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Husband-Wife Duo Team Up in Chagrin Falls

Jim & Patrice KenyonBefore purchasing his Window Genie franchise, Kenyon says he spent 30 years, “climbing the corporate ladder in HR.” After experiencing a few years he describes as “rocky” as a result of the great recession, Kenyon decided to leave his job as HR leader for one of the largest window and vinyl siding manufacturers and pursue a different opportunity. He soon found that the best job opportunities for him would require excessive travel or complete relocation; something he was not willing to do after calling greater Cleveland home for many years. Taking a leap of faith, Kenyon pursued business ownership. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about one in every 10 Americans is self-employed; that equals about 14.6 million people in the U.S. Kenyon decided he was ready to be his own boss, carve his own path to success and create a better work-life balance so he engaged with Jim Hegarty, franchise coach with FranNet.

Together, the Jims were able to determine which franchise opportunities best fit Kenyon’s strengths, weaknesses, interests and goals. Kenyon says he was able to quickly narrow his list down to Window Genie because of its proven track record of success, marketing and operational support, and potential for comfortable growth while maintaining a flexible schedule and better lifestyle than he had in corporate America.

Joining Kenyon in the business will be his wife, Patrice. He said, “She grew up in an entrepreneurial family, so has been in and around small business her entire life. This is a new phase in our lives, working together, and we really look forward to this new chapter.” The Kenyon’s major focus in year one is to establish the brand as the area’s trusted, go-to service provider. Kenyon said, “We hope to earn a loyal customer base that wants to recommend us to their friends, family and neighbors – and who continue to repeat business with us themselves.”

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