Bill Blair Joins Stratus Building Solutions as VP-Master Development

April 07, 2008 // Franchising.com // - St. Louis, Missouri… Bill Blair, a veteran franchise industry executive who resides in Belleville, Illinois, has been recruited as Vice President-Master Development at Stratus Building Solutions, the commercial-industrial building cleaning service franchisor based in St. Louis, Missouri, with rapidly expanding operations in 14 states.

As Vice President-Master Development at Stratus Building Solutions, Mr. Blair joins an executive team which has awarded new Master Franchise expansions in California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey and New York since September 2007, and is positioned to double in size systemwide by year-end 2008, company executives said.

Dennis Jarrett, CEO of Stratus Building Solutions, said, "Our company's growth in new markets is accelerating as Straus Building Solutions is increasingly recognized for leadership and business opportunity in the commercial cleaning services industry. Bill Blair is an experienced industry executive whose expertise supports our mission to provide opportunities for entrepreneurs who want to operate a recession-resistant commercial cleaning services franchise firm with substantial opportunities for business growth."

Pete Frese, President of Stratus Building Solutions, said, "In 2007, Stratus Building Solutions revenues reflected a 150 percent increase over 2006 revenues, exceeding $10 million, based on franchise unit sales and royalties. Our Master Franchise program is currently on track to double in size across the United States by year-end 2008. We are very pleased that Bill Blair has joined our executive team to help manage this initiative."

Mr. Blair previously served for more than 15 years as a franchise owner, executive officer and franchisee for top franchise operations in the home improvement industry, including W.B. Franchise Systems (Window Butler), The Home Team Inspection Service, House Doctors Handyman Service and Coverall North America. Mr. Blair also served as an insurance and benefits advisor in the financial services industry. He is married with three young children.

Mr. Blair said, "Stratus Building Solutions has an excellent reputation in the commercial cleaning franchise industry because of the company's supportive commitments to Master Franchisors and sub-franchisees. The company is totally dedicated to helping its franchisors and sub-franchisees achieve business success, generate income and create new jobs by providing first class service.

"I look forward to making new friends and establishing many productive new business relationships as Vice President-Master Development at Stratus Building Solutions," Mr. Blair added.

Stratus Building Solutions was founded by Dennis Jarrett and Pete Frese in 2004 after both served as top executives in the cleaning services franchise industry for more than a decade. Their company is lauded in news media for its expansion and increasing growth.

Stratus Building Solutions currently offers franchises in Connecticut, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Mexico. The firm's headquarters are at 1976 Innerbelt Business Center Drive in suburban St. Louis.

The company offers 16 different cleaning service franchise plans providing state-of-the-art "environmentally green" cleaning systems, products, services and marketing support. The firm recently introduced the "Stratus GreenClean" program which uses safe, environmentally-friendly products and services to help sustain healthier, more productive facilities. Also, the firm has introduced a new program called "Stratus Sani-Proof" that kills bacteria, including Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), and other germs found in schools, health clubs, daycare centers, gyms, dormitories, medical offices and hospitals.

Stratus Building Solutions franchise benefits include orientation and training; customer referrals; administrative and accounting support; pre-arranged credit lines; access to insurance and surety bonds, financing options, business reviews; promotional support; and other turn-key advantages.

For more information, please see the website www.stratusclean.com or call Stratus Building Solutions at 314.731.2000 or toll-free at 877.731.2020. Media contact: Jeff Dunlap @ PowerlinePR 314.993.6925.

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