Team of Military Veterans Opens Second Specialty Drywall Repair Franchise Location in North Carolina, PatchMaster
Disabled veteran Tim Forrest’s goal is to recruit fellow veterans as employees, then empower them to be business leaders in the community and beyond
July 19, 2021 // Franchising.com // Raleigh, NC - Retired Army Colonel Tim Forrest, who opened PatchMaster Serving Iredell County in Statesville, North Carolina earlier this year, is now operating a second PatchMaster franchise location: this time in Southern Wake County.
Forrest oversees day-to-day operations, but successful leaders and fellow disabled combat veterans John Gallina and Rob Moore are working with him to grow PatchMaster in the region.
Forrest and his partners are bringing the fast-growing PatchMaster drywall repair concept to Southern Wake County and surrounding areas in hopes that it will inspire other veterans to take initiative in their community. The veteran-led franchise location is now open and ready for business.
“This new territory is within striking distance of Fort Bragg, where we hope to recruit and train recently discharged veterans who want to work in the community,” said Tim Forrest, co-owner of PatchMaster Serving Southern Wake County. “It’s not about the paycheck for us, it’s about helping veterans make that transition to citizen life which we know can be challenging.”
As military professionals, Forrest, Gallina, and Moore have the skills to lead in diverse environments and achieve desired outcomes. In addition, each of the partners are also professionals in their civilian roles with background in engineering, business management, process improvement, and construction operations.
PatchMaster’s business model offers customers a fast, professional solution for drywall repairs. Most busy handymen, large drywall companies or contractors don’t want to perform small drywall repairs. Service professionals like plumbers and electricians often don’t have the resources to fix holes they leave behind.
PatchMaster specializes in fixing holes caused by renters, plumbing leaks and DIY projects that just can’t seem to get finished. In most cases, PatchMaster can complete the job in one visit.
“We’re very pleased and honored to see such a success story taking place before our very eyes,” said Paul Ferrara, CEO of PatchMaster. “When Tim and his team had joined our PatchMaster family they had talked about expanding their reach to benefit other veterans in North Carolina. We love seeing them take initiative and achieve this part of their goal so soon.”
PatchMaster Serving Southern Wake County will cover Chapel Hill, Apex, Cary, Fuquay Varina, Holly Springs, Kipling, New Hill, Raleigh, and surrounding communities. The business is already active in the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce. In the next six months to a year, Forrest hopes the location will be run by a veteran that they bring onto the team.
To date, PatchMaster has sold 103 territories to 54 franchisees across the U.S. and Canada. Amid a global pandemic and the sale of its sister company, PatchMaster still sold 26 territories to 17 franchisees in 2020.
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