First Nick Companies offers specialized contractor expertise in two core product lines – Commercial Painting and Architectural Millwork – with a geographic concentration in the New England area.

With more than 75% of our business coming from repeat or referrals, our clients depend on our ability, knowledge, and market experience to deliver on the most critical projects.

We are fully committed to first-class craftsmanship, unparalleled value, and total customer satisfaction by fostering ‘win-win’ relationships with our clients, partners, and suppliers throughout every project’s life cycle.

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Company Profile


First Nick Painting Company was started in the early 1980’s by Nicolaos Kritikos Sr. in Somerville, Massachusetts. He immigrated to America from Greece.

To earn a living, he became a residential painting contractor. Painting residential interiors and exteriors were the only services he provided. His customers, homeowners, loved him for all his hard work & efforts.


In early 2000’s, Kosta Kritikos, the oldest Kritikos son, officially got involved in the family business.  Kosta worked side by side with his father to learn what it means to be a good painter and run a good painting company. Kosta had his start working in the office while his father worked out in the field. Kosta then moved to the field to learn as much as possible about all aspects of the painting trade.

It was at that point that Kosta began to see a different vision for the company.

He envisioned growing the company beyond what his father could imagine.  Kosta believed the future lay in leaving the residential painting market and devoting 100% of the business to commercial projects.  The company’s hard work and efforts in providing residential customers a finished product and service led him to believe they could do the same in the commercial markets.  He knew this was not going to be easy, however his vision, passion, and drive allowed him to succeed.

In 2014, Nicolaos Kritikos Jr.,  Kosta’s brother, joined the team.

Kosta believed for the success to happen, bringing someone into the business that saw, understood and felt that same vision was necessary. What better way to achieve this than to have his brother by his side to continue the same family values with which they were raised.


In 2016 the painting company officially transitioned to the sons. Today it is owned and run by Kosta and his brother Nick, Jr. First Nick Companies continues to grow and expand with its original values, vision, and mission.

Family, one of Kosta’s biggest values, continues to be important for he and the company.  Without the love and support and strength he gets from his family none of this would be possible. Kosta believes that family is everything and that family is the BIGGEST ASSET you have.  The company’s success would not be happening without the support and love from his wife, kids, parents, and siblings.

Kosta relies on his “2nd  Family”, the employees at First Nick Companies. They are a huge part of what we do day in and day out.  Without each and every one of them doing their part none of this would be possible.

Today we are pleased to say we are “First Nick Companies”!

We have expanded in the commercial painting markets and are now growing in the commercial finished carpentry markets.

Our goal is to continue to be there for our clients and customers. All the services we perform are to make sure that our customers’ needs are exceeded. We believe that building relationships, between First Nick and with our customers, is the backbone to creating a future for everyone at First Nick Companies for generations to come.

As individuals we view respect, integrity and honesty as a lifestyle of authenticity.

As a team, we are grateful for the work teammates do to push the company forward, we desire to be better tomorrow than today, knowing that improvement can be found in small changes.

As a company we strive to exemplify a growth mindset and believe that any skill or talent can be learned through practice.

As a community we advocate for diverse cultures, backgrounds and perspectives to make our team and services stronger, creating an inclusive environment to build and be a better company and set an example for and to the world.

To be a great place to work where our people are striving to do better for our company by being trusted and recognized in and for our community.

We always inspire others by growing, learning, and leading in the construction services we provide.