Five Star Franchising

U.S. Iraq Veteran Joins Five Star Painting Ranks

News   •   Nov 05, 2010 12:40 EDT

Indianapolis, IN – After nine years in active duty, Michael Leonard has already adjusted to civilian life. Now he’s breaching boundaries into entrepreneurship. Five Star Painting, one of the fastest-growing painting franchise companies in the world, welcomes former U.S. solider Michael Leonard of Indianapolis, Ind. as their newest Five Star Painting franchisee. Leonard will provide services to customers in the NE Indianapolis area.

Michael Leonard spent 13 months deployed in Iraq as a combat medic in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. Since then he has continued service working as a health care recruiter for the Army.

With nine years of active duty and military training under his belt and on his way to earning his Bachelor’s of Business Administration, Leonard has the leadership and experience to stay motivated and keep others motivated. His greatest inspiration is his family. “I have a six-month-old daughter that I wish to build a great future for,” he says.

Leonard has always wanted to be his own boss and saw owning his own business as a natural choice. He even tried it on his own for a short while, but quickly realized he was not prepared to handle the burdens of starting a business from scratch. He began investigating franchise opportunities as a means of taking control of his future so that his success would be dependent on his work. “In other careers, you could work your hardest and in the larger picture all your hard work and dedication goes unnoticed or overlooked," Leonard says.

The army veteran was ultimately drawn to Five Star Painting because of the support the corporate office gives to its business owners. He explains, “There is so much marketing, web support, branding, and even a call center that has been set up for me. All the little things that would have taken me years to accomplish on my own.”

Scott Abbott, C.E.O of Five Star Franchising, expressed confidence in Leonard’s ability to succeed in the business. “Mike has a lot of sales and recruiting experience that will make him very successful with his new Five Star Franchise. We’re excited to see how this soldier performs in the Indianapolis territory.”


About Five Star Painting

Five Star Painting is a franchise specializing in residential and commercial, interior and exterior painting. Formed in 2000 and franchising since 2005, Five Star Painting has expanded from its Canadian origins to the United States, Mexico and Brazil, with 43 active locations. Five Star Painting, Inc. is the second largest painting franchise in North America (Franchise Business Review).