December 20, 2012 // Franchising.com // RIVERVIEW, Fla. – Experienced franchising executives recognize a promising brand when they see one. That’s why Ron Bender, who has spent more than 20 years in a variety of positions at prestigious franchise companies, jumped at the opportunity to join BlueGrace Logistics – a growing national franchise of progressive logistics, transportation and technology providers.
Bender, who joins BlueGrace as their Director of Franchise Development, has decades of experience in franchise sales, marketing and brand development. Most recently, Bender served as a franchise recruiter at Future Focus Consultants, where he matched potential candidate skills, goals and experience with the best franchise opportunities. Prior to that, Bender served as vice president of brand development at Franchise America Finance and was vice president of franchise development at Wireless Zone, where he was responsible for lead generation, hosting potential franchisees, connecting through industry events and building candidate awareness for the brand.
In his new position at BlueGrace Logistics, Bender will be responsible for contributing to the growth and development of the brand, introducing prospects to the franchise opportunity and coaching interested candidates through the process of becoming franchisees.
“The opportunity was intriguing because not only was the position a natural fit with my expertise, but the company’s growth and success is so impressive,” Bender said, noting that the company has more than doubled its revenue every year since its inception in 2007. “Also, because of their unique corporate culture that encourages fun in the workplace and charitable giving, BlueGrace has very high employee retention. It all adds up to a successful company that I am proud to be associated with.”
Bender also gained years of sales and marketing experience early in his career working at Ritz Camera Centers. In addition to his new position with BlueGrace, Bender participates in the International Franchise Association’s VetFran program as a veteran mentor and network volunteer, working with U.S. veterans to assist them in entering the franchise industry or transitioning back into the workforce.
“The greatest advantage we have over our competition is our people,” said BlueGrace Logistics President and CEO, Bobby Harris. “Ron’s franchise development expertise, coupled with his enthusiastic personality make him a perfect fit to drive our growth even further.”
BlueGrace offers best-in-class freight and logistics services to businesses throughout the United States using leading edge technology that simplifies the shipping process, allowing customers to focus on their core competencies. BlueGrace has relationships with more than 4,000 transportation companies throughout the United States, and offers services to businesses of all sectors and sizes.
Founded in 2007, BlueGrace Logistics offers complete, customized transportation management solutions to customers throughout the United States. Based in Riverview, Fla. with satellite offices in Salt Lake City and Chicago, the company has increased sales by more than 400 percent since 2009. BlueGrace launched its franchise program in early 2011 as part of its strategic growth plan and currently has 26 franchises established across the U.S. The company offers best -in-class freight services and support, including Less Than Truckload; Truckload Services; International and Domestic Air Freight; Ocean Freight; Parcel Shipment; Logistics Management; State-of-the-Art Technology; Service Desk Support; and Auditing Services. For more information, visit www.mybluegrace.com.
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