Antonio Castillo has as colorful of a personality as the bright hues that adorn the homes of his homeland of Venezuela. His zest for life and genuine gratitude come through with every word, and carry over into the enthusiasm he feels to be a man in business in the United States.
Castillo manages three painting companies in the greater Orlando area. The ProTect Painters franchises focus on customer service and treating customers like family. For many reasons, this appeals to Castillo. Obviously his attraction to color and design has drawn him and franchise owner Christian Borbely to the painting profession, and the business model for the franchise is concise, well-supported and proven successful. However, it is the company's philosophy emphasizing family and customer service that reign prominent.
"ProTect Painters is like what we were doing in Venezuela," he said. "We treat customers the same way, and do estimates the same."
Castillo owned a successful window company in Venezuela. He provided well for his family and enjoyed a happy life on a beautiful island off of the mainland. His young children spent their free time surfing the waves and enjoying the beach. Sonsire Castillo, Antonio's wife of ten years, used her own business savvy, creativity and talent to operate a children's accessory business. When asked how they could leave such a paradise, his tone changed immediately.
"The political situation was not good," he said. "The government became corrupt, and took everything. Even if you have a big business, they take it all." Castillo spoke candidly of their loss. "We were afraid for our lives," he said.
Antonio is thankful every day for the new life he is building in central Florida for his family. He absolutely beams when he talks about his "beautiful wife" he met sixteen years ago in college. He is as energetic as the two children he raves about, and is genuinely excited about his business opportunity.
With ProTect Painters, Castillo can give as much or as little time to the project as the customer prefers. He will walk step-by-step through each stage, from estimating and color choice to a pristine finished product, with someone who wants to be involved for the entire process. Likewise, he is happy to handle every detail for the customer who hasn't the time.
ProTect Painters is known for its professional quality. Painters know the importance of prep time, time management and technique. Like every other aspect of his career, Castillo has studied it all, including the decorating trends for his region: currently lighter, neutral colors for interiors for example, or earth tone colors for home exteriors. He laughed when he talked about the paint colors that covered the walls in his home back in Venezuela. "Yellow, blue, green, purple," he said. "Every room was a different color!" Remember that colorful personality?
Whether vivacious or subdued, Antonio Castillo paints the right picture for every customer. Find him at ProTect Painters of Clermont and Winter Garden, Apopka and Ocoee, and Lake Mary and Altamonte Springs.
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