Garage Experts of Baton Rouge
Based in Anaheim, California, Garage Experts began franchising in 2008 and has since expanded to more than 80 locations. The business specializes in garage improvement and organization, as a vertically integrated provider of garage cabinets, epoxy floor coating systems and other organizational products.
2015: After a 16-year career at Dow Chemical, John Schexnaildre began researching ideas for starting his own business.
Summer 2016: When the Port Allen resident came across Garage Experts, he reached out to the company and flew to Anaheim for an interview and to learn about the franchise at an event the company calls “Discovery Day.” Not long after, he was awarded the first franchise in Louisiana, with his territory encompassing Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge, Iberville, West Feliciana, Ascension and Livingston parishes.
Fall 2016: Schexnaildre returned to Anaheim for a weeklong training session, where he learned how to install the flooring and cabinets, as well as marketing, employment and business strategies. Back home, he completed his first flooring job at his house and a couple of non-paying practice runs for friends, which Garage Experts requires.
December 2016: After launching a website, Schexnaildre landed his first paying job, installing epoxy flooring at a Baton Rouge home. Not long after, he secured his first large-scale job, installing cabinets and more than 2,000 square feet of flooring for a garage and shop.
2017: In his first full year in business, Schexnaildre exceeded his sales goal. He also began to branch out from residential jobs, completing his first commercial install in the summer for a school.
2018-2019: Schexnaildre saw his business grow 20% in his second year. He expects
to double his sales this year, based on business in the first few months.
He also landed one of his biggest jobs yet with Celtic Studios in February.
THE LONG VIEW
“The ideal customer for me is someone who wants to use their garage—car enthusiasts who want a floor to park on, outdoor sports enthusiasts with boats and other vehicles. A lot of new homes have garages. When you have two cars in there, you can’t fit much else. The products we have give people solutions to store stuff. It makes people’s lives easier.”