People in Business

Mario Franco recently opened a Fresh Coat Painters franchise to service Fort Smith. Franco, who says he was just 3 when his family moved to the United States from El Salvador, worked for his dad during the summers in the drywall painting industry. He has worked on his own in the industry for over 15 years. As an Arkansas resident since 1993, Mario, and his wife Patricia will be opening their Fresh Coat Painters franchise in June to serve Fort Smith and surrounding areas. Work includes residential painting services and popcorn ceiling removal, among other things.

Fresh Coat was founded in 2004 as part of Strategic Franchising Systems. Since 2015, Fresh Coat has been included in the Bond’s Top 100 and named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 list, according to a news release. Fresh Coat is also part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association’s Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran.