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Boring-based painting business nominated for quarterly Sandy Area Chamber award

PMG PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Frank and Debra Saniti own Frank Saniti Painting based in Boring. While many independent contractors will tell you they went into business to work for themselves, Frank Saniti Jr. says he was in the painting business because of other people.

Now those people have decided to recognize Saniti's nearly 50 years of hard work with a nomination for the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce's Sandy Area Sensational Business Award.

Frank Saniti Painting of Boring has been nominated along with The Beauty Room and Ascent Physical Therapy.

Frank Saniti came by the occupation of interior and exterior home painting on his own as the first in the business for his family. As soon as he settled into the industry, he "enjoyed it and just stayed." Now his wife Debra runs the business with him, focusing on the behind-the-scenes paperwork.

"I like being in different places all the time and meeting new people," Frank said. "It's not like an office job. It just doesn't get any better than that."

Frank will turn 70 this year and continues to do most of the manual labor. In the summer, however, he and Debra hire a few helping hands, he says.

Both Frank and Debra were happy to hear of their nomination.

"I felt honored to even be nominated," Frank added. "I like Sandy as a whole. I like the people. That's why I live and work here."

"You can really meet people and it's more personal when the business is small," Debra explained. "It's like working for your own family members."

When he's not painting, Frank is also proud of his participation with the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, of which he's been a member for three years.

As a Vietnam veteran himself, Frank likes to give back to the community through the CVMA.

"I don't have any plans to retire yet," Frank said. "But when I do, I'll probably be riding with them full time."

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