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Stratus Building Solutions press release

June 16, 2010
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New Building Maintenance and Cleaning Franchise Owned by Eric Brotz is Parent Company’s 2nd in Florida
Tampa Bay, Florida…Eric Brotz is the newest Master Franchisor in the growing network of building service and maintenance franchises awarded by Stratus Building Solutions, a successful international company setting new standards in the building services and maintenance franchise industry.
Stratus Building Solutions of Tampa Bay will serve building owners and managers in greater Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg. As President of the new Master Franchise, Mr. Brotz plans to hire three employees immediately and expand operations with unit franchises providing a full range of efficient, high-quality maintenance services for building owners and property managers throughout the area. Stratus Building Solutions of Tampa Bay offices are located at 3001 Executive Drive, Suite 140, Clearwater, Florida, 33762. Telephone 727.493.4250.
“With Stratus Building Solutions, I am achieving my long-time goal of owning and operating my own business after working almost 25 years in the field of high-tech healthcare equipment systems in Florida and New York,” said Mr. Brotz, a successful entrepreneur and marketing executive with more than 20 years of business experience. “I investigated many different franchise business opportunities, and chose Stratus Building Solutions because of its track record of building maintenance success, top-down support and high-quality customer service,” he said.
“Stratus Building Solutions is the fastest-growing brand in the building services and maintenance industry, and the company has a reputation for excellence, eco-friendly maintenance systems, innovative products and superior customer service,” Mr. Brotz added. “I am very excited about introducing Stratus Building Solutions and establishing unit franchises to serve building owners and property managers in the Tampa Bay area.”
Stratus Building Solutions of Tampa Bay is the company’s second Master Franchise in Florida. Stratus Building Solutions of Jacksonville was established in 2007; today, its unit franchises serve many building owners and property managers in greater Jacksonville.
Stratus Building Solutions was co-founded in 2004 by Dennis Jarrett, CEO, and Pete Frese, President, after both men worked for more than ten years as top executives in the building maintenance services franchise industry. Mr. Jarrett said, “Our company is very pleased to continue our expansion in Florida. Tampa Bay is a great place to conduct business, and we are delighted that Eric Brotz is has joined our network of Master Franchisors as Stratus Building Solutions continues growing across the U.S. and internationally.” Mr. Frese added, “Stratus Building Solutions now has U.S. operations in 23 states, plus operations in Europe, Canada and Central America. Eric Brotz has a wealth of successful business experience and he is a terrific addition to our organization.”
Mr. Brotz earned a B.A. degree in Marketing, with a minor in Management Information Systems, from Syracuse University, and he also is a graduate of Dale Carnegie training programs in sales and time management. He is an expert in business forecasting, business development, territory expansion, contract negotiations, strategic business alliances, new product launches, client relations and other management skills.
Stratus Building Solutions Master Franchisor Todd Knight of Charlotte, North Carolina, who is associated with successful franchises for the company across that state, helped Mr. Brotz establish Stratus Building Solutions of Tampa Bay. Mr. Knight said, “Eric Brotz is a natural-born business leader with a successful background in sales, marketing and territory management who has lived in Florida for years. His approach to business is very personable and positive.”
Stratus Building Solutions offers 16 different building service franchise plans providing state-of-the-art “environmentally green” cleaning systems, products, services and marketing support. These include the “Stratus GreenClean” program which uses eco-friendly products and services to help sustain healthier, more productive facilities. Also, the firm offers an exclusive “Stratus Sani-Proof” program that kills bacteria, including Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), and other germs found in schools, health clubs, daycare centers, gyms, dormitories, medical offices and hospitals. The company’s franchise benefits include orientation and training; customer referrals; administrative and accounting support; pre-arranged credit lines; access to insurance and surety bonds, financing options, business reviews; promotional support; and other turn-key advantages. The firm’s headquarters are at 1976 Innerbelt Business Center Drive in suburban St. Louis, Missouri.
Stratus Building Solutions has been lauded as the fastest-growing company of its kind by many authorities. In May 2010, the firm was identified as the Number One Fastest-Growing Privately Owned Company in St. Louis by the St. Louis Business Journal. In April 2010, Franchise Times Magazine identified Stratus Building Solutions among the top 50 fastest-growing franchises in the nation. The January 2010 edition of Entrepreneur Magazine ranks Stratus Building Solutions the Number One New Franchise, the Number Three Fastest-Growing Franchise and Number 13 Overall in its 2010 Franchise 500© rankings.
For more information, see or call Stratus Building Solutions headquarters 314.731.2000 or toll-free 877.731.2020. Media contact: Jeff Dunlap @ 314.993 6925.
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