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Husband-wife Team Open Independent Insurance Store »

April 14, 2014 at 8:09AM PDT | Source: Brightway Insurance

Sedona, Ariz. (PRWEB) April 14, 2014 - Jay and Michelle Fitz wanted a way to serve the community and to build a legacy in business when they relocated from California to Sedona, Ariz. five months ago. They found that opportunity in Brightway Insurance, and are opening the first Sedona Brightway Insurance store at 31 Bell Rock Plaza, Suite C.
Brightway Insurance is an independent agency with a franchise model that allows its network of owner-agents to focus on selling, while service is handled centrally by product experts. Relationships with insurance companies are also handled centrally. A typical independent agent represents a little more than six insurance companies, while Brightway agents typically have access to more than 100.
"Everyone needs insurance, and everyone wants the best and most comprehensive insurance solutions available," said Jay...

Tint World Appoints New Franchise Operations Manager »

April 10, 2014 at 6:59AM PDT | Source: Tint World

Tint World names John Marsh as new Franchise Operations Manager
WESTON, Fla. - April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ - Tint World, the nation's leading automotive styling franchise, announced that industry veteran John Marsh has been appointed as the new Franchise Operations Manager for the company. According to Tint World VP of Dealer Operations / Vendor Manager Paul Pirro, "Marsh will be responsible for daily support of the franchisee locations nationwide."
Tint World's fast paced growth has demanded additional sales, training, and operational support from Tint World's corporate office and "the addition of John with his vast experience and knowledge will make him a great asset to our team and franchise locations," said Pirro.
Marsh comes to Tint World with nearly 20 years of automotive industry experience - beginning his career at 12-volt, in the sound-off competition lanes in the mid-90s, and soon found employment at Esoteric Audio in the marketing department...

Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. To Present At The Bank Of America Merrill Lynch 2014 Auto Summit Conference »

April 10, 2014 at 5:21AM PDT | Source: Hertz

NAPLES, Fla. - April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Hertz Global Holdings, Inc.'s (NYSE: HTZ) Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Mark Frissora to speak at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2014 Auto Summit.
Conference
Time/Date:  9:40 am (ET) on Wednesday April 16, 2014
Internet Access
Hertz's presentation will be broadcast live through an audio webcast available from the Investor Relations section of Hertz's website, http://ir.hertz.com. Presentation slides will be available for download at the site and the webcast will be available for replay until July 15, 2014
About Hertz 
Hertz operates its car rental business through the Hertz, Dollar, Thrifty and Firefly brands from approximately 11,555 corporate and licensee locations in approximately 145 countries in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and New Zealand...

Hertz And Singapore Airlines' KrisFlyer Frequent Flyer Program Celebrate 15 Years Of Partnership »

April 08, 2014 at 5:34AM PDT | Source: Hertz

Special 15% discount and 1,500 KrisFlyer miles promotion for KrisFlyer members renting a car with Hertz from April 1 to July 31, 2014.
LONDON - April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire - The Hertz Corporation (NYSE: HTZ), the world's leading general use car rental brand, is celebrating 15 years of partnership with KrisFlyer, the frequent flyer program of Singapore Airlines, the world's most awarded airline. In honor of this occasion, KrisFlyer members from around the world will be entitled to a 15 per cent discount and 1,500 KrisFlyer miles when renting a car with Hertz. Valid from April 1 to July 31, 2014, the offer is applicable at participating locations in USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
In addition, KrisFlyer members residing in Singapore will get a chance to enter a draw to win 1 of 10 prizes, each comprising 15,000 KrisFlyer miles by making a qualifying rental...

Ottawa Senators Foundation And Carstar Collision And Glass To Unveil Three Vehicles As Part Of Community Power Play Initiative »

April 04, 2014 at 6:22AM PDT | Source: CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts

OTTAWA, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - April 3, 2014) - Join the Ottawa Senators Foundation (@sensfoundation) and CARSTAR Collision and Glass (@carstarcanada) at Canadian Tire Centre on Friday, April 4, when the team hosts the Montreal Canadiens as they unveil three reconditioned vans which will be donated to local charitable organizations including the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa and Ottawa Community Housing.
The Ottawa Senators Foundation partned with CARSTAR Collision and Glass to create the CARSTAR Community Power Play aimed at giving back to the community and providing mobility to organizations and individuals in need.
What:
CARSTAR's Director of Business Development, Rick Yates, will officially unveil the vehicles alongside Danielle Robinson of the Ottawa Senators Foundation and Colleen Mooney, executive director, Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa...

Carsmetics Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary In Charlotte »

April 04, 2014 at 6:16AM PDT | Source: Carsmetics

Carsmetics model of Fast, Flawless For Less repairs continues to change the auto body industry. On Tuesday, April 15th Carsmetics Charlotte will host an open house at their facility to celebrate the stores 1 year anniversary.
Charlotte, North Carolina (PRWEB) April 04, 2014 - Where do you go to get damage repaired after you back into a pole, or worse, your neighbor’s car? Accidents like this happen frequently and fall under the category of light collision. Most repairs costs are at or just under the insurance deductible and Carsmetics provides the best alternative for a fast, flawless repair for the out of pocket payer. Most repairs are less than $1000, and they are generally completed in 1-2 days. Many drivers choose not to report an accident to their insurance company therefore eliminating increased premiums...

Sixt And VERC Car Rental Enter Franchise Agreement For Boston Massachusetts »

April 03, 2014 at 7:33AM PDT | Source: Sixt

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - April 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Sixt SE and its U.S. Franchise Unit (Sixt Franchise USA LLC) announce the signing of multiple franchise agreements with VERC Car Rental. VERC Car Rental will convert their existing locations in Massachusetts to Sixt franchises, open a new Sixt franchise to service Boston-Logan International Airport, as well as open additional franchise locations in Suffolk County. Sixt is actively seeking growth-oriented franchisees in an initiative to expand its franchise network into the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America as part of its effort to further internationalize the group's business.
"We are extremely pleased to have VERC Car Rental join the Sixt franchise system. VERC's existing network in the South Shore area, and their desire to expand into to the Boston area, will help establish a strong presence for Sixt in the Northeast U...

Snap-on Incorporated To Webcast 2014 First Quarter Results Conference Call »

April 03, 2014 at 6:37AM PDT | Source: Snap-on Tools

KENOSHA, Wis. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - April 3, 2014 - Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE: SNA) will release 2014 first quarter results prior to the market open on Thursday, April 17, 2014. A conference call to discuss the results will be held at 10:00am ET on that day. The conference call, with accompanying slides, will be webcast live via the Internet.
To access the call, visit http://www.snapon.com/sna and click on the link to the webcast. The release can also be accessed on the Snap-on Web site. An archived replay will be available for at least 10 days following the call.
About Snap-on
Snap-on Incorporated is a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions for professional users performing critical tasks...

Jiffy Lube International Recognizes Bronco Lube As "Franchisee Of The Year" »

April 02, 2014 at 6:48AM PDT | Source: Jiffy Lube

April 02, 2014 // Franchising.com // HOUSTON – Jiffy Lube® International, Inc. recently named Bronco Lube, LLC, "Franchisee of the Year" for its dedication, strength, integrity and support for the Jiffy Lube® brand. With three Jiffy Lube service centers in Florence, S.C., owner and operator Chad Weisbeck displays superior operations through well-trained, committed employees and highly satisfied customers, while continuously investing in industry innovation. The esteemed "Franchisee of the Year" award is presented annually to the franchisee who best exemplifies the Jiffy Lube brand. "I'm delighted to recognize Bronco Lube for its commitment to excellence and strong performance," said Steve Ledbetter, president of Jiffy Lube International...

Speedemissions, Inc. Reports Year End 2013 Results »

March 31, 2014 at 10:44AM PDT | Source: SpeedEmissions Car Care, LLC

ATLANTA, GA - (Marketwired - Mar 31, 2014) - Speedemissions, Inc. (OTCQB: SPMI), a leader in the vehicle emissions and safety inspections industry, with 43 locations in Atlanta, Houston, St. Louis and Salt Lake City, and the developer of CARbonga-SRI and CARbonga, the revolutionary automobile diagnostic iPhone apps, announced its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2013.
"While we were presented with several unanticipated challenges this year, there were tangible and measurable improvements that began showing positive results in late 2013 as a result of several corporate actions that we implemented," stated Rich Parlontieri, Speedemissions President and CEO.

Same store sales increased in Atlanta for the year 7...

J.D. Byrider Adds Two Franchise Consultants To Team »

March 28, 2014 at 7:27AM PDT | Source: J.D. Byrider

March 28, 2014 // Franchising.com // CARMEL, Ind. – J.D. Byrider, the nation’s leading used car and finance company, is pleased to announce Brad White and Jeff McKay have been added as franchise consultants at J.D. Byrider’s Carmel, Ind., headquarters. Both will be responsible for supporting J.D. Byrider franchisees, advising for operational and financial improvement, and building leadership teams in each region.
"Brad and Jeff round out our team of seven franchise consultants who are experts in our field support system, helping our franchisees achieve their goals while ensuring our customers nationwide receive exceptional experiences,” said Tom Welter, vice president of franchising. “As both men have grown within our system, we look forward to using their strategic and operational insights to help achieve our double-digit store growth goals...

Tint World Announces Advanced Training For New Services To Existing Franchisees »

March 27, 2014 at 8:29AM PDT | Source: Tint World

WESTON, Fla. - March 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ - Tint World, the nation's leading automotive styling franchise, has recently announced that special training for new products and services will now be available for current franchisees.
Consistently at the forefront of the auto styling industry, Tint World continues to expand their services based on untapped and upcoming segments in the industry. Tint World's recent partnerships with Katzkin auto leather interiors, VizuaLogic Tint World branded headrest tablets, and Tint World Branded Spray-In Bedliners, has lead to the development of the special training
The advanced training will include technical product knowledge and installations headed by Ron Leslie, VP Restyling Sales and VizuaLogic representative David "Bogie" Bowen...

Antron Brown And MATCO Tools Dragster To Visit Students As Western Technical College On March 25th »

March 24, 2014 at 12:22PM PDT | Source: Matco Tools

El Pao, Texas (PRWEB) March 24, 2014 - "I love doing these school visits with Matco Tools," Brown said. "I have been in the student's position before when I was in school at Mercer College in New Jersey. Having the opportunity to give back to these students and speak to them about their future and their career paths is something I enjoy. These students and mechanics are the future and it's great to meet them. I've been coming to Western Tech for years now and it's a great facility."
Brown will be at the school from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. speaking to groups of students who also will have the opportunity to get an up-close look at the Matco Tools Top Fuel dragster and speak with two crew members that work on the 10,000-horsepower nitro-fueled machine...

Tint World Recognized For Excellence By Top Industry Organizations »

March 19, 2014 at 8:05AM PDT | Source: Tint World

Tint World Franchise is recognized for industry excellence by Franchise Gator, Franchise Business Review, and Technology Integrator.
WESTON, Fla. - March 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ - Tint World has recently been recognized for outstanding achievements by several top franchise authority organizations including Franchise Gator and Franchise Business Review as well as Technology Integrator, a business strategy magazine for automation integration electronics professionals.
Tint World Franchise ranked 13th in Franchise Gator's Top 100 Franchises for 2014 and also ranked 1st in Franchise Gator's Top Emerging Franchises. Franchises are ranked according to the quality of a franchise system over time including factors such as financial stability, growth, transparency, engagement, continuity, and sustainability...

Christian Brothers Automotive Opens New Location In Clermont »

March 19, 2014 at 6:01AM PDT | Source: Christian Brothers Automotive

Husband and wife entrepreneurial team offers quality, convenience and friendly customer service at new automotive care shop.
Clermont, FL (PRWEB) March 19, 2014 - Christian Brothers Automotive, the automotive repair shop creating a positive "culture shock" in town with its commitment to honesty and integrity, opened a new location this week situated at 2659 E. Highway 50 in Clermont, Florida.
Located just east of the Clermont Water Tower, directly across Hwy 50 from Super Target, the nearly 5,000 square-foot location includes nine service bays, as well as an upscale lobby with a home-charm décor that features leather couches, decorative lighting, artwork and hardwood floors. Christian Brothers also offers a new courtesy shuttle vehicle to transport you to and from work or home while your vehicle is being serviced...

The Radiator Store Joins The 1-800 Radiator & A/C Franchise Network »

March 18, 2014 at 7:50AM PDT | Source: 1-800 RADIATOR

LODI, NJ - (Marketwired - Mar 18, 2014) - North America's largest auto parts franchise, 1-800 Radiator & A/C, and the largest Cooling Parts distributor on the East Coast, The Radiator Store, have joined forces. The Radiator Store will be the largest franchisee within 1-800 Radiator & A/C Franchise network.
The Radiator Store has 15 locations in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and has been growing its revenues consistently for over 20 years. The Radiator Store is widely known for its superior quality and its excellent customer service. The Radiator Store CEO, Brian Drost Sr., and the President, Brian Drost Jr., are excited to leverage their great name with the technology and support of the 1-800 Radiator & A/C franchise system...

Fiesta Auto Insurance Opens New Location In Lake Forest, California »

March 18, 2014 at 5:08AM PDT | Source: Fiesta Auto Insurance

Local Neighborhood Business Meets Growing Demand for Affordable, High-Quality Insurance and Tax Preparation Services
March 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // Lake Forest, California. - Fiesta Auto Insurance, the nation’s only insurance and tax preparation franchise business, today announced the opening of its newest location at 23783 El Toro Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630 – Ph 949-238-2660
"We look forward to filling the void for affordable, high-quality insurance and tax preparation services," said Ignacio Escutia, who owns the new Fiesta Auto Insurance in Vista. "We pride ourselves on being an integral part of the community and offering consumers a one-stop shop to turn to for their insurance and tax needs."
Fiesta Auto Insurance specializes in insurance products and tax preparation, for customers interested in personal and commercial automotive, homeowners, rental, condo, apartment, commercial property, Mexico insurance, and special event insurance coverage...

Hertz Board Approves Separation Of Equipment Rental Business »

March 18, 2014 at 4:52AM PDT | Source: Hertz

Announces New $1 Billion Share Repurchase Program
NAPLES, Fla. - March 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - The Hertz Corporation (NYSE: HTZ) ("Hertz" or "the Company") today announced that its board of directors has approved plans to separate into two independent, publicly traded companies. The two companies will be "Hertz," comprised of the Hertz, Dollar, Thrifty and Firefly rental car businesses as well as Donlen, a provider of fleet leasing and management services, and "HERC," the Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation. The separation is planned to be in the form of a tax-free spin-off to Hertz shareholders, and the Company has received a Private Letter Ruling from the Internal Revenue Service that allows Hertz to separate the businesses in a tax-efficient manner...

Army Veteran Accepts New Assignment: Brightway Insurance Franchise »

March 13, 2014 at 4:40AM PDT | Source: Brightway Insurance

Brandon, FL (PRWEB) March 12, 2014 - Lorenzo Acevedo is the new agency owner for the Brandon, Fla., Brightway Insurance store located at 773 W. Brandon Blvd.
The fast-growing national independent insurance retailer is a big change from Acevedo's previous line of work. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native served 11 years in the U.S. Army, including time in Afghanistan. Prior to taking over the Brandon store, Acevedo worked at the Department of Veteran Affairs.
"Brightway Insurance is a veteran-friendly company and we're pleased to have veterans like Lorenzo join our team," said President Talman Howard. "Veterans are leaders who take necessary risks to be successful, and their service to our country should be applauded."
Acevedo's insurance store is a member of the Brandon Chamber of Commerce as well as the Riverview Chamber of Commerce...

Arrive Easily With Sixt And Germanwings »

March 10, 2014 at 11:29AM PDT | Source: Sixt

Sixt Continues its Successful Partnership with the Well-known Airline; Move Easily and Conveniently from Plane to Rental Car
Munich/Berlin, 7 March 2014 – Sixt, one of Europe’s leading mobility providers, and Germanwings, Germany’s biggest low-cost airline, are set to continue their successful partnership. As Germanwings’ car rental partner, Sixt offers passengers a comprehensive mobility service as part of this alliance. Right after booking their flights online, passengers can reserve Sixt rental vehicles on the Germanwings website www.germanwings.com. Customers can look forward to the Sixt vehicle of their choice at any Germanwings destination, before or after the flight. Sixt and Germanwings have been working together for their customers’ benefit since 2002...



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