Rotarian of the Year 2014/15  - Hendersonville Four Seasons Rotary Club 

​Honors and Awards

Henderson County Chamber of Commerce

Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce

Rotary International - Hendersonville Four Seasons Club

Vision Henderson County Alumni Association Advisory Board

Business Affiliations and Community Activities

Sandy LeRoy

Designer, Architectural Paint Color Consultant, Professional Home Stager

Roger Ness

​Contractor, Master Painter

​Sandy's background is unusual. After notable success as an insurance broker and risk management consultant, Sandy changed careers in 1986 when she and Roger formed Ness Painting & Decorating. Building on a lifelong interest in color and design, Sandy studied at two of the most highly regarded decorative painting schools in the country and became a skilled designer, paint color consultant and decorative painter. Sandy also has received the Accredited Staging Professional (ASP TM ​) designation.  

Sandy's work as an architectural paint color consultant and professional home stager has been featured in several magazines, including Carolina Home + Garden, Mountain Traditions, and Blue Mountain Living. 

Sandy LeRoy

Professional Training

Painters Union Local 83 Apprenticeship Program

​Building Education Center, Berkeley, CA (25 courses)

​University of California Forest Products Laboratory (Insects and Decay in Wood Structures)

Day Studio-Workshop, San Francisco, CA (wall glazing)

Gale Laurence Studio Workshop, San Francisco, CA (color theory)

​Wolman Woodcare Products (certified contractor)

Roger has more than thirty years construction industry experience as a licensed contractor, business owner and master painter, specializing in customer projects. He and Sandy made Ness Painting & Decorating well-known in the Bay Area for superb workmanship and service, building a loyal clientele.

In addition to his five years formal training in a Painters Union apprenticeship program, Roger has completed numerous special courses in property improvements and maintenance. 

​Like many of you, we first came to Western North Carolina on vacation and decided there was no better place to live. In a giant leap of faith, we closed our successful contracting business in the San Francisco Bay Area, sold our house and moved here in 2004. Today we've settled in to our new life, become active in the community and made many wonderful friends.

Here's some information about our training and experience. We often joke that Sandy may have the creative idea, but Roger is the one who makes it happen. We think that we're a great team and the perfect combination of inspiration and expert implementation.

Roger Ness




Professional Training

Day Studio-Workshop, San Francisco, CA (Color Theory, Stone and Marble, Glazing and Guilding, Historical and Complex Stenciling)

Gale Laurence Studio, San Francisco, CA (Color Theory, Casein) ​(Accredited Staging Professional) 

"Sterling is a terrific company to work with. They've earned my full confidence and will always be my first choice."

Larry Mercer  

The Cliffs Valley 

Travelers Rest, SC 


Serving areas of Henderson, Polk, Buncombe, Transylvania  & Rutherford Counties in North Carolina
and the SC Upstate.

In August 2016 Roger celebrated the 30th anniversary of the date he received his California Painting and Decorating Contractors license.

Teacher and Writer

  • With REALTOR colleague Mary Stephens, Sandy wrote "Smart Selling",  a weekly column on smart selling practices for the Hendersonville Times-News from 2009 to 2011.
  • Sandy collaborated with landscape architect Ed Lastein and horiculture expert Mickey Lively to develop a course on "How to Create Curb Appeal" that was presented at Blue Ridge and Isothermal Community Colleges.
  • ​In 2012 Sandy created "Paint Color Confidence", a new course on practical considerations for choosing paint colors, that was presented at Isothermal.
  • In 2013 Sandy created "How to Choose Interior Paint Colors" and "How to Choose Exterior Paint Colors" which also were presented at Isothermal in 2013 and 2016.
  • Sandy presented a workshop, "How to Choose Exterior Paint Colors" at Carolina Home + Garden magazine's Asheville Outdoor Living Expo in April 2016, and developed a new workshop, "Paint Colors for Kitchens and Baths" for its Asheville Kitchen and Bath Expo in October 2016.
  • Sandy continues to write a blog, Sandy at Sterling Property Services ​.