Spending two years renovating a villa in Waitoki was the start of a love affair with painting and decorating for husband and wife team, Darren and Linda Taylor.
The couple have joined The Pro Group, providing interior and exterior painting services throughout the Rodney and Hibiscus Coast area.
Over the last 20 years, Darren has run a wide range of businesses in the hospitality field from lodges and events to small cafes.
“You learn in hospitality how important your customers are so I wanted my next new business to have customer longevity,” he says.
While taking a break from business and spending more time with his three children, Darren indulged in to his love of sailing teaching it between renovating.
“I loved it and felt so relaxed when I was sailing that I started to look for a business that would accommodate this new passion.
“We wanted a business where we could establish a relationship with clients that would be ongoing. I liked how you could do that with The Pro Group. Doing a professional job is key and I didn’t want to be a one-man band.
“We have some of the best contractors in the region on our books. The Pro Group use Dulux paint exclusively, and, as looking after our clients is top priority, we also offer a five-year peace of mind warranty.”
Darren says being a part of a larger company that has a great seven stage work system, makes it faster and more efficient for clients to get their jobs completed – from installing garage carpet, to grout cleaning as well as interior and exterior painting.
However, it’s not all hard work with the Taylor family. Darren grew up in Queenstown and still ventures back to go skiing with the family.
He says it is important to travel and the couple have instilled that in their children. “We took three months off and travelled the world. It was a wonderful classroom for the kids and they learnt a lot.”