West Point Graduate Has Gone to the Dogs, Paying $1.2 Million for Dog Poop Business
DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mark Hamel, 1989 United States Military Academy graduate and successful businessman, has purchased the Dallas/Fort Worth area corporately owned franchise territories of Pet Butler for $1.2 million.
Pet Butler's Dallas/Fort Worth operation is the company's largest, cleaning up after approximately 5,000 dogs each week. Pet Butler began providing pet waste clean up and removal services in the Dallas/Fort Worth area in 1998 as an entrepreneurial startup. The company launched its franchising operation in 2005, and with the sale of the Dallas/Fort Worth corporately owned franchise territories, it now has 127 independently owned franchise territories in 27 states.
Matt 'Red' Boswell, CEO (Chief Excrement Officer) and founder of Pet Butler has sold his individual franchise territories in order to focus on corporate initiatives and growing the company's franchise operations throughout North America. "This sale is exciting for us as a company, but bittersweet to me personally. My Dallas/Fort Worth area business is like a child to me. I've birthed it, sacrificed immensely for it, dedicated much of my life to it, and developed it into a thriving, highly profitable enterprise. However, it's now time for someone else to take responsibility for its well being and expansion. As hard as it will be to turn over the Dallas/Fort Worth territories, I owe my nationwide franchise partners my focus, in order to take us all to the next level of making Pet Butler a household name," said Boswell.
Hamel takes immediate ownership of the company's Dallas/Fort Worth clients and has the exclusive rights to expand service to all individual pet owners, as well as multi-family communities and parks through the Metroplex. He said he will continue to deliver the same high-quality service Pet Butler's clients have come to expect, which is to collect dog and cat waste, carry it away and dispose of it properly. He is now part of a select group of 'entre-manures' that can claim they are #1 in the '#2' business.
Hamel believes that he's ready for the challenge. Although new to the franchise world, he is a seasoned businessman, having previously managed a $76 million dollar business sales unit with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. He has also led a regional division of healthcare finance for Perot Systems, following his time in military service. "Mark's impeccable integrity, hard-working nature and coachable attitude make him the ideal candidate to take ownership of and responsibility for my valued Dallas/Fort Worth clients. I'm so honored to welcome him to the Pet Butler family and can't wait to see how he will further Pet Butler's world–class service across the DFW Metroplex," said Boswell.
"Most people think I'm nuts when they find out that I've paid over a million dollars for dog poop, but once I explain the genius concept of the pet waste removal business they quickly become fans. Most people say, 'Why didn't I think of that?' I love to see the different reactions that people have when you start to talk about pet poop," said Hamel.
Over five million residents in the entire Dallas/Fort Worth area will have the opportunity to benefit from Hamel's 27 franchise territories. Hamel plans to maintain current management of these franchises, with eight employees and an aggressive growth strategy for his goal of giving busy pet owners their time and yards back by ridding the Metroplex of dog poop.
About Pet Butler
Pet Butler provides professional pet waste cleanup and removal services and supplies for individual yards, parks, and multi-family communities. The company's mission is to make life more convenient, enjoyable, and safe for pet owners and to give them more quality time with their pets and families. Together with its nationwide network of franchise partners, the company has been cleaning up poop for 20 years. To learn more, visit the Pet Butler website at www.petbutler.com or call 800-PET-BUTLER (800-738-2885).