Drywall-repair company helps veterans learn a trade, run their own franchise – The North State Journal
Patchmasters offers veterans across North Carolina the opportunity to work and become franchise owners. Photo via Patchmasters
RALEIGH – your drywall needs to be repaired? There’s a veteran-run company out there that can help.
PatchMasters is a seasoned drywall repairs company offering franchise opportunities to military veterans. There are currently two locations, one in Iredell County and one in southern Wake County.
PatchMasters offers “high quality drywall service for all of those little holes, dents and dents. Our technicians will leave it as if it never happened. “
The Iredell County site opened in March and the Wake County site opened in July of this year. PatchMasters has Fanchis in the United States and some in Canada.
“All we do is repair drywall,” said Tim Forrest, CEO and current owner and operator of the southern Wake County site. “We want to carry out the repair. We don’t want to compete for new houses and new buildings and so on. It’s not where I want to be. “
A resident of Holly Springs, Wake County, Forrest served 30 years and 10 months in the Army. He joined in 1987 and retired in 2018, is Colonel 06.
“I’ve lived in 42 countries for a variety of reasons. I was in Afghanistan for two years and Iraq for two years. I was there for the OIR fight which you probably know is ISIS, ”Forrest said. “I was on this journey in Northern Iraq.”
Forrest said he “saw a lot of the world and as an engineer I built a lot of the world”. He has also garnered a number of medals and awards and recognitions, but said that he wants to give back the most. That return includes running for Holly Springs City Council in the upcoming 2021 local election. He’s also helping veterans start their own businesses, leading a Boy Scout group as committee chair, and building beds for Sleep in Heavenly Peace.
Forrest, who also founded PatchMasters at the Iredell site, said the organization has a parent company, Bronze Star Holdings, which owns the two LLCs. Bronze Star Holdings is named after a battle zone’s military valor award.
Bronze Star Holdings was founded by Military Veteran John Gallina in May 2020. He is also the CEO of Purple Heart Homes, which has offices in all 50 states, with offers to help veterans get access ramps to a new home.
“The purpose of Bronze Star Holdings is to recruit, train, and enable veterans to have their own franchise when they can,” Forrest said. “We want to enable them to build their own business, be it through our investment, your investment, or a combination thereof.”
There are currently three veterans working with PatchMasters, one of whom is a disabled veteran.
“He’s a one-handed human because of an IED in Iraq,” Forrest said. “But he can actually do drywall because there are special equipment now that they didn’t have 10 or 20 years ago so that one person can do drywall on their own. You now have a lot of special equipment. “
Forrest plans to start more recruiting in 2022 once it goes beyond process and training procedures, training concepts, operational development and marketing.
The idea for PatchMasters came from Gallina, who wanted to help veterans, disabled or not, who wanted to work and take care of their families. Forrest said that “those options are limited … really limited.”
Gallina told Forrest that once he is able to “get us on the road, it works, then I want us to bring veterans in and help them move on to the next level of life where they have their own franchise” .
“You can take your family with you on this vacation to Disney World. You can have a good life because most of the veterans quit the military, whether they are 25 or 45, with leadership skills, hard working ethics, you know, male … female … it doesn’t matter, “Forrest said.
Forrest says PatchMasters is a way to connect veterans and their skills with real-world jobs.
“You have all this raw material and then they go out … they might have been working on a college degree at night to get a job in a corporation or company and they occupy a desk, they answer phones … they get along because they have no civilian experience. Or your military experience might not match a job in the civilian market very well, especially as an infantryman, would it? ”Forrest said.
He added that they “want to offer a veteran an opportunity to provide for their family and use what they have learned and learned”.
When asked why drywall repair was the route they chose, Forrest said that this type of work was a fast growing industry in the United States.
“In North Carolina alone it is an industry of over a billion dollars a year because drywall is being built into many buildings and homes,” Forrest said, citing the increase in new and commercial buildings. “Pick something, there is usually drywall there.”
PatchMasters in Iredell County can be accessed at: https://statesville.patchmaster.com/
Southern Wake County’s PatchMasters can be accessed at: https://southwake.patchmaster.com/
Veterans interested in working for PatchMasters or becoming a franchise owner can visit: https://patchmasteropportunity.com/