An excerpt from an April, 2014, post on

Paul Flick, 45, has a similar story, albeit slightly expedited. He worked in several different marketing and sales capacities at The Coca-Cola Company for six years in the early 2000s.

This phase of his career was corporate boot camp, he said. And though he launched 360 Painting, a residential and commercial interior painting franchise based in Alexandria, Va., in 2006, he said if not for his years spent with Coca-Cola, he would not have known where to start.

“I took what I learned from Coca-Cola from a branding standpoint,” he said.

Making the transition from employee to entrepreneur