Category Archives: Franchisee Profiles

From Road Warrior to Home Staging Entrepreneur

Charity Keefer (36) was born and raised in Lynn, Indiana and moved to South Carolina in 1997 where she graduated from the College of Charleston with a BS in Business Administration in 2001. Upon graduation, Charity worked for one year at UPS conducting outside sales. She has spent the past 11 years selling pharmaceuticals. Her […]

Ad Exec Switches Career Path to Pursue True Passion

Larry Taylor, 63, has lived in Texas all his life. He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin where he studied journalism. Upon graduation, Larry entered the ad industry where he started and sold his own ad company Taylor Spier to Young and Rubicam, the largest ad company at the time. He then moved […]

Setting the Stage: Showhomes Franchisee Marisa Salas

BY ASHLEY MARTENS June 19th, 2014   Born and raised in Miami, Marisa Salas has a knack for business and a keen eye for detail. After helping expand her family’s jewelry Marisa Salas business, she was entrusted to manage the second location and successfully did so for nine years.  After finding her husband and starting […]

Showhomes Denver Featured on KRDO Radio

This week George Hart from Showhomes Denver was feaured on KRDO radio in Colorado Springs, CO to discuss the benefits of home staging. They are experts in home staging and their clients are experiencing substantially faster sale times than the average in the Denver Metro market.  Click on this link Showhomes-George Hart KRDO to listen to the […]

Leaving Retail For A More Flexible Life

Marisa Salas was born and raised in Miami. Her family moved to the United States from Cuba in the 1960s and began a jewelry business. Marisa helped expand the business from one location to two and managed the second location for nine years. Marisa moved to New York where she met and married her husband. […]

A Career Gamble That Paid Off

Brenda Hendryx, 49, came to Tulsa, Oklahoma to attend college at Oral Roberts University where she received a BA in social work. Upon graduation, Brenda became a licensed nursing home administrator and has been in the industry for the past 17 years. She most recently served as the Executive Director at Southern Hills Retirement Community. […]

Breaking Free From Corporate America to Chase a Passion

Karen Galler grew up in Green Bay and received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management information systems from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1990. Following her graduation, Galler joined Carlson Companies, a franchisor in the hotel, restaurants and travel industries. She started as a programmer in the marketing division and made her […]

From High School Sweethearts to Franchise Partners

Husband and wife team, Mike and Janine Callahan are using their background and their individual strengths to make their Fox Valley Showhomes a success. The Callahan’s are high school sweethearts who have been together for nearly 38 years. Mike was a former mortgage broker and Janine’s background is in design and décor. After Mike retired, […]

Leaving Corporate America for a “Dream Come True”

Ivan Pokusa relocated to the US from the Czech Republic after moving to Spain during a time when his home country was being ruled by Communist leaders. Although he was armed with a Master’s degree in Industrial Technology, Ivan worked various low paying jobs while perfecting his grasp of the English language.  In 1992, Ivan […]

Starting a New Life Chapter with Showhomes

Kelli Reed, 35, does not have a permanent home – she relocates to whichever house is a part of her Home Manager program. As such, Reed’s only permanent address is her office, and she is given the opportunity to live in luxury homes, such as the $1.45 million mansion she is currently based in.  Reed, […]