Saturday, December 31, 2011

Out With the Old; In With the New

As 2011 draws to a close today, I wanted to take a moment to share some of my thoughts about the past year with you... and give you a chance to share yours.

January 1st marked the beginning of Bernie's tenure as President of Fresh Coat, one we hope will last many years to come. Under his watchful eye, the company grew like never before, opening 40 new Franchises in 2011, despite the stalled national economy and a second recession.

This year also saw the Fresh Coat team grow as we added Amanda Hood as another Operations Manager and saw Greg Platz promoted to Senior Operations Manager (recognition that was well deserved and long overdue).

This was also the year that we took Fresh Coat to the Cloud; first with Windows Live and then with Dropbox.  2012 will see increasing use of the Internet for communication and reporting, as well as some long awaited changes to our software.

2011 witnessed our second National Conference in Las Vegas, and the formation of the President's Council; a group of Franchisees hand selected by Bernie to act as the voice of the owners. Their first meeting will be held in late January, 2012 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 

I'm sure there are plenty of things I've forgotten to mention; not that they aren't equally important. It's just that 2011 has been so eventful, it's hard to get everything down. The great news is that 2012 is going to be even better.


So, to all of you in our Fresh Coat family, from all of us here in Cincinnati, Have a safe and happy New Year!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

I wanted to take a moment out of my busy holiday morning to step into my Fresh Coat shoes. Please accept my deepest and most heartfelt Best Wishes for a Joyous Holiday. We celebrate Christmas in my house, but regardless of what you celebrate (or choose not to), I wanted to wish you well.

I normally wouldn't quote the BIble, but since the quote is actually from Linus Van Pelt, Charlie Brown's best friend, I think it's all right. When Charlie Brown asks about what Christmas is about Linus has somehting to say about it. But I feel it's what he says at the very end that says it all.

"...'And on earth, peace, goodwill toward men.'"

Peace and goodwill toward you, my friends. Enjoy your families and friends, and keep the spirit of the season in your hearts year round. Merry Christmas... Everyone...

Thursday, December 22, 2011

A Real Life Christmas Story - Military Style

When Amber Pearson sought a price break on painting at her home, she received much more than she expected. Alan Dorothy, owner of Fresh Coat Painters of San Antonio, decided she and her husband, an Iraq War veteran, deserved a whole house makeover. In just three days, his team painted all the walls, ceilings and trims of their three-bedroom, two-bath home -- all at no charge to the Pearsons. 

To find out more about how Alan brought Christmas a little early to the Pearson's, read the whole story on Yahoo! News.

Military Family Receives Free Whole-House Paint Job Through Generosity of Fresh Coat Painters Franchise

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Another Fresh Coat for Columbus

With the purchase of their Fresh Coat Painters franchise, Dee and Herman Moultrie have expanded their entrepreneurial endeavors in Ohio to serve communities east of Columbus. For Dee, research indicated an untapped market. “Our prices are comparable, but we’re more professional,” she said. “What I found was that there were painters who would not even come out unless they were guaranteed a minimum price. We don’t put those kinds of limitations on clients.” 

 To read more about how Dee and Herman plan to service Columbus' East side, read the entire article at PRWeb.

New Fresh Coat Painters Franchise Serves Communities East of Columbus, Ohio

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Fresh Coat is a Top 500 Franchise!

Recently, Entrepreneur Magazine released its list of the Top 500 Franchise opportunities of 2012... and Fresh Coat made the list at #284! You can see the entire list at Entrepreneur.com, or you can view our page here.


Monday, December 19, 2011

Painting Grand Rapids, one Fresh Coat at a Time...

Troy and Dorothy Tissue have opened their Fresh Coat Painters franchise to serve Grand Rapids and its surrounding western Michigan communities. With their military background, they saw their new business as an opportunity to continue serving their neighbors and improving their lives. “We enjoy working with people to help them decide what they want to do and to give their home a new look," Troy said. "It’s that ‘Painting Done Right’ motto that is the operational difference, and clients understand the value of getting a lasting product they’re very happy to see long-term.”


To find out more about how Troy and Dorothy plan to paint west Michigan one coat at a time, read the rest of the article at Yahoo! News:

Minnesota gets a second Coat

 After 23 years as a mortgage broker serving the Twin Cities, Jerry Fancher has launched his Fresh Coat Painters franchise as a way to continue contributing to the long-term strength of his community. “People are not going to do a major renovation right now,” he said. “But they will spend money to improve the look of their property – to make it an attractive, comfortable place for themselves.”


To find out more about Jerry and his new Fresh Coat franchise, read the rest of the article at Yahoo! News:

Indiana gets its own Fresh Coat

Mel and Monica Niemeier have brought Fresh Coat Painters to Indiana with the opening of their franchise to service Indianapolis and its surrounding communities. “I looked at a lot of different franchises …,” Mel said. “My satisfaction is rooted in how the client feels about the service. I don’t want any dissatisfied clients.” 

 To find out more about Mel and Monica and their plans for Fresh Coat of Carmel, you can read the full article at Yahoo! News:

Fresh Coat Painters Expands Into Indiana With Franchise Serving Indianapolis Region

Catching Up

It's been a while since we had an update here at Fresh Coat T.V., but things have been hectic here in Cincinnati while we try to close out our best year ever. Over the course of the day today (December 19th), I'll be posting about some recent events, so that you can see what's been keeping us so busy. 

So, until I get those things posted... Here's a short clip of a kitten in a tube...

Because the world needs more kittens.
 
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