Meet Our Team
Samantha enjoyed a 14 year career in the marine and industrial fire suppression industry, managing a service company in the Ballard area of Seattle and opening a branch office in Oahu, HI. Excessive road rage and a fear of traveling on Seattle’s rickety viaduct drove her to jump ship and join a local company in her hometown of North Bend, WA. Global Garage Flooring & Design has provided the perfect match for her office skills and she loves working with our franchisees, writing blog articles and keeping Lance out of trouble. Samantha fills her free time with dancing, hiking and biking with her husband and young son.
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
At Global Garage Flooring & Design we are pleased to be working with Doug Smith. Doug’s background before turning to finance 15 years ago was in the ministry. As a pastor he worked as a Youth Pastor, a Music Director and as a head Pastor in Washington, Arizona and Kansas.
Ironically in 1988 as one of his duties as a head pastor he married our CEO Lance Jensen to his wife Chrissy. Something went right and they are still married today.
Doug has become an expert in the franchise finance space. He served as Director of Business Development for Guidant Financial and as Director of Business Development for BeneTrends Financial. Those are two of the largest companies in the small business funding space. After working for these large companies he decided that working as a small business he could give better options to his clients by passing some of the onerousness of these large institution.
In addition to coaching franchise systems, brokers and prospective franchisees, Doug provides customizable high energy and inspirational keynote presentations, breakout sessions, and training programs for franchise conferences, seminars, and other sessions. He is an active advocate for FRANPAC, Franchising’s political action committee and has a passion for providing education, taking great pride in helping people and organizations with innovative solutions to reach their goals. He still serves as a guest speaker in churches from time to time and he resides in Colorado and enjoys a rich family life with his wife, 3 kids, 6 grandkids and his Border collie.
“I have known Doug for over 30 years and I absolutely guarantee his integrity, work ethic and ability to connect and work well with people and their businesses”
~ Lance Jensen, CEO of Global Garage Flooring & Design.
ANN MARIE GILL
Ann Marie has a passion for web design and helping small businesses develop their online presence online. As a busy mom and small business owner herself, Ann Marie understands the challenges of staying on top of the fast changes in the online world. She has been building websites since 2001 and guides her clients through the overwhelming web of information by providing clear advice and easy tools to help their business grow online.
She has assisted Global Garage Flooring with their websites and hosting for the past year and a half and really enjoys working with this team. They are great fun to team up with.
Franchise Sales & Development
John Armatas thrives in an entrepreneurial environment. He has owned and operated numerous small businesses (both franchise and independents) and has a passion for helping others identify a business opportunity that fits their personal profile.
Mr. Armatas is a graduate of Florida Southern College and lives a very active lifestyle and considers himself simply, a recreationalist. He has run nearly 55K miles. He and wife are raising four children and are active in their endeavors.
Franchise Sales & Development
Rebecca has an extensive background in qualitative and quantitative market and media research. Way before the field was mainstream, she was a pioneering entrepreneur in Complementary Healthcare, running her own successful practice in NYC for over 30 years. She loves the creativity and excitement of discovering potentially franchise-able businesses and helping them through development and sales. While she is notorious for her sense of humor, she is absolutely serious when it comes to treating her clients with utmost enthusiasm, dedication and integrity.
A native Texan/diehard New Yorker, Rebecca loves saltwater fishing, biking around the City, and meeting and connecting people from all walks of life.