2008 our pavement marking history begins in Michigan striping parking lots then rapidly expanding into services for Airports, Cities, Race Tracks at the International level.
It all begins with an idea and is fueled by a strong passion for success. APM founder Don Sokolow worked in the landscape architectural design and construction field internationally. With extensive experience and knowledge in design, engineering, heavy equipment operations and project management, Don’s expertise and attention to detail will prove to be a valuable asset and key foundation in advancing his business ahead of the competition.
While working overseas in 2008 Don’s father unfortunately passed away the slumping world economy turns into “The Great Recession”, These life changing events fueled the entrepreneurial drive in Don to dramatically change his business career, focusing on staying closer to his wife and two children. A new career path meant seeking a business that could provide stability in even the worst of economic slumps, be high demand along with offering the flexibility for more family time.
Working on international projects is a great way to develop valuable new skillsets, expand knowledge, experience cultural diversity.
PAVEMENT MARKING is the selected business direction for Don. Public safety, general organization, visual aids and guides for: roads, airports and parking lots, line marking services is a necessity in our fast paced modern lives. Entering into this new venture required building a team with like minded and hardworking individuals, long time friend Jeff Swendrowski joins in to become Production Manager.
Jeff Swendrowski shares a background in design, engineering, construction and project management along with his own unique talents and experiences. Advanced Pavement Marking rolls out as a functioning business in 2009: State of Michigan registered LLC, Fully insured including Workman’s Comp coverage. Both Jeff and Don’s detail oriented backgrounds brings a new level of quality and standards into the pavement marking and line striping trade. This quickly excels APM from a parking lot striping business into a full service international marking company. Servicing all types of projects that include: Airports, Municipalities, Race tracks, Warehouses, Factories, Parking Lots, Military, Sports Courts and more.
Outside of business both Don and Jeff enjoy everything FAST! Past ventures for Jeff & Don include: boat racing in the APBA “Super Light Tunnel hull” series. Running the national racing circuit as Perfect 10 Racing Team. Achieving not only first place finishes, but also National Champions winning what is called “The World’s Toughest Outboard Race” THE TOP O’ MICHIGAN RACE in the SLT Bandit Class!
Our growth and success has caught the attention from various industry insiders and even trade related magazines. Articles have been written about our projects along with spot lights on our various business achievements. Our name is recognized in the industry all across the country and even Canada! This leads to pursuing a USPTO registered trademark! Our business has been analyzed, approved and awarded “registered trademark” rights and protections.
Advanced Pavement Markings expansion and growth has had countless inquiries from parking lot striping companies, line markers and others in the asphalt services industry asking:
- How did you do it?
- How can my business, grow like yours?
- Can my business partner with yours?
- Does your business offer franchise or license opportunity?
Our achievements and success did not come easy! With plenty of setbacks and failures comes valuable experience and knowledge. In 2016 The National Pavement Expo and Pavement Maintenance and Reconstruction Magazine approached APM’s owner Don Sokolow about becoming a seminar speaker for the 2017 National Pavement Expo in Cleveland, Ohio. Don’s seminar “How to expand your striping business into 3 new markets” provides insight and first hand knowledge to eager parking lot striping companies looking to take their business into a similar direction and success as the Advanced Pavement Marking model has. The seminar was such a hit that Don Sokolow is asked to be a guest speaker for the 2019 National Pavement Expo in Nashville, Tennessee.
Pavement markings is more than just color and curb appeal!
Advanced Pavement Marking® was established with a strong foundation and philosophy of being “the best of the best”, no corners cut or sub-standard practices allowed! We quickly learned the parking lot striping trade was more of a “free for all, wild west” industry that lacks professionals committed to quality, accountability and customer service.
Our commitment is to YOU, your family, your neighbor’s, your community and beyond! Our service is for everyone’s SAFETY! We do not compromise, neither should you. When the pavement markings matter, CONTACT US: 1-877-489-0530.