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19 12, 2022

Authority Brands Acquires The Junkluggers

2022-12-19T09:56:02-05:00December 19th, 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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

The Junkluggers is an eco-friendly junk removal franchise focused on customer service and bettering the environment in communities around the country. Founded by Josh Cohen in 2004, The Junkluggers made it their mission to disrupt the junk removal industry by instituting sustainable practices to divert waste from landfills through recycling, donations to charities, and innovative concepts like Remix Market, a secondhand marketplace. The Junkluggers has franchise owners operating across 350 territories with over 90 locations spread across the United 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, 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.

“The Junkluggers is a natural fit to our ever-expanding Authority Brands portfolio of home service brands,” said Craig Donaldson, CEO of Authority Brands. “As we celebrate Authority Brands’ 5th anniversary, we look forward to the coming years of continued growth and success, much of which is made possible by our strategic acquisitions and our partnership with mission-driven brands that align with our core values. We are excited to welcome The Junkluggers to our family of brands and support them as they continue their upward growth trajectory and expand their franchise business.”

“As we continue to broaden our Authority Brands portfolio, our team hones in on brands and entrepreneurs that are driven to succeed. The Junkluggers’ dedication to their customers and the environment makes them a key partner for our 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.

“The Junkluggers was created to not only help customers get rid of unwanted items, but to promote green practices in every community we operate in and with each piece of junk we lug,” said Josh Cohen, Founder and CEO of The Junkluggers. “Our new partnership with the Authority Brands network will power our mission and allow us the support and resources to expand our client network without sacrificing our passion for sustainability and customer service that have been the cornerstone to our success. I can’t wait to see what the future holds as my team and I continue to be involved and committed to the company.”

Boxwood Partners LLC represented The Junkluggers and acted as their exclusive financial advisor for the transaction.

About Authority Brands 

Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, Authority Brands’ companies include 12 leading home service franchisors: America’s Swimming Pool Company, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, The Cleaning Authority, Color World Painting, DoodyCalls, DRYmedic Restoration Services, Homewatch CareGivers, 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 1,900 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.

2 12, 2022

Authority Brands Promotes Franchise Industry Leader Heather McLeod to Chief Growth Officer

2022-12-02T10:58:18-05:00December 2nd, 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In her new role, McLeod will oversee both marketing and franchise development growth strategies for the entire home-services system.

COLUMBIA, Md.Authority Brands, a premier home service franchisor in North America, announced the promotion of vital team member Heather McLeod from Chief Marketing Officer to Chief Growth Officer, effective immediately. In the newly created position, McLeod will be responsible for leading growth strategies within the company including marketing and franchise development initiatives.

Heading into another chapter of planned expansion, the Authority Brands executive team carved out this new position specifically aimed at managing growth within the marketing channel and identifying new business development opportunities. Serving as Chief Marketing Officer since 2017, Heather McLeod was tapped for the newly developed role. With a proven track record of success and a strong history in the marketing and development space, McLeod initially joined the Authority Brands family from The Dwyer Group (now Neighborly) and has built an impressive career in the franchise space based on empowering her teams to be successful through scalable and supportive systems and processes.

“Since her first day with the company Heather has played an integral role in growing our Authority Brands profile. Her diligence and strong work ethic have played a large part in our overall success in the last five years,” said Craig Donaldson, CEO of Authority Brands. “As we celebrate the official mark of half a decade in business with unprecedented success in the industry, I am confident that Heather is the perfect person to continue to propel our business forward as we expand and continue to diversify our home services portfolio. Her unique approach to team leadership and vast knowledge of the franchising industry inspires confidence as we look forward to many more years of success with her at the helm of our growth division.”

McLeod joined Authority Brands’ The Cleaning Authority in 2015 and became a vital part of the formation of the Authority Brands family of industry-leading home service brands, largely due to her focus on customer experience, rigorous attention to process detail, and passion for team collaboration.

McLeod founded the Howard County, Maryland chapter of IFA’s Women’s Franchise Network in 2020 and is an active member of the IFA Marketing & Innovation Committee. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore and serves on the University of Louisville College of Business YUM! CGFE Board of Advisors. She received her Certified Franchise Executive designation in 2016 and her Master’s in Business Administration from Baylor University in 2010.

Authority Brands currently has 12 home services franchisors which encompasses more than 1,000 franchise owners nationwide, with plans for more in the near future. In her new role, McLeod will focus on growth strategies and implementation for the companies within Authority Brands’ impressive portfolio including America’s Swimming Pool Company, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, The Cleaning Authority, Color World Painting, DoodyCalls, DRYmedic Restoration Services, Homewatch CareGivers, Mister Sparky, Monster Tree Service, Mosquito Squad, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, STOP Restoration, and Woofie’s. Authority Brands supports individual franchisee growth by providing strong marketing, technology and operational tools and resources.

To learn more about Authority Brands’ companies and the executive team, please visit https://www.authoritybrands.com/.

About Authority Brands

Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, Authority Brands’ companies include 12 leading home service franchisors: America’s Swimming Pool Company, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, The Cleaning Authority, Color World Painting, DoodyCalls, Homewatch CareGivers, 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 1,900 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.

15 11, 2022

Authority Brands Acquires DRYmedic Restoration Services

2022-11-15T10:39:42-05:00November 15th, 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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

Founded by Carlos Hesano and Benjamin Gergis in 2014, DRYmedic helps bring families and businesses back to life after disaster. What started as a family business with one truck has grown to serve the Detroit, Michigan region with over 40 trucks, providing a full range of disaster restoration services that take clients from cleanup to complete recovery from fire, flood, storm, mold and asbestos.

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, Homewatch CareGivers, Mister Sparky, Monster Tree Service, Mosquito Squad, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, STOP Restoration and Woofie’s. They operate across swimming pool repair and maintenance, plumbing, the residential cleaning, indoor and outdoor painting, pet waste removal, at-home care, electrical and heating, tree care, pest control services, ventilation and air-conditioning (“HVAC”), restoration sectors, and grooming and pet services, respectively. Authority Brands supports individual franchisee growth by providing strong marketing, technology and operational tools and resources.

“DRYmedic is the perfect addition to the Authority Brands portfolio, complementing the suite of professional home services our brands provide,” said Craig Donaldson, CEO of Authority Brands. “This year marks Authority Brands’ 5th anniversary and over that time, we have achieved impressive growth, responding to the increased demand for home services by expanding our portfolio with thoughtful concepts that benefit owners and clientele alike. We are thrilled to support DRYmedic as their business expands and provide resources to help the company achieve their growth goals.”

“When considering new brands to join the Authority Brands family, we look for entrepreneurs who have a clear vision for the future of their company. DRYmedic has achieved a lot on its own, and now with the support of our system they are primed to grow exponentially. We look forward to DRYmedic scaling with the resources Authority Brands can provide,” said Ashish Karandikar, Board of Directors member of Authority Brands’ parent company and Partner at Apax.

“We created DRYmedic to fill a need – the need to bring our community top-quality, professional restoration and disaster cleanup services. Now that we are joining forces with the Authority Brands network, our company will have the right resources and support to continue serving our clients while expanding our reach and ability to help more people,” said Carlos Hesano, Founder and CEO of DRYmedic.

Greenwich Capital Group represented DRYmedic and acted as their exclusive financial advisor for the transaction.

About Authority Brands

Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, Authority Brands’ companies include 12 leading home service franchisors: America’s Swimming Pool Company, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, The Cleaning Authority, Color World Painting, DoodyCalls, Homewatch CareGivers, 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 1,900 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.

21 09, 2022

BCI Leads Significant Investment in Authority Brands

2022-09-21T10:05:08-04:00September 21st, 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

COLUMBIA, Md. and VICTORIA, BC — Authority Brands, a residential services franchising platform in North America, today announced that British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (“BCI”), one of the largest institutional investors in Canada, has agreed to acquire a significant minority stake in the company, alongside funds advised by Apax Partners LLP (“Apax Funds”), which will retain majority ownership.

Authority Brands is the premier home service franchisor in North America. Its family of home service franchise brands are leaders in their industry, providing homeowners with services from the property line to the roof line. Authority Brands’ companies include 12 leading home service franchisors: America’s Swimming Pool Company, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, The Cleaning Authority, Color World Painting, DoodyCalls, Homewatch CareGivers, Mister Sparky, Monster Tree Service, Mosquito Squad, One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning, STOP Restoration and Woofie’s. Together, these brands provide home services through approximately 860 franchise owners across North America.

Since the Apax Funds’ initial investment in 2018, Authority Brands has grown from two home service franchisors to the current 12, expanding into new geographies and services and building out a powerful infrastructure.

“We are proud to have partnered with the Authority Brands team to help build, both organically and through strategic acquisitions, a leading residential services franchising platform,” said Ashish Karandikar, Partner at Apax. “We continue to see significant room for growth by Authority Brands and are pleased to join with BCI and members of the leadership team in the next phase of the company’s journey as they extend their platform through M&A, and strategic initiatives including franchise development, technology transformation and international expansion.”

“As a long-term investor, we seek to invest in market-leading companies with strong management teams, multiple levers for growth, and resilient business models that create shareholder value, such as Authority Brands,” said Dave Hong, Senior Managing Director, Private Equity at BCI. “We look forward to working with Authority Brands and Apax to generate compelling risk-adjusted returns for our pension plan and insurance fund clients.”

“We could not be more pleased than to continue to build the premier residential services franchisor in partnership with Apax and BCI,” said Craig Donaldson, Chief Executive Officer of Authority Brands. “Both partners will add substantial value as we aim to capture further share in the highly fragmented home services market, including by evaluating M&A opportunities in new service verticals.”

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to be completed in Q4 2022, subject to customary closing conditions.

Apax was advised by Harris Williams, Boxwood Partners, William Blair & Company, Moelis & Company (financial advisors), Kirkland & Ellis, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, DLA Piper, and Lathrop GPM (legal counsel), and Ernst & Young (financial and tax advisor).

About BCI

British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI) is amongst the largest institutional investors in Canada with C$211.1 billion under management, as of March 31, 2022. Based in Victoria, British Columbia, with offices in Vancouver and New York City, BCI is invested in: fixed income and private debt; public and private equity; infrastructure and renewable resources; as well as real estate equity and real estate debt through our independently operated platform company QuadReal Property Group. With our global outlook, we seek investment opportunities that convert savings into productive capital that will meet our clients’ risk and return requirements over time.

BCI’s private equity program actively manages a C$24.8 billion global portfolio of privately held companies and funds with long-term growth potential. Leveraging our sector-focused teams in business services, consumer, financial services, healthcare, industrials, and technology, media and telecommunications, we work with strategic private equity partners to source and manage direct and co-sponsor/co-investment opportunities.

For more information, please visit bci.ca.

About Apax Partners LLP

Apax Partners LLP (“Apax”) is a leading global private equity advisory firm. For nearly 50 years, Apax has worked to inspire growth and ideas that transform businesses. The firm has raised and advised funds with aggregate commitments of more than $60 billion. The Apax Funds invest in companies across four global sectors of Internet/Consumer, Tech, Services, and Healthcare. These funds provide long-term equity financing to build and strengthen world-class companies. For more information see: www.apax.com.

Apax Partners is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK.

About Authority Brands

Authority Brands is the premier residential services franchising platform providing services from the property line to the roof line. Authority Brands’ companies include 12 leading home service franchisors: America’s Swimming Pool Company, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, The Cleaning Authority, Color World Painting, DoodyCalls, Homewatch CareGivers, Mister Sparky, Monster Tree Service, Mosquito Squad, One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning, STOP Restoration and Woofie’s. Together, these brands provide home services through approximately 860 franchise owners across North America. Authority Brands, which is headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, is dedicated to supporting individual franchise owner growth with a full suite of marketing, technology, and operational support, allowing them to focus on providing exceptional service to homeowners. Please visit www.authoritybrands.com for more information.

17 08, 2022

Mosquito Squad Appoints New Entomologist Emma Grace Crumbley

2022-08-17T09:22:53-04:00August 17th, 2022|Tags: , , , , , |

MACON, Ga.Mosquito Squad, the largest mosquito and tick control franchise in North America, is pleased to announce the appointment of Emma Grace Crumbley as the in-house Entomologist. This new addition will provide Mosquito Squad with a specialized, educational approach when it comes to a full range of pests from mosquitoes to ticks.

“We are thrilled to expand our team with the addition of Emma Grace Crumbley as Mosquito Squad’s entomologist,” said Tom Swift, COO of Mosquito Squad. “She is an exemplary leader in the entomology industry, with a wealth of knowledge that will undoubtedly make invaluable contributions to our rapidly-growing franchise system.”

Crumbley is a University of Georgia trained entomologist. She is passionate about insect education, scientific communication, and public, urban, and environmental health awareness. During her time at the University of Georgia, she earned two Bachelor of Science degrees in Applied Biotechnology and Entomology and served as the President of the Undergraduate Entomology Club. In addition, she was also the Head Zookeeper at the UGA Insect Zoo.

Through her role at Mosquito Squad, she will use her expertise to educate customers and make the topic of bugs engaging through her personality as “Emma the Entomologist” that will be featured on blog content, social media interactions and more. She will also be responsible for continuing to research the growth, nutrition, behavior and how insects interact with plants, humans, and animals.

“As Mosquito Squad’s new entomologist, I’m excited to support the team with my knowledge in the pest arena,” said Emma Grace Crumbley, Entomologist at Mosquito Squad. “Through my expansive education on pests I can offer a fresh and unique approach to Mosquito Squad.”

For more information on Mosquito Squad, please visit www.MosquitoSquad.com.

About Mosquito Squad

With approximately 230 franchise locations in the United States, Mosquito Squad specializes in helping to eliminate mosquitoes and ticks from outdoor living spaces, allowing consumers to enjoy their yards, outdoor living spaces, special events and green spaces. For more information, visit http://www.MosquitoSquad.com and http://MosquitoSquadFranchise.com. Follow Mosquito Squad on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news and trends.

25 01, 2022

Authority Brands Acquires Woofie’s and Launches Emerging Brands Initiative

2022-01-25T11:16:23-05:00January 25th, 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

COLUMBIA, Md. — Authority Brands announced today the purchase of Woofie’s, a Virginia-based pet care franchise. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The acquisition marks the 10th brand addition for Authority Brands since October 2018, with Woofie’s representing the company’s 12th brand in its home service portfolio.

Co-founded by Amy Reed and Leslie Barron in 2004 in Ashburn, VA., Woofie’s is the only mobile franchise in the professional pet care industry to offer the combined services of pet sitting, dog walking and mobile pet spa services. Woofie’s began franchising in 2018 and currently has four locations operating in Virginia.

Authority Brands’ acquisition of Woofie’s marks the launch of the company’s incubator for emerging brands within the home services sector. The incubator is designed to leverage the company’s in-depth home services experience to accelerate growth and development of smaller-scale franchise concepts that have a proven system and strong management.

“Woofie’s is a great addition to the Authority Brands’ portfolio as Amy and Leslie have built a strong brand with a passionate following,” said Rob Weddle, Chief Executive Officer, Authority Brands. “Additionally, we’re excited to leverage our extensive home services experience to fuel Woofie’s expansion as well as many other emerging service brands. The launch of this initiative allows our Authority Brands’ leadership to follow their passion – helping and guiding brands with great potential. We look forward to contributing to Woofie’s future success and identifying others in the coming months and years.”

Companies under the Authority Brands umbrella include leading home service brands The Cleaning Authority, Homewatch CareGivers, America’s Swimming Pool Company, Mosquito Squad, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, Mister Sparky, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, Monster Tree Service, STOP Restoration, DoodyCalls, and Color World Housepainting. They operate across the residential cleaning, at-home care, swimming pool repair and maintenance, pest control services, plumbing, electrical and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (“HVAC”), tree care, restoration, pet waste removal, and painting sectors, respectively. Authority Brands supports individual franchisee growth by providing strong marketing, technology and operational tools and resources.

“With the launch of Authority Brands’ incubator, we are seeking innovative emerging concepts eager to leverage Authority Brands’ expertise in building home service brands. We were impressed with Amy and Leslie’s leadership and know they are a great fit for our new incubator program. Amy and Leslie have built a company and culture that has tremendous potential, and we are excited to help them expand exponentially,” said Ashish Karandikar, Board of Directors member of Authority Brands’ parent company and Partner at Apax.

“When we launched Woofie’s in 2004, we did so to share our passion and love for pets in our local community. Now as a member of the Authority Brands family, we are excited to bring our leading pet care services to many more communities and pet lovers. The resources and experience that Rob and his team bring to Woofie’s are immense and we can’t wait to grow our brand together,” said Amy Reed, Co-founder, Woofie’s.

About Authority Brands

Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, Authority Brands’ companies include 11 leading home service franchisors: America’s Swimming Pool Company, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, The Cleaning Authority, Color World Housepainting, DoodyCalls, Homewatch CareGivers, Mister Sparky, Monster Tree Service, Mosquito Squad, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, and STOP Restoration. Together, these brands provide home services through more than 1,900 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.

12 01, 2022

Authority Brands Acquires Color World Housepainting

2022-01-12T11:26:44-05:00January 12th, 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

COLUMBIA, Md. — Authority Brands announced today the purchase of Color World Housepainting. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The acquisition marks the ninth brand addition for Authority Brands since October 2018, with Color World Housepainting representing the company’s eleventh brand in its home service portfolio.

Founded by Tom Hodgson in 1997, Color World Housepainting has grown exponentially since its early days serving the Midwest and now has 20 franchise locations throughout the United States. Color World’s team of professional painters is highly experienced in both interior and exterior projects, using top-quality products to deliver outstanding results for residential and commercial clients. They also offer add-on services such as holiday lighting design and installation, power washing, gutter installation and repair, and minor drywall and carpentry work, allowing customers to check one more thing off their to-do list while streamlining their home improvement projects.

Companies under the Authority Brands umbrella include leading home service brands The Cleaning Authority, Homewatch CareGivers, America’s Swimming Pool Company, Mosquito Squad, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, Mister Sparky, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, Monster Tree Service, DoodyCalls and STOP Restoration. They operate across the residential cleaning, at-home care, swimming pool repair and maintenance, pest control services, plumbing, electrical and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (“HVAC”), tree care, pet waste removal and restoration sectors, respectively. Authority Brands supports individual franchisee growth by providing strong marketing, technology and operational tools and resources.

“Color World Housepainting is an excellent addition to the Authority Brands portfolio, complementing the suite of professional home services our brands provide,” said Rob Weddle, CEO of Authority Brands. “This year mark’s Color World’s 25th anniversary and over that time, Tom and his team have achieved impressive growth, responding to the increased demand for home improvement by expanding their offerings and investing in high-quality workmanship. We are thrilled to support Color World as the business expands into new markets and provides resources to help current franchisees achieve their growth goals.”

“When considering new brands to join the Authority Brands family, we look for growing market leaders like Color World that demonstrate a commitment to being the best in their industry and provide their franchise owners an opportunity to build a large business. We look forward to Color World scaling with the resources Authority Brands can provide,” said Ashish Karandikar, Board of Directors member of Authority Brands’ parent company and Partner at Apax.

“Building this business from scratch and being able to mentor the franchisees who have joined us in our growth has been very rewarding. Joining forces with the Authority Brands network and having their vast resources and support behind us now presents an entirely new level of opportunity for this brand,” said Tom Hodgson, Founder and CEO of Color World Housepainting.

Boxwood Partners represented Color World Housepainting and acted as their financial advisor for the transaction.

About Authority Brands

Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, Authority Brands’ companies include 11 leading home service franchisors: America’s Swimming Pool Company, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, The Cleaning Authority, Color World Housepainting, DoodyCalls, Homewatch CareGivers, Mister Sparky, Monster Tree Service, Mosquito Squad, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, and STOP Restoration. Together, these brands provide home services through more than 1,900 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.

12 03, 2021

Slingshot Partners With Mosquito Squad For A Dedicated Pest Sales And Support Team

2021-03-12T09:37:43-05:00March 12th, 2021|Tags: , , , , , |

Slingshot creates a team of customer support and sales agents exclusively for Mosquito Squad franchises for the busy summer season and Project ‘No Missed Calls.’

LEHI, Utah — Slingshot, the modern customer support and sales solution for home services providers, and Mosquito Squad, an Authority Brands company, have partnered to create a unique offering with industry specialists dedicated solely to Mosquito Squad franchises. These agents will work within Mosquito Squad’s CRM to qualify, sell and schedule customers quickly and efficiently.

Tom Swift, Chief Operating Officer at Mosquito Squad, anticipates the impact of this partnership to be significant, “By giving franchise owners a fully-dedicated team of agents ready to serve and sell 24 hours a day, we are giving them the most valuable resource of all; time. Not having  time to answer calls and respond to customers meant losing leads. With Slingshot, no more missed calls means no more missed revenue.”

With over 50 percent of franchise owners already signed up, response has been overwhelmingly positive. Greg Atwell, owner of Mosquito Squad El Paso, says, “Slingshot gave us the semblance of being a big company because we can say we’re open 24/7. Slingshot agents don’t just take calls like an answering service, they can talk to the clients about our packages and sign them up. I tell people all the time that Slingshot is just another part of our company.”

With the ability to engage customers through multiple communication channels in their Central Inbox platform, Slingshot agents will be able to respond to all Mosquito Squad leads via text, web chat, or form submits. This option has been a gamechanger for Atwell and his team, “As far as a system, I would say they are the best out there. Slingshot responding to web chats and calls after hours is priceless.”

Chris Huntsman, Slingshot’s cofounder, is determined to see it successful for both Mosquito Squad and their parent company, Authority Brands. “We feel honored that Authority Brands has trusted us with the responsibility to provide such a valuable service to their Mosquito Squad family. This partnership will continue to deliver die-hard fans and customers for every franchise owner.”

To learn more about Slingshot’s pest and home services answering service, visit getslingshot.com to learn more.

About Slingshot
Since 2014, Slingshot has helped pest control providers adapt to the on-demand economy through around-the-clock sales and customer support. With 25% of sales calls happening after-hours or weekends, Slingshot helps businesses respond to every new lead, sign more contracts, and instantly engage with current and potential customers 24 hours a day. We offer a multi-channel support platform across text, voice, email, chat, and web lead response with the ability to dynamically assign to the Slingshot team to respond and close. Find out more at www.getslingshot.com.

About Authority Brands

Authority Brands is a leading provider of home services, building brands that support the success of our franchisees, as well as bettering the lives of the homeowners we serve and the people we employ. Authority Brands is dedicated to supporting individual franchisee growth through providing strong marketing, technology, and operational support. Our goal is to have our franchisees at the local level averaging over $1 million in annual revenue. Contact us today at www.authoritybrands.com.

8 03, 2021

Leading Service Providers Help Keep Backyard Mosquitoes Away And Pools Clean This Spring

2021-03-08T12:08:31-05:00March 8th, 2021|Tags: , , , , , , |

America’s Swimming Pool Company and Mosquito Squad celebrate warmer weather with expert tips and Operation: Outdoor Oasis contest for homeowners.

MACON, Ga. — As spring approaches, America’s Swimming Pool Company (ASP) and Mosquito Squad have joined forces to ensure homeowners can turn to their own backyards to enjoy the outdoors amidst the pandemic. With temperatures on the rise over the next few months, backyards can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes if they’re not properly maintained. Now more than ever, people are creating an escape in their own backyards and enjoying more time outside. ASP and Mosquito Squad are providing consumers with tips and best practices to protect themselves from mosquito- and water-borne illnesses, as well as offering homeowners the chance to win seasonal backyard maintenance packages through their #OperationOutdoorOasis sweepstakes.

“With continued COVID-19 concern plaguing Americans, consumers shouldn’t have the added stress of worrying about mosquito-borne illnesses this spring,” said Tom Swift, chief operating officer of Mosquito Squad. “Homeowners deserve a safe outdoor space to unwind and enjoy their downtime while continuing to practice social distancing.”

To promote healthy living this spring, America’s Swimming Pool Company and Mosquito Squad are working together to launch the #OperationOutdoorOasis sweepstakes to help transform a lucky winner’s backyard to their very own private sanctuary. To enter, participants must go through the submission form on either the ASP or Mosquito Squad contest page at https://www.mosquitosquad.com/outdoor-oasis/ or https://www.asppoolco.com/outdoor-oasis/.

The contest is open for entries beginning March 8 through May 3. Once entries close, Mosquito Squad and ASP will select one winner at random and announce them on May 7. The winner will receive a full season mosquito protection package from Mosquito Squad and a complimentary pool maintenance package from ASP, both for the 2021 season.

“A pool is a luxury investment, but the amount of time allotted for upkeep is often overlooked,” said Stewart Vernon, founder and COO of America’s Swimming Pool Company. “Working alongside Mosquito Squad, we hope to provide homeowners with a new type of paradise just steps outside of their homes by providing tips on how to obtain a pristine pool and combat mosquitoes.”

For additional #OpertationOutdoorOasis contest details, full terms and conditions and to keep up with entries, visit either https://www.mosquitosquad.com/outdoor-oasis/ or https://www.asppoolco.com/outdoor-oasis/.

About Authority Brands
Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, Authority Brands’ companies include ten leading home service franchisors, America’s Swimming Pool Company, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, The Cleaning Authority, DoodyCalls, Homewatch CareGivers, Mister Sparky, Monster Tree Service, Mosquito Squad, One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning, and STOP Restoration. Together, these brands provide home services through more than 1,900 territories operated by more than 1,000 franchise owners in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Authority Brands is dedicated to supporting individual franchise owner growth by providing strong marketing, technology, and operational support. See www.theauthoritybrands.com for more information.

About Mosquito Squad
With approximately 250 franchise locations in the United States, Mosquito Squad specializes in eliminating mosquitoes and ticks from outdoor living spaces, allowing consumers to enjoy their yards, outdoor living spaces, special events and green spaces. For more information, visit http://www.MosquitoSquad.com and  http://MosquitoSquadFranchise.com. Follow Mosquito Squad on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for the latest news and trends.

About America’s Swimming Pool Company
ASP is the largest swimming pool cleaning, repair, and renovation franchise system in the nation. Founded in 2002 by Stewart C. Vernon, the company is based on the belief that by providing a higher quality pool service at a reasonable price, the brand would raise the industry standards for pool service. In 2005, ASP began franchising and now covers more than 400 cities in 22 states across the nation. For more information on ASP’s swimming pool franchise opportunities visit https://www.aspfranchising.com/. For more information on ASP – America’s Swimming Pool Company, visit https://www.asppoolco.com/ or find us on Facebook @asppoolco.

19 02, 2021

Authority Brands acquires DoodyCalls

2021-02-19T12:20:31-05:00February 19th, 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

COLUMBIA, Md. — Authority Brands, LLC announced today the purchase of DoodyCalls. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The acquisition marks the eighth brand addition for Authority Brands since October 2018, with DoodyCalls representing the company’s tenth brand in its home service portfolio.

Founded in 1999 by husband-and-wife team Jacob and Susan D’Aniello, DoodyCalls has transformed from a side business to the nation’s leading pet waste removal service for dog owners.Headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia, and with operations in more than 45 territories in 16 states, DoodyCalls has made its mission to put the company’s customers first while always continuing to solve pet waste problems for the planet using its unmatched industry expertise.

Authority Brands’ companies include leading home service brands The Cleaning Authority, Homewatch CareGivers, America’s Swimming Pool Company, Mosquito Squad, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, Mister Sparky, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, Monster Tree Service and STOP Restoration, which operate across the residential cleaning, at-home care, swimming pool repair and maintenance, pest control services, plumbing, electrical and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (“HVAC”), tree care and restoration sectors, respectively. Authority Brands supports individual franchisee growth by providing strong marketing, technology and operational support.

“We’re excited to welcome DoodyCalls to the Authority Brands family and further diversify our portfolio. Jacob and Susan have established a strong business model and grown the brand tremendously over the last two decades. We look forward to helping propel the company to new heights as we put our full network of support behind this leading and innovative brand,” said Rob Weddle, CEO of Authority Brands.

“DoodyCalls adds another layer of expertise to Authority Brands and further strengthens our network. The growth and success that the company has experienced to-date is impressive, and we’re confident that DoodyCalls will continue to hit new milestones as it integrates into the Authority Brands system,” said Ashish Karandikar, Partner at Apax Partners.

“For the past 22 years, Susan and I have worked tirelessly to build a business that helps make the world a happier and healthier place for everyone and we couldn’t be more thrilled to continue our mission as part of the Authority Brands network. The support and resources we’re gaining – from marketing and operations to IT and more – will help us better serve our customers and continue growing the brand,” Jacob D’Aniello, Founder and President of DoodyCalls.

Boxwood Partners represented DoodyCalls and acted as their financial advisor for the transaction.

About Authority Brands

Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, Authority Brands’ companies include ten leading home service franchisors, America’s Swimming Pool Company, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, The Cleaning Authority, DoodyCalls, Homewatch CareGivers, Mister Sparky, Monster Tree Service, Mosquito Squad, One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning, and STOP Restoration. Together, these brands provide home services through more than 1,900 territories operated by more than 1,000 franchise owners in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Authority Brands is dedicated to supporting individual franchise owner growth by providing strong marketing, technology, and operational support. See www.theauthoritybrands.com for more information.