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Moran Family of Brands Celebrates Veterans Day

Auto Franchise Features 14 Veterans as Business Owners

November 02, 2018 // // Midlothian, IL - Moran Family of Brands, one of the nation’s leading franchises of general automotive repair, transmission repair, window tinting and driver safety products, recognizes its many franchisees who have served this country in the upcoming Veterans Day holiday.

Moran Family of Brands is proud to have 14 current franchisees who are United States Veterans. Moran franchisees have been enlisted in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines branches of the military, as well as the national guard. They have served the country in parts of the last seven decades and were deployed in countries from Vietnam to Iraq.

The following franchise owners in the Moran system have all served in the military:

  • Dean Bingham, Mr. Transmission/Milex, Greenville, SC
  • Pat Bingham, Mr. Transmission, Huntsville, AL
  • John Blanton, Alta Mere/SmartView, Denton, TX
  • Dave Cannon, Mr. Transmission/Milex, Altamonte Springs, FL
  • Roman Combs, Mr. Transmission/Milex, Oklahoma City, TX
  • Albert Daniel, Milex/Alta Mere,Frederick and Boonsboro, MD
  • Greg DeFever, Alta Mere, Lubbock, TX
  • Lowell Hester, Mr. Transmission, Sandy Springs, GA
  • Scott Hester, Mr. Transmission, Decatur, GA
  • George Kok, Mr. Transmission, Louisville, KY and Clarksville, IN
  • Jason Kuriger, Mr. Transmission/Milex, Crest Hill, IL
  • Frank Norton, Mr. Transmission/Milex, Charlotte, NC
  • Derrick Weaver, Mr. Transmission, Lilburn, GA
  • Dave Wegrzyn, Multistate Transmission, Chicago Heights, IL

“Moran Family of Brands is very proud of all of our franchise owners who have served in the military,” said Peter Baldine, President of Moran Family of Brands. “They are all great examples of how veterans acquire many valuable skills in the military and are able to use them to become successful franchise owners. Veterans Day is a time to recognize their achievements and thank all of them for their service to our country.”

Albert Daniel has owned his Milex Complete Auto Care shop in Frederick, MD for the past 11 years, and added a Milex/Alta Mere co-branded store in nearby Boonsboro, MD in 2015. Albert served six years in the United States Navy from 1989 to 1994. He was stationed on the USS George Washington (CVN 73) in Norfolk, VA and was part of the crew that built the aircraft carrier. As a Petty Officer in the Navy, Daniel worked in the aircraft support equipment division on the flight deck of the USS George Washington, handling the maintenance and repairs of jets on the ship.

Daniel used the technical skills he acquired in the Navy to begin a career working on cars. He also applied some of the traits he learned in the military such as accountability and leadership to become one of the most successful franchise owners in the Moran system. Daniel currently serves on Moran’s Franchise Advisory Alliance and was named the Milex Franchisee of the Year for the fourth time in 2018.

“My military experience was extremely helpful and prepared me in so many ways,” said Daniel. “You understand the importance of having a strong work ethic and doing whatever it takes to get the job done right. All those things I learned in the military. Veterans Day is a time to reflect and thank all those how have helped ensure our freedom.”

Moran Family of Brands is an active member of VetFran, an initiative that provides a $5,000 franchise fee discount, mentorship and training programs for any honorably discharged U.S. Veteran transition to civilian life.

About Moran Family of Brands

Moran Family of Brands is one of the nation’s leading franchisors of general automotive repair, transmission repair and automotive accessory centers. Based in Midlothian, Illinois, Moran Family of Brands provides specialty products and services in virtually every aspect of the automotive aftermarket through four individual brands and a total of more than 120 franchise locations nationwide including: Mr. Transmission, “The Professionals”; Alta Mere “The Automotive Outfitters”; Milex Complete Auto Care centers and SmartView Window Solutions. For more information on Moran Family of Brands visit

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