"Since we introduced our $5,000 Women-Owned franchise fee discount in February, we've been celebrating our ProTect Painters women in business," said ProTect Painters President, Chris Ring. Maybe it's the Sheryl Sandberg effect-Facebook COO-and her bestseller Lean In that's inspired our female franchise owners, or maybe our antenna is up scanning the racks of business magazines with covers featuring Yahoo! President & CEO, Marisa Mayer, or maybe it's because our consumer sales year-to-date are up 73% over last year, with our women-owned franchises leading the way. Pam Estabrooke in Gwinnett County, GA, just north of Atlanta, joined ProTect Painters earlier this year and had record sales numbers on the books in only her first three months. New owner Jeanette Koubele was a stay-at-home mom raising two children before putting her customer service and management skills to work serving pent-up demand for professional painting services in Tacoma, WA. She "ramped up quickly" and loves the work-life balance that's the trademark of our Executive Model business. Ze Potts, another new owner in the Atlanta area, was born in Portugal and worked in specialty retailing in London before she and her husband moved to the U.S. to experience their American Dream. Ze is a natural at sales and easily connects with our customers when advising on color treatments and paint recommendations. Veteran owners are "realizing phenomenal results too," said Chris. Former teacher and now ProTect Painters owner of West Austin, Donna Twomey, has parlayed her Social Ecology degree from the University of California, Irvine, to earn high marks from her customers for excellent communications skills and overall project management. Valarie Campbell, owner of ProTect Painters of Des Moines, IA, recently brought her son into the business to help manage their growth. "Valarie is on track to reach record sales volumes for the system this year," said Chris, understandably proud. "We're looking forward to our ProTect Painters women in business inspiring others to lean in and join our franchise family."