Education: Western University
Rookie Year: 1985
Jim's Journey at College Pro
In the summers of 1985 and 1986, Jim ran a College Pro franchise while studying at Western University in London, Ontario. In Jim’s very successful career today he still thanks his experience at College Pro as it provided him with an incredible learning experience that helped him prepare him for the world of business and politics.
From College Pro to Mayor
After College Pro, Jim moved on to operate a number of successful businesses. In 2003, Jim was City Councillor for Niagara Falls, Ontario and in 2010 was elected as Mayor. In 2014 he was then re-elected with the city.
Jim’s passion for Niagara Falls and experience as a lifelong entrepreneur (including being a College Pro franchisee) has helped him understand what it takes to make a business successful and he brings that knowledge, passion and determination to the office of the mayor.
College Pro Memories
In July 2014, a letter was received at College Pro headquarters from Jim Diodati. He shared a trip down memory lane when he came across a box of vintage t-shirts and hats that he thought the people at College Pro would enjoy seeing. The letter read:
Years ago, in the summers of 1985 and 1986, I ran a College Pro Painters franchise while I was studying at University. I recently came across a box of these vintage t-shirts and hats that I thought you would get a kick out of.
After years operating a number of successful businesses, and now as the mayor of Niagara Falls, I can say that College Pro Painters provided an incredible learning experience that helped prepare me for the world of business and politics.
I trust you will share these with deserving franchisees and I hope receiving them made you smile!
James M. Diadoti
P.S. Excellence still matters!
He also posted some photos on Twitter that took us on a trip down memory lane from Jim's early days as a College Pro franchisee!
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