1 Our Story
Wayne Scherger, a veteran of the painting industry since 1981, founded ProTect Painters in 1994. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, ProTect Painters opened territories east of the Mississippi River and forged a reputation for quality service and exceptional value.
In 2009, Service Brands International (SBI) acquired ProTect Painters with the goal of expanding the brand into a leading national franchise business, serving both the residential and commercial markets. “With SBI’s financial resources, franchising expertise, and support professionals, we have created a new kind of painting franchise opportunity: one built on innovation, integrity and infinite opportunities,” said Wayne.
SBI moved the ProTect Painters corporate office to Ann Arbor, Michigan, and in the first year more than doubled the number of franchise owners. In 2013, to accelerate franchise growth and to strengthen franchisee support, SBI named Chris Ring, to President of ProTect Painters.
“We are investing in our operating systems and our franchise owners’ success,” said Chris, “and we are seeing the results:
- Our national Call Center answers owners’ phones and schedules appointments.
- We implemented a state-of-the-art, fully integrated, web-based technology system that has made our franchise owners more productive and enhanced our customer service.
- We developed a sales training program that has increased our owners’ closing rates.
- And, the ProTect Painters proprietary Customer Acquisition Referrals & Sales—CARS—system supports franchisees with their local marketing.
“Our ProTect Painters franchise opportunity is a home-based business with a modest initial investment and low overhead. Franchise owners manage the business and their crews do the painting.
“If you have the qualifications we are looking for—financial resources, ambition, energy and leadership skills—you will feel right at home as a member of our ProTect Painters franchise team.”