History & Timeline

GET A GRIP leads the resurfacing industry with proven products and cutting-edge techniques that make it the most sought after company today. Whether the job calls for repairing and resurfacing a fiberglass bathtub, bringing new life to stained or scarred kitchen countertops, or turning tired, worn cabinets like new, GET A GRIP continues to revolutionize the industry. Serving homeowners, property managers, apartments, hotels, motels, resorts, and government institutions, our focus on ingenuity and safety is evident in the quality delivered to our clients.

arrow Get A Grip Franchising, LLC has been named a Military Friendly Franchise® for the fourth year in a row
arrow Get A Grip introduces four new products, Wipe-On Bonding Agent™, Wipe-On Clear™, Concrete Primer™, and Heavy Duty Primer™
arrow National Sales Meeting at the Sandia Resort and Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico on March 15th
arrow Albuquerque The Journal, New Mexico Top 100 Business
arrowQualified Remodeler Magazine, ranked No. 458 on Franchise 500 list
arrow New Mexico Business Weekly, Healthiest Employers
arrow Entrepreneur Magazine, ranked No.18 in Top New Franchises
arrowEntrepreneur Magazine, ranked No. 316 on Franchise 500 list
arrowNew Mexico Business Weekly, Top-Performing CEO Judge
arrowEntrepreneur Magazine, ranked No. 33 in Top New Franchises
arrowEntrepreneur Magazine, ranked No. 393 on Franchise 500 list
arrowAttends National Apartment Association Education Expo as sole resurfacing company
arrowIntroduces Porcelain Glaze, a new, acid-free porcelain-specific product
arrowAttends Franchise & Business Opportunities Expos across the country
arrowNew Mexico Business Weekly, Best Places to Work Award
arrowNew Mexico Business Weekly, Top-Performing CEO Award
arrowReceives the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, Duke City Dozen Innovate Award
arrowRemodeling Magazine Top 550, listed among the nation's largest renovation companies in the franchising category
arrowNew Mexico Business Weekly, Women-owned Businesses, ranked No. 20 among 50 companies
arrowAttends National Apartment Association Education Expo as sole resurfacing company
arrowQualified Remodeler Magazine, highlights Get A Grip as a good franchise opportunity
arrowEntrepreneur Magazine, listed with Franchise 500 for the second year in a row
arrowEntrepreneur Magazine, Start Ups – Be Your Own Boss lists Get A Grip as one of only seven in the surface refinishing/restoration industry on franchise opportunities
arrowJoins the social media revolution with a fan page on Facebook, and begins telling the world about how Get A Grip can make a difference on Twitter
arrowGet A Metallic™ modified high-performance coating system using real metal pigments debuts
arrowOTTESEY® registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on January 6
arrowEntrepreneur Magazine, ranked No. 467 on Franchise 500 list
arrowEuroclear™ high-performance clear and matt finishes for surfaces introduced
arrowNew Mexico Business Weekly, Fast-Trackers lists Get A Grip as one of the fastest-growing companies
Bio-Inlay® registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on June 17
Eurostone® registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on January 15
Franchise Programs – Get A Grip Franchising, LLC offers franchise opportunities across the county
New Mexico Business Weekly, Fast-Trackers lists Get A Grip as one of the fastest-growing companies
Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico, Showcase Winner for Most Creative
The Better Business Bureau assigns Get A Grip with AAA rating
GETAGRIP® registered with U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on November 18
Poly-Fil™ reconstruction polyester filler for repairs introduced
Getagripinc.com goes live
Grip-Cote™ for porcelain and tile resurfacing debuts
Grip-Gear™ promotional material becomes available
Dealership Programs become available in cities across the country
Por-Etch™ etching compound introduced
Grip-Guard™ micronized polymer for
slip-resistant surfaces debuts
Grip-Tex™ permanent clear vinyl surface
bathtub mat debuts
Bio-Inlay® patented fiberglass repair system
that eliminates weak tub bottoms introduced
OTTESEY® unique one-of-a-kind spray
system debuts
Eurostone® multi-color fleck design debuts

In 1998, Ryan Dillard left Dallas in a red Jeep, carrying only a few belongings and the desire to take a break from his studies at Southern Methodist University. His plan? To visit family in the mountains of New Mexico and think about the direction of his life. The furthest thing from his mind was becoming part of a family business that would blaze a trail in the resurfacing industry.

During Ryan's visit, he discovered how one could restore - without removal - worn bathtubs and countertops. He also saw the potential to reach out to a larger clientele. He called his parents, Cub and Sharon Dillard, and told them they had to come to Albuquerque to expand this unique business opportunity, Get A Grip.

Put yourselves in Cub and Sharon's shoes. The two were top executives with many years invested in their work. Their 21-year-old son was urging them to give up their jobs, their home, their lifestyle, and move to Albuquerque. They thought he was crazy, or maybe suffering from altitude sickness.

Ryan didn’t give up. He kept calling until Sharon came to Albuquerque to see for herself what was making her son so excited. She got it immediately.

“Everything seemed to fall into place,” says Sharon. “Right down to a house in the mountains that I had admired for years that was for sale. I have always believed when it’s right, it’s easy!”

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In 1999, Sharon began dividing her time between Dallas and Albuquerque. Cub stayed in Dallas, not quite convinced this was the path to take. Six months later, Sharon left her executive position to begin concentrating on marketing and advertising for Get A Grip. That convinced Cub to bring his 30 years of sales and finance experience to the growing company.

Today, Get A Grip leads the resurfacing industry in over 30 locations across the country. The company remains a true family business.

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Corporate Office and Showroom


11840 Cochiti Rd SE

Albuquerque, NM 87123

Office: 505.268.0929

Fax: 505.268.2776

Toll-free: 800.290.6004

  • Each Get A Grip franchise and dealer is an independently owned and operated business opportunity.