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Franchise Influencers: Steve Carey, Owner, CertaPro Painters

As part of our annual Influencer Issue, 1851 Franchise has enlisted the help of the franchise community to compile a list of the top people making moves in the franchise industry.

By Savannah BilboStaff Writer
10:10AM 03/03/23

Steve Carey


Colonel Steve Carey retired as the Commandant of the College of Aerospace Doctrine, Research and Education (CADRE). He was also the Vice Commander, Air Force Doctrine Center, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. In his Air Force career, Steve developed the characteristics and honed the skills necessary to run a world-class organization, skills he has transferred into his “second life” as a painting contractor. These skills and characteristics include leadership, professionalism, integrity, attention to detail, conflict resolution, creative problem solving and excellence in the management of field operations. Just what you want to find in a contractor, but so rare to find, right? Well, Steve brings all these to bear with every painting project he undertakes, along with a focus on customer care that is uncommon in the trades. The results are impressive—an A+ rating with the BBB, national awards for customer satisfaction and a team of painters who love the company they work for.

About CertaPro Painters: CertaPro Painters® is North America's Most Referred Painting Company®. CertaPro Painters is dedicated to providing the highest-quality painting work with the best possible service to our customers. With CertaPro Painters, clients get a quality experience that is unique in the painting business and competitive prices. They do both residential and commercial work, inside and out. Licensed and insured, CertaPro carries full worker’s compensation coverage on all of its employees. Schedule a free home painting consultation from a local CertaPro Painters® professional. Call 800-462-3782 to get started today. Each CertaPro Painters business is independently owned and operated.

Total Locations (if franchise): 350+

Investment Range: $90,750–$188,900

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