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ProTect Painters Franchise Promotes Chris Ring to President

ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 19, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ProTect Painters Franchise, a professional residential and commercial painting franchise, has named former VP of Operations and Training Chris Ring as President.

Ring joined ProTect Painters as a Regional Sales Manager in 2010 and was later promoted to Vice President of Operations and Training. Since joining ProTect Painters, Ring has played an important role in the painting franchise's expansion, overseeing key initiatives aimed at supporting the growing franchise owner base and increasing sales.

"I am confident in Chris' strong leadership abilities, concern for our franchise owners' success and his vision for moving the business forward," said Craig Donaldson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Service Brands International. "He and the entire ProTect Painters team have worked hard to revamp the systems and training program to fuel consumer sales and profitability, and grow the system in 2013 and beyond."

Ring brings to the position nearly 20 years' experience in the painting industry. Before joining ProTect Painters, he spent almost 13 years with The Sherwin-Williams Company advancing from Market Manager to Sales representative and ultimately to District Sales Manager before pursuing his dream of opening his own painting business.

"I'm really excited to have Chris Ring as the new President of ProTect Painters," said Dan Schaeffer, franchise owner of ProTect Painters in Central Austin. "Chris is a top-notch manager and approaches challenges in a practical way, always putting the interests of the brand and franchisees at the top of the list. His passion for this industry and for ProTect Painters is unparalleled and I think his skills and experience will continue to drive us forward."

As President, Ring will be tasked with continuing the franchise development of ProTect Painters, among other responsibilities. Since being acquired in 2009 by Service Brands International, the painting franchise has more than quadrupled its system size. ProTect Painters plans to strategically open more than 30 new locations this year, with key target markets for further development including: Houston, Portland, Seattle, Dallas, and the New York/New Jersey area. Protect Painters also has launched new financial incentives for qualified ideal owners like veterans, women, minorities and couples looking to own a franchise business.

For more information on ProTect Painters, visit ProTectPainters.com. To learn about the ProTect Painters franchise opportunity, visit ProTectPaintersFranchise.com or follow our Protect Painters company page on LinkedIn.

About ProTect Painters

ProTect Painters is a professional painting contractor franchise specializing in interior and exterior house painting, as well as commercial and residential painting projects. The brand's strong foundation is built on franchisee training and support created by founder Wayne Scherger, who started the company in 1994. In 2009, ProTect Painters was acquired by Service Brands International to join its forces with the Molly Maid and Mr. Handyman brands. Under the SBI umbrella, ProTect Painters is expected to grow to 200 units during the next five years. For more information about ProTect Painters services, please visit www.protectpainters.com. For more information about the ProTect Painters franchise opportunity, please visit www.protectpaintersfranchise.com.

CONTACT: Media Contact: Kiley Krug, Fishman PR & Marketing 847-945-1300 or kkrug@fishmanpr.comSource: ProTect Painters