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19 02, 2024

Propelled Brands Announces Speakers at International Franchise Association’s 64th Annual Convention

2024-02-19T17:49:35-05:00February 19th, 2024|Tags: , , |

CEO Catherine Monson to receive IFA Hall of Fame Award

CARROLLTON, Texas — Propelled Brands, the leading, multi-brand franchisor of FASTSIGNS®, MY SALON Suite®, Camp Bow Wow® and NerdsToGo®, announces its speakers and honoree at the International Franchise Association’s 64th Annual Convention in PhoenixFeb. 17-20.

Catherine Monson, CEO of Propelled Brands and Past Chair of the IFA, will be receiving the IFA Hall of Fame Award during the Opening General Session on Saturday, Feb. 17. The Hall of Fame Award is the oldest and most prestigious recognition conferred by IFA, recognizing a franchisor or franchisee who has contributed significantly to the advancement of the franchise business model and to the benefit of the IFA mission. The honor recognizes those whose careers and leadership are viewed as  legendary in franchising. On Monday, Feb. 19, Monson will also be speaking with additional award winners in a Masterclass session focused on Strategies for Success from Top Franchise Visionaries.

On Monday, Feb. 19Jeffrey Lewis, Assistant Vice President for Franchise Support, will be a featured panelist speaking on franchise renewals and updates.

Additional members of the Propelled Brands Executive team attending include: Mark Jameson, Chief Development Officer for Propelled Brands; Jennifer Herskind, Chief Marketing Officer for Propelled Brands; Shayne Mehringer, Chief Information Officer for Propelled Brands; and Russell Kruse, General Counsel for Propelled Brands as well as franchisees and members of the FASTSIGNS, MY SALON Suite, Camp Bow Wow and NerdsToGo leadership teams.

IFA is the franchising sector’s only global trade association. Thousands of franchisees, franchisors, executives and suppliers are expected to attend the acclaimed IFA Convention that is meant to inform, inspire and educate franchise stakeholders at every level.

About Propelled Brands®:
Propelled Brands® is a multi-brand platform company dedicated to accelerating the growth of service-oriented businesses with an unrelenting focus on franchising best practices and franchisee profitability and satisfaction. We have a robust franchise business model that provides a clear growth trajectory for the unique position, purpose and momentum of each brand. While there are many paths to success, there’s only one direction we know: forward. Our portfolio includes highly recognized and award winning brands: FASTSIGNS®, MY SALON Suite®, Camp Bow Wow® and NerdsToGo®.  Propelled Brands is looking to partner with other service-oriented franchise concepts. For more information or to learn about opportunities, visit propelledbrands.com.

About the International Franchise Association:
Celebrating over 60 years of excellence, education, and advocacy, the International Franchise Association 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 more than 733,000 franchise establishments that support nearly 7.6 million direct jobs, $674.3 billion of economic output for the U.S. economy, and 2.5 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.

9 02, 2024

Phenix Salon Suites to Host International Development Event in Birmingham, UK

2024-02-12T17:54:00-05:00February 9th, 2024|Tags: , , |

Internationally Renowned Salon Suites Concept Continuing to Foster Worldwide Growth

BIRMINGHAM, England — Phenix Salon Suites announced today its plans to host an exclusive meet-and-greet for prospective franchisees and entrepreneurs at its newest facility in Birmingham, UK on March 5. Some of the Phenix global development team will be providing tours of the location and discussing the brand’s international expansion opportunities.

As the first US-based salon suite brand to open in Europe, Phenix continues to be a leading force within the competitive salon suite category. The brand opened 40 locations in 2023, including its newest international space in Birmingham, UK. Currently, the brand’s total number of salon facilities sits at over 380 globally, with plans to exceed 400 locations open through 2024.

“Expanding into established markets like the UK has been a key priority for our brand as we continue growth efforts both domestically and abroad,” said Brian Kelley, President & CEO at Phenix Salon Suites. “This upcoming event in Birmingham is an exciting opportunity for entrepreneurs to be part of our international growth and we’re thrilled to connect to share more about the brand.”

The March 5 event will be held from 16:30 to 20:00 at 2 Snow Hill Queensway in Birmingham. Spots will be limited.

RSVP here: https://phenixsalonsuitesfranchising.com/birmingham-event/ Or contact Dorothy Gillespie at dgillespie@phenixsalonsuites.com | +44 758 885 9991

While no salon experience is necessary, the most successful franchisees have working knowledge of commercial real estate, general business experience, and are well-capitalized with minimum liquidity of €300,000.

To learn more about Phenix Salon Suites and its franchise opportunities, visit www.phenixsalonsuitesfranchising.com.

ABOUT PHENIX SALON SUITES

The California-based salon suite franchise is a salon suite rental concept that offers an opportunity for salon and lifestyle professionals to operate their own business in a private salon suite within a larger, well-located salon. The brand licenses individualized suites so professionals can service their clients in a safe and secure environment. Founded in 2007 by beauty expert and celebrity hairstylist Gina Rivera, Phenix Salon Suites has reinvented the salon industry. The company began franchising in 2012 and today has more than 380 salons across 33 states and multiple locations in the UK with continued plans to continue to expand internationally.

1 02, 2024

Propelled Brands Acquires Camp Bow Wow, Elevating the Prominent Franchisor to Over 1,300 Locations

2024-02-12T17:43:25-05:00February 1st, 2024|Tags: , , |

Industry-leading pet services franchise brand joins portfolio with FASTSIGNS International, Inc., MY SALON Suite, and NerdsToGo

CARROLLTON, Texas — Propelled Brands, the premier multi-brand franchisor of FASTSIGNS® International Inc., MY SALON Suite® and NerdsToGo®, announced today its acquisition of Camp Bow Wow®, a leading doggy day care and boarding franchise.

With the support of Propelled Brands private equity owners, LightBay Capital and Freeman Spogli, the acquisition provides Camp Bow Wow with the platform company’s extensive resources. Propelled Brands has now grown its combined portfolio to over 1,300 locations, and will have a significant role in expanding Camp Bow Wow’s presence and development.

“Camp Bow Wow is a proven franchise organization in the pet services industry, and it is a welcome addition into our family of brands,” said Catherine Monson, President and CEO of Propelled Brands and former Chair of the International Franchise Association. “Camp Bow Wow and its dedication to aiding entrepreneurs in realizing their aspirations of small business ownership align seamlessly with the objectives of Propelled Brands. We look forward to cultivating the rapid growth and continued development that will benefit Camp Bow Wow customers, franchise owners and team members – and continue their mission of Making Dogs Happy.”

Camp Bow Wow was founded in 2000 and is a key player in the rapidly growing pet services industry with over 200 locations in 40 states and Canada. It is optimally positioned in an attractive market with over 95% of US pet owners now viewing pets as a member of their family, and driving spending on premium products that prioritize pet health and wellbeing. Additionally, dog ownership increased to 53% of US households, compared to 50% pre-pandemic, and resurgence in post-pandemic travel and return to office has driven greater need for dog day care and boarding solutions.

“With dog ownership up and strong demand for products and services to meet their needs, now is an ideal time for us to get into the pet services industry,” said Monson. “We plan to grow this business with existing franchise owners and introduce the Camp Bow Wow brand to new potential franchise owners and customers.”

Propelled Brands, including Camp Bow Wow, welcomed nearly 115 new franchisees into the business last year, and is positioned to continue an aggressive growth trajectory across its portfolio in 2024. The strategic acquisition of Camp Bow Wow will extend Propelled Brands’ expertise in franchising to an entirely new vertical for the company as it grows its portfolio of premier service brands. The multi-brand franchisor offers extensive experience in growing both emerging and established franchise brands, and with an unrelenting focus on franchisee profitability, consistently achieves high franchisee satisfaction across its network.

“Joining the Propelled Brands family aligns with our ongoing strategy to provide outstanding support and growth opportunities to our franchise owners, and we look forward to leveraging Propelled Brands’ franchise expertise to accelerate unit-level growth and dramatically expand our footprint across the country,” said Camp Bow Wow President Julie Turner. “Their excellence in franchising best practices will help us further improve unit-level economics and continue to increase franchise owner profitability, while delivering our mission of Making Dogs Happy to pups and pet parents across North America.”

For more information about Camp Bow Wow or to learn about franchise opportunities, visit https://www.campbowwow.com/ or contact Mark Jameson (mark.jameson@propelledbrands.com or call 214.346.5679).

About Camp Bow Wow®

Camp Bow Wow® is a leading franchise brand in the rapidly growing pet care industry with over 200 franchise locations in 40 states and Canada. Since 2000, the Camp concept has provided the highest levels of fun, safety and service for its Campers and peace of mind for their parents. Dogs romp together in an open-play environment and snooze the night away in a spacious individual cabin. In addition to day care and overnight boarding, the company offers personalized enrichment opportunities, grooming services and a rewards-based dog training program. The Camp Bow Wow brand family also includes the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation®, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing urgent medical care funds to dogs who are homeless or whose parents cannot afford to pay their veterinary bills. Camp Bow Wow has been ranked on Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 list for 15 consecutive years. Camp Bow Wow is part of Propelled Brands, a recognized leader in the franchising industry.

About Propelled Brands®

Propelled Brands® is a multi-brand platform company dedicated to accelerating the growth of service-oriented businesses with an unrelenting focus on franchising best practices and franchisee profitability and satisfaction. We have a robust franchise business model that provides a clear growth trajectory for the unique position, purpose and momentum of each brand. While there are many paths to success, there’s only one direction we know: forward. Our portfolio includes highly recognized and award winning brands: FASTSIGNS®, MY SALON Suite®, Camp Bow Wow® and NerdsToGo®.  Propelled Brands is looking to partner with other service-oriented franchise concepts. For more information or to learn about opportunities, visit propelledbrands.com or contact Mark Jameson (mark.jameson@propelledbrands.com or call 214.346.5679).

9 01, 2024

Propelled Brands’ FASTSIGNS and MY SALON Suite Recognized Among Top 100 Game Changers for 2023 by Franchise Dictionary Magazine

2024-01-09T22:14:39-05:00January 9th, 2024|Tags: , , , , |

Leading Franchise Brands Named to Prestigious Ranking Amid Continued Positive Growth Trajectory Across Propelled Brands’ World-Class Roster

CARROLLTON, Texas — Propelled Brands, a best-in-class multi-brand franchisor platform company, announced today that two of its prominent brands, FASTSIGNS® and MY SALON Suite, were included in this year’s Franchise Dictionary Magazine list of the top 100 Game Changers in the franchising space. This recognition highlights franchises that fill a niche, help the communities they are a part of and provide opportunities for aspiring business owners. The ranking comes amid a strong year of development across the Propelled Brands roster.

“FASTSIGNS and MY SALON Suite continuously raised the bar throughout 2023 with both astonishing growth and continued innovations,” said Mark Jameson, chief development officer at Propelled Brands. “This accolade underscores our brands’ collective commitment to creating opportunities and fostering success across their networks. As the brands continue to grow, I look forward to seeing how FASTSIGNS and MY SALON Suite will further their impacts in 2024.”

FASTSIGNS is the leading sign and visual communications franchisor in North America. The brand has now reached more than 775 centers in the network, offering a variety of franchising options including co-brands and conversions. With more than 14 new franchise agreements awarded to-date in 2023 alone, FASTSIGNS is sustaining its rapid growth momentum.

MY SALON Suite was created for entrepreneurs interested in diversifying their portfolios, with a semi-absentee model that allows individuals to own a franchise without needing to manage employees or oversee every operation. The brand has experienced rapid growth this year, expanding from 250 locations at the start of 2023 to over 330 locations serving more than 8,500 Members. This impressive development comes amid a new strategy to expand the brand’s conversion program through acquisitions of independent salons.

“2023 was a year of explosive growth and success for the franchise model. A brand that earns the Top 100 Game Changers designation has gone the extra mile to improve people’s lives and sets itself apart,” said Alesia Visconti, CEO of Franchise Dictionary Magazine / FranServe. “We are thrilled to recognize and showcase these 100+ FRAN-TASTIC brands that went above and beyond. Here’s to #ChangingLives and congrats to this year’s Game Changers!”

Propelled Brands has experienced dramatic growth since its inception in 2021, now with a collective network across its three established brands of more than 1,100 locations worldwide. Each brand is recession-resistant and offers extensive financing options, including discounts for Veterans. FASTSIGNS®, NerdsToGo® and MY SALON Suite are all seeking qualified franchisees to be owner-operators to help the brands continue their aggressive growth trajectories.

The full list of the top 100 “Game Changers” can be found in the December issue of Franchise Dictionary Magazine.

For more information about Propelled Brands franchise opportunities, please visit https://www.propelledbrands.com/franchising-opportunities/, or contact Mark Jameson at mark.jameson@propelledbrands.com or 214-346-5679.

About Propelled Brands®:

Propelled Brands is the multi-brand platform company of FASTSIGNS®, SIGNWAVE®, NerdsToGo® and Suite Management Franchising, LLC, the parent company of MY SALON Suite® and Salon Plaza®. Propelled Brands advances the strategic path for each brand, offering support, guidance, and a clear vision to fully equip every franchisee, helping them maximize success.

Propelled Brands is looking to partner with other service-oriented franchise concepts that align with its forward-thinking growth objectives. For more information or to learn about opportunities with Propelled Brands, visit propelledbrands.com. To learn about franchise opportunities with FASTSIGNS, NerdsToGo, or MY SALON Suite, contact Mark Jameson (mark.jameson@propelledbrands.com or call 214.346.5679).

28 12, 2023

Job Seekers Buck the Trend, Opting for Purpose over Corporate Promotion

2023-12-28T17:13:35-05:00December 28th, 2023|Tags: , , , |

New Survey From Express Employment Professionals

Latest Results from The Harris Poll

OKLAHOMA CITY — While U.S. hiring managers and job seekers feel career advancement is valuable, many job seekers are more focused on achieving personal fulfillment and work/life balance.

This is according to a recent survey from The Harris Poll commissioned by Express Employment Professionals.

More than half of employed job seekers (56%) feel they are performing above and beyond at their company now compared to a year ago — and hiring managers are seeing similar effort (53%).

From the perspective of hiring managers, the definition of professional success for employees is advancing in their careers (73%). And 58% report that the only way for employees to achieve professional success at their company is to “climb the corporate ladder.”

Around 7 in 10 job seekers (71%) are similarly aligned on the definition of professional success (i.e., advancing in their career) and believe climbing the corporate ladder is the only way employees can achieve this (57%).

Most hiring managers also feel the best way for employees to add value to a company is advancing their careers (70%) — a similar proportion of job seekers concur (71%).

Meaningful Work vs. Advancement

Despite a strong majority of job seekers (86%) and hiring managers (83%) saying most employees want to advance in their careers, 57% of job seekers say they are not interested in “climbing the corporate ladder.” Workers appear more focused on personal fulfillment and balancing their personal and professional lives.

Most job seekers say it is more important to them to have a meaningful job than a high-level job title (83%) and define success more by work/life balance than climbing the corporate ladder (80%).

More than 4 in 5 hiring managers report similar perspectives; 85% say it is more important for workers to have a meaningful job than a high-level job title, and 84% report more employees define success by work/life balance than climbing the corporate ladder now compared to three years ago.

As a result, workers may choose to remain in their current role. However, more than half of hiring managers (55%) feel employees who have no desire to advance are looked upon negatively at their company; 64% of job seekers agree.

When thinking of employees who don’t wish to advance their careers, more than half of hiring managers (55%) describe employees negatively — most commonly linking these employees with a lack of drive (34%), being uncommitted (22%) and unengaged (22%). And more than half of hiring managers (56%) report employees who are not interested in “climbing the corporate ladder” have less long-term potential in their company.

While some companies seemingly desire employees with the drive to rise through the ranks, nearly 9 in 10 hiring managers (89%) agree that employees who are content in remaining in their current role still contribute to the success of a company. In addition, these employees may be thought of as more self-aware, as around a quarter of hiring managers describe them as knowing their limit (25%) and knowing what they want (24%).

“Whether it’s an entry-level position or an executive role, every job contributes significantly to the overall functionality and success of the workforce,” said Bill Stoller, Express Employment International CEO. “People’s ambitions vary, but one thing that all employees should have in common is to find continuing education opportunities to excel in their duties and always strive for improvement.

“Businesses would also be prudent to discover how team members individually define purpose to avoid mistaking contentment with complacency.”

Survey Methodology
The Job Insights survey was conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of Express Employment Professionals between June 13 and June 26, 2023, among 1,010 U.S. hiring decision-makers.

The Job Seeker Report was conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of Express Employment Professionals between June 13 and June 26, 2023, among 1,006 adults ages 18 and older.

For full survey methodologies, please contact Sheena.Hollander@ExpressPros.com, Director of Corporate Communications & PR.

If you would like to arrange for an interview with Bill Stoller to discuss this topic, please contact Sheena.Hollander@ExpressPros.com, Director of Corporate Communications & PR.

About Bill Stoller
William H. “Bill” Stoller is chairman and chief executive officer of Express Employment International. Founded in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the international staffing franchisor supports the Express Employment Professionals franchise and related brands. The Express franchise brand is an industry-leading, international staffing company with franchise locations in the U.S., CanadaSouth AfricaAustralia and New Zealand.

About Express Employment Professionals 
At Express Employment Professionals, we’re in the business of people. From job seekers to client companies, Express helps people thrive and businesses grow. Our international network of franchises offers localized staffing solutions to the communities they serve across the U.S., CanadaSouth AfricaAustralia and New Zealand, employing 579,000 people globally in 2022 and more than 10 million since its inception. For more information, visit ExpressPros.com.

13 12, 2023

Mentorship Programs Counter Talent Drain at US Businesses

2023-12-13T21:46:11-05:00December 13th, 2023|Tags: , , , |

Latest Results from The Harris Poll

OKLAHOMA CITY — Most American companies have lost employees to retirement the past two years, taking valuable institutional knowledge and experience with them.

One possible solution? Mentorship programs.

While not a new concept, mentorship programs are gaining popularity as a way to combat this brain drain (i.e., when older employees retire without sharing knowledge of how to do their job to younger generations) and accelerate recruiting and retention in the current prolonged labor shortage.

This is according to a recent survey from The Harris Poll commissioned by Express Employment Professionals.

U.S. hiring managers report the top reasons for retiring at their company as reaching what employees believe to be retirement age (65+ years old) (47%), no longer wanting to work (40%) and feeling they have enough money saved to retire (39%).

Job seekers’ perceptions regarding reasons for retirement are similarly aligned — feeling they have enough money saved to retire (58%), reaching what they believe to be retirement age (65+ years old) (53%) and no longer wanting to work (51%).

Regardless of the age of retirement, hiring managers and job seekers agree employees should retire whenever they are financially able to do so (84% and 85%, respectively).

Benefits of Mentorship

Although many companies don’t currently offer mentorship programs, hiring managers and job seekers see the benefits in doing so.

Around two-thirds of hiring managers (64%) say their company currently offers on-the-job training/upskilling followed by mentorship programs (40%) and reskilling (31%). Among those that offer mentorship programs, most cite doing so as a means of upskilling/reskilling employees (81%).

Around half offer this program to attract prospective employees (53%) and cultivate greater connection between employees (52%). Additionally, around 2 in 5 companies offer it to reduce brain drain (41%) and keep older employees engaged (40%).

For companies that do not currently have a mentorship program in place, more than half (52%) say they are likely to do so in the next two years.

Hiring managers who have not implemented mentorships feel the ability to upskill/reskill employees (54%), attract prospective employees (34%) and cultivate greater connections between employees (30%) are among the top benefits of offering the program in the future. Job seekers believe similar benefits are available when offering mentorship programs: upskill/reskill employees (70%), cultivate greater connections between employees (49%) and reduce brain drain (43%).

Around 4 in 5 hiring managers (82%) believe job candidates are more attracted to companies offering mentorship programs — 85% of job seekers concur; companies are more attractive to them if they offer a mentorship program.

And, as employees retire and companies search for a method to bridge the potential knowledge gap, mentorships may prove to be a viable option. More than 4 in 5 hiring managers (83%) feel these programs are absolutely essential in reducing “brain drain.”

“A mentorship program in companies is like a shortcut to success,” said Bill Stoller, Express Employment International CEO. “It’s a practical way to transfer knowledge, refine skills and foster a culture of continuous improvement. By connecting experienced individuals with those eager to learn, companies not only boost employee development but also build a stronger, more collaborative workforce.”

Survey Methodology

The Job Insights survey was conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of Express Employment Professionals between June 13 and June 26, 2023, among 1,010 U.S. hiring decision-makers.

The Job Seeker Report was conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of Express Employment Professionals between June 13 and June 26, 2023, among 1,006 adults ages 18 and older.

For full survey methodologies, please contact Sheena.Hollander@ExpressPros.com, Director of Corporate Communications & PR.

If you would like to arrange for an interview with Bill Stoller to discuss this topic, please contact Sheena.Hollander@ExpressPros.com, Director of Corporate Communications & PR.

About Bill Stoller

William H. “Bill” Stoller is chairman and chief executive officer of Express Employment International. Founded in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the international staffing franchisor supports the Express Employment Professionals franchise and related brands. The Express franchise brand is an industry-leading, international staffing company with franchise locations in the U.S., CanadaSouth AfricaAustralia and New Zealand.

About Express Employment Professionals

At Express Employment Professionals, we’re in the business of people. From job seekers to client companies, Express helps people thrive and businesses grow. Our international network of franchises offers localized staffing solutions to the communities they serve across the U.S., CanadaSouth AfricaAustralia and New Zealand, employing 579,000 people globally in 2022 and more than 10 million since its inception. For more information, visit ExpressPros.com.

29 11, 2023

Flexibility vs. Stability: 1099 Work Gains Popularity, but Traditional W-2 Employment Preferences Endure

2023-11-29T17:20:12-05:00November 29th, 2023|Tags: , , , |

Latest Results from The Harris Poll

OKLAHOMA CITY — Job seekers’ and employees’ desire for flexibility has upended the workforce, and while the majority of both groups don’t believe that 1099 employment is simply a fad (66% job seekers and 58% hiring managers), more than 7 in 10 believe it will never replace traditional employment (72% and 75%, respectively).

This is according to a recent survey from The Harris Poll commissioned by Express Employment Professionals.

Despite signaling plans to hire full-time staff, companies appear to have a growing interest in alternative hires. Nearly 3 in 10 (29%) are planning to hire seasonal, temporary or contract workers. This intention aligns with the trends observed in the second half of 2022, where 28% of companies expressed similar hiring plans.

Currently, nearly half of U.S. hiring managers (47%) say their businesses employ 1099 workers, and 29% do not currently but have done so in the past. Only 24% say they’ve never employed 1099 workers.

1099 workers, also known as independent contractors or gig workers, are self-employed individuals or freelancers who are hired by businesses on a project basis. They receive payment for their services and are responsible for handling their own taxes, including income and self-employment taxes.

W-2 workers, on the other hand, are considered employees of a company, and their employer withholds income taxes, Social Security and Medicare taxes from their paychecks. They could also be eligible for certain benefits.

Among companies that employ 1099 workers, hiring managers say 38% of the company’s production or work, on average, is completed by such workers. Nearly three-quarters of hiring managers whose companies use 1099 workers (73%) report doing so when they aren’t able to fill open positions with full-time employees.

Disadvantages of 1099 Employment 

While companies appear drawn to the flexibility of utilizing 1099 workers, employees may be similarly inclined. More than 2 in 5 hiring managers (45%) are concerned their company will lose employees to 1099 opportunities. In addition, companies report that over the past two years they have already lost 23% of their employees, on average, to this type of work.

However, in a similar survey conducted by The Harris Poll, respondents conceded there are disadvantages to the 1099 classification vs. W-2 status, such as:

  • Lack of career support as a gig employee: 70%
  • An unreliable means for long-term financial stability: 69%
  • Less leverage as a gig employee than traditional W-2 employee: 65%
  • Lack of proper compensation: 61%
  • Feeling isolated as a gig worker compared to traditional W-2 employee: 57%
  • Don’t have the means to develop skills as a gig employee: 46%

“W-2 work provides the perfect blend of flexibility and security, allowing individuals to pursue their passions while enjoying the stability of traditional employment,” said Bill Stoller, Express Employment International CEO. “It fosters a sense of unity and belonging, making employees feel like valued members of a team rather than solitary contributors, and allows them to experience the camaraderie and shared purpose that comes with working alongside colleagues in a supportive organization.”

Survey Methodology
The Job Insights survey was conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of Express Employment Professionals between June 13 and June 26, 2023, among 1,010 U.S. hiring decision-makers.

The Job Seeker Report was conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of Express Employment Professionals between June 13 and June 26, 2023, among 1,006 adults ages 18 and older.

The Gig Worker survey was conducted online within the U.S. by The Harris Poll from August 18th to 20th, 2023 among a nationally representative sample of 1,989 U.S. adults, where 746 have worked as gig employees before.

About Bill Stoller
William H. “Bill” Stoller is chairman and chief executive officer of Express Employment International. Founded in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the international staffing franchisor supports the Express Employment Professionals franchise and related brands. The Express franchise brand is an industry-leading, international staffing company with franchise locations in the U.S., CanadaSouth AfricaAustralia and New Zealand.

About Express Employment Professionals 
At Express Employment Professionals, we’re in the business of people. From job seekers to client companies, Express helps people thrive and businesses grow. Our international network of franchises offers localized staffing solutions to the communities they serve across the U.S., CanadaSouth AfricaAustralia and New Zealand, employing 579,000 people globally in 2022 and more than 10 million since its inception. For more information, visit ExpressPros.com.

14 11, 2023

Propelled Brands’ FASTSIGNS and MY SALON Suite Ranked on 2023 Franchise Times Top 400 List Amid Stellar Growth

2023-11-14T19:39:02-05:00November 14th, 2023|Tags: , , , , |

CARROLLTON, Texas — Propelled Brands, the multi-brand platform company of FASTSIGNS®, SIGNWAVE®, NerdsToGo® and MY SALON Suite, has two brands ranked on the 2023 Franchise Times Top 400 list amid rapid franchise development and growth of each brand. FASTSIGNS ranks #104, and MY SALON Suite ranks #330.

The Franchise Times Top 400 is an exclusive annual ranking of the largest franchise systems in the United States by global systemwide sales based on the previous year’s performance. The project is the result of a five-month research and reporting effort, resulting in the most credible and objective franchise ranking available.

“Having two of our brands recognized on this prestigious list is a testament to the strength of our portfolio and underscores the significant development of FASTSIGNS and MY SALON Suite over the last year,” said Catherine Monson, CEO of Propelled Brands. “FASTSIGNS’ and MY SALON Suite’s dedicated teams and franchisees consistently provide world-class services and products to their communities, and this accolade is a reflection of their commitment to excellence. As our brands continue to reach new heights, the recognition fuels our unwavering dedication to growth, innovation and exceptional customer experiences.”

FASTSIGNS is the leading sign, graphics and visual communications franchise in the nation. With over 765 locations globally, the brand has continued its trajectory of growth with 20 lease signings last year and is on pace to surpass that record again in 2023. The recognition joins a growing list of accolades for the brand, including placements on the Entrepreneur Franchise 500 list and multiple recognitions from Franchise Business Review earlier this year. Ranking #104 on this year’s list, the brand rose an impressive 29 spots compared to its 2022 ranking.

Growing salon suite franchise MY SALON Suite rose 48 spots on the list from its previous rank of #378 on the 2021 Franchise Times Top 400 list. The brand has experienced rapid growth this year, expanding from 250 locations at the start of 2023 to over 330 locations and more than 8,500 Members. This impressive growth comes amid a new strategy to expand the brand’s conversion program and acquire independent salons as it further develops its footprint across the United States.

Across its portfolio, Propelled Brands operates over 1,100 locations across eight countries. For more information about Propelled Brands franchise opportunities, including FASTSIGNS and MY SALON Suite, visit https://www.propelledbrands.com/franchising-opportunities/, or contact Mark Jameson at mark.jameson@propelledbrands.com or 214-346-5679.

To view the full Franchise Times Top 400 ranking, visit https://www.franchisetimes.com/top-400-2023.

About Propelled Brands®:

Propelled Brands is the multi-brand platform company of FASTSIGNS®, SIGNWAVE®, NerdsToGo® and Suite Management Franchising, LLC, the parent company of MY SALON Suite® and Salon Plaza®. Propelled Brands advances the strategic path for each brand, offering support, guidance, and a clear vision to fully equip every franchisee, helping them maximize success.

Propelled Brands is looking to partner with other service-oriented franchise concepts that align with its forward-thinking growth objectives. For more information or to learn about opportunities with Propelled Brands, visit propelledbrands.com.

30 07, 2023

The Alternative Board: A Collective Wealth of Wisdom and Experience

2023-07-30T04:47:04-04:00July 30th, 2023|Tags: , , , , |

For over 30 years, The Alternative Board® (TAB), has helped nearly 30,000 CEOs, business owners and their leadership teams in over 20 countries achieve their dreams by running their businesses more strategically. By Brianna Bohn

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13 07, 2023

Propelled Brands Announces Jason White as Chief Financial Officer, Russell Kruse as General Counsel

2023-07-13T16:49:20-04:00July 13th, 2023|Tags: , , , , |

CARROLLTON, Texas — Propelled Brands, a best-in-class multi-brand franchisor platform company, is welcoming new Chief Financial Officer Jason White and General Counsel Russell Kruse to its growing leadership team.

Jason White has an extensive financial background having served most recently as the Chief Operations Officer of the Americas Region for Pentax Medical, a medical device subsidiary of HOYA. Prior to Pentax, Jason spent 14 years with HOYA Vision Care, where he began his career as the Corporate Controller helping to establish a solid accounting foundation then moved into finance and administration working with IT partners to build scalable systems. During the last six years, he has served as the CFO of the Americas Region for HOYA Vision Care where he developed a successful mergers and acquisitions strategy for the company.

Russell Kruse has an extensive legal and franchising background both on the law firm side and as Chief Legal Officer for multi-brand franchisor Premium Service Brands. He has successfully managed and supported fast-paced and large volume mergers and acquisitions transactions, employment and risk management as well as franchise development and regulatory compliance.

“We are thrilled to welcome both Jason White and Russell Kruse to our growing leadership team as we position our company for incredible growth,” said Catherine Monson, CEO at Propelled Brands. “Our continued growth has established more opportunities to expand our team, and we look forward to all that these two important leaders will accomplish in their new roles.”

Propelled Brands was formed with FASTSIGNS International, Inc. as its first brand. The franchisor later acquired the technology brand NerdsToGo® and the salon suite franchisor Suite Management Franchising, LLC®, the parent company of MY SALON Suite® and Salon Plaza.

About Propelled Brands®:

Propelled Brands is the multi-brand platform company of FASTSIGNS®, SIGNWAVE®, NerdsToGo® and MY SALON Suite®. Propelled Brands advances the strategic path for each brand, offering support, guidance, and a clear vision to fully equip every franchisee, helping them maximize success.

Propelled Brands is looking to partner with other service-oriented franchise concepts that align with its forward-thinking growth objectives. For more information or to learn about opportunities with Propelled Brands, visit propelledbrands.com. To learn about franchise opportunities with FASTSIGNS, NerdsToGo, or MY SALON Suite, contact Mark Jameson (mark.jameson@propelledbrands.com or call 214.346.5679).