The Dwyer Group®’s Seven Brands Named 2012 Military Friendly Franchises by G.I. Jobs Magazine

Founders Of Vetfran Program Recognized Nationally For Helping Military Veterans Achieve Franchise Ownership

Waco, TX (PRWEB) May 15, 2012 - The Dwyer Group today announced that all seven of its brands were ranked in the top 10 percent of all franchises nationwide and named a 2012 Military Friendly Franchise® by G.I. Jobs Magazine.

The Dwyer Group is a group of service-based companies known for its depth of support services, respected management team, commitment to the company’s Code of Values®, and the success of its franchises. The company’s brands: Aire Serv®, Glass Doctor®, Mr. Appliance®, Mr. Electric®, Mr. Rooter®, Rainbow International®, and The Grounds Guys®; honor military veterans all year round by offering service members 25% off the initial franchise fee, allowing veterans to use their training and operational skills in a new civilian career.

“The Military Friendly Franchises® list was created three years ago out of demand from military veterans, many of whom want to start or own their own business but are unclear where to begin,” said Sean Collins, director for G.I. Jobs. “Being selected as a Military Friendly Franchise places The Dwyer Group in this elite group, and is testimony to The Dwyer Group’s world class programs and policies that support military veterans interested franchise opportunities.”

Don Dwyer, founder of The Dwyer Group, started the VetFran program at the end of the first Gulf War in 1991. Through the International Franchise Association (IFA), over 400 franchisors have joined in offering financial incentives to veterans through VetFran. The Dwyer Group has awarded more than $1.3 million in financial discounts to 254 VetFran franchisees within its brands, including 17 new franchisees in 2012 to date.

“Franchising is good for veterans, and veterans are good for franchising. With more than 200,000 veterans transitioning to the civilian world each year, we owe it to them to offer this opportunity,” said Mary Kennedy Thompson, former Marine, VetFran Chairwoman and president of Mr. Rooter Plumbing.

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About The Dwyer Group, Inc.®

The Dwyer Group, Inc., based in Waco, Texas, is a holding company of seven franchise businesses, each selling and supporting a different franchise under the following service marks: Aire Serv®, Glass Doctor®, The Grounds Guys®, Mr. Appliance®, Mr. Electric®, Mr. Rooter® (Drain Doctor® in the UK and Portugal), and Rainbow International®. Collectively, these independent franchise concepts offer customers world-wide a broad base of residential and commercial services. In addition, Dwyer operates glass shops in New England under the Portland Glass brand name. The Dwyer Group is a portfolio company of TZP Group LLC, a private equity firm based in New York that focuses on control investments in business and consumer services companies with enterprise values generally up to $200 million. More information on The Dwyer Group, or its franchise concepts, is available at

About G.I. Jobs Magazine and Military Friendly Franchises®

The full list of Military Friendly Franchises® is published each June in G.I. Jobs Magazine, and on, a web tool that helps veterans decide which franchise to choose. Additional resources are posted on the Military Friendly Franchises® Facebook page: G.I. Jobs ( is published 12 times per year by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business. The company also publishes The Guide to Military Friendly Schools®. You can follow G.I. Jobs on Facebook at or on Twitter @gijobsmagazine


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