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Paula Rhoden And Jonathan Zahler Become Newest Brightway Insurance Agency Owners In Jacksonville »

March 03, 2015 at 11:39AM PST | Source: Brightway Insurance

March 03, 2015 // Franchising.com // JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – When Paula Rhoden was looking for her next career opportunity, she knew she wanted to be her own boss and she wanted to help fellow Jacksonville citizens. Owning a Brightway Insurance agency gives her that opportunity.
She and co-owner Jonathan Zahler opened the newest Brightway store at 14985 Old St. Augustine Road, Suite 118 on Feb. 23.
Brightway is a national property/casualty insurance retailer selling through a network of franchised independent agencies throughout the country.
Rhoden began her career in Jacksonville with MediaOne in 1997, currently known as Comcast, where she served as a project coordinator, senior administrator and strategic business partner on the executive team...

Christian Brothers Auto Repair Franchise To Open 20 Stores In 2015 »

March 02, 2015 at 7:40AM PST | Source: Christian Brothers Automotive

Auto Repair Franchise Starts 2015 With 135 Locations Nationwide and Has Never Closed One
HOUSTON, TX - (Marketwired - Mar 2, 2015) - Christian Brothers Automotive plans to open 20 locations in 2015 -- continuing the strong growth that has earned the auto repair franchise recognition from both Entrepreneur magazine and Franchise Business Review.
Christian Brothers is a highly rated, faith-based auto repair franchise with a unique financial model. The auto repair franchise company assumes a majority of the startup risk by purchasing land and constructing "built-to-suit" buildings, which the franchisee then manages. We don't charge a franchisee based on top-line revenues like virtually every other franchisor, but on a share of the profits, which is calculated after expenses...

ABRA Auto Body & Glass Closes On Fourth Acquisition In Four Weeks »

March 02, 2015 at 4:35AM PST | Source: ABRA Auto Body & Glass

MINNEAPOLIS - February 27, 2015  - (BUSINESS WIRE) - ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a leading national damaged vehicle repair company, announced it acquired Crash1 Off Alpine Collision Center in Rockford, Illinois. Today's transaction is ABRA's fourth deal in three different states in less than a month.
The move signals the company is hitting its growth stride as it executes an aggressive national growth strategy to dramatically increase its national footprint. In less than a year, ABRA's repair center portfolio in Illinois has grown to 32 centers and its nationwide footprint now stands at 266 in 20 states.
Duane Rouse, ABRA's President and Chief Executive Officer, is pleased with the company's performance and progress while it continues to develop its acquisition road map...

Pop-A-Lock Canada Offers New Online Key Duplication Service »

February 24, 2015 at 8:49AM PST | Source: Pop A Lock

TORONTO - February 24, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Pop-A-Lock Canada, part of North America's largest system of locksmiths, has just announced its new online store for making duplicate car keys and auto remotes. Whether vehicle owners want an extra key for "key insurance," or if they have lost their only copy and need a replacement one right away, the new store will make it easier for vehicle owners to obtain the keys they need.
With the recent trend towards online commerce, it is becoming more essential for businesses to provide a platform for customers to take care of their purchasing needs online. Pop-A-Lock recognizes this demand, and its expansion into the world of online key duplication is one way that it can help meet customer needs more efficiently...

Don't Mess With Texas, Or Sixt: Sixt Rent A Car Opens New Branch At Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport »

February 24, 2015 at 6:23AM PST | Source: Sixt

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Feb. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Sixt SE and its U.S. Operating Unit (Sixt rent a car USA, LLC) announce the opening of a new branch inside the DFW Airport Rental Car Center (http://www.sixt.com/car-rental/usa/dallas/dallas-fort-worth-airport). Opening at DFW is a logical next step in the expansion of the Sixt US airport network. The new branch at DFW is the second Sixt location to open in Texas, preceded by a franchise branch in Austin (http://www.sixt.com/car-rental/usa/austin/austin-35th-street).
"We are thrilled to open a new branch inside the DFW Rental Car Center, where we will offer travelers access to our fleet of premium vehicles like Audi, BMW, Cadillac, and Mercedes-Benz," said Craig Olson, Executive Vice President of North America Franchise Development for Sixt...

1-800 Radiator & A/C Hits The JACKPOT At The 10th Annual Franchise Conference With This Year's Keynote Speaker »

February 19, 2015 at 10:22AM PST | Source: 1-800 RADIATOR

LAS VEGAS, NV - (Marketwired - Feb 19, 2015) - Marcus Lemonis will be on hand at this year's convention in Las Vegas to be held April 24-25, 2015.
Marcus is known as the "business turnaround king" and host of CNBC's prime time reality series, The Profit. He serves as chairman and CEO of Camping World, the nation's largest RV and outdoor retailer.
Marcus Lemonis is regarded as one of the top executives in the country with a proven track record of overcoming adversities in business and turning them into success stories. Marcus will share his "3P" principle with the 1-800 Radiator & A/C network, "People/Process/Product." This principle focuses on finding the right people, how to create, deliver, and sell with a process that is both excellent and relevant...

Brightway Insurance Grows Customer Service And Business Analytics Teams »

February 18, 2015 at 5:17AM PST | Source: Brightway Insurance

Adds Depth to Areas Key to Franchisee Growth
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. (PRWEB) February 17, 2015 - Shelonda Prince and David Skinner have joined the Brightway Insurance team in Jacksonville as Customer Service Manager and Business Analytics Project Manager, respectively, the company announced.
Brightway is a national property/casualty insurance retailer selling through franchised locations. Key differentiators in the Brightway system are the service provided after the sale by its Service Center, and reports provided by its Business Analytics team that helps each franchisee better understand key metrics and develop plans to grow their agencies as quickly as possible.
Prince brings with her over 15 years of Operations leadership, most recently at NGA Human Resources, where she was responsible for 10 clients...

Valvoline Instant Oil Change Now In La Mesa CA »

February 17, 2015 at 7:09AM PST | Source: Valvoline Instant Oil Change

Valvoline Instant Oil Change, home of the 15 minute drive thru oil change, has opened a new location in La Mesa, CA.
La Mesa, CA (PRWEB) February 17, 2015 - Valvoline Instant Oil Change, home of the 15 minute drive thru oil change, has opened a new location in La Mesa, CA. The rapidly expanding franchise will be bringing jobs to the community. Valvoline Instant Oil Change, located at 7981 El Cajon Blvd next to El Pollo Loco, has equipped the building with a full facelift, new signage, cutting edge tools, and a well-trained team of technicians offering superior service.
The La Mesa location is the 73rd site to open in Southern California in the past three years. Valvoline Instant Oil Change service offering includes, but is certainly not limited to, oil changes, tire rotations, transmission services, and radiator services...

Snap-on Incorporated Declares Quarterly Dividend »

February 12, 2015 at 10:34AM PST | Source: Snap-on Tools

KENOSHA, Wis. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Feb. 12, 2015 - The Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE: SNA) board of directors declared today a quarterly common stock dividend of $0.53 per share payable March 10, 2015 to shareholders of record on February 24, 2015. Snap-on has paid consecutive quarterly cash dividends, without interruption or reduction, since 1939.
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. Products and services include hand and power tools, tool storage, diagnostics software, information and management systems, shop equipment and other solutions for vehicle dealerships and repair centers, as well as for customers in industries, including aviation and aerospace, agriculture, construction, government and military, mining, natural resources, power generation and technical education...

Christian Brothers Automotive Repair Franchise Rapidly Expanding In Cincinnati Area »

February 09, 2015 at 8:35AM PST | Source: Christian Brothers Automotive

Auto Repair Franchise Opening Two Locations in Cincinnati
CINCINNATI, OH - (Marketwired - Feb 9, 2015) - Texas-based auto repair franchise Christian Brothers Automotive is expanding into Cincinnati with plans to open two locations in the next year. One location in Miami Township already has owners lined up, and a franchisee is being sought for a location in Highland Pointe.
It's part of an energetic national expansion for Christian Brothers Automotive, which has been named the top automotive franchise for four years in a row by Franchise Business Review, which tracks franchisee satisfaction. The 19-year-old franchise system has more than 130 locations nationwide, and it has never closed a location.
Meet the owner of the Miami Township location
Doug and Jamie Beachy's store is expected to open in mid-2015 in Miami Township...

ABRA Auto Body & Glass Acquires Seven Repair Centers In Washington State »

February 09, 2015 at 4:06AM PST | Source: ABRA Auto Body & Glass

MINNEAPOLIS - February 06, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a leading national damaged vehicle repair company, announced it acquired a total of seven collision repair centers in Washington state.
In a move signaling another year of growth, ABRA acquired six Barrett's Collision Centers in South Puget Sound/Tacoma and the Olympia area along with GW Auto Rebuild in Edmonds, Washington in two separate transactions. Terms of today's deals were not disclosed.
The expansion comes less than two years after ABRA entered the region and increases its repair center portfolio to 264 in 20 states. The accelerated and continued growth is part of the company's aggressive initiative to dramatically increase its national footprint...

Sixt Launches Premium Mobility Services In Kuwait »

February 06, 2015 at 10:58AM PST | Source: Sixt

Mobility service provider strengthens its presence in the Middle East
February 06, 2015 // Franchising.com // Munich / Kuwait - High-quality services for demanding customers: Sixt is proud to extend his international network to Kuwait. The premium mobility provider will be welcoming its customers at the international airport as well as in the centre of Kuwait City. Sixt Kuwait will offer a wide range of mobility solutions: Short- and long-term rentals and exclusive Limousine Services will be offered. In this way, Sixt Kuwait can cover mobility needs from one day up to three years, tailor-made for every customer. Customers can choose from a premium fleet of saloons, sports cars and SUVs.
Sixt is working together with a powerful Partner in Kuwait which has more than 20 years of mobility service experience in the market...

Sixt SE: Supervisory Board Appoints Alexander And Konstantin Sixt As New Managing Board Members »

February 06, 2015 at 7:00AM PST | Source: Sixt

CEO Erich Sixt prolongs contract ahead of time until 2020
Supervisory Board Chairman Prof. Dr. Gunter Thielen:"The extension of the Managing board is a logical consequence of the strong expansion over the last few years."
Pullach - 2nd February 2015 – The Supervisory Board of the mobility service provider, Sixt SE, has decided to extend the Managing Board from three to five members. Alexander Sixt (35) and Konstantin Sixt (32) have been appointed as new members effective as of 2nd February 2015. Both of them already hold managing functions. The Supervisory Board simultaneously extended the contract with CEO Erich Sixt (70) ahead of time until 2020. As the third generation at the helm, Erich Sixt has been leading the company since 1969...

Snap-on Announces Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2014 Results »

February 05, 2015 at 6:46AM PST | Source: Snap-on Tools

Diluted EPS of $1.97 for the quarter increases 23.1%;
Operating earnings before financial services of 16.9% of sales in the quarter improves 140 basis points;
Organic sales up 9.8% in the quarter
KENOSHA, Wis. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Feb. 5, 2015 - Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE: SNA), a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions for professional users performing critical tasks, today announced 2014 operating results for the fourth quarter and full year.

Sales of $857.4 million in the quarter increased $59.9 million, or 7.5%, from 2013 levels; excluding $21.5 million of unfavorable foreign currency translation and $5...

Batteries Plus Bulbs Climbs To No. 72 On Entrepreneur's Franchise 500® List »

February 03, 2015 at 3:52AM PST | Source: Batteries Plus Bulbs
Batteries Plus Bulbs Opportunities Available

First, Largest & Fastest Growing Battery and Light Bulb Franchise Continues Ascent on Prestigious List
February 03, 2015 // Franchising.com // Hartland, WI – Fueled by a never ending demand for batteries and energy-efficient light bulbs, Batteries Plus Bulbs, the nation's largest and fastest growing battery and light bulb franchise, has once again placed in the Top 100 of Entrepreneur magazine's annual Franchise 500 list.
The undisputed leader in the expanding battery and light bulb replacement markets placed at No. 72, up seven spots from last year's ranking. The 2015 Franchise 500 ranking marks the 21st consecutive year that Batteries Plus Bulbs has been included on the list, helping to validate the steadiness and strength of this needs-based franchise...

Brightway Insurance Recognized With Two National Awards »

January 29, 2015 at 4:12AM PST | Source: Brightway Insurance

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. (PRWEB) January 28, 2015 - Brightway Insurance, Inc., a national property/casualty insurance retailer selling through a network of franchised independent agencies throughout the country, has been named a Top 500 Franchise by Entrepreneur magazine for the second year in a row. The company has also been named to the Franchise Gator Top 100 list.
Brightway, the only property/casualty insurance agency franchisor on the list, landed the #252 spot in Entrepreneur magazine’s ranking (up from #277 in 2014) based on financial and statistical data from July 2012 to July 2014.
The most important factors, according to Entrepreneur, are financial strength and stability, growth rate and the size of the system. Also considered are the number of years a company has been in business, the length of time it’s been franchising, startup costs, litigation, percent of terminations and whether the company provides financing...

Brightway Insurance Announces Its Agency Of The Year And New Agency Of The Year »

January 28, 2015 at 4:10AM PST | Source: Brightway Insurance

Brightway, a national insurance retailer selling through franchised locations, names its Agency of the Year and New Agency of the Year.
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. (PRWEB) January 27, 2015 - Brightway Insurance, Inc., a national property/casualty insurance retailer selling through a network of franchised independent agencies throughout the country, has named the Boca Raton agency owned by Eric Rand its Agency of the Year.
This designation, awarded annually, goes to the agency open for more than one full year with the most new business written premium.
Rand, new to the insurance industry, opened his agency in January 2010. By January 2014, he grew it into a $14.6 million agency. In 2014, he and his seven-person team added another 2,600 customers, driving his agency’s written premium to more than $17 million, making his the largest agency in the Brightway system...

Christian Brothers Automotive Opens New Location In Huntersville »

January 27, 2015 at 8:19AM PST | Source: Christian Brothers Automotive

Huntersville, NC – (January 23, 2015) – Christian Brothers Automotive, the automotive repair shop known for its commitment to honesty, integrity and excellent customer service, opened a new location this month situated at 16618 Old Statesville Road in Huntersville, North Carolina. Colleen Manno in her new Huntersville store
Located near the southeast corner of Sam Furr Rd (Hwy 73) and Old Statesville Rd (Hwy 115) across from the CVS parking lot, the nearly 5,000 square-foot location includes nine service bays, as well as an comfortable lobby with a home-charm décor that features upscale furniture, decorative lighting, artwork and hardwood floors. Christian Brothers also offers a free courtesy shuttle vehicle to transport you to and from work, home or errands while your vehicle is being serviced...

Snap-on Incorporated To Webcast 2014 Fourth Quarter And Full Year Results Conference Call »

January 22, 2015 at 6:06AM PST | Source: Snap-on Tools

January 22, 2015 // Franchising.com // KENOSHA, Wis. - Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE: SNA) will release 2014 fourth quarter and full year results prior to the market open on Thursday, February 5, 2015. 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 quarterly release and the slides which will accompany the call can be accessed under the Downloads tab in the webcast viewer, as well as on the Snap-on website under the tabs Investor Information / Investor Events / Company Presentations. An archived replay will be available on the Snap-on website for at least one week following the call...

Sixt Continues To Push Expansion In The USA »

January 21, 2015 at 6:52AM PST | Source: Sixt


New station opened in Detroit, more stations planned in other cities such as Dallas, Boston, and Philadelphia
Number of locations almost doubled to 50 over the course of 2014
Sixt wins Expedia and carrentals.com customer satisfaction survey

January 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // Munich / Fort Lauderdale – Sixt, Germany's biggest car rental company, is continuing to push its expansion in North America. The international mobility provider now has a station at Detroit Metro Airport offering its customers a comprehensive range of premium services and a broad spectrum of well appointed vehicles including BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Cadillac. One of the Detroit station's major target groups will be the American automobile industry which is based there...



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