Maaco President and U.S. Army Veteran Bob Benjamin Shares Dynamic Career Path to Independent Business Ownership with Transitioning Soldiers at Ft. Bragg
Maaco Receives Letter of Commendation for Their Veteran Incentive Programs from U.S. Congressman Richard Hudson
July 18, 2019 // Franchising.com // CHARLOTTE - Maaco Collision Repair and Auto Painting, the leader in the $43billion automotive paint and collision industry, and a longtime supporter of the nation’s veterans, kicked off its program to encourage veteran ownership with a visit to the U.S. Army base at Ft. Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C.
Bob Benjamin, president of Maaco, spoke to transitioning soldiers stationed at Ft. Bragg who are interested in learning more about entrepreneurship and becoming a franchise business owner. As a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Army who retired as a colonel, Benjamin knows the value of military service and has a special appreciation for veterans. Maaco has more than 40 veterans as location owners or managers, and many more employed as technicians.
U.S. Congressman Richard Hudson (R-NC 8th District), a champion of North Carolina’s military members and veterans’ issues, recognized Maaco for its program of helping military members become business owners. Kris Johnson (shown at right) from Congressman Hudson’s office was on hand to present Benjamin with a letter of commendation, which he accepted on behalf of the entire Maaco organization.
“As Fort Bragg’s Congressman and a voice for North Carolina’s veterans, I’m proud to recognize companies that have a tradition of giving back to veterans,” said Rep. Hudson. “This new program takes their support to the next level and goes hand-in-hand with my commitment to ensuring veterans have the support and resources they need to transition to civilian life and find good-paying jobs.”
“I am proud to accept this recognition on behalf of Maaco,” said Benjamin. “We are proud to offer a program that helps veterans transition into civilian life and apply the skills they have learned in the military - like leadership, planning, task-oriented performance and team management - toward ownership of their own business.”
Maaco encourages veteran entrepreneur ownership by offering a new franchisee who qualifies as a veteran a 75 percent reduction on the initial franchise fee and a substantial reduction on the royalty fees during the first two years of a new Maaco Center’s operations.
Maaco offers all new franchisees the benefit of a proven playbook backed by 47 years of experience in the automotive repair and painting industry, a training program second to none, and ongoing operational support. Maaco plans to participate in job fairs and special events at many of the country’s military bases to get the word out and meet with military members who are completing their active duty and looking forward to their next career.
To learn more about franchising opportunities with Maaco, visit www.franchisewithmaaco.com.
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 47 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. For more information about franchising opportunities, visit www.Maaco.com/franchise-opportunities.
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 .
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