Authority Brands

31 01, 2024

Authority Brands Signed 190 Franchise Agreements to Expand Across More Than 421 New Franchise Territories Systemwide in 2023

2024-01-31T16:30:12-05:00January 31st, 2024|Tags: , , |

Leading Home Service Franchise Group Breaks Development Records and Works Toward Further Expansion in the U.S.

COLUMBIA, Md. — Authority Brands, a franchise industry leader with an extensive portfolio of home service brands, announced today it signed a total of 190 franchise development agreements in 2023, a 60 percent year over year increase, to grow the company’s presence across 421 new territories. To diversify its portfolio of franchises, Authority Brands also acquired Screenmobile in February and launched a new franchise model Lawn Squad in September.

“The growth and success of our franchise development efforts over the past 12 months is a testament to the dedication of our entire team at Authority Brands, as well as the ongoing support of the communities we serve,” said Jordan Wilson, Senior Vice President of Franchise Development at Authority Brands. “As we look to continue to build on this momentum in 2024, our team is excited about the bright future ahead, looking for opportunities to reach new milestones and service more homes across the country with the quality and excellence our brands are known for.”

2023 highlights and milestones from companies within the Authority Brands portfolio include:

  • America’s Swimming Pool Company added 16 new franchise owners covering 38 new territories. The swimming pool service franchise also launched the Construction Division to offer installation of inground concrete, vinyl, and fiberglass pools, as well as luxury pools and additional outdoor features.
  • Benjamin Franklin Plumbing expanded with multi-unit operators, adding13 new franchise owners to grow across 24 territories including northwest ArkansasMarietta, Georgia; and Sacramento, California.
  • The Cleaning Authority added 18 new franchise owners, which will grow the brand’s presence in 18 territories.
  • Color World Painting continued to position itself as an attractive business opportunity in the industry, placing on Franchise Journal’s Best Franchise Brands in the USA.
  • DoodyCalls saw a significant increase in women and veteran franchisees joining the system. The leader in pet waste pick-up signed 17 new agreements.
  • DRYmedic Restoration Services opened a new state-of-the-art training facility and added 17 new franchise owners, expanding its services to 29 territories in its first full year under the Authority Brands umbrella.
  • Homewatch CareGivers added 17 new franchise owners with 21 new territories, bringing the total number of franchise owners to 127.
  • The Junkluggers signed a total of six new franchise owners with 14 new territories, bringing the systemwide total number of locations to 117.
  • Lawn Squad went from concept to first location sold in nine months as the lawn care leader launched as a franchise in September and signed three franchise agreements across target markets in Dublin, GeorgiaAurora, Illinois; and Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Mister Sparky added 15 new franchise owners, broadening its footprint across 33 new territories including Baton Rouge, LouisianaDayton, Ohio; and Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Monster Tree Service added five new franchise owners and branched out into 13 new territories.
  • Mosquito Squad added nine new franchise owners and expanded to 12 new territories.
  • One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning celebrated a record-breaking year with 20 new franchise owners to grow throughout 26 territories including Tucson, ArizonaSan Diego, California; and South Fort Worth, Texas.
  • Screenmobile expanded its franchise footprint across the United States with a total of four new deals.
  • Woofie’s celebrated a milestone year, signing 25 new franchise owners to grow across 44 new territories.

On top of sales success and expansion across target markets, franchisors within the Authority Brands portfolio continue to modernize business strategies and look for ways to enhance the customer experience. Franchise owners within the Authority Brands portfolio are engaging with each of their local communities through charitable initiatives while utilizing Authority Brands’ resources to set each location up for successful 2024.

Combined, the Authority Brands franchise brands operate more than 2,000 locations with an expansive network of more than 1,000 franchise owners. All franchise concepts within the Authority Brands portfolio are looking to expand with qualified franchisees across the United States. To learn more about franchising opportunities within the Authority Brands portfolio, please visit: https://www.authoritybrands.com/franchising/.

About Authority Brands
Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, Authority Brands’ companies include 16 leading home service franchise brands: America’s Swimming Pool Company, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, The Cleaning Authority, Color World Painting, DoodyCalls, DRYmedic Restoration Services, Homewatch CareGivers, The Junkluggers, Lawn Squad, Mister Sparky, Monster Tree Service, Mosquito Squad, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, Screenmobile, STOP Restoration, and Woofie’s. Together, these brands provide home services through more than 2,000 territories operated by more than 1,000 franchise owners. Authority Brands is dedicated to supporting individual franchise owner growth by providing strong marketing, technology, and operational support. See www.authoritybrands.com for more information.

16 11, 2023

ONE HOUR HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING OF TEANECK KICKS OFF HOLIDAY SEASON WITH TWO LOCAL FUNDRAISERS

2023-11-16T19:05:00-05:00November 16th, 2023|Tags: , , , |

– Leading HVAC Service Provider Partners with Bergen’s Promise and The Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge Now Through the End of December –

TEANECK, N.J. — One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning of Teaneck, a leading HVAC service provider in Bergen County, is kicking off its first holiday season in business by doing what they love best – giving back to the community they serve. Owned by experienced franchise operator Ahmad Koshul and managed by Aaron McCarroll, the new HVAC franchise is launching One Hour Cares, a program that seeks to connect with nonprofit organizations in the area whose values and missions align with that of One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning of Teaneck. As their first series of fundraisers, the team is partnering with Bergen’s Promise and the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge Inc. (RBARI) now through the end of the year and giving customers the opportunity to get involved as well.

Bergen’s Promise is a nonprofit that supports Bergen County families. They provide in-home, wraparound care management services for youth up to age 21 living with behavioral or substance abuse issues, and/or those living with developmental disabilities. As the organization prepares for their Annual Toy Drive, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning of Teaneck will be collecting monetary donations and toys during service calls. All donations will be used to support the toy drive and other health-related services provided to children in need.

In addition to the work with Bergen’s Promise, Koshul, McCarroll and the team are partnering with the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge Inc. RBARI is a local no-kill animal shelter dedicated to the rescue and care of homeless and abandoned animals in Northern Jersey. To support their efforts, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning technicians will be collecting items such as animal food, pet supplies, cleaning products and monetary contributions on service calls and are offering customers the option to schedule pick-ups to collect donation items.

“These fundraisers hold a special place in my heart and within our community. Our mission at One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning is not just about providing warmth and comfort through our HVAC services, but also spreading the warmth of compassion and support to our neighbors in need,” said Ahmad Koshul, owner of One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning of Teaneck. “We’re in the season of giving and by joining hands with these incredible organizations, we can make a meaningful difference in the lives of those around us.”

As a token of their appreciation, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning of Teaneck will provide complimentary HVAC diagnostic tests and a system safety inspection (valued at $105) to all homeowners who join them on their giveback efforts. For more information about these fundraisers, visit One Hour Cares: Bergen’s Promise and One Hour Cares: RBARI.

One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning of Teaneck is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM with 24/7 emergency services available. For more information about One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning of Teaneck, call (201) 322-5488, visit https://www.onehourheatandair.com/teaneck/ or follow them on Facebook.

About Authority Brands
Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, Authority Brands’ companies include 16 leading home service franchise brands: America’s Swimming Pool Company, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, The Cleaning Authority, Color World Painting, DoodyCalls, DRYmedic Restoration Services, Homewatch CareGivers, The Junkluggers, Lawn Squad, Mister Sparky, Monster Tree Service, Mosquito Squad, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, Screenmobile, STOP Restoration, and Woofie’s. Together, these brands provide home services through more than 2,000 territories operated by more than 1,000 franchise owners. Authority Brands is dedicated to supporting individual franchise owner growth by providing strong marketing, technology, and operational support. See www.authoritybrands.com for more information.

About One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning
With more than 370 locations, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning is the #1 largest HVAC service provider in the United States. With comfort and convenience a top priority, the company offers an extensive line of products and services, including maintenance, installation and repair, that keeps HVAC units running at peak performance year-round. One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning is part of Authority Brands, the parent company to leading home service brands across the plumbing, HVAC, electrical services, residential cleaning, at-home care, swimming pool repair and maintenance, tree care, restoration, pet waste removal, and pest control services sectors. For more information, visit www.onehourheatandair.com and www.authoritybrands.com.

19 07, 2023

Authority Brands Sees Continued Success with Innovation, Franchise Openings, and New Deals in Second Quarter of 2023

2023-07-19T15:33:14-04:00July 19th, 2023|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Leading Home Service Franchise Group on Track to Have a Grand Slam Year in Development Signing 44 New Franchise Agreements and Expanding Across 76 Territories. 

COLUMBIA, Md. — Authority Brands announced today continued success at the halfway mark of 2023 with another strong quarter that saw the franchise group sign a total of 44 new deals and 76 new territories across their portfolio of 15 home service brands. This resilient second quarter followed a record-breaking first quarter wherein the franchise leader sold more than 70 territories and achieved a six percent increase in system-wide revenue. Year-to-date, the franchise group has completed 89 new deals and grown across 149 territories with plans for continued expansion through the end of 2023.

“With our continued success and ongoing commitment to each of our home service brands, our team is proud of the accomplishments we have achieved so far in 2023. From our corporate and sales team to our franchise owners out in the field, Authority Brands is a results-driven company that strives for excellence and being the best in the business,” said Jordan Wilson, Senior Vice President of Franchise Development at Authority Brands. “We are humbled and motivated by the milestones we have fulfilled thus far and look forward to seeing what the next half of the year holds as we identify new means of expansion and opportunities to support our incredible family of franchise owners.”

Second quarter highlights from companies within the Authority Brands portfolio include:

  • America’s Swimming Pool Company targeted the South for expansion by signing on four new owners to service Bradenton, FloridaSarasota, Florida; South Shore, Florida; and New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Benjamin Franklin Plumbing expanded their franchise footprint by signing six new deals that included five new owners and one cross-branded owner in markets across the country including Gilbert, ArizonaBentonville, ArkansasLong Beach, CaliforniaBoise, IdahoGrand Rapids, Michigan; and Sherman, Texas.
  • The Cleaning Authority welcomed seven new owners in seven territories including Anaheim, CaliforniaSt. Augustine, FloridaWinter Garden, FloridaVenice BeachFloridaDayton, Ohio; West Cleveland, Ohio; and Evansville, Wisconsin. The residential cleaning franchise also opened four new locations in Pompano Beach, FloridaCherry Hill, New Jersey; West Cleveland, Ohio; and East Portland, Oregon.
  • Color World Painting broadened their brushstrokes with a new franchise owner covering two territories in Cypress, Texas.
  • DoodyCalls signed on five new owners in territories including Phoenix, ArizonaMiami, FloridaCrystal Lake, IllinoisSyracuse, New York; and West Chester, Pennsylvania.
  • DRYmedic Restoration Services signed two new deals with one new owner and one cross-branded owner in Alabama and Jensen Beach, Florida.
  • Homewatch CareGivers launched a new recruitment website as a result of the homecare franchisor’s renewed focus on supporting franchisees develop their employer culture and as a means for individual owners to streamline the recruitment and retention process. Additionally, Homewatch began implementing quarterly performance groups to help support participating franchise owners improve financial performance through collaborative sharing of best practices and peer mentorship.
  • The Junkluggers signed with a franchise owner to open across three territories in Katy, Texas.
  • Mister Sparky signed three new deals in Sacramento, CaliforniaDayton, Ohio; and Livingston, Texas.
  • Monster Tree Service welcomed one new owner in Midsouth, Tennessee; two new resale owners in North Anne Arundel County, Maryland and Sarasota, Florida; and a new franchise in Greater Boulder, Colorado.
  • Mosquito Squad celebrated two new franchise openings in Wyoming and Chattanooga, Tennessee.
  • One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning fueled development efforts with four new deals signed including three in a nearly sold out market in GeorgetownLakeway, and Willow CreekTexas along with another in Easton, Pennsylvania.
  • Screenmobile completed their transition to Authority Brands in the second quarter of 2023 and are already establishing a strong development pipeline. The brand is poised to achieve new goals with a major focus on expansion on the Gulf Coast and South Atlantic regions of the United States.
  • Woofie’s had its most successful quarter yet signing 10 new owners over 18 territories, including in Castle Rock, ColoradoLutz, FloridaWest Orlando, FloridaSandy Springs, GeorgiaBethesda, MarylandGrand Rapids, MichiganMorristown, New JerseyGreenville, South CarolinaGrapevine, Texas; and Alexandria, Virginia. The pet care franchise also opened four new locations across the United States in Q2.

In addition to new signings and growing sales, franchisors in the Authority Brands portfolio continue to innovate with new business tactics to enhance the customer and franchise owner experience. Earlier in the quarter, DoodyCalls launched a new CRM software system that allows franchise owners to fully track their customer’s personal service journeys. Additionally, these home service brands continue to engage in strategic partnerships to differentiate themselves from others in the industry, like America’s Swimming Pool Company who partnered with Heritage Pool Supply to give franchise owners a competitive edge to streamline product and supply purchasing.

Combined, the Authority Brands franchise brands operate more than 2,000 locations with an expansive network of more than 1,000 franchise owners. All franchisors within the Authority Brands portfolio are looking to expand with qualified franchisees across the United States. To learn more about franchising opportunities within the Authority Brands portfolio, please visit: https://www.authoritybrands.com/franchising/.

About Authority Brands 

Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, Authority Brands’ companies include 15 leading home service franchise brands: America’s Swimming Pool Company, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, The Cleaning Authority, Color World Painting, DoodyCalls, DRYmedic Restoration Services, Homewatch CareGivers, The Junkluggers, Mister Sparky, Monster Tree Service, Mosquito Squad, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, Screenmobile, STOP Restoration, and Woofie’s. Together, these brands provide home services through more than 2,000 territories operated by more than 1,000 franchise owners. Authority Brands is dedicated to supporting individual franchise owner growth by providing strong marketing, technology, and operational support. See www.authoritybrands.com for more information.

18 05, 2023

One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning Launches The HVETerans Giveaway To Honor One Deserving Veteran

2023-05-18T10:24:32-04:00May 18th, 2023|Tags: , , , |

Now Through June 17, Nominate a Veteran to Win a New HVAC System. 

COLUMBIA, Md.One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, the #1 largest HVAC service provider in the United States, announced today the launch of its HVETerans Giveaway, a nationwide initiative to honor and thank a U.S. veteran with a complimentary new HVAC system, valued up to $10,000. Through this giveaway, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning is eager to hear about the incredible stories of the brave men and women that have given back to their own communities and our country. Kicking it off ahead of Memorial Day, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning will accept nominations now through June 17 at www.OneHourHeatAndAir.com/HVETerans-Giveaway. One winner will be randomly selected and announced by July 1.

“This year, we are celebrating One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning’s 20th anniversary and we couldn’t think of a more impactful way to give back to those that have supported our business for two decades than with the launch of this veteran giveaway leading up to Memorial Day,” said Lance Sinclair, President of One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning. “Through the HVETerans Giveaway, we’re able to tap into our resources and heating and cooling services to honor a deserving veteran that has gone above and beyond to protect our country and contribute to their community. This initiative is near and dear to us, as we have a handful of veteran franchise owners and staff members that have become a part of our family over the years, and we’re excited to expand our efforts in how we connect with veterans across the country, starting with this giveaway.”

The HVETerans Giveaway is open to the public, and nominees must meet the following criteria: a former enlisted serviceman or woman who was honorably discharged from service; a homeowner in need of a new HVAC system; lives in an area with a One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning location nearby; and be willing to participate in interviews and share his or her story. Veterans can also nominate themselves and must submit a copy of their DD-214 as proof of service. The recipient will be randomly selected on July 1, 2023 with the services of the HVAC system starting soon after.

To nominate a veteran for the HVETerans Giveaway, visit www.OneHourHeatAndAir.com/HVETerans-Giveaway. For more information, please contact leslie.fields@authoritybrands.co.

Operating for more than two decades, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning has a national reputation of providing reliable and quality HVAC installations, repairs and maintenance services to homeowners across the country. Each franchise is locally owned and operated, giving the operator the opportunity to connect one-on-one with their community and those they serve. As a part of the Authority Brands family of leading home service brands, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning adheres to a strict code of ethics, treating customers with honesty and respect.

About Authority Brands  
Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, Authority Brands’ companies include 15 leading home service franchise brands: America’s Swimming Pool Company, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, The Cleaning Authority, Color World Painting, DoodyCalls, DRYmedic Restoration Services, Homewatch CareGivers, The Junkluggers, Mister Sparky, Monster Tree Service, Mosquito Squad, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, Screenmobile, STOP Restoration, and Woofie’s. Together, these brands provide home services through more than 2,000 territories operated by more than 1,000 franchise owners. Authority Brands is dedicated to supporting individual franchise owner growth by providing strong marketing, technology, and operational support. See www.authoritybrands.com for more information.

About One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning

With more than 370 locations, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning is the #1 largest HVAC service provider in the United States. With comfort and convenience a top priority, the company offers an extensive line of products and services, including maintenance, installation and repair, that keeps HVAC units running at peak performance year-round. One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning is part of Authority Brands, the parent company to leading home service brands across the plumbing, HVAC, electrical services, residential cleaning, at-home care, swimming pool repair and maintenance, tree care, restoration, pet waste removal, and pest control services sectors. For more information, visit www.onehourheatandair.com and www.authoritybrands.com.

2 05, 2023

Authority Brands Achieves Successful First Quarter with Record-Breaking Number of New Deal Signings

2023-05-02T10:16:43-04:00May 2nd, 2023|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Leading Home Service Franchise Group Marks Milestone Quarter Seeing More Than 70 Territories Sold and a 6% Increase in System-Wide Revenue

 COLUMBIA, Md. — Authority Brands announced today that it achieved a strong start to 2023 with a record-breaking first quarter that saw the franchise group sign a total of 45 new area development agreements covering 72 territories and acquire America’s only national mobile screen repair service, Screenmobile. Authority Brands continued their upward trajectory by exceeding the financial goals set for the first quarter with a 6% increase in system-wide revenue and opening more than 18 franchises. Authority Brands’ rapid growth reinforces the viability of each brand and the industry at large.

“It has been a historic quarter at Authority Brands, and I am proud that our franchise owners continue to see the value in being a part of our family of industry-leading home service brands and are committed to helping us grow across the United States,” said Jordan Wilson, Senior Vice President of Franchise Development at Authority Brands. “Kicking off what we hope to be our most successful year yet, our team is looking forward to another great quarter and continued expansion of our invaluable network of franchise owners in order to provide the highest quality home services to customers all around the country.”

Highlights of the milestones these brands achieved in the first quarter of 2023 include:

  • America’s Swimming Pool signed 2 new franchise agreements for a total of 6 territories including the Chicagoland area and upstate South Carolina.
  • Benjamin Franklin Plumbing signed 2 new franchise agreements for a total of 4 territories including areas of Ohio and New Jersey.
  • The Cleaning Authority signed 4 new franchise agreements for a total of 4 territories including Redmond, Washington; Torrance, California; and several markets in New Jersey.
  • Color World Paining signed 1 new franchise agreement for 2 territories in West Fort Worth, Texas.
  • DoodyCalls signed 3 new franchise agreements for a total of 3 territories including Corpus Christi, Texas; Forsyth, Georgia; and Rochester, New York.
  • DRYmedic Restoration Services signed 2 new franchise agreements for a total of 8 territories including Houston, Texas and several markets in California.
  • Homewatch CareGivers signed 6 new franchise agreements for a total of 7 territories including Boston, Massachusetts; Pleasanton and Folsom, California; Hollywood and Winter Garden, Florida; and Potomac, Maryland.
  • The Junkluggers signed 2 new franchise agreements for a total of 4 territories including Savannah, Georgia and Miami, Florida.
  • Mister Sparky signed 2 new franchise agreements for a total of 5 territories including Santa Rosa, California and Columbus, Ohio.
  • Monster Tree Service signed 2 new franchise agreements for a total of 5 territories including Springboro, Ohio and St. Charles, Missouri.
  • Mosquito Squad signed 4 new franchise agreements for a total of 4 territories including Phoenix and East Valley, Arizona; Rancho Cucamonga, California; and West Tulsa, Oklahoma.
  • One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning signed 8 new franchise agreements for a total of 8 territories including Fresno and San Diego, California; Hilton Head, South Carolina; Calumet City, Illinois; and more.
  • Screenmobile was acquired by Authority Brands in February and signed 1 new franchise agreement in South Mills, North Carolina.
  • Woofie’s signed 5 new franchise agreements for a total of 10 territories including its first-ever in California.

Combined, the Authority Brands franchise brands operate more than 2,000 locations with an expansive network of more than 1,000 franchise owners. All franchisors within the Authority Brands portfolio are looking to expand with qualified franchisees across the United States. To learn more about franchising opportunities within the Authority Brands portfolio, please visit: https://www.authoritybrands.com/franchising/.

About Authority Brands 

Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, Authority Brands’ companies include 15 leading home service franchise brands: America’s Swimming Pool Company, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, The Cleaning Authority, Color World Painting, DoodyCalls, DRYmedic Restoration Services, Homewatch CareGivers, The Junkluggers, Mister Sparky, Monster Tree Service, Mosquito Squad, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, Screenmobile, STOP Restoration, and Woofie’s. Together, these brands provide home services through more than 2,000 territories operated by more than 1,000 franchise owners. Authority Brands is dedicated to supporting individual franchise owner growth by providing strong marketing, technology, and operational support. See www.authoritybrands.com for more information.

5 04, 2023

Authority Brands Acquires Weed Pro

2023-04-05T09:53:43-04:00April 5th, 2023|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

COLUMBIA, Md. — Authority Brands announced today the purchase of Weed Pro. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 2001 by Rob Palmer, Weed Pro is an Ohio-based lawn service company currently serving the Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati markets. Weed Pro has made a name for itself in Ohio with its environmentally friendly VitaminLawn packages and expert lawn care services that include fertilization, weed control, aeration, seeding and more for residential and commercial customers.

With this acquisition, the company will be rebranded and become part of Authority Brands’ incubator for emerging brands within the home services sector. The incubator is designed to leverage Authority Brands’ in-depth home services experience to accelerate growth and development of smaller-scale franchise concepts that have a proven system and strong management.

“We are very impressed with the company Rob has built and the skill his teams have mastered in the Ohio lawn care market,” said Craig Donaldson, CEO of Authority Brands. “They are known for superior customer service and their extensive training and knowledge. We believe Weed Pro’s success in Ohio will be replicated nationwide as Rob Palmer and Authority Brands work to create a leading franchise system.”

Companies under the Authority Brands umbrella include leading home service brands America’s Swimming Pool Company, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, The Cleaning Authority, Color World Painting, DoodyCalls, DRYmedic Restoration Services, Homewatch CareGivers, The Junkluggers, Mister Sparky, Monster Tree Service, Mosquito Squad, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, Screenmobile, STOP Restoration and Woofie’s. They operate across multiple home service sectors. Authority Brands’ incubator program and emerging brands group launched in 2022 and serves as a growth engine for innovative emerging concepts. Brands included in the program to-date are Woofie’s and Color World Painting.

“The leadership at Authority Brands has a unique aptitude for guiding brands with great potential,” said Ashish Karandikar, Board of Directors member of Authority Brands’ parent company and Partner at Apax. “With this newest partnership, we will provide Rob and his team with the unmatched support of our marketing, technology and operational tools and resources, helping them continue delivering to their high standards while fueling their expansion.”

“Our company has combined years of experience with a passion for lawn care to help properties throughout Ohio stay healthy and safe in every season,” said Rob Palmer, founder of Weed Pro. “Exceeding expectations has always been the norm for us, and now we have a thrilling opportunity to combine our talents with the brand-building expertise of Authority Brands. We look forward to expanding beyond our home state to reach more customers and future franchisees who can help us strengthen the legacy we have started.”

Principium White Oak represented Weed Pro and acted as their exclusive financial advisor for the transaction.

About Authority Brands 

Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, Authority Brands’ companies include 15 leading home service franchise brands: America’s Swimming Pool Company, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, The Cleaning Authority, Color World Painting, DoodyCalls, DRYmedic Restoration Services, Homewatch CareGivers, The Junkluggers, Mister Sparky, Monster Tree Service, Mosquito Squad, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, Screenmobile, STOP Restoration, and Woofie’s. Together, these brands provide home services through more than 2,000 territories operated by more than 1,000 franchise owners. Authority Brands is dedicated to supporting individual franchise owner growth by providing strong marketing, technology, and operational support. See www.authoritybrands.com for more information.

17 03, 2023

Authority Brands Supports Youth Career Coaching & Readiness Programs Through New Partnership With Boys & Girls Clubs Of America

2023-03-17T10:20:12-04:00March 17th, 2023|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This partnership allows multiple brands under one company to provide exposure to various jobs and industries to kids and teens in Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide.

COLUMBIA, Md. — Authority Brands, a leading home services company, announced today its partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America with the goal of providing young people with exposure to a variety of career paths and opportunities through career coaching and workforce readiness educational programs. According to a recent statistic, 1 in 9 people ages 16-24 are not in school and don’t have a job.  With the help of Authority Brands and its extensive platform, Boys & Girls Clubs of America is taking action to address this issue and is proud to have Authority Brands as a partner in providing the resources and tools needed to equip Club members in communities nationwide with the necessary skills needed to pursue job opportunities.

Starting March 16th, Authority Brands will be volunteering its diverse array of home service franchise teams, both at the corporate and local franchisee level, to introduce Boys & Girls Club members to opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the workforce. Authority Brands will be devoting most of their time to volunteering their efforts toward the Workforce Readiness Program, which focuses on providing kids with career exploration/coaching, job readiness education, and on-the-job work-based learning experience opportunities for teens to get exposure to a wide variety of career opportunities offered under the Authority Brands umbrella. The program will allow each franchisee to tailor their involvement to best suit their business model, giving them the ability to make an impact in their own community.

“Philanthropic efforts and community involvement are vital to the culture at Authority Brands,” says Heather McLeod, Chief Growth Officer at Authority Brands. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to support their mission of providing youth in our communities with a brighter future.”

“We are honored to have support from Authority Brands as we work to enhance our workforce readiness efforts with corporate partners,” said Chad Hartman, National Vice President of Corporate Partnerships & Business Development at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “Today’s kids and teens are the future of our workforce and Authority Brand’s dedication to philanthropy will further enhance resources and support for them to be successful.”

This partnership marks a new chapter in Authority Brands’ commitment to giving back to the communities they serve and will launch on March 16th, providing franchisees that fall under the Authority Brands umbrella the opportunity to further tap into the communities they serve through outreach, career coaching, fundraising, tutoring, and more.  For more information on Authority Brands, visit https://www.authoritybrands.com/.  For more information on Boys & Girls Club of America, visit https://www.bgca.org/.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For 160 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA.org) has provided a safe place for kids and teens to learn and grow. Clubs offer caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Boys & Girls Clubs programming promotes academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. Nearly 5,000 Clubs serve 3.6 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in Boys & Girls Club of America-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more about Boys & Girls Clubs of America on Facebook and Twitter.

About Authority Brands 

Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, Authority Brands’ companies include 15 leading home service franchise brands: America’s Swimming Pool Company, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, The Cleaning Authority, Color World Painting, DoodyCalls, DRYmedic Restoration Services, Homewatch CareGivers, The Junkluggers, Mister Sparky, Monster Tree Service, Mosquito Squad, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, Screenmobile, STOP Restoration, and Woofie’s. Together, these brands provide home services through more than 2,000 territories operated by more than 1,000 franchise owners. Authority Brands is dedicated to supporting individual franchise owner growth by providing strong marketing, technology, and operational support. See www.authoritybrands.com for more information.

3 03, 2023

Eight Authority Brands’ Owner-Operators Honored at International Franchise Association Conference

2023-03-03T09:43:18-05:00March 3rd, 2023|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The IFA Recognized Notable Franchisees from the Authority Brands Portfolio.

COLUMBIA, Md.Authority Brands, a premier home service portfolio, announced today that multiple brands within their system were honored as part of the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) Franchisees of the Year. The annual IFA awards recognize dozens of franchise owners and operators across the country who exemplify excellence in community, workforce, diversity, and veteran affairs.

“Our franchisees recognized by this prestigious industry award have exemplified tremendous entrepreneurial skills in their respective brands. They continue to showcase the drive for growth while offering top-of-the-line customer service. We’re proud to help amplify their contributions to the teams and communities they serve,” said Heather McLeod, Chief Growth Officer at Authority Brands. “Seeing valued members of our Authority Brands portfolio being honored by the IFA is a testament to our system. We are excited to see what is next for each of them as they continue to evolve alongside our brand.”

As part of the IFA Franchisee of the Year Awards, honored Authority Brands’ franchisees include:

  • America’s Swimming Pool: Miguel Macias operating in Reno, Nevada
  • Benjamin Franklin Plumbing: Lenny Siers operating in Niceville, Florida
  • The Cleaning Authority: Chris and Jen Lanagan operating in Cedarburg, Madison, and Kenosha, Wisconsin
  • Homewatch CareGivers: Bindu Agarwal operating in Lower Bucks County and Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
  • Mister Sparky: Aaron Hagan operating in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Monster Tree Service: Don Elliott operating in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Mosquito Squad: Tom and Maryellen Heinemann operating in North New Jersey
  • One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning: Richie Drew operating in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

The Franchisee of the Year Award, sponsored by IFA’s partner Paychex, recognizes leading franchise owners from IFA member brands whose outstanding performance and contributions help protect, enhance, and promote the franchise business model. Nominated by their parent company, individuals are selected for their service to their communities, fostering a strong and vibrant workforce, opening the doors for career growth and entrepreneurship, and supporting their fellow franchisees.

“Franchisee of the Year recipients represent the best in franchising,” said Matthew Haller, president and CEO of the International Franchise Association. “This is the highest honor IFA awards to individual franchisees, and local business owners like these Authority Brands’ franchisees exemplify the power of franchising and its positive contributions to communities around the world.”

To learn more about franchise development opportunities within the Authority Brands portfolio, please visit: https://www.authoritybrands.com/franchising/.

About the International Franchise Association:
Celebrating over 60 years of excellence, education, and advocacy, the International Franchise Association (IFA) is the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. IFA works through its government relations and public policy, media relations, and educational programs to protect, enhance and promote franchising and the approximately 790,492 franchise establishments that support nearly 8.4 million direct jobs, $825.4 billion of economic output for the U.S. economy, and almost 3 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). IFA members include franchise companies in over 300 different business format categories, individual franchisees, and companies that support the industry in marketing, law, technology, and business development.

About Authority Brands 

Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, Authority Brands’ companies include 15 leading home service franchise brands: America’s Swimming Pool Company, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, The Cleaning Authority, Color World Painting, DoodyCalls, DRYmedic Restoration Services, Homewatch CareGivers, The Junkluggers, Mister Sparky, Monster Tree Service, Mosquito Squad, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, Screenmobile, STOP Restoration, and Woofie’s. Together, these brands provide home services through more than 2,000 territories operated by more than 1,000 franchise owners. Authority Brands is dedicated to supporting individual franchise owner growth by providing strong marketing, technology, and operational support. See fran for more information.

22 02, 2023

Authority Brands Expands Portfolio of Home Service Companies and Looks Ahead to a Successful 2023

2023-02-22T10:20:59-05:00February 22nd, 2023|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Leading Home Service Franchise Group Achieved Strong Development in 2022, Acquiring Four New Home Service Brands and Experiencing a 15% Increase in System-Wide Revenue.

COLUMBIA, Md.Authority Brands announced today that it achieved significant success in 2022, acquiring four strong home-service brands and experiencing a jump in year-over-year growth across its entire brand portfolio. With the addition of Woofie’s, DRYmedic Restoration Services, The Junkluggers, and Color World Painting, Authority Brands celebrated its fifth year in business by continuing to build a portfolio of brands that perfectly complement each other and are committed to being the best in their industry.

“At Authority Brands we firmly believe in supporting each franchisee’s growth. We offer unparalleled marketing programs and support, top-of-the-line technology in each brand’s respective industry; playbooks and formulas for operational and financial success and other resources aimed at driving strong returns for our franchisees. Our success in 2022 is a strong testament to these efforts,” said Craig Donaldson, Chief Executive Officer of Authority Brands. “Our team is looking forward to building on this incredible momentum as we venture through 2023. We have big plans that include looking for new opportunities that will expand our footprint with up-and-coming home service brands.”

Highlights of the success and milestones these brands achieved include:

  • America’s Swimming Pool opened 12 new franchises and broke previous revenue records with 13% YoY growth
  • Benjamin Franklin Plumbing opened 8 new franchises and broke previous revenue records with 8% YoY growth
  • The Cleaning Authority opened 14 new franchises and broke previous revenue records with 16% YoY growth
  • Color World Paining opened 10 new franchises and broke previous same store revenue records with 8% YoY growth
  • Homewatch CareGivers opened 10 new franchises and broke previous revenue records with 10% YoY growth
  • The Junkluggers opened 16 new franchises and broke previous revenue records with 14% YoY growth
  • Mister Sparky opened 8 new franchises and broke previous revenue records with 21% YoY growth
  • Monster Tree Service opened 6 new franchises and broke previous revenue records with 19% YoY growth
  • Mosquito Squad opened 4 new franchises and broke previous revenue records with 13% YoY growth
  • One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning opened 14 new franchises and broke previous revenue records with 16% YoY growth
  • STOP Restoration broke previous revenue records with 16% YoY growth
  • Woofie’s opened 10 new franchises and broke previous revenue records with 40% YoY growth

Combined, the Authority Brands franchise brands operate more than 2,000 locations with an expansive network of more than 1,000 franchise owners. Authority Brands’ family of franchise companies include leading home service brands America’s Swimming Pool Company, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, The Cleaning Authority, Color World Painting, DoodyCalls, DRYmedic Restoration Services, Homewatch CareGivers, The Junkluggers, Mister Sparky, Monster Tree Service, Mosquito Squad, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, Screenmobile, STOP Restoration, and Woofie’s.

Authority Brands is looking to expand with qualified franchisees across the United States. To learn more about franchising opportunities within the Authority Brands portfolio, please visit: https://www.authoritybrands.com/franchising/.

About Authority Brands

Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, Authority Brands’ companies include 14 leading home service franchise brands: America’s Swimming Pool Company, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, The Cleaning Authority, Color World Painting, DoodyCalls, DRYmedic Restoration Services, Homewatch CareGivers, The Junkluggers, Mister Sparky, Monster Tree Service, Mosquito Squad, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, Screenmobile, STOP Restoration, and Woofie’s. Together, these brands provide home services through more than 2,000 territories operated by more than 1,000 franchise owners. Authority Brands is dedicated to supporting individual franchise owner growth by providing strong marketing, technology, and operational support. See www.authoritybrands.com for more information.

13 02, 2023

Authority Brands Acquires Screenmobile

2023-02-13T11:06:16-05:00February 13th, 2023|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

COLUMBIA, Md. — Authority Brands announced today the purchase of Screenmobile. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 1982 by the Walker family in Glendora, CA, Screenmobile currently operates in over 145 territories across the United States. As America’s only national mobile screen repair service, Screenmobile has successfully combined unparalleled value and convenience with a proprietary mobile workshop model that remains an industry standout. Screenmobile has over 115 franchise owners operating in over 30 states.

Companies under the Authority Brands umbrella include leading home service brands America’s Swimming Pool Company, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, The Cleaning Authority, Color World Painting, DoodyCalls, DRYmedic Restoration Services, Homewatch CareGivers, The Junkluggers, Mister Sparky, Monster Tree Service, Mosquito Squad, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, STOP Restoration and Woofie’s. They operate across multiple home service sectors. Authority Brands supports individual franchise owner growth by providing strong marketing, technology and operational tools and resources.

“Screenmobile is the perfect addition to our ever-expanding Authority Brands portfolio of home service brands,” said Craig Donaldson, CEO of Authority Brands. “Screenmobile takes pride in having extremely high satisfaction ratings, and that is the kind of client dedication we look for in a new partner. The Walker family has built a special business and we are excited to partner with them to expand Screenmobile’s footprint and provide franchise owners with increased support to help them reach their goals. We are excited to welcome Screenmobile to our family of brands and support them as they continue to grow.”

“As Authority Brands continues to grow, our team looks to partner with likeminded brands who put their customers and service standards first. Screenmobile’s impressive satisfaction rating with both customers and franchise owners made it a clear winner for the Authority Brands family and we are looking forward to supporting their success through the many resources we provide,” said Ashish Karandikar, Board of Directors member of Authority Brands’ parent company and Partner at Apax.

“Throughout the last nearly five decades our family-founded Screenmobile team has consistently strived to offer high quality home services with an emphasis on quality, customer service, and integrity,” said Scott Walker, Chief Executive Officer and President of Screenmobile. “We are excited to expand our family network with the Authority Brands team as it will allow us to further enhance service capabilities and innovation, while continuing to strengthen our franchise owner support. Through our partnership with Authority Brands we hope to reach new customers, broaden our franchisee family, and experience many more decades of screening success.”

“When we first started Screenmobile, we had a dream to become the best and largest mobile screening company in the nation,” said Monty L. Walker, Chief Operations Officer and Vice President of Screenmobile. “It has been an honor to see our humble screening business grow to become a leader in our industry, and we are thrilled to partner with Authority Brands in this next step of Screenmobile’s story.”

About Authority Brands

Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, Authority Brands’ companies include 14 leading home service franchise brands: America’s Swimming Pool Company, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, The Cleaning Authority, Color World Painting, DoodyCalls, DRYmedic Restoration Services, Homewatch CareGivers, The Junkluggers, Mister Sparky, Monster Tree Service, Mosquito Squad, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, STOP Restoration, and Woofie’s. Together, these brands provide home services through more than 2,000 territories operated by more than 1,000 franchise owners. Authority Brands is dedicated to supporting individual franchise owner growth by providing strong marketing, technology, and operational support. See www.authoritybrands.com for more information.