Catherine Deano started her journey with her business partner Renee Maloney to become founder of Painting with a Twist, the first paint-and-sip concept, by volunteering in her community. After Hurricane Katrina roared into her town of Mandeville, LA, flooding her home she looked at ways to bring a little joy to her area. She and Renee opened their first location under the name Corks n Canvas in 2007. With four studios under their belt they started franchising in 2009. At the beginning of 2014 they merged Corks n Canvas with Painting with a Twist to create the largest Paint-and-Sip system in the United States. To date Renee and Cathy have opened 122 studios in 25 states with close to 50 more to open by the end of the year. Cathy has been married for 18 years to Walter Mader and has one son, Ryan, 16. Her hobbies are travel, reading, cooking and laughing.