Cincinnati, Ohio (PRWEB) December 14, 2011 - Fresh Coat Painters has opened its first franchise in Indiana with the launch of Mel Niemeier’s business to serve Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield, Zionsville, Brownsburg, Avon, Geist and other communities in and around Indianapolis. “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.”
Niemeier said his commitment to quality led him to Fresh Coat after researching multiple franchise opportunities.
“Fresh Coat fit my personality,” he said. “I’m very detail-oriented, very particular. In painting, for example, I can see even the slightest difference in shades of color. I looked at a lot of different franchises. I wanted to be in a business where the end-user is also the payer, with few accounts receivable. My satisfaction is rooted in how the client feels about the service. I don’t want any dissatisfied clients.”
Bernie Brozek, president of Fresh Coat, said that commitment to the client is one that resonates with all the franchise owners.
“Our business model is based on client satisfaction,” he said. “Like our other owners, Mel knows that painting is an industry with too many fly-by-night operators who leave clients feeling frustrated and disappointed. Because we hire employees, never subcontractors, the client service managers and our painters have the experience and skills to do a terrific work. Our owners don’t paint. They spend their time promoting and growing their businesses.”
That was one reason Niemeier liked the structure.
“Not having to paint was particularly important for me,” he said. “I’m not capable of painting, and that’s a good thing. My research showed that a lot of painting operations are very unprofessional. That’s a big difference in hiring people who work for you and you only. You can hold them accountable.”
Niemeier said he’s found that his painters also appreciate the format.
“As painters, they’re committed to that job,” he said, “and they’re very interested in working full-time without having to worry about going out and finding the next job. They like being employees with vacations and sick leave just like other employees.”
Niemeier said his clients benefit, too, in that all employees pass background checks and are fully insured and bonded – another difference between Fresh Coat and its competitors.
He’s also pleased that he will be able to share the business with his wife, Monica, a native of Colombia.
“We want to reach out to the Hispanic community,” Niemeier said. “Contrary to what some people believe, not all Hispanics are Mexican. We know a lot of people from South America who are doctors, lawyers and engineers. Monica will be helping in the business doing much of the record-keeping and working with her connections to reach out to the Hispanic community throughout the region.”
Before buying the franchise, Niemeier said he investigated dozens of other service industries including janitorial, home health care and carpet cleaning, but after decades in management, he saw the potential for long-term success with Fresh Coat because of its proven system.
“I find it very hard to work for somebody else because I want to react to clients’ needs quickly,” he said. “With Fresh Coat, I could see that all the pieces fit together in the puzzle. As an owner, I don’t have to rely on luck as much. Fresh Coat provides the manuals, materials, everything to provide ongoing support. And the managers always want to be helpful. On my own – or with some of the other franchises – I’d make too many mistakes. Most of us don’t have enough money or enough time to get past those mistakes. Fresh Coat offers the education and background to keep you on target.”
Brozek said Niemeier has tapped into one of the major factors for Fresh Coat’s growth across North America.
“Mel comes to us with solid experience as a manager,” Brozek said. “What we do is help ensure his success as a franchise owner by providing him with quality marketing, training and resource materials.”
Among them are several client assistance programs including a 24/7 call center, proprietary EPIC estimating system, Paint Now-Pay Later same-as-cash financing, Automatic Touch-Up for businesses, and fund-raising opportunities for charities.
“The right way to build business is through word-of-mouth and a solid reputation,” Niemeier said. “People expect to get a fine paint job, and when they’ve decided they’re ready to paint, they want the work done well and done now. With our 24/7 call center, they can talk with a person whenever they call. It’s a great advantage for them and for me. We also take credit cards, and I’ve already started looking at ways to help churches and other nonprofits to help them with fund-raising.”
To learn more or to schedule a free on-site quote for residential or commercial projects in Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield, Zionsville, Brownsburg, Avon, Geist and other communities in and around Indianapolis, call 317-522-0038 or visit http://www.freshcoatcarmel.com.
Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fresh Coat Painters provides services for residential, commercial and governmental customers in more than 100 major cities across the United States and Canada. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association’s Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For more information, call 866-708-9355 or visit http://www.freshcoatpainters.com.
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