Veteran CCI Employee Takes Over Columbus Territory

February 14, 2023

Creative Colors International, the nation’s leading on-site repair and restoration franchise, announced that long-time employee Chris East has taken over operating CCI of Columbus, Ohio. The two territories stretch from east of route 71 to Zanesville and up to Indian Lake west of the city.

Creative Colors International is the industry leader in leather repair, the mobile repair, reconditioning, protection and color restoration of leather, vinyl, fabric, plastic and carpeting in the automotive, furniture, commercial and residential markets. CCI has 75 locations with over 150 mobile units serving 28 states and parts of Canada.

East has been with CCI since 2003. The father of three originally owned his own franchise north of Columbus in Mansfield. In 2015, he became a Senior Technician in the Columbus area until this past November, when the opportunity came to take over the Central Ohio territory. East concedes that he has learned a lot in nearly 20 years with CCI, and the timing to once again become a franchisee could not be more perfect.

“Columbus is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, it’s hopping!” East said. “A lot of businesses are coming into our city so there’s a ton of potential here and I feel blessed to be positioned to grow my business along with this fast-growing city.”

Statistics suggest that repairing and restoring, as opposed to upholstering and replacing, can save local business owners and residents hundreds of dollars on any damaged item. For example, the costs associated with upholstering any type of seat can be very steep, ranging anywhere from $120 to $450 per cushion.

According to Creative Colors International Senior Vice President Terri Sniegolski, the commitment shared by all franchisees to help customers save money, and deliver on the company’s “We Can Fix That” philosophy, has been the key catalyst for the company’s expansion since its initial inception in 1980. Terri pointed out that East’s nearly 20 years with the company and his knowledge of the region will only strengthen CCI’s reputation in Central Ohio.

“I’ve known Chris for a long time, and he has grown not just in terms of work experience, but with the CCI brand,” Sniegolski said. “He’s already got an established customer base in Columbus filled with clients who trust his work. We’re excited to see him continue to succeed as a franchisee and expand his base as Columbus continues its rapid growth.”

“I love doing repairs,” East admitted, “every day I look forward to discovering what damage I’m going to see and how I can make it better. I like experimenting with things. I like the problem-solving and troubleshooting and being able to challenge myself. And I love our customers and getting to know people. I’ve gotten more confident in myself and the CCI brand over the years and it’s very fulfilling to work with all my amazing customers and have a great team, CCI Inc., supporting me.”

Serving the automotive, commercial and furniture industries, Creative Colors International offers affordable solutions for tears, holes, scuffs, scratches and other damage found on leather, vinyl, plastic or fabric, through on-site repair, restoration, cleaning, dyeing and protection. For local residents, this means Creative Colors International can repair auto interiors, leather furniture, RV flooring and boat vinyl, among other things. Additionally, for business owners, Creative Colors International can repair any upholstery found in critical locations around the company, such as waiting rooms, examination rooms, restaurant booths, hotel rooms and theater seating, among others.

For more information on Creative Colors International and their newest location, please visit https://wecanfixthat.com.

About Creative Colors International

Launched in 1991, the Creative Colors International (CCI) franchise system was created through its affiliate, J&J’s Creative Colors, the original industry leader in refurbishment techniques and systems. Today, both companies continue to be family-owned and operated by the second generation. Catering to the abundance of upholstered items in every home, business and vehicle, CCI is the ultimate in on-site repair, restoration, cleaning, protection, and dyeing of leather, vinyl, plastic and fabric. Through proprietary technology, CCI restores damaged material at a fraction of replacement costs, saving customers up to 90 percent. CCI repairs are stronger than the original area and are nearly invisible to the naked eye. In the Automotive, Furniture, and Commercial Markets, CCI offers on-site repair and restoration to all types of leather, vinyl, fabric, plastic, and carpeting by repairing and re-dyeing holes, cuts, tears, burns, scrapes, fading, and discoloration.

For more information on CCI’s services and franchise opportunities, visit https://www.wecanfixthat.com/franchise-opportunities.