Hudson, OH (PRWEB) April 28, 2013 - As a 16-year-old teenager, Jerry Cowley embarked on his first job – painting houses as a summer gig. He’s now come full circle, as the new owner of his Fresh Coat Painters of Hudson, OH franchise. “Painting is just something that’s in my blood. My old boss said, ‘Who would have ever thought that 16-year-old would be running his own company?’” Cowley laughed.
In the intervening years, Cowley gained even more industry experience, working for Sherwin-Williams for eight years. He then segued into education, teaching business, finance and entrepreneurship for 15 years at a local school, all the while continuing to work as a painter during the summer months. And while he may no longer be the one wielding a brush, opting instead to focus on providing quotes for customers and behind-the-scenes marketing, make no mistake – Cowley will be putting his expertise to good use.
“I’ve been teaching it all these years, now I’m going to practice what I teach,” Cowley noted.
“Our owners understand that running a painting business isn't about painting,” said Bernard Brozek, president of Fresh Coat Painters. "It's about the client's entire experience from that first call to the job completion and beyond. It's about building a long-term relationship.”
“Painting is a high-demand industry, but there are many fly-by-night operators who may compromise on quality,” commented Brozek. “Jerry and most of our other franchise owners have their own stories to share. They know how important it is to focus on client service because that’s what leads to repeat business and referrals. Our business model allows our owners to promote their businesses while the staff does the projects. That way clients get the best skills of all involved.”
The long-time Stow resident and his wife, Linda, are parents to two young daughters – Madison, 14, and Morgan, 10. Before making the decision to purchase his franchise, Cowley sought their input; he knew he wanted a venture that would afford an opportunity to balance a successful business with a fulfilling, flexible home life. “This was definitely a team decision and I wouldn’t have made it without them. Being the owner of my own Fresh Coat business allows for more flexibility with family time without losing that focus on client service.”
Cowley said he especially appreciates the guidance in marketing as well as the multiple client assistance programs available to him as a franchisee. These include a 24/7 call center, proprietary EPIC quoting system, Paint Now-Pay Later same-as-cash financing, Automatic Touch-Up for businesses, and fund-raising opportunities for charities.
“I appreciate the marketing and the 24/7 call center, essentially all the support,” Cowley said. “What finalized my decision to purchase were my visits to the corporate office; there was great synergy. I also appreciate the support I receive from the corporate office and from my fellow franchisees. When I was I was exploring the industry, I kept looking at Fresh Coat because you get all that backing – plus more –with one decision. It just felt right and I’m very confident in their support.”
“Because Fresh Coat hires only employees, never subcontractors, our model offers stability to painters in a high-demand,” Brozek said. “And our owners get our ongoing support because one of our primary goals is helping our franchisees succeed with quality marketing, training and resource materials.”
Cowley’s crew of painters boasts 50-plus years of combined experience. When the franchise opened for business this April, “we were ready to hit the ground running. We’ve been booked solid and are getting positive reviews. There’s definitely a need for this service here in Hudson. It’s perfect for a Fresh Coat location, really.”
“We definitely expect to make a positive impact on our community with our business,” he said.
To learn more about Fresh Coat Painters of Hudson or to schedule an on-site quote for residential or commercial projects in Stow, Cuyahoga Falls, Twinsburg, Tallmadge, Macedonia, Bath, Streetsboro, Copley, Fairlawn, or their surrounding Ohio communities, call 330-474-3346 or visit http://www.freshcoathudson.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.freshcoatpaintersfranchise.com.