It is a typical Florida afternoon, complete with a 4 o’clock thunderstorm. You breathe a sigh of relief knowing you no longer have to worry about your roof leaking. Thanks to Singleton Roofing, your brand new roof is thoroughly constructed, beautiful and watertight. Not only did they give you a fair price and do a quality job, they added value to your house and gave you peace of mind during the rain and hurricane season.
Al Singleton, owner of Singleton Roofing, thinks one of the keys to his business’s success is making sure his sale force gives clients all the knowledge required to make informed decisions.
“If you educate a customer well—and they know about what they need—they can make better choices and the job gets done right.”
All in the Family
In 1957, Orzel Singleton, an auto mechanic at the time, moved his family from Georgia to Sarasota when his brother-in-law offered him a job as a roofer. He learned the roofing trade, and in 1969, started his own roofing company. His specialty was installing new construction tile roofs, but his reputation was built upon his honesty and integrity.
Orzel’s son, Alvin, joined his Dad in the roofing business when he was a teenager, but decided to strike out on his own and go to school for nursing. After graduation, Al served on one of the first paramedic teams in Sarasota and worked as an emergency room nurse. However, in 1977, he returned to Singleton Roofing after his father fell ill, and never went back to nursing. Orzel eventually recovered and remained active in the business until his passing in 1987.
Running the roofing business has taught Al a lot of life lessons, including the need to get to know your competition and help them out through education.
“If you actually assist your competitors, and help educate everyone on running a business, then they won’t be out there undercutting you and underbidding you. They’ll actually know that (practice) costs them to run their own business.”
Another life lesson Al learned is that “it’s all about family,” which is why Al’s family followed him into the business, as well. His wife, Linda, and children, Amy and Tad, have all spent time working for Singleton Roofing—from office manager and marketing director to roofer and superintendent of the business. Now that his son is serving as superintendent, Al can relax a little, and enjoy fishing and his church activities.
Impressed from the Beginning
Dorothy Liberato, from New Jersey, owns a rental home in Sarasota. She knew she needed a new roof for her rental, but didn’t know whom to call. So, she grabbed a phone book and, as luck would have it, called Singleton Roofing.
“I had to be very careful about who I used. I needed to have a tile roof installed due to fact it’s a deed-restricted community. They were great. They called me back right away. Very responsive.”
Dorothy flew down and met with Josh Lewis, the sales manager, and she was extremely impressed with their operation. Josh explained the process and the special care that goes with installing a tile roof.
“They were very honest. They did what they said they were going to do, and for a fair price.”
Irene Kopas knew she needed a new roof when her old insurance company raised the rates for her homeowners insurance due to the age of her roof. She took the opportunity to find a new insurance company. However, in order for them to continue to insure her, she needed a new roof completed by a certain time or her coverage would lapse.
A friend of Irene’s had heard good things about Singleton Roofing and suggested she give them a try. She called them, along with two other roofers. Singleton came back with the best price, and Irene is happy they did.
Al knew the struggles Irene was going through because, over the years, insurance companies have kept his company sharp and on their game with all the changes in requirements. He was able to reassure her and work within the requirements. Irene was overjoyed with the results.
“They were great with the suggestions they made, and they complied with the time frame my insurance company had set. They did a great job, and cleaned up well. No problems at all.”
Beautiful Peace of Mind
Replacing your roof is a big investment of time and money, but it’s also one of the first things people see when they look at your house. Singleton Roofing gives you peace of mind knowing that your new roof is watertight, leak-proof and hurricane sturdy, while enhancing the look of your home. So, if it’s time your house had a new roof, give Singleton a call.
Singleton Roofing is located at 2504 North Euclid Avenue in Sarasota, 34234. For more information, please call (941) 365-3359. You can also visit their website at www.singletonroofing.com and fill out the information on the Contact Us page.
When you walked into Woof Gang Bakery and Grooming, you found an elegant table piled high with pet treats, including Halloween-themed mini mummies with white icing bandages. In the fridge, custom decorated birthday cupcakes shared space with premium raw food for K-9 diets. Around the store were toys to tucker out your four-legged friend, five-star foods—good for skin, coat and health—and a busy grooming area to fluff and puff your dog. You found out, though, the best part of the Lakewood Ranch Woof Gang Bakery was not the treats, products and services; it was the neighborhood feeling and the personal attention from the owners, Mike and Barb Maloney, and their staff. Although your Yorkie seemed to prefer the yummy mini mummies.
“We sell a ton of treats!” Mike said, indicating all of the tempting baked goodies that look and smell delicious enough for people to eat, but are made with dogs and cats in mind—meaning no sugar, butter or chocolate.
Going to the Dogs
After 35 years of Minneapolis winters, and with their children grown, Mike and Barbara decided to escape to the Sunshine State. Mike had spent years in the semiconductor business, and Barb was a computer programmer, but they wanted to “retire” to doing something they would both enjoy. They started searching for a business they could buy.
At first, they were not sure what type of business they wanted to open, but they considered a package store or a cleaning business. Neither type seemed like much fun to them, though. When their business broker came across the Woof Gang Bakery franchise, the dog-loving Maloneys were intrigued.
“I can’t tell you how many businesses we would go and look at, have a meeting and then walk away going ‘mmmm, no.’ As soon as we met and talked about this one, we both immediately said, ‘Yes, let’s do this,’” Mike said.
Not only did they fall in love with Woof Gang Bakery, they also fell in love with the Lakewood Ranch area and the plethora of dogs.
“It’s such a dog-friendly neighborhood.”
So, they dove into the world of retail, and in June 2012, they took over Woof Gang Bakery. They set out to make improvements, including redecorating and expanding their focus on the dog grooming side of the business.
Mike points out that their groomers, Paula, Sheri and Nora, all have between 20-30 years of experience. “These are not new groomers. These are people who have been doing it a lifetime,” he said with obvious pride.
One Stop Shopping
Carol Lewis has a Havanese named Don Quixote and has used Paula, the groomer, for years. So, when Paula started working for Woof Gang Bakery, Carol followed her. That’s how she met Mike and Barb, and fell in love with everything about their shop.
“They are just so nice and friendly!”
Carol loves the fact that she can make just one trip, instead of three, and thinks that it adds to the value of the neighborhood.
“They have such a wide variety of products, food, treats, and toys. The quality of the products and the service has really made a nice contribution to the shopping cart of our community.”
Charity Begins at Bone
Deanna Murchie’s love of dogs not only led her to rescue several from the Lakewood Ranch Humane Society shelter, but she also ended up as part of their board. With such an active role in the rescue community, she is always on the lookout for businesses that can help with the rescues and help spread the word.
The Humane Society of Lakewood Ranch brought Deanna and the Maloneys together. After getting to know them, she started taking her three dogs—Phoebe Cate, a Silky Terrier, Wallace, a Chihuahua/Jack Russell mix, and Chester, a toy Chihuahua—to Woof Gang for their grooming and food needs. But it didn’t just stop there, since Mike and Barb are also committed to finding ways to help support animals in need.
“They’re very, very available for any event that we have, or fundraising. They are always saying, ‘What can we do? What do you need?’ They are just a great, great family.”
When it comes to pets, they are more than just furry companions; they are members of the family, which is why it is great to go to a store with a friendly, neighborhood feeling. From treats to toys and gourmet food to grooming, Woof Gang Bakery and Grooming in Lakewood Ranch will pamper your pooch.
Come in and bring your dog with you to Woof Gang Bakery and Grooming located at 8314 Market Street, Lakewood Ranch, 34203. For more information, call them at 941-907-9111, visit their website at www.woofgangbakerylwr.com or email them at
You just walked out of the chiropractor without any pain for the first time in weeks. That’s right … walked! Six months ago, you were sitting at your kitchen table trying to decide between two insurance plans, neither of which offered decent chiropractic coverage. Today, thanks to Paula Lohnes and Health Plan Advantage, you are totally pain free and, better yet, you have saved enough money to start paying for those braces your daughter needs. Paula helped with that, too. Health Plan Advantage cut your dental estimate in half. You used to buy coverage hoping you would never need it, dreading the copays and deductibles. Now, you never have to worry about medical costs breaking the bank. That peace of mind is the best “advantage” of all.
Because People Need An Advocate
Paula Lohnes has always been a people person, the kind who can’t go to the grocery store without making new friends. Growing up in South Jersey, she was always upbeat and encouraging. “I’ve always liked helping people, listening to their stories. Empathizing.”
Paula attended William Patterson University in Northern New Jersey, then went to work in sales, gravitating toward jobs that allowed her to interact with people. When her children, Anna (13) and Nathan (7), were born, Paula started looking for work she could do from home. “I wanted to be there for my kids, but I still wanted to get out and help people.”
Nine years ago, Paula and her husband, Jim, moved from New Jersey to Florida. “We really love Florida, but I admit it’s nice to see Wawa coming into town, bringing a little bit of Jersey down here.”
In 2013, Paula began recruiting brokers for a healthcare benefits program called AmeriPlan®. “I loved recruiting, but the more I learned about the benefits AmeriPlan offered, the more I realized I could help more people representing the benefits side of the business.”
“People just don’t understand medical benefits. Coverage options can be expensive and very confusing. There are so many people without insurance, people who can’t get it or just can’t afford it.”
Paula found she could not only give people better, more cost-effective benefits, but she could also be the kind of healthcare partner she believes her clients deserve. “Our hospital advocacy group helps people with medical bills, negotiating on their behalf to get bills significantly lowered.”
When she’s not helping people get better health coverage, Paula still spends time serving, volunteering with her son’s Cub Scout Pack and helping raise money for SOLVE Maternity Homes—an organization that offers housing and mentoring for pregnant women in need.
Much More Than Medical Care
Leticia Perkins was looking for coverage that would allow her to get braces for her son. “I had looked at several other options, but could not get coverage because they were cosmetic, not medically necessary.”
Leticia found Paula and said the plans she offered were very interesting. “There were a lot of benefits, but signing up was simple. I was able to choose a doctor and a dentist in my area, someone close to home, with office hours that were convenient for me.”
“If I had to grade the service, I’d give it an A-plus,” Leticia said.
Paula earned high marks too. “Paula’s great. She’s very easy to reach, and she takes the time you need to show you how to get the most out of your plan.”
Leticia said she also appreciates added bonuses such as the tele-medicine. “Being able to reach a doctor, 24 hours a day, that has meant so much to my family. My daughter gets strep a lot, and, normally, she gets an antibiotic. But, at 2 a.m., that doesn’t warrant going to the ER. I can call tele-medicine and get the prescription while my daughter can stay home and rest.”
Immediate Savings & Incredible Extras
Michelle Stefferson needed affordable health care, and was frustrated with standard insurance options. When she compared AmeriPlan to the traditional insurance plans her family has used in the past, the switch was a no-brainer. “AmeriPlan is consumer driven, not a go-between like insurance. For us, we’re pretty healthy, and in the year I’ve had it, AmeriPlan has always come in better than my husband’s insurance.”
Right after she signed up, Michelle needed a root canal. “I went in and had the procedure, finished up, and the receptionist told me what it would cost. I handed her my AmeriPlan card and she pulled out this big red book. Right there, on the spot, my plan saved me seven hundred dollars. No claim forms. No waiting. No extra ‘surprise’ bills later, and I saved seven hundred bucks.”
Then, a few months ago, Michelle’s back went out. “I couldn’t walk, so I needed to see a chiropractor. Up in Long Island, that’s over a hundred bucks. It cost me around thirty. With just those two things, this plan has already saved me a tremendous amount of money.”
Michelle said Paula impressed her as much as the plans she was offering. “How could you not like her? She has an awesome, dynamic personality, a great way of explaining things. She was very trustworthy.”
When Michelle looked at the plans she was even more excited about the added bonuses. “So many extras! The dental plan covers cosmetic dentistry and braces. The tele-medicine is awesome. You save so much time and money. Now that I have it, I couldn’t be without it.”
To learn more about the various plans and bonus options offered by Health Plan Advantage, call Paula Lohnes at 941-451-7526 or visit www.healthplanadvantage.com.
With one phone call to D&D Painting and Restoration, you brought your house back from boring to beautiful. Now you get to fall in love with your home all over again, just like you did the first time you saw it. D&D brightened and refreshed your Lakewood Ranch house color palate on time, on budget and with stunning results.
John and Joel Zalud, brothers and owners of D&D Painting and Restoration, pride themselves on the quality of their work, which is evident by the many referrals they get from satisfied customers. They started the business in May 1999, as Joel said, “from absolutely nothing, other than a pick-up truck and a little bit of money,” and grew it into one of the most well-respected painting and restoration companies in Sarasota.
A Family Affair
The brothers were very familiar with the painting and construction business, thanks to their father. He owned a construction and concrete business in Chicago, and John started working for him when he was 17. With a thirteen-year age difference between the brothers, Joel points out that when his oldest brother started working for their dad, “John was out in the real world and I was still playing with Legos.”
The brothers did not set out to start their own company. John went on to work for the Chicago Police Department, while Joel moved to Florida at age 19 and became a lifeguard. After John was hurt on the job, he retired and followed his little brother to the Sunshine State to escape the brutal winters and enjoy their mutual love of fishing.
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