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North American Property Restoration Franchisor, PuroClean, Names Rick Gutridge 2018 Franchise of the Year

June 25, 2018 // // Columbus, Ohio - Rick Gutridge, owner of PuroClean Fire & Water Experts in Columbus, Ohio, was named PuroClean’s Franchise of the Year at the company’s annual convention, held recently in Indianapolis, Indiana.

From among more than 260 PuroClean franchise owners across North America, Gutridge was recognized for receiving outstanding marks in five categories pertinent to running a successful PuroClean business: sales growth over the past three years, market share, sales revenue, profitability, and the number of continuing education classes conducted.

“Since I first opened my PuroClean business, it has grown beyond my expectations. I have been lucky to learn so much from other franchise owners in the system, and I hope I can serve as a resource to newer PuroClean owners,” said Gutridge. “The PuroClean system has allowed me to receive additional program work and partner referrals that has helped my business have a steady source of claims, which has ultimately helped grow my business. Without the support of the system and my team, I couldn’t have earned the Franchise of the Year - I can’t say enough about their dedication and hard work.”

Gutridge opened his PuroClean in 2006. Prior to PuroClean, he worked in the information technology (IT) sector for nearly three decades. Gutridge is passionate about helping homeowners find solutions when they are overwhelmed with home disasters, and enjoys making homes in his community a safer place.

“Rick has shown unwavering dedication to the PuroClean business model, and as a result, has helped hundreds of property owners recover from emergencies caused by water, fire, mold, and biohazard events,” said PuroClean Chairman and CEO, Mark W. Davis. “His compassion for his surrounding community and his innate business savvy help residents of Columbus every day.”

“Rick is exactly the type of franchise owner we want in our system,” said PuroClean’s President and COO, Steve White. “He is very active in dedicated growth groups and is using every tool available to him to expand his business. For 12 years, he has been an involved and inspirational franchise owner that many others strive to be like.”

Central Ohio insurance companies count on Gutridge’s PuroClean to provide damage mitigation services for homes and businesses in the community. As an award-winning national franchise company, PuroClean has earned the reputation as “The Paramedics of Property Damage®” for their 24/7 response to emergencies.

About PuroClean

Known as the “Paramedics of Property Damage®,” PuroClean provides fire and smoke damage remediation, water damage remediation, flood water removal, mold removal, and biohazard clean-up to commercial and residential customers. Founded in 2001, PuroClean has a comprehensive network of 260-plus franchise offices across North America. PuroClean technicians are thoroughly screened, insured, and trained in utilizing the latest in mitigation technology and procedures, while operating under a strict code of ethics. Each PuroClean office is independently owned and operated. For more information about PuroClean, contact 800-775-7876 or visit; for franchise information, visit

Media Contact:

Mandi Gualtieri
Fishman PR

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