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Philippe Germond Appointed Chief Executive Officer Of The Europcar Group »

September 16, 2014 at 5:26AM PDT | Source: Europcar

September 09, 2014 // Franchising.com // The Board of Directors of Europcar and Eurazeo, the majority shareholder of Europcar, announced today the appointment of Philippe Germond to the position of Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Germond will assume his duties as of 1st October 2014. Patrick Sayer, Chairman of Eurazeo's Management Board, stated: We are extremely happy with Philippe Germond's arrival as the Europcar Group's CEO. In the course of his career, Philippe has amply proven his ability, particularly in listed companies, to support major transformation projects by anticipating change, and by making the companies he heads more digital and more customer-oriented. With Philippe on board, we can move confidently forward into the next stage of Europcar's development, knowing that the management team is going to continue the impressive job of accelerating Europcar's growth that it has accomplished these last few years...

Carsmetics And Midas To Fight Hunger And Feed Hope In Naples, Florida »

September 15, 2014 at 4:56AM PDT | Source: Carsmetics

Fast, Flawless for Less Repairs: Carsmetics and Midas pull together to make a difference in the auto body and repair Industry
Naples, Florida (PRWEB) September 15, 2014 - Many entrepreneurs find opportunities to make a difference in their community and Mike and Pattie Buschhoff of Naples Florida, had to look no further than the prime locations of their Midas and Carsmetics franchises. The "Midas Golden Hand" and "Back to the Future" DeLorean Time Machine replica will be on site with radio stations B103.9 and other local businesses on Saturday, Sept. 20th at 2121 Pine Ridge Rd. Free oil changes will be given away to successful blood donors. Raffle tickets for great prizes will be given to all food donators for the Harry Chapin Food Bank...

NOVUS Asks: Is Your Vehicle Ready For Winter? »

September 11, 2014 at 8:01AM PDT | Source: NOVUS Glass

September 11, 2014 // Franchising.com // With winter right around the corner, we’re preparing our closets and homes for the upcoming winter weather, but have you prepared your vehicle? Now is the time to get your vehicle ready for the cold months ahead. As more Americans are expected to hit the roads over the holidays this year, you will want to make sure your car is in prime condition to handle all road conditions.
If you live where it snows, you know what snow, ice, loose gravel and salt can do to your car. To ensure that your vehicle is properly prepared for winter travel please review the following car maintenance check list.
Windshield Maintenance
Minor scratches and nicks turn to rust, your heater gets a workout it may not be prepared for, and your windshield must deal with the temperature stress of a warm interior and a freezing exterior...

Hertz And Live Nation Debut New Promotion Through Longstanding Partnership »

September 11, 2014 at 6:58AM PDT | Source: Hertz

Receive Discounted Hertz Rentals and Up to $75 in Ticketmaster Ticket Cash™ Now Through October 31
NAPLES, Fla. - Sept. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Hertz (NYSE: HTZ), and Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV), have once again come together to offer travelers and entertainment fans alike free Ticketmaster Ticket Cash™ when renting a Hertz vehicle. Partners for more than three years, the companies' newest promotion offers sports, music and theater fans the opportunity to receive free Ticketmaster Ticket Cash™ for an event of their choosing, as well as receive a discount on their Hertz rental when reserved and rented through October 31.
"Hertz promotions with Live Nation offer our customers the opportunity to have an enjoyable experience with a discounted rental while receiving free Ticketmaster Ticket Cash for an event of their choice," said Bob Stuart, Hertz Executive Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing...

Snap-on Honored With Three Tool Innovation Awards »

September 11, 2014 at 4:47AM PDT | Source: Snap-on Tools

KENOSHA, Wis. - Sept. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Snap-on was recently honored with three prestigious awards that recognize the company as providing unique productivity solutions that address the needs of the vehicle repair industry.
Snap-on received two Professional Tool & Equipment News (PTEN) Innovation Awards for the Semi-Deep Flip Socket (S6810) in the hand tools category and the Digital Video Borescope (BK6500) in the inspection tools/lab scope category. Snap-on also received a MOTOR Magazine Top 20 Tools Award for the Two-Piece, 3/8-inch Drive Impact Swivel Extension Set (202IPFX).
"We are pleased to be recognized again this year for our efforts to understand our customers' work and develop innovative tools that help service technicians repair vehicles faster and more effectively," said Tom Kassouf, president – Snap-on Tools Group...

Leading National Battery & Light Bulb Franchise Launches "Smarter Power California" Campaign »

September 10, 2014 at 10:26AM PDT | Source: Batteries Plus Bulbs
Batteries Plus Bulbs Opportunities Available

Batteries Plus Bulbs Unveils Energy Efficiency Education Program for State Consumers, Businesses
LOS ANGELES - September 10, 2014  - (BUSINESS WIRE) - According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans could save 10 to 30 percent on their energy bills by taking advantage of energy-efficient products and services. While the state of California has already demonstrated exceptional efforts to help save energy, the nation’s fastest-growing battery and light bulb retail chain is stepping forward to ramp up educational efforts by expanding its franchise presence throughout the state.
Batteries Plus Bulbs, with more than 30 stores throughout California and over 625 nationwide, is launching a statewide campaign called "Smarter Power California" to help residents reduce energy demands, save on energy costs and ultimately push California back to the top of the list as the country’s most energy-efficient state...

Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation Appoints Christian J. Cunningham As Chief Human Resources Officer »

September 10, 2014 at 7:07AM PDT | Source: Hertz

NAPLES, Fla. - Sept. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - The Hertz Corporation (NYSE: HTZ), has announced that Christian Cunningham has joined the Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation (HERC) as its Chief Human Resources Officer. The role has been newly created for HERC as Hertz prepares to separate its car and equipment rental businesses into standalone, publicly traded companies as announced in March 2014.
Mr. Cunningham has significant, senior-level experience in the Initial Public Offering (IPO) process, talent acquisition, board liaison, performance management and governance matters. He also brings international and field leadership experience along with a prior operational background with P&L responsibility. He joins HERC from DFC Global Corporation where he served as Vice President, Corporate HR and HR Services since June 2013 with global responsibility for all human resource matters for corporate staff...

Christian Brothers Automotive Launches "Apples For Teachers" »

September 09, 2014 at 8:10AM PDT | Source: Christian Brothers Automotive

Nominations Open September 9 for Annual Back to School Promotion Honoring Teachers
HOUSTON, Sept. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Christian Brothers Automotive, a national automotive repair franchise, has launched the second annual "Apples for Teachers" online effort to reward educators who have made a difference in their communities.
"Christian Brothers Automotive gives back to the communities we serve by providing trusted repair and service in our hometowns. We want to take that same kind of commitment to our local communities a step further, by rewarding the hard-working teachers who educate our children," said Mark Carr, founder and CEO of Christian Brothers Automotive. "We may keep cars running, but it's the teachers in the classroom who helped all of us get our start...

AAMCO Expands Operations With Super Center In Louisville »

September 09, 2014 at 7:36AM PDT | Source: AAMCO Transmissions

"AAMCO Dixie Day" Grand Opening Includes Car Show with Proceeds Going to Kosair Shrine Circus
HORSHAM, Pa. - Sept. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ - AAMCO, the world's largest chain of transmission specialists and leader in total car care, announces the grand opening of an AAMCO super center on 11696 Dixie Highway in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday, September 13, 2014.
The Louisville mayor will proclaim September 13 as "AAMCO Dixie Day" and a representative from his office will be on-hand at the grand opening.
To celebrate, AAMCO Dixie will host an array of activities on Saturday from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. including a car show with games and door prizes, a raffle drawing, live music from Rock Museum and refreshments from various vendors...

J.D. Byrider Adds Three To Franchising Team »

September 08, 2014 at 11:33AM PDT | Source: J.D. Byrider

September 08, 2014 // Franchising.com // CARMEL, Ind. - J.D. Byrider, the nation's leading used car and finance company, is pleased to announce three individuals have been added to the franchising team at J.D. Byrider's Carmel, Indiana, headquarters. Kirby Durham was hired as director of franchise financing, Maureen Glunt joins the team as director of franchise sales, and Jennifer Kier was named a senior franchise analyst.
"J.D. Byrider's franchising growth demanded that we allocate additional resources to help our franchisees continue to source exceptional funding opportunities for their businesses, as well as provide the horsepower to provide them best-in-class financial analytics and support,” said Tom Welter, vice president of franchising...

International Franchise Association Recognizes Tint World® 2014 Franchisee Of The Year »

September 08, 2014 at 7:57AM PDT | Source: Tint World

Rodney Thiel will be recognized as Tint World® Franchisee of the Year at the International Franchisee Association (IFA) 15th Annual Public Affairs Conference in Washington DC.
WESTON, Fla. - Sept. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ - Tint World® is pleased to announce Rodney Thiel as this year's Tint World® Franchisee of the Year. Rodney Thiel and other nominees will be given the opportunity to visit Capitol Hill to discuss franchising opportunities with Members of Congress at the IFA 15th Annual Public Affairs Conference.
The Public Affairs Conference Leadership Dinner will be held in Washington, DC on September 16th to recognize the honorees. Over 500 franchise business leaders will meet to speak directly to Members of Congress about issues such as minimum wage, the Affordable Care Act, changes to overtime regulations, and business tax extenders...

Hertz And Navigation Solutions Launch Next Generation Hertz NeverLost® GPS System »

September 08, 2014 at 7:51AM PDT | Source: Hertz

New System Provides Personalized Trip Navigation, Hands-Free Calling, Concierge Service and More
NAPLES, Fla., - Sept. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Hertz (NYSE: HTZ) and Navigation Solutions today announced the launch of the next generation Hertz NeverLost® GPS navigation system across the U.S. The award-winning in-vehicle system now offers even more customization capabilities for travelers along with new, breakthrough navigation tools for ease, convenience and personalization when planning trips. The new system syncs directly with the recently launched Hertz NeverLost® Companion app, giving travelers access to more than 10 million U.S. destinations on their mobile devices to plan trips at their leisure, then instantly begin navigation in their Hertz rental...

Batteries Plus LLC Acquires LED Hut Ltd. »

September 08, 2014 at 6:33AM PDT | Source: Batteries Plus Bulbs
Batteries Plus Bulbs Opportunities Available

HARTLAND, Wis., Sept. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Batteries Plus LLC, the Wisconsin-based operator and franchisor of Batteries Plus Bulbs stores, announced today that it has acquired privately held LED Hut Ltd., a leading provider of LED (light emitting diode) lighting products, including bulbs and light fixtures, to customers throughout Europe.
The acquisition of LED Hut Ltd. is the Company's first in Europe and further increases its share in the rapidly changing lighting market. "LED Hut is the online market leader in the UK, with a growing presence in pan-European markets as well. They have a dynamic management team that we believe can grow even faster with the support of our resources," said Russ Reynolds, CEO of Batteries Plus Bulbs...

Canadian Tire And Skate Canada Celebrate Skating In Kingston »

September 05, 2014 at 12:08PM PDT | Source: Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited

KINGSTON, ON - Sept. 4, 2014 /CNW/ - To celebrate the upcoming 2015 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships being held at the Rogers K-Rock Centre on January 19-25, 2015, and to help Kingston and Gananoque residents register for CanSkate – Skate Canada's Learn to Skate Program – Kingston and Gananoque Canadian Tire stores will have an open CanSkate registration for the public, with guest appearances by local skating heroes.
Elizabeth Manley, 1988 Olympic Silver Medalist, will be in attendance at all Canadian Tire locations in Kingston and Gananoque to meet future CanSkate registrants and skating fans. Additionally, Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier, 2013 Canadian Ice Dance Silver Medalists, Nam Nguyen, 2014 ISU World Junior Men's Skating Champion, and Gabrielle Daleman, 2014 Canadian Women's Silver Medalist, will also be attending the CanSkate registrations at all Canadian Tire stores...

Hertz Celebrates 25,000th Dream Cars® Rental At Miami International Airport »

September 04, 2014 at 5:18AM PDT | Source: Hertz

Unsuspecting Hertz Customers Surprised with Luxury Experience and Complimentary Dream Car Upgrades
MIAMI and NAPLES, Fla. - Sept. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Hertz (NYSE: HTZ) today celebrated a milestone: the 25,000th rental of a Dream Car since the luxury collection of vehicles including Aston Martins, Ferraris, Bentleys and Lamborghinis was introduced in 2012. To commemorate this occasion, Hertz surprised five unsuspecting customers picking up their car rentals with a complimentary upgrade to a Dream Car of their choice. As part of the celebration, Mark Frissora, Hertz Chairman and CEO, awarded the 25,000th Dream Car renter with a surprise Dream Package which included:

Overnight stay in Miami at the Winter Haven Hotel, part of Marriott International's Autograph Collection
Dinner for two at Lure Fishbar South Beach, one of the area's hottest restaurants

"Today's celebration marks the growth and popularity of our luxurious Dream Cars collection, which distinguishes Hertz as a leader in the industry...

Brightway Insurance Opens Newest Florida Store »

September 03, 2014 at 11:19AM PDT | Source: Brightway Insurance

Panama City Native Returns as a Franchise Owner
Panama City, Fla. (PRWEB) September 03, 2014 - When Dale Turner's wife received a job offer in Panama City, the couple seized the chance to return to Dale's hometown. He saw in Brightway Insurance, an independent insurance agency, an opportunity to realize his dream of owning his own business. He now owns and operates the Brightway Insurance store in Panama City at 855 East 23rd Street.
Turner, a graduate from the University of Alabama, holds a bachelor's in criminal justice with a minor in business administration. Nationwide Insurance named him its 2002 employee of the year for all Southeast claims associates, and he later moved to Farmers Insurance. Now, with more than 10 years of insurance experience, Turner is opening his own Brightway store...

Snap-on To Present At RBC Capital Markets’ 2014 Global Industrials Conference »

September 03, 2014 at 6:04AM PDT | Source: Snap-on Tools

KENOSHA, Wis. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Sep. 2, 2014 - Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE: SNA) will present at the 2014 RBC Capital Markets' Global Industrials Conference at 1:20 PM Pacific Time on Tuesday, September 9, 2014.
The Snap-on management presentation will be broadcast live on the Snap-on Incorporated website. To access the webcast, go to www.snapon.com/sna and click on the link under "Events and Presentations" on the Corporate homepage, or the link found on the Investor Events page. Following the webcast, an archived replay will be available on the company's Web site for approximately 90 days.
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...

Hertz Celebrates Three Years Of Industry-Leading Gold Plus Rewards Program »

September 02, 2014 at 8:22AM PDT | Source: Hertz

Awarding-Winning Loyalty Program Offers Free Enrollment, Easier Status Upgrades, Faster Rentals and More Rewards
NAPLES, Fla. - Sept. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Hertz (NYSE: HTZ) is celebrating the three year anniversary of its award-winning Hertz Gold Plus Rewards® customer loyalty program and unveiling enhanced member benefits. Over the past year alone, the industry-leading loyalty program earned top honors for Best Rewards Program and Best Overall Benefits from FlyerTalk.com, and the 2013 COLLOQUY Loyalty Award, which recognizes groundbreaking innovations in loyalty marketing designed to enhance the consumer experience.
As part of the anniversary, Hertz hosted a summer-long promotion offering existing and new members the opportunity to earn double bonus points on weekly rentals...

Hertz Renews Title Sponsorship Of The British Grand Prix (MotoGP™) At Silverstone »

September 02, 2014 at 5:07AM PDT | Source: Hertz

Hertz British Grand Prix to be held at Silverstone from August 28th to August 31st
LONDON - Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - The Hertz Corporation (NYSE: HTZ) and Dorna Sports are pleased to announce that Hertz, the world-leading general use car rental brand, is yet again the title sponsor of the 2014 British MotoGP™. The British edition of the premier motorcycle racing world championship will be held at Silverstone from August 28th to August 31st.
Michel Taride, Group President, Hertz International, said: "Our ongoing partnership with Dorna Sports and MotoGP renews our excitement year after year, fuelling our adrenalin with real top two-wheels action. Hertz British Grand Prix is a world-renowned event that perfectly matches our passion for innovation and mobility and reflects our fastest, easiest and most valued car rental brand values...

Christian Brothers Automotive Opens New Location In Knoxville »

August 29, 2014 at 5:18AM PDT | Source: Christian Brothers Automotive

Trusted Automotive Repair Brand Offers Quality and Convenience
August 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // Knoxville, TN - 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 10406 Kingston Pike in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Located on Kingston Pike between Pellissippi Parkway and the Costco on Lovell Road, the nearly 5,000 square-foot location includes nine service bays, as well as an upscale lobby with home-charm décor that features leather couches, decorative lighting, artwork and hardwood floors. Christian Brothers also offers a new courtesy shuttle vehicle to transport clients to and from work or home while their vehicles are being serviced...



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