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!