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Meet The Leadership Team

The Painting with a Twist management team brings a lot of franchise experience to the table

Cathy Deano, Co-Founder

Cathy Deano, co-founder of Painting with a Twist, began her mission of bringing joy to her hometown through volunteering in her community. After Hurricane Katrina devastated the area and her home, she knew there was something she could do to bring people together. She, along with co-founder Renee Maloney, came up with the idea of an art studio where women could gather, paint and relieve the stress of the day, while drinking wine! Painting with a Twist was born and is the largest paint and sip concept in the nation today. Cathy is the current President of the St. Tammany Art Association, a position she also held from 2006 – 2009. The Association provides quality programming and cultural enrichment to St. Tammany, supports established and emerging artists, and produces educational arts related activities for adults and children. Cathy also is on the Board of Friends of the Dew Drop.  The Dew Drop is the oldest unaltered jazz venue in the world. Cathy volunteers with a number of other organizations including The Franchisor Forum for the International Franchise Association. She is a lifelong resident of Mandeville and has one son, Ryan. Her hobbies include traveling, reading, cooking and laughing.

Todd Owen, Co-Owner & CEO

Todd Owen is a co-owner and CEO of Painting with a Twist.  Todd owns multiple Painting with a Twist studios in Tampa, FL and founded TD Art Supply, a major supplier of art supplies.  After leading a large business for Walmart and a 31 year career,  he retired to immerse himself in Painting with a Twist.  As a franchisee since 2014 and small business owner, he has intricate knowledge in the arts and craft as entertainment space. He is also a former member of both the Painting with a Twist Franchise Advisory Council and IFA. Todd is passionate about our franchisees’ success and is based in Tampa, FL.  He firmly believes our franchisees are “the boss” and helping them achieve a return on their investment is all of our responsibilities.  Todd has four children (3 boys and a girl) ages 17-29, enjoys family time, playing golf, and fishing.

Richard Leveille, Chief Development Officer

Since joining our brand in 2018, Richard Leveille has been focusing on the growth and development of Painting with a Twist nationwide. With over 30 years of experience in franchising, Richard was previously the CDO for The Lost Cajun restaurant and held executive roles with Floor Coverings International and Smoothie King franchises. He acted as Executive Vice President of Development for Smoothie King for over 25 years and was the first employee of the organization starting in 1989. While there he assisted the company in growing to over 650 locations in 32 states and 4 countries. Richard also held the position of the State of Louisiana Retail Chair (2012-14) for the International Council of Shopping Centers and is a Certified Franchise Executive Graduate of the International Franchise Association. Richard is married with four grown children and is an accomplished saxophonist who plays in several jazz groups in the New Orleans area when time permits.

Katie Richard, Director of Operations

Katie Richard joined the Painting with a Twist Headquarters team in April of 2012.  She oversees franchise operations and support, supply chain for the brand, as well as the corporate-owned Mandeville studio.  She graduated as a Certified Franchise Executive in February of 2017 from the International Franchise Association.  She has a passion for this amazing paint n sip business and working with our franchisee family.  Katie is married with 2 boys and is an avid runner.  

Brittany Graff, Director of Marketing

Brittany Graff joined the Painting with a Twist team in February of 2019. With over 13 years of experience in marketing, Brittany brings a wealth of knowledge to the brand. As Director of Marketing, she leads the marketing strategy of Painting with a Twist with a goal to both build national brand awareness and deliver support programs and tools to increase sales at the local studio level. Brittany lives in Mandeville, LA with her husband, two daughters and French Mastiff. 

Twist – An Interview With Our Leadership Team