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About Surface protective solutions

Industry Leader in Surface Protection

Redefining Expectations

About Surface Protective Solutions – SPS continues to develop what is considered to be one of the most advanced protective coatings in the industry. SPS coatings are engineered to increase durability and performance by utilizing advanced nanotechnology including graphene, the most studied material since winning the Nobel Prize in 2010. The SPS product development team works alongside with our in-house chemist to further advance our technology and improve our products.

Graphene is said to be the “miracle material” due to an abundance of beneficial properties. Even in its simplest form, a one-atom-thick substance is the lightest, strongest, and thinnest material known to man. Being a carbon-based material coupled with the presence of oxygen functionalities, graphene oxide can be dispersed in organic solvents, water, and polymer matrixes. This compatibility as a filler with polymer coatings is crucial as it allows SPS coatings to benefit from their properties.

We are SPS

Industry leaders in coating technology

The People Behind The Coating

Learn more about the individuals that are revolutionizing the nano-coating industry. 

Brett Welzien - SPS Founder

Brett Welzien

Founder + Head Graphene Nerd

Josh Freeborn - SPS Sales

Josh Freeborn

Graphene Sales Jedi

Jyles Kammerer - SPS Sales and Training

Jyles Kammerer

Graphene Sales + Training Sensei

Sophie Sturgess - SPS Customer Service

Sophie Sturgess

Graphene Service Agent

James Colton - SPS Chemist

James Colton

Dr. Graphene - Mad Scientist

Joey Reinhart - SPS Marketing

Joey Reinhart

Graphene Marketing Master

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BRETT WELZIEN

FOUNDER + HEAD GRAPHENE NERD

Brett was born and raised in Grafton, WI, where he spent his youth playing baseball, football and golf. At a very young age, he enjoyed going to the car wash to help his father clean the family vehicles. He became known for having the cleanest bike in town! Brett and his father enjoyed watching Nascar and Indy cart racing. They attended multiple Indy cart and Nascar races during his childhood. Brett’s favorite Nascar driver was Dale Earnhardt.

Brett started detailing vehicles at age 15, and it quickly became his passion. He worked for a detail shop throughout his high school years, and in 2007 he bought the company. In his years in the industry, he did product testing and helped develop many well-known detailing products.

Brett became very interested in product development, especially with protective coatings. That interest quickly became a passion, and he founded Surface Protective Solutions (SPS Coatings) in 2018. While collaborating with chemists worldwide, his goal was to develop products in-house where he could control all aspects of the development process. Brett always says, “learning how to fully develop protective coatings brings gratitude and appreciation in all the work that goes into research and development.”

Brett is a passionate individual who enjoys properly educating customers on what products can and cannot do. His character brings honesty and integrity to the industry we all care for.

JOSH FREEBORN

GRAPHENE SALES JEDI

Josh was born and raised in Calgary where he spent his youth playing competitive hockey for the NWCAA, mountain biking and golfing. During his time playing minor hockey, Josh learned the value of hard work, how to work as a team no matter the circumstance, and to never give up.

From a very young age, Josh always had a passion for everything on wheels and started working on and modifying vehicles at home with his dad. As Josh grew older, he knew he wanted to pursue a career in the automotive industry. In 2008, he enrolled in the Business Administration & Automotive Management program at SAIT where he completed his two-year diploma. It was during this time he started working with Volkswagen in Calgary, gaining knowledge and valuable contacts within the industry. Josh then decided to further his education and applied for/enrolled in a transfer program with Northwood University in Florida where he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Automotive Marketing & Management in 2011. Upon his return to Calgary, he took on the task of developing and running multiple detail departments for the automotive group he was with.

Josh has always been a friendly, outgoing individual who enjoys helping others and always looking forward to working with new people every day.

JYLES KAMMERER

GRAPHENE SALES + TRAINING SENSEI

You could say Jyles has built his life around his passion for cars. Starting off by working in the auto body and detailing side of things really brought out his natural attention to detail. Jyles is excited to be a part of Your Warranty Team working in the Vehicle Protection Division, providing dealers with the best product in the industry.

Jyles feels that customers deserve to keep their vehicles looking like new, when purchasing one of their largest investments. He enjoys spending time with his family, friends, working on his project cars, photography, camping and snowboarding during the winter months.

SOPHIE STURGESS

GRAPHENE SERVICE AGENT

Sophie is an outgoing and energetic hard worker who comes from a background in customer service. Throughout her time in the restaurant industry, as well as working in retail, she has realized how much she enjoys helping others and working in a fast pace environment. Additionally, she has led many marketing projects throughout her years at SFU and looks forward to utilizing her creativity and leadership skills on projects in the future.

When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, and discovering the best spots to visit for happy hour around Vancouver. She is also very passionate about health and fitness and can often be found at the gym, trying new group fitness classes or exploring outdoors.

JAMES COLTON

DR. GRAPHENE - MAD SCIENTIST

A Coatings Innovator with over 40 years experience and over 20 patents in the Specialty Coatings Industry. During my professional career, James has been employed with Pittsburgh-based companies, Koppers for 11 years and PPG Industries for 26 years. After he retired from PPG in 2015, he ventured out to California and worked one year with SDC Technologies in Irvine, CA, and then 14 months with MetaShield, a start-up company based in St. George, Utah. He then came back home to Pittsburgh and started his own company, NVISIONCOATINGS LLC, in 2019 as CEO and Founder.


James is passionate about applying my creativity and expertise in coating synthesis, formulation, and application, emphasizing innovative approaches in R&D to assist his clients in quickly introducing new products and processes into their markets.


For enjoyment, James and his wife Joyce love to visit wineries, listening/dancing to live bands, hiking, trails-biking, chasing waterfalls, entertaining their children and grandchildren, and enjoying their backyard for at least 3 of the 4 seasons in Pittsburgh!

JOEY REINHART

GRAPHENE MARKETING MASTER

Joey comes from a digital marketing background, but he has always been a gear head at heart. He has been wrenching on cars since he was knee-high to a hubcap and has always kept up with the latest trends in the automotive industry. Joey is driven by creating strong results with marketing campaigns and will not let his foot off the gas until he gets to where he wants to be!

Some of Joey’s hobbies include working on his ’66 El Camino, riding mountain bikes, split boarding, and creating engaging content. If he’s not at his desk crafting his next marketing campaign masterpiece, he’s probably in the garage, on the trails or planning his next big descent.

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