EXIT Realty Corp. International hosted the first-of-its-kind leadership forum in Grapevine, Texas recently, bringing together professionals from all facets of the organization in a two-day summit focused on building individual leadership skill sets. The Forum was dedicated to the memory of Vice President of Personal Development, Bill “The Bald Eagle” Nasby.
Keynote speakers included Dr. Mike Armour. With ten books to his credit, six in the field of leadership, Armour has been published in over a dozen languages worldwide. In 2001, he launched Strategic Leadership Development International Inc. based in Dallas, Texas and since then he has coached and trained thousands of executives and entrepreneurs. Also on the dais was internationally renowned speaker, Richard Flint. Hailed as one of America’s top personal development speakers, Flint is an author and lifestyle coach to those seeking to stop repeating and start achieving.
The Leadership Forum was the brainchild of EXIT Realty Corp. International’s Director of Leadership, Bob McKinnon. “When John Maxwell says, ‘Everything rises or falls on leadership’ he has offered a simple but powerful truth,” said McKinnon. “At EXIT Realty, we believe that strong leadership accelerates growth and enriches lives.”
Individuals from the company’s corporate Executive team, Regional Owners, Broker/Owners and Agents gathered with a single goal; to learn practical tools to help raise their leadership lid. Veteran Broker/Owners, Nick Libert from Illinois, Parise Cormier from New Brunswick, Jim Mazziotti from Oregon and Bernadette Cole from Maryland, spoke candidly about the development of their multi-award-winning brokerages. Bill Pankonin, Regional Owner of EXIT Realty Upper Midwest who recently acquired the subfranchisor rights to Illinois, spoke on “Leading Effectively into the Future”. U.S. Divisional President Craig Witt spoke on “It’s Not the Role, It’s the Goal”. Five of EXIT’s John Maxwell Team-certified trainers including Mazziotti and Cole as well as Alex Cole from Maryland, Rick O’Neil from New York and Andre Malenfant from New Brunswick will lead attendees in focused mastermind sessions in the weeks to come.
One of those in attendance was Kathy Hobbs, Broker/Owner of EXIT Realty Pinnacle Group in Quinlan, Texas. “It was the most important meeting I have ever been to,” she said. “I feel like I walked out with a suit of armor and I am a better person.”
“Our entire focus is on building better people,” said Tami Bonnell, CEO, EXIT Realty Corp. International. “By building better people we build a better company.”
About EXIT Realty: EXIT is a proven real estate business model that has to-date paid out more than a third of a billion dollars in single-level residual income to its associates across the U.S. and Canada. EXIT Realty’s Expert Marketing Suite™ including geolocation Smart Sign™ technology gives home sellers the edge in a competitive marketplace. The company’s Focus on Good Health initiative promotes wellness at work and home. A portion of every transaction fee collected by EXIT Realty Corp. International is applied to its charitable fund and to-date, $4 million has been pledged to charity. For more information, please visit www.exitrealty.com.
February 8, 2018
America’s number one home-buyer, HomeVestors, has purchased its 85,000th house since it was incorporated and began franchising in 1996. The “We Buy Ugly Houses®” company announced that franchisee Charles Williams, bought the milestone property in Atlanta’s Hunter Hill neighborhood. Independently owned and operated HomeVestors® franchises in 152 markets across America purchase and improve approximately 8,000 houses each year. The 85,000th house milestone comes just under a year after the company announced the purchase of its 75,000th house in 2017.
“Entrepreneurs like Charles are driving our incredible growth, which has the added advantage of improving neighborhoods around America, like Hunter Hill, one house at a time,” said David Hicks, CEO of HomeVestors. “Charles was already a real estate investor when he started working with us nearly five years ago, but his business has grown exponentially since he tapped into the trust homeowners have in our national brand.”
Williams, an Atlanta native and U.S. Army veteran, will celebrate five years with HomeVestors this March. Prior to that, he had been an investor, a builder and an electrical contractor. After the last market downturn, Williams joined HomeVestors. In the first year, he purchased seven houses, and by 2017, he had increased the number of houses he purchased in a year to 27.
“The HomeVestors approach is a science, with proven systems that work the way I think,” said Williams. “First, they have incredible data and analytics that help me make educated purchasing decisions. Then, there’s the cooperative aspect of the Ad Councils, allowing franchisees to work together to build up each other and their market in a way that benefits everyone – the rising tide lifts all ships.”
HomeVestors began franchising in 1996, and has been in Atlanta since 1999, where the market includes 50 franchises. Williams, who grossed $2.45 million in 2017, holds some of the properties he purchases as rentals, and sells about 75 to 80 percent once he’s improved them. Most of his rentals are in the West End of southwest Atlanta, where he also has his offices. He is a member of the Executive Board and Past President of the West End Merchant’s Coalition, and serves on the Executive Board of the West End Community Improvement District.
“I really enjoy what I do, especially when it comes to the service we provide to sellers,” added Williams. “Yes, we’re interested in buying real estate, but that’s secondary to when I talk to homeowners who feel like they’re drowning in a personal situation. They may be struggling with deferred maintenance, cash flow, or an inheritance, and I can be part of the solution that helps them move on both financially and emotionally.”
Recognizing another record-setting year, Restoration 1®, one of the fastest-growing and most-trusted restoration franchises in North America, is ringing in the New Year with momentum from an aggressive franchise and service expansion in 2017. Highlights from last year included the acquisition of bluefrog Plumbing + Drain®, the addition of key members to the leadership team, and growing Restoration 1 by 70 locations across the United States.
With a goal to continue aggressively growing the brand, and after welcoming their largest training class in history, Restoration 1 expanded to 31 states last year. The number of open locations grew from 106 to 176, with the largest area of growth in North Carolina.
Restoration 1 also expanded its service offerings with the introduction of the Contents Cleaning Program in 2017. A service that restores customer belongings after damages, the program allows participating franchisees to add an additional revenue generator to their existing business while offering expanded services to customers.
Last July also marked a key milestone for the brand as Restoration 1 acquired a complimentary service brand, Phoenix-based bluefrog Plumbing + Drain (bluefrog). Gary Findley, CEO of Restoration 1 and bluefrog, has started replicating the process used to grow Restoration 1 to similarly expand bluefrog across the United States.
“We celebrated another year full of monumental growth and development,” said Findley. “We reached new milestones with our national presence. The acquisition of bluefrog marked an exciting time for our team and an immense opportunity for our franchise networks across both brands. With our talented franchisees and dedicated corporate staff, we expect both brands to continue to push the boundaries of the restoration, remediation, and plumbing world in 2018.”
The leadership team expanded to help service both brands as well. Kurt Lee Hurley was hired as Vice President and Director of Marketing for both Restoration 1 and bluefrog, Thomas Dougherty joined as the Vice President of Sales Training, Todd Bingham assumed the duties of Vice President of Business Development, and Dan Thrush was appointed as Restoration 1 Franchise Consultant.
Restoration 1 was also honored by Entrepreneur when the brand earned its highest ranking in company history on the prestigious Franchise 500® list where it jumped from #383 in 2016 to #96 in 2017. Additionally, Restoration 1 earned its first placement on Entrepreneur’s Fastest Growing Franchises List when they ranked #72.
About Restoration 1®
Founded in 2008, Restoration 1 is an award-winning franchise that specializes in a wide array of emergency mitigations, restoration and reconstructions services. An industry innovator, the Texas-based company uses advanced technologies and tools to perform restoration for both residential and commercial properties that have been damaged due to water, smoke, fire, mold, storms and more. There are more than 140 locations open and in development throughout the U.S. with plans to expand to more than 500 locations nationwide in the next four years. For more information about Restoration 1, visit www.restoration1.com.
December 29, 2017
HomeVestors of America, the “We Buy Ugly Houses®” company, closed 2017 with a windfall of industry awards recognizing the company for its business growth, franchise value, and opportunities for veterans. Top among these honors was a sixth appearance on the annual Dallas 100™, comprised by SMU’s Cox School of Business to rank the top 100 fastest-growing Dallas entrepreneurial companies based on percentage and absolute dollar growth. HomeVestors also placed on Franchise Times Top 200+, the most comprehensive ranking of the 500 largest U.S. franchise systems based on global systemwide sales based on previous year’s performance.
“Both the Dallas 100 and Franchise Times Top 200+ analyze performance over a period of time, not just as a ‘flash in the pan’, which makes our repeated appearance on both lists so satisfying,” said David Hicks, CEO of HomeVestors. “Our model and sterling business practices over many years have consistently placed us at the forefront in our own backyard, while also earning the attention of recognized industry influential voices like Entrepreneur, Franchise Times and Franchise Business Review.”
HomeVestors was ranked #117 in Entrepreneur magazine’s Top Franchises for Veterans list, which recognizes the 150 franchisors offering incentives to veterans who join their systems. Franchise Business Review also identified HomeVestors as one of the top 100 franchises to qualify for its 2017 Top Franchises for Veterans list after analyzing 18 months of data from approximately 25,000 veteran franchise owners representing more than 250 brands.
“Veterans make incredible franchisees thanks to their strong leadership skills, discipline and ability to manage complex business situations,” added Hicks. “The industry voices that take the time to study the field and create these lists do a tremendous service in helping prospective franchisees – veterans and non-veterans alike – understand the top opportunities out there based on actual business performance and satisfaction of franchise owners.”
HomeVestors, America’s number one home buyer, began franchising two decades ago in 1996, and purchased its 75,000th house this year. Through its individually owned and operated HomeVestors® franchises, the original “We Buy Ugly Houses®” company purchases approximately 8,000 homes each year.
About HomeVestors of America, Inc.
Dallas-based HomeVestors of America, Inc. is the largest professional house buying franchise in the U.S., with more than 75,000 houses bought since 1996. HomeVestors® recruits, trains and supports its 900 independently owned and operated franchisees that specialize in building businesses based on buying, rehabbing, selling and holding residential properties. Most commonly known as the "We Buy Ugly Houses®" company, HomeVestors strives to make a positive impact in each of its communities. In 2017, for the 12th consecutive year, HomeVestors was among the prestigious Franchise Business Review's "Top Franchises," a distinction awarded to franchisors with the highest level of franchisee satisfaction. This year, HomeVestors was also recognized as the 21st fastest growing franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine and number 52 in the Franchise 500 by Entrepreneur Magazine. For more information, visit www.HomeVestors.com.
Chad Schwendeman, Broker/Owner of EXIT Lakes Realty Premier in Baxter, Minnesota, took top honors at EXIT Realty Corp. International’s Annual Convention held at the Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel and Convention Center near Dallas, Texas.
For the second consecutive year, Schwendeman achieved the company’s highest honor, the Tri-Real-A-Thon Award, known as the “Iron Man of EXIT” for excellence in taking listings, closing transactions and growing his brokerage through introducing others to the company (a process known as “sponsoring” at EXIT Realty).
Schwendeman also achieved the following in the production year, July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017:
On hand to present Schwendeman’s many awards were Steve Morris, Founder and Chairman, EXIT Realty Corp. International and Tami Bonnell, the company’s Chief Executive Officer. “Chad Schwendeman is the consummate professional,” said Bonnell. “He grows personally and professionally every year, he leads by example and he possesses the rare ability to get the most and best out of others as well as himself.”
About EXIT Realty: EXIT is a proven real estate business model that has to-date, paid out more than a third of a billion dollars in single-level residual income to its associates across the U.S. and Canada. State-of-the-art technology including the Expert Marketing Suite™ gives home sellers the edge in a competitive marketplace. A portion of every transaction fee collected by EXIT Realty Corp. International is pledged to charity. For more information, please visit www.exitrealty.com.
Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-22) and Congresswoman Julia Brownley (CA-26) joined military veteran business owners today at a small business roundtable hosted by the International Franchise Association (IFA). At the roundtable, the Congresswomen announced their plan to introduce the Veteran Entrepreneurs Act of 2017.
“The franchise model has made owning a small business a feasible option for thousands of veterans,” said IFA President and CEO Robert Cresanti. “Of the 733,000 franchises across the country, 14 percent are veteran-owned. IFA is enthusiastic about growing this number and the Veteran Entrepreneurs Act will help to achieve this goal. We’d also like to thank Congresswoman Tenney and Congresswoman Brownley for their leadership and commitment to those who have bravely served our nation.”
The Veteran Entrepreneurs Act of 2017 would reduce the barriers of starting a business for veterans by creating a tax credit of up to 25 percent of initial fees for veteran franchisees. Additionally, the bill encourages franchisors to provide discounted start up fees for veterans in exchange for a tax credit. Lower franchise fees mean more veterans can become entrepreneurs with less capital up-front.
“With thousands of veterans transitioning out of the military annually, this bill will ease their transition to the private sector by empowering veterans to use their unique skills and expertise to open a new small business. When our veterans come home from selflessly serving our nation, they should be afforded every opportunity to use these skills to positively contribute to our local communities,” said Congresswoman Claudia Tenney. “I’m honored to work across the aisle with my colleague Representative Brownley to help ensure our veterans have the opportunity to achieve the American Dream of owning a small business.”
Congresswoman Julie Brownley and Congresswoman Claudia Tenney have pledged to sponsor the Veteran Entrepreneurs Act of 2017.
“Veterans have served our country with honor and distinction, and it is our duty to ensure that they can thrive in a good job once they’ve transitioned back to civilian life,” said Congresswoman Julia Brownley. “For many former service members, that means running their own small business. I am proud to co-author bipartisan legislation with Congresswoman Tenney to make it easier for veterans to open their own businesses so they can have a better opportunity to support themselves and their families.”
As tens of thousands of service men and women return from overseas deployments, expanded opportunities are needed to ensure veterans and their families can transition into the civilian economy. The franchise business model provides comprehensive training opportunities, scalability, and the need for operational execution and excellence, offering an ideal career path to enable veterans to become productive participants in the U.S. economy.
In 1991 IFA founded VetFran®, a program to support veterans and their spouses’ ability to access franchise opportunities through education on the franchise industry, financial assistance, and industry mentorship. To date, over 650 franchise brands voluntarily offer financial discounts, mentorship, and training for aspiring veteran franchisees and veterans seeking employment.
About the International Franchise Association
Celebrating 56 years of excellence, education and advocacy, the International Franchise Association is the world's oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. IFA works through its government relations and public policy, media relations and educational programs to protect, enhance and promote franchising and the more than 733,000 franchise establishments that support nearly 7.6 million direct jobs, $674.3 billion of economic output for the U.S. economy and 2.5 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). IFA members include franchise companies in over 300 different business format categories, individual franchisees and companies that support the industry in marketing, law, technology and business development.
Jenna Weisbord, 202-662-0766
300th Studio Awarded in St. Louis, Missouri
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.-- (BUSINESS WIRE)--Amazing Lash Studio, the nation’s largest and fastest growing eyelash extension brand, announced the awarding of their 300th studio. The studio, located in St. Louis, Missouri, is owned and operated by Regional Developer Donn Ganim. “I am honored to have been awarded the 300th studio of this amazing brand,” stated Ganim. “This is such an amazing concept; I have had so much success with my studio in Chesterfield that I knew a second one was a must.”
”We join all of our franchise partners and regional developers in celebration of our 300th franchise sale,” says President and COO Heather Elrod. “The extraordinary trajectory of growth at Amazing Lash Studio Franchise is a testament to the strength of the brand and our franchise partners, along with the demand for our services. It is a joy for all of us to be in a rewarding business while we help our guests to look and feel amazing!”
Amazing Lash Studio provides semi-permanent eyelash extensions at retail studios across the country in convenient locations that offer extended hours and feature private lash application suites. Amazing Lash Studio has a patented application process that enables their highly trained staff of licensed aestheticians and cosmetologists to complete the service in a fraction of the time required at traditional outlets.
CEO and Co-Founder Edward Le states, “We knew that Amazing Lash Studio was something special from the day that we opened our first studio in Houston, Texas, seven years ago. My wife, Jessica, and I are inspired and excited to celebrate the awarding of our 300th studio with our entire franchise family.”
About Amazing Lash Studio
Amazing Lash Studio was founded in 2010 by Edward and Jessica Le, with the vision to create excellence and affordability in the eyelash extension industry. Amazing Lash Studios are retail salons that apply semi-permanent eyelash extensions with a proprietary, patented process to the clients’ own lashes, replicating the curve and size of natural lashes. The concept began franchising in 2013 and to date has 158 open studios and 300 sold in 27 states and in January 2017 began franchising internationally.
For additional information go to amazinglashstudio.com.
Barbara Carrera Holland, 602-404-7561
Leading take ‘n’ bake pizza brand celebrates return of the spookiest night of the year with a Scream of a Deal
Company marks return of National Pizza Month with social media contest beginning October 16
Papa Murphy’s Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:FRSH) this month unveils the return of its spook-tacularly delicious Jack-O-Lantern Pizza. The one-of-a-kind, fall favorite is sure to frightfully delight little ones of all ages before a full night of trick-or-treating. Made fresh-to-order, Jack-O-Lantern Pizzas, frequently referred to as the Jack-O, will be available nationwide for a limited time at participating Papa Murphy’s locations through October 31, 2017. There will be two size options: large and family size.Customers can also celebrate the Halloween season and indulge their sweet tooth with the Scream of a Deal offer. Papa Murphy’s will be offering one pound of their favorite, ready-to-bake chocolate chip cookie dough along with the Jack-O Pizza for a discounted price for a perfectly sweet pairing.
“For years, our customers have relied on Papa Murphy’s for a fresh and convenient meal before a night of Halloween festivities and trick-or-treating, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome Jack-O back to our stores,” said Jeff Shamburger, senior vice president of marketing for Papa Murphy’s. “We’re here to make life a little simpler, with really delicious food, and we love celebrating Halloween and National Pizza Month with all of our fans.”
Each Jack-O Pizza at Papa Murphy’s begins with fresh, scratch-made dough in the shape of a pumpkin, topped with traditional red sauce and 100 percent whole-milk mozzarella grated in store daily. Premium pepperoni is placed into a smiling Jack-O-Lantern face with olives as eyes. The festive pizza is ready to be served fresh out of the oven after it is baked just 12 to 18 minutes at 425 degrees.
In anticipation of the spookiest night of the year, Papa Murphy’s is also hosting a social media photo contest for a chance to win one of five Papa Murphy’s gift cards. From October 16 through November 1, fans are invited to share a spooky selfie with their Jack-O-Lantern Pizza by using the hashtag #JackoSelfie on Papa Murphy’s Twitter and Instagram channels, or by uploading a spooky selfie directly to Papa Murphy’s Facebook page.
To find the location nearest you, please visit www.papamurphys.com. To connect through Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/papamurphyspizza.
About Papa Murphy’s
Papa Murphy's Holdings, Inc. (“Papa Murphy’s” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:FRSH) is a franchisor and operator of the largest Take ‘n’ Bake pizza brand in the United States, selling fresh, hand-crafted pizzas ready for customers to bake at home. The company was founded in 1981 and currently operates more than 1,500 franchised and corporate-owned fresh pizza stores in 39 states, Canada and United Arab Emirates. Papa Murphy's core purpose is to bring all families together through food people love with a goal to create fun, convenient and fulfilling family dinners. In addition to scratch-made pizzas, the Company offers a growing menu of grab 'n' go items, including salads, sides and desserts. Order online today at www.papamurphys.com.
Christine Beggan, ICR
AMAZING LASH STUDIO ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF THE BE THE FACE OF NATIONAL MODEL SEARCH -- THREE WINNERS SELECTED FOR NATIONAL CAMPAIGNS
Amazing Lash Studio, the fastest growing eyelash extension concept in the country, today announced the winners of their national Be the Face of model search. The contest aimed to discover three amazing lash models to represent this leading, first-to-market brand.
The 2017 Amazing Lash Studio Be the Face of winners are:
Ms. Ashley Bria Sealie from Pomona, California, Ms. Stacy Wright from Houston Texas and Ms. Summer Sadiyeh from Dallas, Texas.
“From thousands of amazing applicants, we chose these three women along with our two runner ups who we feel embody the effortless beauty, versatility and confidence our brand strives to provide guests,” says Dawn Weiss Chief Marketing Officer of Amazing Lash Studio. “We have a diversity of lifestyles and models now to illustrate the simple beauty enhancement our natural-looking eyelash extensions provide to help women look and feel amazing. With over 150 studios open nationwide, Amazing Lash Studio is on its way to making our mark in the beauty industry.”
“I am so excited to have these women represent our brand,” says co-founder Jessica Le. “When my husband and I started this concept seven years ago my vision was to make all women feel and look beautiful, and share our business success with franchisees. Growing and showcasing our concept through our national model search is just the beginning of all the great things this brand will do.”
Amazing Lash Studio provides semi-permanent eyelash extensions at stylishly appointed retail studios in convenient locations that offer extended hours and feature private lash application suites. Amazing Lash Studio has a patented application process that enables a highly-trained staff of licensed aestheticians to complete the service in a fraction of the time required at traditional outlets.
About Amazing Lash Studio
Amazing Lash Studio was founded in 2010 by Edward and Jessica Le, with the vision to create excellence and affordability in the eyelash extension industry. Amazing Lash Studios are retail salons that apply semi-permanent eyelash extensions with a proprietary, patented process to the clients’ own lashes, replicating the curve and size of natural lashes. The concept began franchising in 2013 and to date has 157 open studios and 296 sold in 27 states and in January 2017 began franchising internationally.
For additional information go to amazinglashstudio.com.
Amazing Lash Studio, a nationwide franchise concept of eyelash extensions, and the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation are proud to announce the five winners of the inaugural Beauty Changes Lives Amazing Lash scholarship competition. Each winner receives a $2,250 tuition scholarship toward her education at an accredited aesthetics school.
The 2017 Amazing Lash Studio Scholarship winners and their respective schools are:
Heather Elrod, President and COO of Amazing Lash Studio, says the company is honored to support aestheticians through the Beauty Changes Lives scholarship program. “This is an exciting time in the beauty industry and we are proud to support the students who are pursuing a career path in the industry. We look forward to many years of promoting and celebrating aestheticians through our partnership with Beauty Changes Lives,” says Heather.
Beauty Changes Lives Foundation President Lynelle Lynch said the tremendous applicant response for the scholarship speaks to booming demand in the spa industry and the reputation of the Amazing Lash brand. “We are so honored that one of the most innovative, respected and entrepreneurial brands in beauty is paying their success forward through the gift of education,” Lynelle stated.
Winners will be recognized at the Amazing Lash National Franchisee Meeting on September 15.
About the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation: With a mission to elevate, educate and empower, Beauty Changes Lives is uniting the industry and building awareness of the extraordinary career opportunities in the beauty, wellness and massage therapy industries. Learn more at www.beautychangeslives.org or find us on Facebook.
About Amazing Lash Studio: Amazing Lash Studio was founded in 2010 by Edward and Jessica Le, with the vision to create excellence and affordability in the eyelash extension industry. Amazing Lash Studios are retail salons that apply semi-permanent eyelash extensions with a proprietary, patented process to the clients’ own lashes, replicating the curve and size of natural lashes. The concept began franchising in 2013 and to date has 155 open studios and 295 sold in 28 states and in January 2017 began franchising internationally.
The concept began franchising in 2013 and to date has 155 open studios and 295 sold in 28 states and in January 2017 began franchising internationally.
Beauty Changes Lives Foundation: Susan Miller, email@example.com / 765-620-2007
Amazing Lash Studio Franchise: Barbara Carrera Holland, firstname.lastname@example.org / 602-404-7561