Board of Directors


On September 30, 2021, Golden Artist Colors staff celebrated 100% Employee Ownership. At that time Jonathon Karelse and Carl Minchew joined GOLDEN CEO & Co-Founder Mark Golden, President & COO Barbara Schindler, and Jim Henderson (Board Treasurer) on the company's Board of Directors.

Jonathon Karelse, Board of Directors
[Favorite Color: Pyrrole Orange]

Jonathon Karelse is the CEO of NorthFind Management, and is a global leader in demand planning, operations, predictive analytics and IBP. He combines extensive experience with the latest best practices to improve supply chain operations, optimally leveraging people, processes and tools.

Jonathon is leading the conversation that Behavioral Economics represents the next important differentiator for effective decision-making in most companies. He believes that by understanding the causes of biases and heuristics in planning, organizations can make rapid improvements in real-world performance. As a frequent contributor to the Supply Chain Council of Canada, the Institute of Business Forecasting, and the International Institute of Forecasters (IIF), Jonathon tracks trends and directly influences best practices in Demand Planning and Integrated Business Planning (IBP). His work with NorthFind was recognized in both 2021 and 2022 as one of the SDCE’s Top 100 “Pros to Know."

He has been cited for his work on Forecast Value Add (FVA) analysis; the integration of Judgment and Business Intelligence into statistical forecasting; and Conflict Resolution in consensus forecasting. He is a graduate of the MIT Sloan .School of Management, a member of the 2019 Management Excellence cohort at Harvard Business School, and is a member of the Harvard Business Review’s Advisory Council..

Carl Minchew, Board of Directors
[Favorite Color: Turquoise Phthalo]

Carl met GOLDEN Management in 2016, he was the Vice President of Color Innovation and Design, leading the development of the entire organizations’ new color and design initiatives. He began his career as a chemist for the firm and for over 39 years worked and led in many positions including quality assurance, operations management, environment, health and safety, as well as color technology. During that time, he participated in the development of the American Coatings Association’s Coatings Care program and served at the national level on the Regulatory Negotiation for Architectural Coatings VOC. Carl is also a collaborative inventor of over 20 different patents in the paint and coatings industry.

Carl’s industry experience as well as depth of knowledge in the space of product development, safety and compliance as well as marketing adds a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our continued success and strategic planning. Carl will be starting in 2022 as the Executive Director of the Color Guild, a consortium of over 50 paint manufacturers from 16 different countries, dedicated to the marketing, promotion and selling of paint products.

Jim E. Henderson, Treasurer, Board of Directors
[Favorite Color: Terre Vert Hue]

Henderson, Jim

Jim started with Golden Artist Colors in 2009 as Corporate Controller and most recently served as Chief Financial Officer. He is now retired from the company, but continues to serve as a member of the Board of Directors. During his time as CFO, Jim provided significant expertise required for the company's sustainability, overseeing all fiscal matters of the company especially in areas of finance, strategic growth and acquisition. 
Jim's background includes Corporate Treasurer/Officer, Controller and Director of Risk for Benjamin Moore & Co., a billion dollar business owned by Berkshire Hathaway. During his 33 years there, he gained extensive experience and knowledge in managing multi-million dollar operating budgets leading the Company's Global Treasury and Risk functions that included directing over $300 Million in cash and pension investments.

Barbara Schindler, President, COO
[Favorite Color: Permanent Violet Dark]

Schindler, Barb

Barbara has held the role of President since 2001. This appointment reflected strategies to deepen management resources corresponding to corporate growth in revenues and company structure. Schindler joined the organization in 1997 as Controller and also served as Chief Financial Officer.

Prior to GOLDEN, Barbara was the Controller for Niro Inc., an international firm with headquarters in Denmark. Niro, Inc. designed, engineered and installed a variety of industrial drying systems in many markets.

Mark Golden, CEO & Co-Founder
[Favorite Color: Quinacridone Gold]

Golden, Mark

Mark has over 40 years of industry experience and was chosen as a recipient of the Small Business Person of the Year for New York State award. In addition, he was recognized by President Bill Clinton for his activities in creating a business that exemplifies the spirit of Corporate Citizenship in providing a work environment that values all employees. He has been a guest lecturer at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Tate Gallery in London and the College Arts Association convention. He has guest lectured in colleges throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan. Furthermore, Mark has co-authored several technical papers on issues dealing with conservation of modern materials and acrylic paintings.