People and News: May 2020

People, News & Events

People on the Move

Kimberly demaree

Kimberly Demaree has joined Home Helpers as Chief Performance Officer. Demaree will direct Franchise Services, Training and Marketing.

Joe Malmuth batteries plus

Joe Malmuth is now the Director of Franchise Development for Batteries Plus. Malmuth will be overseeing all aspects of the brand's franchise development, work with new owners and franchise consultants to expand the system and manage programs focused on helping current owners develop territory and facilitate transactions.


Franchise News

Growing Brands

Kim Burckhardt
Kim Burckhardt

Kim and Paul Burckhardt have launched Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services of Westminster-Eldersburg, Maryland. Paul Burckhardt previously owned and operated a cybersecurity consulting company. Kim Burckhardt, who has experience in the biotechnology industry, owns a personal training business and previously owned and operated a childcare facility.

Mountain Mike’s Pizza is opening its fifth Oakland, California location. With the dining room currently closed due to stay at home orders, Mountain Mike’s is offering its full menu via contactless delivery and carryout. “Although we’re not able to open our dining rooms just yet, we are proud to begin serving Mountain Mike’s signature pizzas to the Oakland community in the safest way possible,” said Bhimsen Khadka, one of three franchise partners of the new Oakland Mountain Mike's Pizza location.

Pool Scouts has been operating as an essential business and the brand has seen a 73% increase in sales over this time last year. The brand has recently signed on two new franchise owners, including one deal for the brand's first franchise in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Jeremiah’s Italian Ice has launched its highly-anticipated franchise opportunity last May, and in under 12 months, has awarded more than 100 units to 43 franchise partners.


office pride
From left: Lindsey Stein (Recruiting), Shane Coleman (Operations Manager), Bobby Halbrook (Owner & General Manager), David Stein (Owner & Area Developer), Stella Stein, Alma Ruiz (Operations Supervisor) and Debbie Kowalik (Director of HR & Administration).


Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services of East Texas is celebrating 10 years in business. Office Pride of East Texas has been a consistently top performer in the Office Pride franchise system, receiving Standards of Excellence Awards in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2019. The Tyler franchise also earned Market Growth Awards, which recognize the franchises with the Top 5 revenue increases, in 2011, 2012 and 2015.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Juice It Up! was recognized as a 2020 Fast Casual Top Mover & Shaker. For the past 16 years, the Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers has identified the most innovative brands and leaders for their contributions to the growth of the fast casual restaurant segment.

Special Offers

Dream Vacations is giving five military veterans a chance to win a Dream Vacations franchise as part of their award-winning Operation Vetrepreneur business plan contest. Since 2013, Dream Vacations has awarded 42 free franchises valued at $533,400 to military veterans, and in recognition of the contest’s ninth anniversary this year and to pay tribute to the community heroes who have been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, contest has been expanded to award nine total military veterans and community heroes with a free franchise as well. The contest begins on Monday, May 25, 2020, and runs through July 31, 2020. Find out more at

UCMAS is waving 25% off the Franchise Fee for anyone wanting to start their own Education Franchised Business, and offering a 50% waiver of the Franchise Fee for anyone who lost their job due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Not just this, but we will he waiving off their first 6 months of royalty payable. For more information, email USMAS is happy to help people become their own bosses and join the franchise community.

New Features

Chem-Dry has just announced the rollout of a specialized Sanitizing Service that targets areas of homes and workplaces most prone to viruses, bacteria and germs. The new Sanitizing Service for homes and workspaces will focus on applying a professional sanitizer to surfaces most vulnerable to the transmission of viruses, bacteria and germs.