Ever since Freeland Painting was founded in 2009, it’s been a top priority to build our community relationships and presence in the Atlanta metro area and beyond. In fact, the experienced professionals at Freeland Painting believe that “Relationships matter more than the brush or the ladder.”
That’s why we brought on Amy Stanitzke to Freeland Painting’s core team of professionals as our Relationship Liaison. If you’ve had the pleasure of working with Amy, you know she’s the exact right person for that role: A people-person with a positive attitude, Amy is enthusiastic about helping businessowners, homeowners, and other community members and groups connect with the right services to make their businesses stand out.
Freeland Painting provides residential, multi-family and commercial painting, (both interior and exterior), custom roofing, cementitious siding, and gutter systems that improve curb appeal and structural efficiency.
Our staff members play an integral role in ensuring that each customer enjoys a standout experience when they choose Freeland Painting. That’s why we want to introduce you to them.
We’ll start with Amy Stanitzke, because she’s celebrating her 2-year anniversary with Freeland Painting this week. We asked her a few questions so customers can get to know her better. Here’s what she shared:
What’s your favorite paint color?
Agreeable Gray! It was the most popular Sherwin Williams paint color in 2019. My husband and I ended up painting the outside of our house with it. What a great paint color name!
What made you decide to join the Freeland Painting team?
There’s a story about that. I met Doug Ireland, the owner and founder of Freeland Painting, through meetings of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce where Doug and I were both members. At the time, I was working in the senior living sector. Doug has a great personality, and he always cracked me up when we talked. At the time, my husband and I were customers — Freeland Painting painted both the interior and exterior of our houses. My husband and I became friends with Doug and his wife (the cofounder of Freeland Painting), Keri.
One weekend, Doug and Keri took us out on their boat on Lake Lanier. We had such a fun afternoon — and it made me think how wonderful it would be if we worked together. So I mentioned, “If you’re ever looking for a business development person for Freeland Painting, let me know.” That’s how it started. My position began as part-time, and has since grown into full-time work.
What does your role at Freeland Painting entail?
My job title is Relationship Liaison. I’m responsible for developing new client and customer relationships for Freeland Painting, maintaining our existing relationships, being a resource and a connector for people both in and outside of the industry.
I focus mainly on the Atlanta metro area, but also on a wider scope beyond Atlanta. Depending on the size of the job, Freeland Painting has taken crews out of state to complete important jobs for our valued customers. My role is to connect with property managers, property management companies, general contractors, and project managers in a wide variety of settings.
In which industry associations does Freeland Painting participate?
Freeland Painting actively participates in four associations to better communicate with and expand our client base:
- Community Associations Institute (CAI Georgia), in the homeowners’ associations segment.
- Atlanta Apartment Association, for the multi-family division of our business.
- Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW Atlanta), which is for both men and women in Atlanta’s real estate segment.
- Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA Georgia), which includes property managers, building owners, and other industry vendors that Freeland Painting can partner with. BOMA also provides resources that benefit all of our customers.
What’s your favorite part about working at Freeland Painting?
We’re all so busy that we’re not often in the same office together — especially in the past 18 months. But when the whole team gathers in the same room, we all get along incredibly well and have strong relationships with each other.
This stems from Doug. He is a knowledgeable leader, and his focus is on putting great people and processes in place so Freeland Painting can make its customers happy and continue to grow. Doug standardized all of our work by establishing the “Freeland Fundamentals,” a 56-point checklist that covers every aspect of each project we undertake. Our goal is to make sure that every client enjoys a superior experience in working with us. We go the extra mile to ensure that our work gets completed within budget, within deadlines, and to our client’s complete satisfaction.
As a result of the Freeland Fundamentals, I always know what my next step is on every job. It takes the guess work out of serving our clients at a high-level of customer service.
How is Freeland Painting unique?
We distinguish ourselves from other painting companies because we’re all about relationships. Every company is made up of people, and we all experience human error on occasion. But if we have a paint drip on a driveway or elsewhere — what makes us different is how we solve the problem. Freeland Painting goes to lengths to make customers happy.
It’s also interesting to note that we’re a paperless office. We’re not wasting paper by circulating printouts by hand. Our processes and systems are digitized. We’re a very high-tech painting company. There’s no messy whiteboard with a list of projects. It’s all computerized. That makes us more sustainable and environmentally friendly.
Do you have any unique hobbies or talents?
My husband, Steve, and I live on a lake. We love boating, being outdoors and playing tennis. And I also enjoy reading.
Have you ever had a DIY paint job “fail”?
Through painting the two walls in my kitchen, I gained a lot of respect for what the professional painters at Freeland Painting do. I got paint splatter on my maple cabinets even though I tried so hard to be careful. It wasn’t a great outcome. I learned that you’ve got to use painter’s tape like a pro and do things the right way.
Do you have any pets?
Yes: two dogs. Phoophie is an 8-year-old Maltese. Mojo is a 15-year-old Pekingese mix. We also have four grown children and we’re very proud of them.
What’s your favorite vacation memory?
Going to the Jersey Shore to visit family. I grew up outside of Philadelphia, and spent my summers going to Sea Isle City, New Jersey. When our kids were younger, they could rent bikes, and come and go as they pleased. What a relaxing vacation destination.
What’s your favorite song?
That’s a tough one. My husband’s an engineer by day, and a musician and pianist at heart. We listen to music all the time. I have a lot of favorites, but it’s too difficult to name just one.
Why should people in the Atlanta metro area choose Freeland Painting?
Because we care. And because our relationships with people matter to us. It’s so basic — but it’s so true.
And while we enjoy a solid reputation now, we realize that our reputation is only as good as the last job we finished. Constantly remaining vigilant in maintaining our positive reputation is important to building success, as it can disappear in an instant. We never forget that!