January 03, 2013 // Franchising.com // Greenwood Village, Colorado – Grease Monkey International, Inc. announced that Ralph Yarusso joined the firm as Senior Vice President - Operations. Yarusso is a former Meineke Car Care Center franchise owner, and also served as Senior Franchise Development Specialist for Meineke and Maaco brands before more recently being appointed to oversee more than 500 centers as Regional Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Meineke. In his new position at Grease Monkey International, Yarusso will oversee Grease MonkeyTM U.S. operations and franchise development efforts.
“We are very fortunate to have Ralph join the Grease MonkeyTM organization as Senior Vice President – Operations,” says John B. Adams, Grease Monkey International President & CEO. “Ralph brings a wealth of operational experience and leadership – having operated his own franchised locations for more than 20 years and also working in business development and franchise service capacities for the past six years. Ralph will energize our franchise efforts as we are driven to deliver a better customer experience, with a “less hassle, more hustle” philosophy at each of the Grease MonkeyTM centers.”
“I am thrilled to be joining the Grease Monkey™ team, and working to improve unit economics and growth in new center development,” says Yarusso. “I appreciate this opportunity given to me by the Grease Monkey International Board of Directors and President & CEO John Adams, and can’t wait to get started!”
The Grease Monkey™ franchise system has approximately 250 centers in the United States, Latin America and China. Grease Monkey™ centers offer “no appointment needed” vehicle preventive maintenance and light repair services that meet or exceed vehicle manufacturer specifications and maintain warranty requirements. For more information, visit www.greasemonkeyintl.com.