Following The Maaco Playbook Leads To Success For First Year Owner/Investor
2018 Maaco Award Winner Cites an Excellent Training Program, Strong Operational Support, and a Proven Playbook as Keys to Winning Rookie of the Year Recognition
June 04, 2019 // Franchising.com // CHARLOTTE - As a former director of operations with global responsibilities for a fortune 100 company, Stan Piernick was very familiar with the franchise model. And when he was ready to leave the corporate world, it was a short path to become a Maaco franchisee.
Piernick quickly leveraged his business expertise and his passion for cars to make his Maaco location in New Braunfels, TX a top performer – and earn Maaco Rookie of the Year honors for 2018.
“I worked at a car dealer when I was in high school, and automotive has always been a hobby for me” said Piernick. “When I decided to quit the corporate world and become an independent business owner, Maaco was an easy choice with its national footprint, name recognition, and buying power.”
Over its 47-year history, Maaco has turned thousands of entrepreneurs and automotive professionals into independent business owners. Rookie of the Year Piernick attributed the excellent training program, operational support and the proven playbook as the keys to success.
“Maaco provides you the training and the benchmarks to guide your success” said Piernick. “When people ask how I won Rookie of the Year, I have to say all I did was follow the playbook and embrace the online training Maaco University offers not only operators but employees as well.”
Maaco introduced a new Maaco University in 2018 to accelerate the training and support for franchise owners and their staff.
“Maaco training for new owners consists of three weeks of hands-on training in Charlotte, NC to enhance skills in the areas of sales, management, production and customer service procedures, followed by three weeks of onsite training,” said Piernick. “Through Maaco University, Maaco franchisees and their employees have access to more than 2,000 hours of online training and benefit from a Maaco franchise system that helps manage KPIs, inventory, and repair procedures.”
In addition, the Maaco operations team is always there to provide guidance and communicates with owners on a regular basis.
“Operational support is also a key benefit of the Maaco playbook,” said Piernick, who speaks to his operations support person at least once a week. “They are always accessible for me, and the advantage of having that support is that if you have an issue, someone else in the network of franchisees has already had it and has a solution. There is great sharing of information.”
Many potential franchise owners look to become independent business owners to escape the corporate environment and become their own boss. Piernick said that the benefits of business ownership are many.
“I’m home in my own bed every night instead of the 180 nights on the road in my previous corporate job,” Piernick noted. “Also, I have direct impact on the size of my paycheck. It can be as large or as small as I want, based on effort and the decisions I make. In a corporate job, your pay does not always reflect your effort or results.”
Maaco, the leader in the $43 billion automotive paint and collision industry, offers a unique and rewarding opportunity for potential franchise owners. An average Maaco certified center will see sales volumes over $1.13 million*, pulling a net income over $200,000*.
For entrepreneurs and investors looking for a turnkey, high-potential business with consistent demand, a strong national brand and an excellent operations model, all backed by strategic corporate support, Maaco offers an ideal opportunity.
Maaco Collision Repair and Auto Painting, a member of the Driven Brands® portfolio, is America’s #1 Bodyshop. Maaco provides automotive paint and cosmetic repair services for nearly 500,000 drivers annually. With more than 500 independently owned and operated franchises across the United States and Canada, Maaco has restored the safety and appearance of more than 20 million vehicles over 45 years. Maaco has been named a top automotive franchise numerous times by Entrepreneur Magazine in its Annual Franchise 500 ranking. In addition to other honors, Maaco has been included on Franchise Times’ list of Top 200 franchises. For more information about Maaco, visit www.Maaco.com.
About Driven Brands
Driven Brands, headquartered in Charlotte, NC, is the parent company of North America’s leading automotive aftermarket brands across four distinct verticals: Repair & Maintenance, housing Meineke Car Care Centers®; Paint & Collision, housing Maaco® and CARSTAR North America®; Distribution, housing 1-800-Radiator & A/C®; and Quick Lube, housing Take 5 Oil Change. Driven Brands has more than 2,500 centers across North America, and combined, all businesses generate more than $2.6 billion in system sales and service approximately 8 million vehicles annually. For more information, visit drivenbrands.com
*This information is based upon actual, historical financial information provided by Maaco franchisees and is disclosed in MAACO’s Franchise Disclosure Document (“FDD”). Individual results may vary. Historical financial performance does not guarantee future results. For further information about franchisee financial performance, see Item 19 of the FDD. Average Sales and average income based on 158 Certified Centers who report at least 50 weeks of gross sales for the 52-week period beginning 1/1/2017 and ending 12/31/2017.
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