Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Congratulations to Kathryn on her Opening!

After decades of business success, Kathryn Boyd could have chosen to rest on her laurels and enjoy an early retirement. Instead she is opening a new painting franchise, Fresh Coat Painters of Lancaster, Pa., to promote professional painting services within her community.
It’s not the first time she’s been a woman in a male-dominated field. When she found herself as a single mother of two, Boyd knew she needed a better-paying position than her teaching job. She started work in a business brokerage house before becoming one of the first women to attain a license for the coupon company that later became Valpak, one of the most successful franchises in the country.

You can read more about Kathryn's new business here:

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Buffalo gets a Fresh Coat

Sarah Steiner knows a lot about listening to people, evaluating their needs, and determining their best course of action. When she did a similar assessment of her own situation, she decided that by buying Fresh Coat Painters of Buffalo, N.Y., she would put herself on the right path.

The busy mother of 5-year-old twins wanted a business that allowed her to use her skills and experience while providing her and her husband, Erik, with the flexibility they needed for their lifestyle.

“We wanted a business we could believe in and we could support,” she said. “We did a lot of research, and when Fresh Coat came along, it just clicked. They’re supportive of the family and bringing families into the discussion. And Buffalo can use the services of a professional painting company that puts its focus on client service. Everything about this process just made sense. I could run the business, still be a mother, and not be tied up somewhere for specific hours.”

You can read more about Fresh Coat of Buffalo here:

Giving Erie a Fresh Coat

As the owner of multiple businesses, Tony Campanella is a busy man, but he’s not one to pass up an excellent opportunity. He sees his new Fresh Coat Painters painting franchiseas a valuable service that fulfills a real need in his Erie, Pa., community.

“For 20 years, I worked in my family’s business of packaging and shipping industrial supplies,” he said. “For 10 years, I’ve owned multiple rental properties. Four years ago, I entered the hospitality business by opening a coffee shop. I see Fresh Coat as another income stream for me and a service for my community’s homeowners and small businesses.”

Although Fresh Coat is nationally known as the top residential painting company, Campanella said his rental properties demonstrated the need for services for small commercial enterprises.

You can read more about Fresh Coat of Erie here:

Painting Hartford Red

Joseph Rossitto knows the importance of surrounding yourself with “smart people” on the road to success in life. With the launch of his Fresh Coat painting franchise in Wethersfield, Conn., he’s already seeing the benefits of following a proven business model.

“We’ve already completed our first job, and the client was very satisfied,” he said. “They want me to come back and give them another quote on their deck.”

That first job involved removing wallpaper and then painting, but it wasn’t just the appearance of the finished project that impressed the clients, he said. “What they really appreciated was that we showed up when we said we would, and we were done when we said we’d be done. And, we didn’t charge upfront for the work.”

You can read more about Fresh Coat of Wethersfield here:

Giving Orange County Another Fresh Coat

When Michael Vasquez says he knows painting, he means just that. With a background in art and interior design and a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University, Michael recently opened Fresh Coat Painters of Orange County in Costa Mesa, Calif., the newest chapter of the successful, Cincinnati-based national franchise Fresh Coat Painters.

Michael realized he could fill the need for a great painting experience in Orange County. He studied how his uncle had successfully run his San Diego-based painting business for the last 20 years, and knew what he needed to do to start a successful painting business. After spending years in Orange County, Michael saw a need for a good, dependable, California painter that homeowners and office managers could use for big jobs as well as single rooms and touch ups at an affordable price.

You can read more about Fresh Coat of Orange County here:

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Giving South Jersey a Fresh Coat

Kris Noyes likes making money, the more the better, and he’s willing to do what it takes to earn it. Indeed, Noyes started working at age 11 with a paper route that he grew from 30 homes to 120 in just a couple of years.  Since then he’s had a string of successful businesses, and at 35, he’s adding yet another: a Fresh Coat Painters franchise to serve southern New Jersey.

A fellow entrepreneur, Matthew McKay, introduced him to the franchise. McKay launched Fresh Coat Painters of Annapolis, Md., earlier this year.

“Matt and I are both owners of multiple Oreck stores, and we were chatting at a recent meeting when he told me about the company,” Noyes said. “I liked that the ideals of Fresh Coat matched those of Oreck. We put our clients first, and that’s what puts us in a different category than most vacuum cleaner companies. Fresh Coat is in a different category than most painting companies. Buying the franchise seemed like a great chance to add an income stream while providing a quality service.”

You can read more about Kris' new business here:

Painting Monmouth County

For more than 35 years, Bob Covino has operated his own businesses ranging from restaurants and nightclubs to real estate and construction. For 22 years, he and wife Sue have developed a significant networking business, and now they are adding a Fresh Coat Painters franchise to their enterprises.

“If you rest, you rust,” Covino said. “Last year we were noticing that we had a lot of free time during the day, so we started looking around for a business we could buy that would provide us with additional income and that had some integrity attached to it.”

He said the couple was drawn to Fresh Coat because it fit their needs while also being reasonably priced and offering a unique approach to the painting business.

You can read more about Bob's new business here:

Friday, July 27, 2012

Fresh Coat in Virginia

After more than a decade in pharmaceutical sales, Christy Cooper sought a business opportunity that better suited her creative spirit and her busy lifestyle as a minister’s wife and mother of four. Launching Fresh Coat Painters of Richmond, Va., filled the prescription for her.

“The health care industry has changed dramatically in the last 10 years,” she said. “I was ready to make a change, and after finishing my MBA, I decided to pursue my goal of having my own painting business. Fresh Coat seemed like a good fit between my desire for structure combined with creativity.” Before selecting Fresh Coat, she explored dozens of other franchises.

“I wanted a franchise because I wanted to avoid all the things that can go wrong when you start a business,” she said. “I wanted a proven business model. At the same time, I wanted something I liked, enjoyed and wanted to do day in and day out. When I thought about the painting industry, everything fell into place.”

You can find out more about Fresh Coat of Richmond here:

"Restoring the Colors" for Veterans

Fresh Coat Painters is honoring America's veterans one house at a time with the launch of the new "Restoring the Colors" program.

Fresh Coat Painters will introduce "Restoring the Colors" officially this fall when Scottsdale painting franchise owner Greg Jewell selects a veteran to receive free painting services. Fresh Coat Painters absorbs the costs for all the labor and materials on the project.

Jewell said the idea was born after he and his wife, Susan, were in business about 16 months and were looking for a way to contribute to their community beyond basic charity fundraising.

“We were thinking that once a year we’d give away painting services,” Jewell said. “Once we decided on assistance for veterans, my paint manager suggested the name ‘Restoring the Colors’ because of the tie-in to the military, as well as the painting aspect. It makes sense, and it’s something we support.”

You can find out more about this new program here:

Giving Austin a Fresh Coat

After raising her children, Karen Wagner decided it was time to focus on her own future, and that future would include owning a business. With the launch of her Fresh Coat Austin painting franchise, she is making that future a reality.

“It was not a decision I took lightly,” she said. “I understood how important infrastructure and support are to business success. I knew I wanted more flexibility in my life while being able to structure my days to be productive. I looked at a lot of options. Some required extensive evening work or major upfront investments. With Fresh Coat, I could start out working from home and build up my clientele. And I’ll have the satisfaction that comes from seeing a project from beginning to completion.”

Wagner began extensive evaluations of nine different franchises in December before quitting her long-time position with Dell in April and starting her new business weeks later. Wagner said she considered the Fresh Coat structure encouraging because it fulfilled real needs in the community and provided steady employment for quality workers. With the launch of her business, Fresh Coat Painters continues expansion across Texas.

You can read more about Karen's new business here:

Fresh Coat Gives Back

Growing up in Illinois, Fresh Coat Painters franchise owner Michael Solberg had a friend with a family member who made a lasting impression on him. His friend’s brother was developmentally disabled, and Michael never forgot the boy with the big smile.

Michael said it seemed natural that years later he became involved with The Arc of Winnebago, Boone and Ogle Counties. The Arc is a non-profit organization that serves more than 200 adults and children who have intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families through a wide variety of programs, services and activities.

The Arc celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and continues its biggest fund-raising event, the annual Great Home Giveaway, which awards one lucky winner a brand new home or $100,000 cash.

You can read more about Mike's involvement with The Arc here:

Fresh Coat painters helps Bath Crashers

Fresh Coat Painters new Minneapolis painting franchise owner Jerry Fancher never expected to launch his business with a bang. But that’s exactly what happened when he was asked to paint for five episodes of the popular DIY Network show “Bath Crashers.” 

Ratings for “Bath Crashers” have gone through the roof recently with viewers who tune in to see bathrooms transformed right before their eyes. Show host Matt Muenster approaches customers as they shop a home improvement store and asks if they have a bathroom in need of a makeover. Crews literally smash the room to pieces and begin the renovation.

Jerry said the show’s producer contacted him about painting the refurbished rooms, and he explained how Fresh Coat Painters beats the competition by consistently delivering quality workmanship with superior products. Producers liked what they heard and within a week Jerry began filming six episodes. 

You can read more about Jerry and his work on Bath Crashers here:

Monday, July 23, 2012

North Carolina's Latest Fresh Coat

 It wasn't a throw of the dice that encouraged former Las Vegas resident Nick Filippides to launch his Fresh Coat Painters painting franchise.

After spending more than 10 years as the owner-operator of a moving and storage company in that city, Filippides recently relocated his family to Raleigh. Although they had made the decision to move some time ago, he said he and his wife looked at multiple franchises over the course of nearly a year and a half before making the jump.

“My business was slowing down in Vegas," he said. "My brother-in-law was also in the moving and storage business in Raleigh, and we were ready to move back East anyway. We have three little ones – 4, 7 and 8 – and we’d rather they be raised and educated here. It’s a great place for businesses and for families.”

You can read more about Nick's plans for his business here:

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Giving a Fresh Coat to Aurora

Fresh Coat Painters is expanding its operations in Illinois with the launch of Allan Moss’ painting franchise to serve Aurora, Naperville, Oswego, Plainfield and their surrounding communities. He officially opens Fresh Coat Painters of Aurora on July 9 and already has plans to participate in The Old House New House Home Show in St. Charles Sept. 29-30.

Like many others in this economy, Moss was laid off last year from a position he had enjoyed. Also like so many others, he decided it was time to chart his own course.

“I decided then that I do not want to work for anyone else any longer,” he said.

You can read more about Allan's new business here:

Monday, June 18, 2012

Giving a Fresh Coat to Kansas

Fresh Coat Painters has expanded into Kansas with the addition of Tara Tooley’s painting franchise to serve Overland Park, Shawnee, Lenexa, Olathe, Gardner, Spring Hill, Stilwell and their surrounding Johnson County communities southwest of Kansas City.

Tooley said her first-hand experiences showed her that many of those in the service industry need to adjust their actions to better serve their clients. She has assisted her husband with his roofing and insulation business and had worked as an insurance adjuster herself. In both roles, she saw situations when clients were left in a lurch or were misled in some way by individuals or companies hired to address a client’s specific problems.

“Fresh Coat is client-driven,” she said. “And that’s what sold me. I know that is what’s missing in most home service interactions. With Fresh Coat, we hire our employees. We don’t use subcontractors. We do background checks, and our workers are bonded and insured. And we have a client service manager assigned to every job. Clients get the attention they deserve.”

You can find out more about Tara and her new business by clicking below:

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Western Tennessee finally gets a Fresh Coat

Fresh Coat Painters’ expansion into Tennessee is continuing with the launch of Chris Hurt’s painting franchise to serve the communities of Dyersburg, Jackson, Ripley, Covington, Alamo, Halls and their surrounding communities.

For Hurt, the franchise offered an opportunity to create jobs in his hometown while providing more security for himself and his family. The Halls, Tenn., native attended college in Jackson, then returned to Halls where he now works as a physical education teacher and head football coach for the high school.

“I love teaching and coaching,” he said. “At the same time, I have three children. The reality is that as a teacher, you basically need another source of income to provide for your family’s future.”

You can read more about Chris' new business here:

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Giving Monroe a Fresh Coat

Fresh Coat Painters is extending its services in Ohio with the addition of Steve Moody and Shannon Oyler’s painting franchise to serve Monroe, Morrow, South Lebanon, Springboro, Fairfield, Hamilton, Lebanon, Middletown and their surrounding communities.

For Moody and Oyler, the franchise provides each partner with an opportunity to use their best skills while growing a profitable business for both – all while ensuring top-notch, professional services for their clients.

“We’re very different people,” Moody said. “I tend to be strictly business. I just want the job done and done right in the most efficient way possible. Shannon approaches work in a much more personable way. I knew I wouldn’t be able to make this franchise work without the balance of her skills.”

You can read more about Steve and Shannon's plans here:

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Another Fresh Coat in North Carolina

Fresh Coat Painters has extended its reach in North Carolina with the launch of John Greer’s franchise to serve Raleigh, Durham, Wake Forest, Franklinton, Apex, Cary and their surrounding communities.

For Greer, the new business offers the opportunity to invest in himself while providing solid jobs for others.

He came to the business with experience in the medical field, having served as a paramedic in New York City before heading to Iraq as a civilian contractor and assisting in health care there. Upon his return, he relocated to North Carolina and opted to start his own business.

To find about more about John and his new business, click here:

Chicago get's a Fresh Coat

Fresh Coat Painters is bringing its professional services to Chicago’s North Shore with the launch of Fred Alsen’s franchise to serve Winnetka, Evanston, Northbrook, Highland Park and their surrounding communities.

For Alsen, the franchise proved to be the ideal complement to his already successful interior design business. Indeed, he said, it seemed “the Universe” presented Fresh Coat to him.

“I was interested in finding a business that would provide me with cash flow and a steady income that would not require me to learn a whole new set of skills or pull me away from the clients who have come to depend on me,” he said. “Suddenly it seemed like every time I looked at Facebook or LinkedIn or virtually anywhere else, the Fresh Coat name would just pop up. I didn’t go looking for it; it seemed to find me.”

You can find out more about Fred and his new business here:

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Another Fresh Coat in Massachusetts

Fresh Coat Painters has extended its services in North Central Massachusetts with the opening of Mark and Lori Benoit’s painting franchise to serve Leominster, Princeton, Westminster, Fitchburg, Ayer, Littleton, Harvard, Lancaster, Sterling and their surrounding communities.

After 30-plus years as a self-employed painter and carpenter, Mark said he was ready to step down from the ladder and use his knowledge to lead a team of professionals.

“Most of my work came from repeat clients and their referrals, so I know the importance of providing quality service at reasonable prices,” he said. “Fresh Coat puts its emphasis on client satisfaction and how you treat the client. I also appreciated that they use only employees, never subcontractors, because I know that with subcontractors, you don’t necessarily know what you’re going to get. That matched with my experience and demonstrated their integrity.”

To find out more about the Benoit's new business, just click the link:

Monday, April 30, 2012

South Carolina Gets Another Fresh Coat

Fresh Coat Painters has added South Carolina’s Low Country to its service areas with the launch of Jimmy and Brandie Zeski’s franchise to serve Summerville, Charleston, North Charleston, Ladson, Goose Creek, Hanahan, Mt. Pleasant, Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island and their surrounding communities.

For Jimmy, starting a painting company was an obvious business opportunity. For Brandie, not so much. She had to be convinced.

“I’ve been in sales for 13 years, most recently as a business manager for a motorcycle dealership, so I understand what it takes to find and keep clients,” he said. “I’d been looking at Fresh Coat for about three years, and I thought the business model made sense. Last year, on a part-time basis, I decided to start my own little painting company to test the market and see if there was a need for the services. Very quickly I could see we had solid potential here.”

You can read more about the Zeski's and their new business here:

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tennessee's Getting Another Fresh Coat

Fresh Coat Painters has opened its second painting franchise in Tennessee just weeks after opening its first in that state. The newer one, owned by Merle and Marian Ottenberg, will serve Knoxville, Farragut, Clinton, Mascot and other communities in and around Knox County.

For the Ottenbergs, the franchise offers a way to “recycle and reinvent” themselves, Marian said.

You can read more about the Ottenberg's reinvention here:

Monday, April 23, 2012

Northern Colorado Can Finally Get That Fresh Coat of Paint

Fresh Coat Painters has expanded operations in Colorado with the launch of Fred Crowe’s franchise serving Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley and other communities in Larimer County and northern Weld County.

After 25 years as a management consultant, Crowe understands the risks and rewards of owning a business. He decided he was ready to use his knowledge and experience in his own small business. In researching industries, he was attracted to Fresh Coat because its principles were similar to his own and it offered a proven system for success.

You can read more about Fred and Fresh Coat here:

Friday, April 13, 2012

Off to a Great Start

Fresh Coat Painters is continuing its rapid growth with the addition of 17 new franchises in the first quarter of 2012 in locations all across America.

“We more than doubled our size last year, and this year, we’re pleased to be off to an even bigger start,” said Bernie Brozek, president of Fresh Coat. “More and more men – and women – are approaching us about owning a franchise because they recognize that painting is an essential service that impacts homes, offices and businesses everywhere. The opportunities are significant.”

Founded in 2004, Fresh Coat based its business model on the idea that the painting industry needed a makeover because of the negative stereotypes that often come to mind of workers who arrive late, leave early, provide poor quality or just make a mess.

You can read more about Fresh Coat and how it's starting 2012 here:

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Need Some Painting Done in Tennessee? Look No Further!

Fresh Coat Painters has added Tennessee to its operations with the opening of Adam Richardson’s painting franchise to service Nashville, Murfreesboro, Franklin, Hendersonville, Goodlettsville, Mt. Juliet and other communities in Davidson, Rutherford, Sumner and Williamson counties.

For Richardson, 28, the business is the fulfillment of a long-time goal. “I started working at 16, and I’ve worked in a lot of small businesses,” he said. “Those taught me about how to treat people and ultimately I segued into client service where I’ve spent most of my career. My goal always was to have my own business, and Fresh Coat’s commitment to client service was fully in line with my own principles.”

You can read more about Adam and his new business here:

Friday, March 23, 2012

Spring has Sprung... Time to Work!

Ahh. Spring is officially, even with the unseasonably warm winter experienced by much of the U.S., in the air. With spring comes the desire to open the windows, unclog the gutters, paint the kitchen and clean out that overflowing closet.

The home improvement industry has been dominated by retailers such as Home Depot and Lowe's that make do-it-yourself home projects look easy.

But not everyone is a DIY kind of guy (or gal). And these days, since consumers are willing to pay for almost anything, thousands of businesses have been created with professionals who will come and do all that work for you. Not only do home improvement services make for a potentially profitable business model for the handy to capitalize on, but since there is so much demand for these services, franchising the concept seems like a no-brainer. 

Check out the rest of this great article to see what NuWire Investor has to say about us!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Need A Paint Job in Jacksonville? We Can Do That!

Fresh Coat Painters continues its expansion in Florida with the opening of Chris Lehr’s franchise to serve Jacksonville and its surrounding communities in Duval, Nassau and Clay counties. With decades of experience in construction and property management, Lehr said he was ready to start his own business and, after several months of evaluating franchises, he welcomed the opportunity to pair with Fresh Coat because its principles matched his own.

You can read more about our latest franchisee here:

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Spotlight on: Franchise of the Year 2012

I want to take a moment to tell you about a new feature here on Fresh Coat TV: Spotlight. Most of the time, you'll notice that our posts revolve around happenings in the Fresh Coat world, mostly new openings or announcements. We also like to take the time, though, to feature new stories about our Franchisees and what they're doing to give the world a Fresh Coat.

So without further ado, I'd like to direct our first Spotlight toward our 2012 Franchise of the Year, Tracy, CA, and the owners, Cliff and Virna Hudson!

Since launching Fresh Coat Painters of Central Valley in 2008, Cliff and Virna have seen their business grow exponentially. Aside from the financial rewards, the business has been a boon to their region not only for clients, but also for their growing staff. Clients appreciate the company’s professionalism, Cliff said, which has led to “tons of referrals and repeat business.” And, Virna noted that employees are “building better lives for themselves. …. We’re providing the jobs that are allowing them to do it.” 

To learn more about the Hudson's and their success, read the full story on our website:

Monday, February 27, 2012

Adding Another Fresh Coat to St. Louis

With the launch of her Fresh Coat Painters franchise in Kirkwood, Mo., just west of St. Louis, Julie Glaser welcomes the chance to merge her creative talents with her project management skills to benefit the community where she and her family have made their home for more than 20 years.

You can read more about how the Glasers plan to take the Gateway City by storm on our website below:

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Giving the Colorado Home & Garden Show a Fresh Coat

Fresh Coat is expanding its operations in Colorado with the addition of Russell and Claire Lindsay as its newest franchise owners. The couple is launching Fresh Coat Painters of Denver this week through their participation in the Colorado Garden and Home Show, under way through Feb. 19 at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver. 

You can read more about the Lindsay's and their Fresh Coat business by checking out the entire article on our website here:

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

It's About Time Ft. Lauderdale Got a Fresh Coat...

With the launch of Fresh Coat Painters of Fort Lauderdale, owner Michelle van Dyk has added to her multiple business endeavors. As an investor, van Dyk says she takes an intellectual approach, and with Fresh Coat, she saw the opportunity to bring a new level of professionalism to the industry. “We have a lot of con artists in Florida – people who arrive, do part of the job, then just leave and don’t return,” she said. “People have become skeptical, so it’s important to establish credibility and build a solid reputation for excellence.” 

To read more about how Michelle is going to offer the best painting in Ft. Lauderdale, you can get the rest of the story at Yahoo!News: