Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
Atlas Chem-Dry is pleased to announce that Karen Raymond, owner and operator of this independent franchise, is a finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards in the Commonwealth Bank Business Owner category.

Karen Raymond and husband, Paul Addison, purchased Atlas Chem-Dry back in June 2000, starting out as a small franchise and still continuing to expand. Karen has contributed a lot of time and effort to this growth, which included working a substantial number of hours, during the first couple of years.

Two significant moments for Atlas Chem-Dry occurred during August of 2008, when the business purchased another franchise, A1 Chem-Dry, and decided to relocate to another premises. This meant a lot of work, which included merging the customer databases into one system and organising the setup of the new office.

As this happened in a short time frame this could have meant chaos and disaster. However, Karen remained calm and optimistic in these circumstances. She also managed to take on her role as state representative, offering support to many other franchisees nation wide whilst focusing on her own business. Karen recently won State Representative of the Year award for Chem-Dry Australia.

Nowadays, Karen has much help in the office with three amazing customer service representatives and one office manager. This allows Karen to focus on developing new marketing strategies for the business, and also to have some free time, which is something she sacrificed in the starting years.

Because of Karen’s hard work and commitment to Atlas Chem-Dry, she has been selected as a finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards in the Commonwealth Bank Business Owner category. The winner of this award will be announced on Friday.

The team here at Atlas would like to wish her all the best and hope she is successful!!

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Atlas Chem-Dry

Atlas Chem-Dry is an independently owned carpet, upholstery and tile cleaning Chem-Dry franchise operating out of Prospect, SA.

With Karen Raymond and Paul Addison at the helm as owners since June 2000, the business has witnessed many accomplishments, including the purchase of A-Class and A1 Chem-Dry, allowing Atlas Chem-Dry to expand to eight vans and thirteen staff.

Having many awards under their belts such as International Franchise of the Year in 2008 and the Local Business Award in 2008, their continued inspiration to providing the highest quality service is evident.

The staff share the same attitude, as they are all hardworking. Atlas Chem-Dry employ eight highly qualified technicians, three remarkable Customer Service Representatives and a focussed Office Manager. You can be assured that each staff member shares a service-orientated work ethic.

The Chem-Dry system is a revolutionary deep clean, leaving carpets sparkling clean and dry in 1-2 hours. Chem-Dry also has superior products for cleaning upholstery and tiles and Chem-Dry technicians use them with all expertise.
Paul Addison
P: 08 8269 2626
M: 0407 979 912


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