Meet the Team

THE PATCH BOYS wall patching franchise is led by a visionary executive team with a proven track record of helping entrepreneurs thrive


President Of BELFOR Franchise Group: Rusty Amarante

Mr. Amarante has served as President of DUCTZ and BELFOR Franchise Group, located in Ann Arbor, MI from March 2012 to the present. Mr. Amarante has also served as President of HOODZ from March 2012 to the present. Mr. Amarante also serves as President of 1-800 WATER DAMAGE, located in Ann Arbor, MI from October 2015 to the present. Mr. Amarante has served as Director of Operations for BELFOR USA Group, Inc., located in Birmingham, MI, from November 1999 to the present. Mr. Amarante also serves as Executive Chairman of HRI Holdings, located in Nashville, TN from July 2019 to the present.


Chief Executive Officer Of BELFOR Franchise Group: Sheldon Yellen

Mr. Yellen has been Chief Executive Officer of HOODZ, BELFOR Franchise Group and HOODZ, located in Ann Arbor, MI from October 2008 to the present. Mr. Yellen also has served as Chief Executive Officer for DUCTZ and DUCTZ, located in Ann Arbor, MI from July 2007 to the present. Mr. Yellen also serves as Chief Executive Officer of 1-800 WATER DAMAGE and 1-800 WATER DAMAGE, located in Ann Arbor, MI, from April 2015 to the present. Mr. Yellen has served as Chief Executive Officer for BELFOR USA Group, Inc., located in Birmingham, MI, from April 2004 to the present. Mr. Yellen also has served as Director and CEO of BELFOR Holdings, Inc., in Birmingham, MI, since its inception in September 2006 to the present. Mr. Yellen also serves as Director of HRI Holdings, located in Nashville, TN from July 2019 to the present.


Chief Operating Officer Of BELFOR Franchise Group: Dan Tarantin

Mr. Tarantin joined and has served as COO of BELFOR Franchise Group since September 10, 2019. Mr. Tarantin joined the Board of Directors of our affiliate HRI, as the Chairman, in September 2011 and has also served as President and CEO of HRI since November 11, 2011. He also serves as President and CEO of our affiliate NHI, since November 11, 2012, and CEO of our affiliate DDG, since March 16, 2018.


President of THE PATCH BOYS: Ted Speers

Ted is an accomplished business leader with over 25 years of experience in helping to build strong brands in the franchise, professional sports and marketing services industries including Little Caesars Pizza, The Detroit Red Wings, the Colorado Avalanche, and Entertainment Publications. As a manager and senior executive at these brands, his responsibilities included strategic planning, advertising and sales planning on the local, regional, and national levels, operations, business development and franchisee support.


Senior Vice President Of Franchise Sales And Development: Doug Smith

Mr. Smith has been the Senior Vice President of Franchise Sales and Development for all brands owned by BELFOR Franchise Group since September 2019. Mr. Smith joined the management team at HRI in August 2015 as Senior Vice President of Franchise Sales and Development. From December 2001 to July 2015 he served as Senior Vice President of Sales for Affinion Group in Franklin, Tennessee.


Vice President Of Franchise Development: Ken Osness

Mr. Osness has served as Director of Franchise Development for BELFOR Franchise Group, whose main offices are located in Ann Arbor, MI from December 2015 to the present. Mr. Osness also served as Director of Franchise Development for 1-800 WATER DAMAGE, located in Ann Arbor, MI, from September 2015 to the present. Prior to that, Mr. Osness served as Franchise Development Manager for HOODZ, from June 2006 to December 2015. Mr. Osness also served as the Franchise Development Manager of DUCTZ, from June 2006 to January 2015.

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