FullSpeed Automotive® Elevates Ron Stilwell to President of Franchising Amid 31% Unit Count Growth in 2022
Greenwood Village, CO – FullSpeed Automotive, one of the nation’s largest franchisors and operators of automotive aftermarket repair facilities, home to flagship brands Grease Monkey®, SpeeDee Oil Change & Auto Service®, and Kwik Kar, announces the appointment of Ron Stilwell as President of Franchising.
Previously serving as Chief Development Officer for FullSpeed Automotive, Stilwell has played a significant role helping grow unit count by 31% in 2022 to-date. This is credited to a strong franchise development strategy, strategic mergers and acquisitions, and by implementing proven systems that will continue to lead to exponential growth as FullSpeed aims to achieve its growth goal of 1,000 units by the end of 2023.
As President of Franchising, Stilwell will oversee all aspects of FullSpeed Automotive’s franchise side of the business, including the entire operations department, development, training, purchasing, and licensing for Kwik Kar, and more.
“My goals are to work closely with our franchise community to understand their challenges and opportunities to help meet their success goals,” said Stilwell. “As I step into this role, I look forward to working on more state-of-the-art technology enhancements that will help reduce labor and make operations more efficient – all with the guest experience in mind. By doing so, we’ll maximize unit-level profitability and create opportunity for franchisees to confidently grow the number of units in their portfolio.”
This news comes on the heels of the recent appointment of Rob Lynch as CEO earlier this year. Lynch has brought a fresh, revitalizing approach to the business, and implemented several enhancements to the executive team, including elevating Stilwell to President of Franchising. With 35 years of franchise industry experience, Stilwell brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to FullSpeed’s next era of growth.
“FullSpeed Automotive is building a team of best-in-class leaders to elevate and fuel growth,” said Lynch. “The future is bright as we build on the strength of our flagship brands and expand our presence through strategic franchise partnerships and industry acquisitions. This is an exciting chapter in our organization’s growth story, and with Stilwell leading the charge, I’m confident in the direction we’re headed.”
In 2022, FullSpeed bands have grown from 703 units to over 900 company, franchised, and licensed units. FullSpeed also recently unveiled its highly anticipated new store models. The ‘Store of the Future’ models will use all-new technology, hone in on the customer-experience, and create an environment the industry has not yet seen before
FullSpeed Automotive is looking to bring on qualified and engaged individuals seeking single, multi-unit, and conversion opportunities. When franchisees invest with FullSpeed Automotive brands, they’re investing in an organization with a strong culture, solid systems, and proven business models backed with 70+ years of experience in providing quality car care in the industry. FullSpeed Automotive’s acquisition strategy has also played a key role in nationwide expansion and remains a strong business focal point for growth.
For more information, visit fullspeedautomotive.com or call 800-364-0352.
About FullSpeed Automotive®
FullSpeed Automotive® is among the nation’s largest franchisors and operators of automotive aftermarket repair facilities and home to flagship brands Grease Monkey®, SpeeDee Oil Change & Auto Service®, and Kwik Kar. FullSpeed Brands offers oil changes, tire sales and rotations, brake services, car washes, and other ancillary services through multiple brand formats that target several desirable segments of the service market. The company’s strategic geographic footprint of 900 -plus franchised and company-owned locations provide density in high growth markets. In 2022, both Grease Monkey and SpeeDee were included in Entrepreneur’s prestigious Franchise 500 ranking. FullSpeed is headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colorado. For more information, go to www.fullspeedautomotive.com.
About Grease Monkey®
Founded in 1978 and part the FullSpeed Automotive® family of brands, Grease Monkey has over 40 years of expertise in oil changes and automotive maintenance. There are over 490 Grease Monkey auto centers in the United States and international locations in Mexico, South America, China, and Saudi Arabia. In 2022, Grease Monkey was named to Entrepreneur’s Fastest-Growing Franchises list as well as included in the prestigious Franchise 500 ranking for the sixth consecutive year. Grease Monkey is also proud to have received the VetFran 5‐Star rating demonstrating its extraordinary commitment to “provide access and opportunities in franchising to our Nation’s Veterans and their Spouses.” For more information, go to www.greasemonkeyfranchise.com.
About SpeeDee Oil Change & Auto Service
Founded in 1980, SpeeDee Oil Change & Auto Service is a franchise-based full-service automotive care company headquartered in Greenwood Village, CO. SpeeDee is a subsidiary of FullSpeed Automotive®. There are over 200 SpeeDee auto centers located throughout the United States and Mexico. In 2022, SpeeDee Oil Change & Auto Service was included in Entrepreneur’s prestigious Franchise 500 ranking for the fourth consecutive year. SpeeDee is also proud to have received the VetFran 5‐Star rating demonstrating its extraordinary commitment to “provide access and opportunities in franchising to our Nation’s Veterans and their Spouses.” For more information, visit www.speedeeoilfranchise.com.