National Building Services Franchisor, Stratus Building Solutions, awards ‘Master Franchise’ to Phoenix Entrepreneur Channen Smith.

2/24/11 10:59 PM CET

Stratus Building Solutions, a St. Louis-based international Master and Unit Franchisor in the Building Service and Maintenance industry, has entered the Phoenix, Arizona market by awarding a new Master Franchise to Channen Smith, who will own and manage the operation at 5013 E WASHINGTON STREET, SUITE 130, PHOENIX, AZ 85034. The new business is called Stratus Building Solutions of Phoenix

Dennis Jarrett, CEO of Stratus Building Solutions, said, “Stratus Building Solutions of Phoenix is the first Master Franchise location in Arizona and will provide wonderful opportunities for the city. Channen Smith is an accomplished business professional with more than twenty years of successful global experience in sales, marketing, product development, professional services, operations and general management. He is the President of four territories currently and a great addition to family of Master Franchisors.”

Pete Frese, President of Stratus Building Solutions, said, “Stratus Building Solutions of Phoenix is a natural expansion for Mr. Smith. He continues to follow the successful Stratus business model by exclusively offering Stratus Building Solutions franchise units for sale throughout metro Phoenix. Mr. Smith plans to hire six employees immediately and establish 50 unit franchises by year-end 2011, creating more than 100 new jobs.”

Mr. Smith is the President of Stratus Building Solutions of the Great Plains & Rocky Mountains, overseeing offices in Denver, CO ; Kansas City, KS ; and Omaha, NE . Previously, he served as VP Services for RelayHealth, McKesson Technology Solutions; VP Services for GE Healthcare-HCIT, in Barrington, Illinois; and as Executive Vice President-Service Systems, Otis Elevator Company, based in Farmington, Connecticut. Mr. Smith earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona and a Master of Science in management (MBA) from Purdue University. Channen and his wife have three daughters and live in suburban Denver.

“Working with Stratus Building has been a rewarding and profitable experience. Partnering with the Fastest Growing Franchise in the country speaks to the kind of success I have become accustomed to,” say Mr. Smith. “Stratus provides proven opportunities for entrepreneurs to own and manage new businesses, create jobs and generate income by rendering top-quality building services to building owners and managers.”

Financial terms of Stratus Building Solutions’ Master Franchise agreement with Stratus Building Solutions of Phoenix were not disclosed.

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 unique “Stratus Green Clean” program which uses environmentally-friendly products to help sustain healthier, more productive facilities. The firm also 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.

A division of Stratus Building Solutions called Stratus Affiliated Services, LLC provides landscaping, energy audits, recycling, pest control, hard-surface cleaning, and related services to complement the company’s successful building service and maintenance franchise programs.

Stratus Building Solutions won four “top ten” spots in Entrepreneur magazine’s 30th Annual Franchise 500® ranking published in the 2010 along with being awarded a place in the 2010 Inc 500-5000. Other awards include Franchise Times Fast 55, World Franchising’s 50 Top Franchises for Minorities, Black Enterprise’s Top 40 Best Franchises for African Americans, and Poder 360’s Top 25 Franchises for Hispanics.

Jarrett and Frese founded Stratus Building Solutions after each worked as top corporate executives for more than ten years in commercial cleaning franchise industries. With that experience, Stratus Building Solutions currently offers franchises in Connecticut, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, New Jersey, North and South Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia, in addition to Arizona. In May 2009, Stratus Building Solutions of Canada was established to serve all ten provinces in that nation and the company’s near-term plans include expansion into Europe, South America and the Middle East.

Stratus Building Solutions franchise benefits include orientation and training; customer referrals; administrative and accounting support; pre-arranged credit lines; access to insurance and surety bonds, financing options, promotional support; and other turn-key advantages. The firm’s headquarters are at 1976 Innerbelt Business Center Drive in St. Louis, Missouri.For more information, please see the website or call Stratus Building Solutions at 314.731.2000 or toll-free at 877.731.2020.

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About Stratus Building Solutions

Stratus Building Solutions is an international building services company recognized as the fastest-growing company of its kind. They are setting new standards in the building services and maintenance franchise industry by being the first to offer Green Cleaning janitorial, hygienic cleaning and sanitization, Private Line products and green consulting services.

GreenClean services use EPA-approved, environmentally-safe products to help sustain healthier, more productive work places for the franchise firm’s growing number of janitorial clients. The specialized equipment, such as the Stratus Private Label BackPack Vacuum and Stratus Green Miracle Pads, plus the GreenClean line of eco-friendly chemicals generate cleaner, healthier results. We back that quality up with the industry’s only Satisfaction Guarantee—If it’s not clean, it’s FREE.

Stratus franchise owners serve a wide range of commercial accounts, from small stores to multi-level office buildings, industrial plants to car dealerships, medical facilities to daycare centers. No matter what the facility, Stratus provides superior hygienic cleaning and sanitizing qualities, all the while maintaining a consistently healthy and happy environment.

Operating a Stratus franchise is simple because Stratus provides all the training, customer base, optional financing, affordable insurance, ongoing administrative support – including bookkeeping, and customer service inspections to guarantee the highest quality is maintained. They are always willing and able to provide expert advice to franchise owners and customers alike.



Contact: Dennis Jarrett (CEO)

Phone number 314-731-2000

Contact: Dennis Jarrett (CEO)

Phone number 314-731-2000

Contact: Dennis Jarrett (CEO)

Phone number 314.731.2000

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