After graduating from the University of Illinois, Steve Noble continued his career in the residential painting industry and was quickly promoted to a territory manager for one of the largest painting companies in the United States. The company, which had painted tens of thousands of homes, had been in operation since the 1960s. He would eventually become a Regional President for the organization and master the painting systems which had led to its growth. Steve ultimately moved to the Triangle and launched one of the most successful residential painting companies in North Carolina, consistently painting more than 200 homes per year. In the summer of 1997, Steve hired both Kelly and Chris as Crew Managers over the Raleigh and Cary/Apex divisions, respectively. The brothers found early success while at the same time discovering the challenges of the painting industry. They also learned that they enjoyed seeing a project transform into something amazing, right before their eyes and the eyes of a satisfied customer. The summer work would also peak their interest in Entrepreneurship.