Mark Golden grew up with paints all around him. His father started a paint supply business in the 1930’s in NYC frequented by William de Kooning and Jackson Pollock. Following in his footsteps, Golden started Golden Artist Colors. As CEO, he re-imagined a new company based on delighting customers and sustainability, from its waste management practices to being an employee-owned company (ESOP). With an artist-in-residence program and philanthropic commitment, Golden has created a winning formula.
In this podcast, calling in from a farm in upstate New York, a small town called New Berlin, population 2700, which also happens to be their corporate HQ, he talks about the opportunities and challenges in running a small business and what it takes to steer the ship. For Golden, his business is more than materials for artists, “colors are a catalyst, bridging creative communities and inspiring positive global change through the arts, recognizing that we do have a voice.” Mark Golden received the 1996 Small Business Person of the Year from the US Small Business Administration. Golden Artist Colors was featured on the NBC Nightly News as a successful small business.
Grace Cho is the Founder and CEO of Artrepreneur by Orangenius. She has an artist heart and business mind. With over 25 years of experience in the financial services, media, entertainment, and private equity industries, she has transformed global business units at GE Capital, NBCU, and Nielsen.