People & News: April 15-30

Pinch A Penny Pool Patio and Spa opened 10 new locations during 2018, and signed 30 franchise agreements. The company has implemented a growth strategy centered on markets in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, Texas. 

Cereset, a wellness franchise dedicated to helping people sleep, has opened four new locations in recent weeks. The new locations are in Fair Oaks and Nevada City, Calif., Boise, Idaho, and Kalamazoo, Mich. 

Always Best Care Senior Services is adding to a territory agreement with existing franchisee Marcus Gardner in Texas. Gardner’s Always Best Care of Dallas/Fort Worth/Mid Cities will now provide services to Carrollton, Texas. Prior to starting a franchise in 2008, Gardner worked as a business consultant for Ernst & Young.

bluefrog Plumbing + Drain awarded top franchisees at its recent annual convention in Las Vegas. Franchisee of the Year went to Amy Sheegog and Eric Carter of San Antonio, Texas. The company also gave its Rookie of the Year award to Mike Drenk of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; Office Professional of the Year award to Nicole Cioffi of Wallingford, Conn. and Technician of the Year award to Roberto Rodriguez of San Antonio, Texas.

America’s Swimming Pool Company has given its Franchisee of the Year award to John Hutchinson, owner of a franchise in Nashville, Tenn. Hutchinson received the award during the 12th annual ASP Owners Meeting in Destin, Fla.

Restoration 1 has also recently given out annual awards to franchisees, including Franchisees of the Year Franky Burciaga and Alfonso Masso of central Texas. Other Restoration 1 award winners include:

  • CEO Award: Ron Jones, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Rookie of the Year: Scott Whitaker, Spokane, Wash.
  • Highest Sales Volume: Darric Mitchell, Morris County, N.J.
  • Business Developer of the Year: John Young, Jackson, Miss.
  • Technician of the Year: Rory Greer, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Office Professional of the Year: Flo Murphy, Atlanta, Ga.

Married couple Rickey and Jessica Wilson have opened a Brightway Insurance in Safety Harbor, Fla. Jessica Wilson brings nearly 20 years of insurance experience to Brightway, most recently serving as General Manager of the Homeowners division at The Hearth Insurance Group. Rickey Wilson is a Certified General Contractor, Certified Home Inspector, Licensed Realtor and a Licensed Insurance Adjuster. He has a 2-20 Property and Casualty Agent License.

Reliable Background Screening has launched its Preferred Partner Program for franchise companies. Franchisors can set up all franchisees under the same service for employee background checks under the new program.

Volunteers Improve School in Las Vegas

More than 70 volunteers from the franchising community took part in the IFA Foundation’s 2019 Franchising Gives Back volunteer event on Saturday in Las Vegas. The annual community service event, now in its fifth year, helped to kick off the IFA Annual Convention in Las Vegas.

Volunteers from franchising brands across various industries returned to Richard J. Rundle Elementary School, a Title 1 elementary school and site of the 2017 Franchising Gives Back event. Following an introduction by Roark Capital Group Managing Steve Romaniello, CFE, incoming IFA Chair David Barr of PMTD Restaurants and IFA President and CEO Robert Cresanti, CFE, the volunteers rolled up their sleeves and got to work.

One group headed outside to plant gardens, build pathways, assemble picnic tables and decorate garden sheds and set up play areas. Another group concentrated on painting classrooms, assembling gifts of appreciation for teachers, and writing inspirational messages for the children. In addition to the direct involvement with school projects for the day and service supplies, IFA donated another $2,500 to the school on behalf of Franchising Gives Back and the IFA Foundation. Steve Romaniello and his wife, Tina, donated $10,000 to the school as well on behalf of their family foundation. 

"What inspires me to give back is a true joy knowing that our customers give us so much, and we want to be able to give back to them and our community," said Marci Kleinsasser of Handyman Connection. "This was my first Franchising Gives Back volunteer event. It allows me to give back through our community of franchising  because we’re all so close. Giving back is part of our core values and the soul of our company and I really appreciate being a part of this event."

"It’s pretty simple, if you’ve been able to do well, you need to be giving back and leave this place a little better than we found it,” said Hylant's Jeannie Hylant of Hylant Group.

Special thanks to our Franchising Gives Back sponsors: PuroClean, Tropical Smoothie Café, Massage Envy and Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers.