Kevin Gass 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.
As President of Stratus Building Solutions of Columbia, Mr. Gass plans to hire two employees immediately and create about 100 new jobs this year by establishing Stratus Building Solutions unit franchises to serve building owners and property managers in greater Columbia. His office recently opened at 10 Calendar Court, Suite 100, Columbia, S.C. Phone 803.708.2823.
A respected civil engineer who was previously Vice President of Operations for Bovis Lend Lease, a global construction company, Mr. Gass said, “After 25 years of building high-rise office buildings, medical centers and industrial plants across America, I am achieving a career goal of owning and operating my own business. I chose Stratus Building Solutions after studying many different franchise opportunities.
“Stratus Building Solutions is recognized for excellence and its success is rooted in eco-friendly maintenance systems, innovative products and peerless customer service. I am very excited about making new friends as part of Columbia’s business community.”
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. Gass establish Stratus Building Solutions of Columbia.
Mr. Knight said, “Kevin Gass brings a wealth of engineering management expertise in the construction industry to his new role as a Master Franchisor in the Stratus Building Solutions family. His approach to business is very knowledgeable, positive and refreshing. Kevin ‘walks the talk’ of commercial real estate and construction, and he has excellent contacts across the industry.”
Stratus Building Solutions of Columbia is the company’s second Master Franchise in South Carolina. In 2009, Stratus Building Solutions of Upstate Carolina was established in Greenville. Its unit franchises serve many building owners and property managers.
Stratus Building Solutions was co-founded in 2004 by Dennis Jarrett, CEO, and Pete Frese, President, after both men served for more than ten years as top executives in the building maintenance and services franchise industry.
Stratus Building Solutions now has U.S. operations in 23 states, plus operations in Europe, Canada and Central America. 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.
Stratus Building Solutions (stratusclean.com) 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.
Stratus Affiliated Services, LLC, a division of Stratus Building Solutions, provides landscaping, energy audits, recycling, pest control, hard-surface cleaning, and related services to complement the company’s successful building service franchise programs.
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.
For more information, call Stratus Building Solutions headquarters 314.731.2000 or toll-free 877.731.2020.