Fabio Simoes is Starting a Flooring Business
We’re proud to announce that Fabio Simoes, one of our newest Franchise Owners, will be starting a flooring business with Footprints Floors this coming year! Fabio is all set to open his Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX flooring franchise and begin his new career path with Footprints Floors, and we couldn’t be happier to welcome him to the family!
Born in Brazil, in the Amazon River port city of Belém, Fabio relocated to the United States with his family in 1984, and spent the rest of his childhood and teen years in Newark, New Jersey. It was here where Fabio started his career in the mortgage and real estate industry. “I’ve been in real estate off and on since 2001,” Fabio explains. “I started my career in the mortgage industry. After the stock market crash in 2008, I went into corporate America for a while, and then went back to real estate in 2014.”
After leaving Newark to live in Ft. Lauderdale for a few years, Fabio and his wife Tais moved to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area in 2013, shortly after having their first child. Now the proud father of two kids- daughter Valentina, 9, and son Isaac, 6- Fabio enjoys spending time with his family, and is extremely active in his church.
In addition to understanding the ins and outs of mortgage and real estate, Fabio also spent time collecting experience on the other side of the coin: home construction. He began purchasing homes, performing necessary renovations, and selling them at a profit, otherwise known as “fix-and-flip.”
Thanks to his extensive background in the mortgage and real estate industry, as well as experience with fix-and-flip home sales, Fabio sees the Footprints Floors opportunity as the next logical step in an industry where he has spent the better part of two decades. Interestingly enough, however, Footprints Floors wasn’t the first franchise he looked into. “I clicked on an online ad for another franchise that has nothing to do with flooring,” he says. “The person that I was talking to about that franchise, after hearing about my background with contracting and fix-and-flips told me about Footprints Floors. This is more in line with what I like to do and what I know.”
Though it was Fabio’s first time exploring a franchise opportunity, Footprints Floors is hardly his first time owning a business. “I think I’ve been an entrepreneur ever since I can remember,” he says. “I don’t do well with corporate America. I ‘ve always been my own boss, done my own thing, and it’s worked out well.”
With years of entrepreneurial experience under his belt and a good amount of business acumen, Fabio recognized right away that Footprints Floors was no ordinary flooring franchise. He was able to see how starting a flooring business with Footprints Floors was an excellent business decision, as well as an exciting new path in an industry he knows and understands. “All in all, it’s a great model,” Fabio says of the Footprints Floors opportunity. “You are kind of a broker- the middle man in a sense. You’re not really carrying any inventory but at the same time you’re selling. I really liked the whole model of not having to do the contracting myself and not having to carry inventory.”
As someone who understands that business is about more than just the bottom line, Fabio also appreciated the tight-knit, supportive atmosphere that he experienced during his Discovery Day. “They’re laid-back, very down to earth,” he says about Founder Bryan Park and the rest of the Footprints Floors corporate support team. “They take the business seriously but know how to enjoy life.”
Fabio also felt that the core values of the Footprints Floors franchise aligned perfectly with his own, a key factor in his decision-making process. As someone who is very active in his church, Fabio enjoyed the tenets of faith and family upon which Footprints Floors was built. “Footprints is founded on faith- Bryan’s a believer, as I am, and everything just fell into place,” he says. “I’ve always believed that what will make you successful is integrity, honesty, with yourself and with your clients with the company, and above everything, to always keep God first in your business and in your life.”
We’re excited to have Fabio as part of our flooring franchise family, and we look forward to expanding the Footprints Floors franchise to Dallas/Ft. Worth. We are currently awarding territories to qualifying Franchise Owners in other select U.S. cities.
Want more information about starting a flooring business with Footprints Floors? Visit our franchise website, where you can learn about our outstanding economics, simple, home-based business model, and more!