every time we're called. I want to continue to leave our customers feeling like SOEP is the only company they want to work with because of our quality and reliability.

What is the most memorable project you’ve been involved with at Soep?
Brandeis University, my most current project, has definitely been the most memorable for me. We're building a new dormitory and itʼs my first time leading on a project of this size. Itʼs been a valuable learning experience thus far.

What is the most satisfying aspect of your job?
The most satisfying aspect of my job is the finished product. Executing a set of plans into a finished product makes me very proud of what I do.

Which of Soep’s Core Values do you feel is the most critical to the company’s success?
I believe our most important Core Value to be Reliability. Performing above expectations in a constantly changing industry is crucial to our companyʼs growth and future.

When I’m not at work, you’ll find me…
Spending time outdoors with my wife and son.

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How long have you worked at Soep?
Nearly 13 years. Started with Soep on July 5th, 2005

What do you feel is unique about working at Soep?
No one here is limited to doing only one task, or type of work. Your next job might be pretty different from the one you just finished up on.

How is your role critical to the strategic vision and success of Soep?
In my role and with my skill set, I'm able to work on a wide range of projects. I love the task on taking on a cross-section of work and figuring out how to tackle the most challenging jobs.

What is the most satisfying aspect of your job?
I really love the trust the company has in me. It always sounds nice to hear, "I need Josh on that job."

Which of Soep’s Core Values do you feel is the most critical to the company’s success?
All of them are critical to our success!

When I’m not at work, you’ll find me… at home with my family.

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How long have you worked at Soep?
I've worked at Soep for 16 awesome years.

What do you feel is unique about working at Soep?
I feel the most unique thing about working at Soep is the variety of services we provide to our clients. We paint everything from skyscrapers to water treatment plants. We then do sandblasting, epoxy/polishing floors, spray foam insulation and even more. I don't think there is anything that our company can't do.

What is the most memorable project you’ve been involved with at Soep?
My most memorable project at Soep was the water tower on School Street in Pembroke, MA.

How is your role critical to the strategic vision and success of Soep?
I feel my role at Soep is critical in two ways. First is that when given a job, I have to be strategic and manage it in the most efficient way possible, while at the same time adapting to and overcoming obstacles that arrive. Secondly, I feel that mentoring and setting the younger generation of guys on a successful path is extremely important.

What is the most satisfying aspect of your job?
The most satisfying aspect of my job is the finished product. It's a great feeling to look at a completed project and know that I was a part of it.

Which of Soep’s Core Values do you feel is the most critical to the company’s success?

I have to go with Highly Trained/Highly Skilled. If you don't have trained personnel then you can't provide a quality product, which is what we pride ourselves on.

Finish the sentence. When I’m not at work, you’ll find me…
Swimming, fishing, on my motorcycle, but mostly, enjoying cold beverages and amazing food with family and friends.

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How long have you worked at Soep?
2 years

What do you feel is unique about working at Soep?
What's unique about working for Soep is that I feel I’m not only part of a team, but of a family.

What is the most memorable project you’ve been involved with at Soep?
The most memorable project I’ve been in involved with was the Suffolk Headquarters Expansion. I was always trying to keep up with the changes, while still meeting deadlines and working with difficult color schemes.

How is your role critical to the strategic vision and success of Soep?
In my role, I need to always be reliable and maintain a positive attitude while keeping others on task to complete a project we all can be proud of.

What is the most satisfying aspect of your job?
Knowing that the client and my company is satisfied with my hard work.

Which of Soep’s Core Values do you feel is the most critical to the company’s success?
For me, the most critical core value is Reliability. We're all counted on to do our best every time.

When I’m not at work, you’ll find me... spending time with my family or riding my motorcycle.

All-Female Team Tackles a Multi-Million Dollar Project

Nikki Derome is a 22-year veteran of Soep Painting. Now serving as a project foreman, Nikki is overseeing work at Boston University’s Myles Standish Hall renovation, where an all-female team is tackling a multi-phase project. Last week we caught up with Nikki to discuss her career at Soep, and ask what it’s like to be overseeing an all-female project team.

I started with Soep as an apprentice in 1996. I love the craft, the physical aspect of it, and that at the end of the day you can step back and see what you have accomplished. I really enjoy the challenge of finding the most efficient way to complete a task, and learning how to adapt and redirect when “Plan A” is no longer possible. “Problem solving”...

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Working for Shawmut Design & Construction our Commercial Painting group has nearly completed their work on the renovation of 99 Summer St., one of the more recognizable office towers in Boston.

The project features a complete makeover of the building’s lobby and mezzanine, including the following updates and additions:
• Italian grab-and-go café
• Upgraded security desk with new security turnstiles
• On-site conference and tenant amenity center
• New tenant fitness center

See some progress photos below including a side-by-side "Before/After" view of the project.

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How long have you worked at Soep?
A little over 27 years.

What do you feel is unique about working at Soep?
Our skill sets and the diversity of the projects we take on are what makes us different from all the other shops.

What is the most memorable project you’ve been involved with at Soep?
I enjoyed Newburyport K-3 elementary school due to all the different colors we used throughout the building. It was challenging but the finished product looked amazing.

How is your role critical to the strategic vision and success of Soep?
I feel I am a pretty good mentor to a lot of younger painters.

What is the most satisfying aspect of your job?
When a job is over you can look at it and say we painted this place and no other company could have done a better job. I think we have the best painters out of all the contractors.

Which of Soep’s Core Values do you feel is the most critical to the company’s success?
I think the training programs are Soep's greatest weapon.

When I’m not at work, you’ll find me… mostly outdoors, fishing or hunting.

We recently had the pleasure of working for Skanska USA at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's Smith Building on their new Cell Manipulation Core Facility.

This state-of-the-art facility will manufacture safe and effective novel cellular component therapies that meet regulatory guidelines for clinical use and enable cellular therapies to be translated from the bench to bedside. The goal of this facility is to assist investigators and sponsors in developing new cell-based therapies for cancer, gene therapy products for genetic diseases, and adoptive immunotherapy products.

Team Soep painted many clean rooms as part of this effort, each requiring an extensive amount of clear caulking around all wall and ceiling devices and many coats of speci...

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