Patric Fransko Details Reasons for Leaving Zola and SGDMay 15th, 2013 by Editor
Following his announcement earlier this week that he was stepping down as chief operating officer for Service Group Distributing (SGD) and Zola Tools Distributing (Zola), Patric Fransko explained his reason for leaving the companies in an exclusive interview with Window Film magazine.
“I really felt it was time for me to turn a page and look for what I really want to do for the rest of my life,” says Fransko. “It was an underlying drive of me questioning myself for the last year. I have a lot of friends who have engaged in careers who have the attitude: ‘I can’t believe they’re paying me to do this.’ I want to get back to that spot in my life.”
Fransko says he also plans to focus on his personal life, spending more time with his wife and family as well as devoting time to his church.
“One of the things I want to do in the coming years is become more involved with my ministry and my church,” says Fransko. “It was a big part of the decision. My church is involved with a lot of outreach and I’d like to get more involved with it.”
While he still holds a soft spot for the window film industry, Fransko says he’s open to a variety of opportunities.
“Right now, when I turned in my resignation I didn’t have anything locked in … I knew within the industry and out of it there would be opportunities for me,” Fransko states. “I’m not opposed to staying in the industry but I’m also exploring opportunities outside of it. I felt strongly that I wanted to take the step that I did and I knew when I re-engaged there’d be opportunities there.
The automotive industry and cars are something I’m passionate about, so the car side of the business is something I like doing even when I’m not getting paid. [I like] automotive aftermarket—and that may or may not involve window film—but I’d like to end up in the automotive segment if that’s possible,” he adds.
“Some people have asked me if it was my choice to leave and the answer is absolutely. It came down to me saying that I was re-evaluating where I was in my life and turning the chapter,” says Fransko. “This industry has been awesome to me and I’ve met so many great people. More than anything I want to thank everyone for the support and friendship they’ve shown me over the years. Who knows? I may end up back in the industry. I have a spot in my heart for the industry and the people in it. I appreciate their support.”
He adds that the reaction he has received since his announcement has been overwhelming.
“I just can’t thank everybody enough. The level of support and the number of people who have reached out to me; I couldn’t have imagined the response I’d get,” he says. “It’s definitely a blessing to be friends as many [industry members]. Even past competitors have reached out to me with well wishes.”
Fransko says he plans to continue his involvement with the Window Film Professionals group as well as stay involved with the industry in some capacity.
According to Haytham ElZayn, CEO of SGD and Zola, “Patric was going to leave the company at the end of the month but we were surprised he chose to leave now. We are going to go in a different direction and we are no longer going to be distributing 3M films and he told me he is considering other ventures … he said he wasn’t sure if he wanted to be in the window film industry. We were sorry to see him leave and I know it was on good terms.
“We are staying in the window film business and the tool business,” adds ElZayn. “We are looking for and in discussion with various manufacturers to replace the 3M distribution. We are also doing other things we will soon announce to our dealers.”
In a formal statement, ElZayn says, “I would like to thank Patric for his service as the manager of SGD and wish him well in whatever endeavors he decides to pursue in the future.”
Earl Mangune has been appointed as manager pro tem for SGD and Zola. According to ElZayn, Steve Chambers, managing director of Pentagon Protection, will assume the role of COO for SGD and Zola.
“We’re looking forward to working with our dealers and providing them the same level of service that we have before and the same quality products as before,” adds ElZayn.