Saskatoon – Our Story
Terry and Marie Wuschenny met in the summer of 1990, through mutual friends in Saskatoon, SK. However, Terry had to convince Marie to give him a chance, as she was busy playing sports and claimed to not have time to date. Finally, at the end of the summer, after spending time up at Marie’s family’s cabin at Greig Lake, with the same mutual friends that had introduced them, Terry convinced Marie to let him take her on a first date.
At the time, Terry was working as an Electrical technologist, and Marie was working for a friend’s business in the shipping and receiving department. They were engaged within a year, and married in June of 1992.
One week after their wedding, they moved to Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, where Terry had started a job working for the local utility company. Upon arrival, Marie soon found employment, working administration for an air conditioning company on the island. They enjoyed close to ten wonderful years in the Cayman Islands, scuba diving, playing softball, boating, hanging out with friends, relaxing on the beach and raising their three daughters.
In August of 2001, Terry and Marie decided to move back to Saskatchewan. Terry had grown up in Ituna, SK and Marie had grown up in Harris, SK. The majority of their family was still located within the province, making their decision easy. They bought their first house together in the small town of Harris, SK, in 2001. Terry founded a consulting company in which he contracted his services to an electrical business in Saskatoon (45 min away). Marie’s days were filled with teaching after-school sports teams at the local school, as well as running her three daughters to and from practices for every sport and extra curricular program imaginable.
Even though it was supposed to be a temporary home, Marie and Terry spent seven years in Harris, SK. In 2008, the couple decided to move to an acreage west of Saskatoon. Their daughters were older at this time, and were looking at attending University in the near future. Therefore the move to Saskatoon, a city home to a University, made sense. It also shortened Terry’s commute time to work considerably!
Sometimes, the unexpected happens….
In 2013, Terry’s contract with the company he’d been working for over the last ten years was terminated. Terry found himself looking for a job for the first time in over ten years. Terry quickly found new employment and over the next two years he worked for two different electrical companies. After these two years, he found himself longing for a job that would give him the freedom to work for himself. He wanted to spend more time at home with his family and to again be leading a company.
Everything Happens for a Reason!
Terry decided to utilize a franchise broker who put him in contact with Paul Flick, the owner of 360 Painting. Terry and Marie were both very impressed with Paul’s straightforward, no nonsense attitude. He always kept his word during their discussions – when he said he would call back with more information, he always called back. He was persistent and had extensive experience. Terry and Marie felt that Paul had similar values and goals to their own, and they certainly liked that Paul was a fellow Canadian.
Initially, Marie thought Terry was joking when he brought up the topic of owning a painting company. In the past, Terry had never expressed any interest in painting and Marie in fact had been the painter of the family. Terry explained to her that, due to his experiences and others he had spoken with, he felt there was a lack of quality home renovation service providers in the Saskatoon area, and he wanted to change that. He believed that with 360 Painting he could offer the people of Saskatoon a much needed higher quality service provider. Terry wanted to offer them more than just a paint job, he wanted to provide them with a great paint job that held its quality for years, and a great overall customer experience.
Taking the plunge!
On May 1, 2015, Terry and Marie became the proud franchise owners of 360 Painting Saskatoon. Their biggest struggle at the beginning was finding a place to start. Terry started developing relationships with all of the Dulux, Sherwin Williams, and Benjamin Moore store reps in Saskatoon. To this day, his proudest accomplishment is the fantastic relationships that he still has with all of these store reps. They answered any and all questions he had, which was especially helpful when he was starting out, and they also helped provide him with leads. It took a few months to take those first initial steps, but in June 2015, a family friend became Terry and Marie’s first customer.
Since that first job, 360 Painting Saskatoon has completed a variety of residential, commercial, industrial, interior and exterior painting jobs, all the while providing its customers with great service experiences. Terry and Marie’s eldest daughter, Carly, completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce in April 2016, and joined the 360 Painting Saskatoon team in the same month, making it into a family business. In June 2016, only a little over a year in business, 360 Painting Saskatoon recorded the highest monthly sales ever recorded in one month, in any of the Canadian 360 Painting franchises. Terry, Marie and Carly are proud of all that 360 Painting Saskatoon has accomplished to date and plan to see the company continue to grow in the future. They have implemented a recycling plan, and every year they want to provide more to their customers, and continue to improve. They hope to change the image of the “average” painter in the Saskatoon area.
Marie loves that Terry is now home every night and has time to spend with her and their daughters. Terry loves that he’s his own boss and that he has the freedom to decide what he does each day, and how he runs his company. And, both Terry and Marie hope that their daughter will take over one day and they can finally both sit back and relax!
-Terry’s first job when he was 16 years old was working for a local painter in the small town he grew up in.
-Marie’s first painting experience was painting her family farm house with her sister.
-360 Painting Saskatoon is the fastest growing Canadian 360 Painting franchise.
-Other 360 Painting franchise locations only have access to a limited number of paint stores in their respective cities, but here, in Saskatoon, we have access to 11 different branded paint stores (Dulux, Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore, Cloverdale.)
-During the Saskatchewan winters, Terry and Marie both sometimes question why they decided to move away from Grand Cayman.