The Perfect Mix: After a Lifetime Apart, Couple Finds a Bright Future with Each Other and ProTect Painters

Trevor Handby and Helen Parkin understand the true meaning of the word "renovation", and not just in reference to their new ProTect Painters paint contracting business. During their recent graduation from the ProTect Painters new owner training program at the company's home-office in Ann Arbor, Michigan, before receiving their awards for completion, the presenter told the audience a bit about the Handbys.

"These two really have quite a story," said Noel Ramirez. "The way they worked together so well in training, I was sure they'd been married for 30 years. Actually, they were engaged to each other when they were younger, but that didn't work out. They each went on to live very full, separate lives." He continued, "Then more recently, they came back together and have now been married for five years."

It appears the two have found the perfect mix, because they are a dynamic duo on the road to success in not one new territory for ProTect Painters, but two. With the help of Trevor's son, Mike Handby, the family is opening the new ProTect Painters of SE Metro Denver, and ProTect Painters of Lone Tree, Parker and Castle Pines. Bringing Mike into the business was a move to put more hands on deck for starting up such a large area.

"I think starting with two territories right away would be challenging without a third person," Helen said. Mike Handby also completed owner training with Trevor and Helen.

ProTect Painters is a full-service interior and exterior painting company with a strong focus on customer service and project management. Together, Trevor and Helen have these skills in spades. Trevor has an extensive background with over 30 years in leadership roles for developing companies. He is proficient in customer service and managing large teams in areas of operations, IT, legal, HR and administration. Helen spent 17 years as an analyst in the UK, and is a former business owner. Her passion and eye for design will be a real asset to their ProTect Painters business.

The future for this pair looks to be of the brightest hue. When they aren't working side by side in their office, they enjoy taking in the entire outdoors that Colorado has to offer. Trevor enjoys "jeeping" (off-road) with his sons, they both enjoy camping, and Helen is an avid gardener.


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