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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).

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.

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).

28 05, 2023

Propelled Brands to Attend International Franchise Expo in New York City

2023-05-28T21:10:59-04:00May 28th, 2023|Tags: , , , , |

Corporate umbrella company for leading franchise brands showcasing franchise opportunities across its portfolio.

CARROLLTON, Texas — Propelled Brands, the multi-brand platform company of FASTSIGNS®, SIGNWAVE®, NerdsToGo® and MY SALON Suite, will be attending the International Franchise Expo (Booth #214) in New York, NY, taking place June 1-3 at the Javits Center. The International Franchise Expo (IFE) 2023 is the world’s leading event where potential franchisees can network and connect with large, medium-sized and emerging franchise brands.

“The International Franchise Expo is an opportunity to network, share best practices and showcase the available opportunities within the Propelled Brands network,” said Mark Jameson, chief development officer at Propelled Brands. “FASTSIGNS, NerdsToGo and MY SALON Suite offer world-class services, brand recognition and the support of an established network. With all three of our brands represented, we look forward to attending IFE once again and connecting with potential franchisees.”

The International Franchise Expo brings together attendees, exhibitors, expert speakers and sponsors for information sharing, education and business development. Mark Jameson and other key leaders at Propelled Brands will be in attendance to showcase franchise opportunities across the three brands. NerdsToGo, MY SALON Suite and FASTSIGNS are seeking qualified franchisees to be owner-operators to help the brands continue their aggressive growth trajectories.

NerdsToGo is a growing IT and technology repair services franchise that makes IT accessible for small to medium-sized businesses and provides a simple path to overcoming the pain points of technology, with plans to expand into new markets all across the country. MY SALON Suite, a salon suite franchise that offers a unique semi-absentee ownership model, has now grown to over 275 locations and is seeking multi-unit franchisee prospects nationwide. FASTSIGNS is the leading sign and visual communications franchisor in North America. The brand has now reached over 765 centers in the network, offering a variety of franchising options through co-brands and conversions.

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.

For more information about the International Franchise Expo, visit https://www.franchiseexpo.com/ife/.

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).

8 05, 2023

MY SALON Suite Multi-Unit Franchisees to Open Three Locations in Columbus, OH

2023-05-08T10:39:28-04:00May 8th, 2023|Tags: , , , |

CARROLLTON, TexasMY SALON Suite, a salon suite franchise focused on providing stylists and beauticians a personal space to build their business and the beauty industry’s future, announced plans to open three new locations in Columbus, Ohio. MY SALON Suite franchisees Eric Goodman and Greg Tishkoff will spearhead the expansion.

“We were looking for a proven, but growing franchise concept to help diversify our brand portfolio. MY SALON Suite checked all of the boxes from an investment, time demand and profitability standpoint,” said Eric Goodman, MY SALON Suite franchisee. “We feel like we’re in great hands with the MY SALON Suite team so far. From the discovery/fact-finding part of the process into onboarding and beyond, we’ve been given all of the tools and contacts we need to set us up for success.”

Goodman and Tishkoff recently joined MY SALON Suite following extensive careers in the restaurant and bar industries. Since 2006, the franchisees have opened five locations comprised of three different concepts with about 120 employees total. The established multi-brand owners will expand into the burgeoning beauty industry with the openings of the three MY SALON Suites coming to Columbus.

“As MY SALON Suite continues to grow across the country, our semi-absentee model offers the perfect opportunity for established business owners to further diversify their portfolios and enter a growing industry,” said Mark Jameson, chief development officer at Propelled Brands. “We’re proud to offer world-class support to our franchisees and help our network grow their business. Eric Goodman and Greg Tishkoff have a track record of running successful brands, and we look forward to welcoming them to the MY SALON Suite family.”

MY SALON Suite is expanding in markets throughout the United States and is currently seeking qualified franchisees with a focus on existing multi-unit franchisees. The semi-absentee model, with no on-site employees, offers franchise owners the opportunity to expand and diversify while focusing their attention on other areas. The brand opened 42 franchise locations last year to reach a milestone of over 265 locations, with plans to continue to grow both domestically and internationally in 2023.

The initial investment for a MY SALON Suite franchise is approximately $664,738$1,479,827, including a $50,000 franchise fee. Ideal candidates have a net worth of $1.5 million, of which $500K is liquid. Additionally, MY SALON Suite offers a special incentive for veterans and first responders, including paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, sheriffs, and firefighters, which includes a 50% reduction on the franchise fee – a savings of $25,000.

About Suite Management Franchising

Suite Management Franchising, the parent company of MY SALON Suite, is a salon suite franchise created for entrepreneurial-spirited individuals interested in diversifying their portfolio while living a semi-absentee lifestyle. Founded to inspire and empower the modern-day salon owner, the company offers a unique opportunity for a diverse range of beauty and health professionals to run their businesses successfully. Salon members are provided ongoing training, support, and a strong referral network to help their business. Ranked #66 on Entrepreneur’s Highly Competitive 2023 Franchise 500® List, the brand is widely recognized for its rapid expansion and noteworthy success. A strategic alliance partnership with Propelled Brands, the nation’s largest family-owned collection of salons, continues to propel the brand’s growth. With 275 locations in 35 states across the United States and Canada, the franchise concept plans to add 200 franchise partners and 500 salons in the next three years.

For more information about Suite Management Franchising, visit mysalonsuite.com/franchise. To learn more about MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza, visit mysalonsuite.com and salonplaza.com.

24 04, 2023

MY SALON Suite Multi-Unit Franchisees to Open 10 Additional Locations in the Midwest

2023-04-24T10:15:57-04:00April 24th, 2023|Tags: , , , |

MY SALON Suite Franchise Owners Double Their Portfolio Amid Brand’s Rapid Expansion.

CARROLLTON, Texas — MY SALON Suite, a salon suite franchise focused on providing stylists and beauticians a personal space to build their business and the beauty industry’s future, announced plans to open ten new locations across southeast Michigan and Chicago. MY SALON Suite franchisees Alpesh Trivedi and his business partner will spearhead the expansion amid rapid growth of their businesses.

“People are really embracing this concept in the salon industry and feeling confident bringing their business to MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza,” said Alpesh Trivedi, MY SALON Suite franchisee. “MY SALON Suite’s franchise model has been a great way for me to learn, adopt and improve the proprietary processes, products and best practices. There’s very valuable know-how and support for each step of the business from the start and continued through the growth. The company has a culture of ‘partnership’ where the ideas and information flows freely between franchise and franchisor about sight selection, design, construction and operations.”

Trivedi and his partner joined MY SALON Suite in 2016 after years of experience franchising with other brands. They now own the rights to 11 locations throughout Michigan, including four open MY SALON Suite locations and four more under construction or lease negotiations, as well as three Salon Plaza locations. Last month, Trivedi and his partner gained an additional 10 licenses to open MY SALON Suites in the Chicago market or other Midwest states and Michigan, nearly doubling their portfolio with the brand and bringing them to over 20 planned locations.

“MY SALON Suite’s semi-absentee model is ideal for multi-unit and multi-brand franchise partners looking to diversify their portfolio,” said Mark Jameson, chief development officer at Propelled Brands. “With 10 new locations added to their expansive portfolio and aggressive growth strategy, Alpesh and his partner are a testament to the success and strength of our business model. We’re proud to offer world-class support to our franchise network and help our franchisees grow their business, whether they’re just getting started or opening their 20th location.”

MY SALON Suite is expanding in markets throughout the United States and is currently seeking qualified franchisees with a focus on existing multi-unit franchisees. The semi-absentee model, with no on-site employees, offers franchise owners the opportunity to expand and diversify while focusing their attention on other areas. The brand opened 42 franchise locations last year to reach a milestone of over 265 locations, with plans to continue to grow both domestically and internationally in 2023.

The initial investment for a MY SALON Suite franchise is approximately $664,738$1,479,827, including a $50,000 franchise fee. Ideal candidates have a net worth of $1.5 million, of which $500K is liquid. Additionally, MY SALON Suite offers a special incentive for veterans and first responders, including paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, sheriffs, and firefighters, which includes a 50% reduction on the franchise fee – a savings of $25,000.

MY SALON Suite will be exhibiting at the upcoming 23rd annual Multi-Unit Franchising Conference at Caesars Forum in Las Vegas on April 25 – 28, 2023 (Booth #1021) and hosting a private dinner with limited seating for qualified candidates. For more information about the MY SALON Suite franchise, visit https://www.mysalonsuite.com/franchise, or contact Scott Krupa at scott.krupa@propelledbrands.com or 214-346-5650.

About Suite Management Franchising

Suite Management Franchising, the parent company of MY SALON Suite, is a salon suite franchise created for entrepreneurial-spirited individuals interested in diversifying their portfolio while living a semi-absentee lifestyle. Founded to inspire and empower the modern-day salon owner, the company offers a unique opportunity for a diverse range of beauty and health professionals to run their businesses successfully. Salon members are provided ongoing training, support, and a strong referral network to help their business. Ranked #66 on Entrepreneur’s Highly Competitive 2023 Franchise 500® List, the brand is widely recognized for its rapid expansion and noteworthy success. A strategic alliance partnership with Propelled Brands, the nation’s largest family-owned collection of salons, continues to propel the brand’s growth. With 275 locations in 35 states across the United States and Canada, the franchise concept plans to add 200 franchise partners and 500 salons in the next three years.

For more information about Suite Management Franchising, visit mysalonsuite.com/franchise. To learn more about MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza, visit mysalonsuite.com and salonplaza.com.

18 04, 2023

MY SALON Suite Showcasing Nationwide Multi-Unit Franchise Expansion Opportunities

2023-04-18T10:04:54-04:00April 18th, 2023|Tags: , , , |

MY SALON Suite Exhibiting at the 2023 Multi-Unit Franchising Conference.

CARROLLTON, Texas — MY SALON Suite, a salon suite franchise focused on providing stylists and beauticians a personal space to build their business and the beauty industry’s future, will be exhibiting at the upcoming 23rd annual Multi-Unit Franchising Conference at Caesars Forum in Las Vegas on April 25 – 28, 2023 (Booth #1021) and hosting a private dinner with limited seating for qualified candidates. The annual conference is the premier event targeting multi-unit franchisees in the food, hospitality, retail and personal care service sectors such as hair, massage, botox, etc.

“As MY SALON Suite targets nationwide expansion, the Multi-Unit conference is the ideal place to showcase our franchise opportunities and connect with established franchisees,” said Mark Jameson, chief development officer. “MY SALON Suite’s semi-absentee model, with no on-site employees, is ideal for multi-unit and multi-brand franchisees looking to diversify their portfolio. Following a year of record growth for the brand, we look forward to continuing to open in new markets across the country.”

MY SALON Suite is currently seeking qualified franchisees with a focus on existing multi-unit franchisees. The semi-absentee model offers franchise owners the opportunity to expand and diversify while focusing their attention on other areas. MY SALON Suite is continuing expansion following a record year for the brand, which opened 42 franchise locations in 2022 to reach a milestone of over 265 locations, with plans to continue to grow the brand both domestically and internationally this year.

“When we were initially looking to diversify, we wanted something that was less employee driven but very impactful, and that’s why we loved the MY SALON Suite model,” said Aaron Gillaspie, MY SALON Suite franchisee with 17 locations in markets across the United States. “At the end of the day, when you buy into a franchise, you’re buying into the people who are running it and the processes they have. The ambition and passion the MY SALON Suite team has for helping people and growing this concept is unlike any other.”

The initial investment for a MY SALON Suite franchise is approximately $664,738$1,479,827, including a $50,000 franchise fee. Ideal candidates have a net worth of $1.5 million, of which $500K is liquid. Additionally, MY SALON Suite offers a special incentive for veterans and first responders, including paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, sheriffs, and firefighters, which includes a 50% reduction on the franchise fee – a savings of $25,000.

For more information about the MY SALON Suite franchise, visit https://www.mysalonsuite.com/franchise, or contact Scott Krupa at scott.krupa@propelledbrands.com or 214-346-5650.

About Suite Management Franchising
Suite Management Franchising, the parent company of MY SALON Suite, is a salon suite franchise created for entrepreneurial-spirited individuals interested in diversifying their portfolio while living a semi-absentee lifestyle. Founded to inspire and empower the modern-day salon owner, the company offers a unique opportunity for a diverse range of beauty and health professionals to run their businesses successfully. Salon members are provided ongoing training, support, and a strong referral network to help their business generate a six-figure income. Featured in Entrepreneur magazine’s “Top New Franchise” list, the brand is widely recognized for its rapid expansion and noteworthy success. A strategic alliance partnership with Propelled Brands, the nation’s largest family-owned collection of salons, continues to propel the brand’s growth. With 265 locations in 35 states across the United States and Canada, the franchise concept plans to add 200 franchise partners and 500 salons in the next three years.
For more information about Suite Management Franchising, visit mysalonsuite.com/franchise. To learn more about MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza, visit mysalonsuite.com and salonplaza.com.

21 03, 2023

MY SALON Suite Ranked as One of the Fastest-Growing Franchises by Entrepreneur Magazine for Third Consecutive Year

2023-03-21T10:03:24-04:00March 21st, 2023|Tags: , , , |

Salon Suite Franchise Receives Recognition Following Exceptional Growth Last Year.

CARROLLTON, TexasMY SALON Suite, a salon suite franchise focused on providing stylists and beauticians a personal space to build their business and the beauty industry’s future, announced today it has been ranked in the top 100 on Entrepreneur magazine’s Fastest-Growing Franchises list. The list recognizes the franchise brands with the greatest unit growth in North America over the last year, with MY SALON Suite ranking #92 overall.

“MY SALON Suite experienced tremendous growth and successes over the last year, and this recognition is a further testament to the strength of the brand as we continue to grow,” said Mark Jameson, chief development officer of Propelled Brands. “MY SALON Suite utilizes a semi-absentee model that is ideal for multi-unit and multi-brand franchise partners looking to diversify their portfolio. With plans to expand our network both domestically and abroad, I look forward to seeing what other milestones the brand will reach in the year ahead.”

The recognition follows a record-breaking year for MY SALON Suite in 2022, building on a growing sales track record. The brand opened 42 franchise locations and one corporate location last year to reach a milestone of over 250 locations, expanding nationwide with plans to grow the brand internationally this year. The brand was previously recognized on Entrepreneur‘s Franchise 500 list at #66 overall for its outstanding performance in areas including unit growth, financial strength and stability, and brand power.

“MY SALON Suite’s franchise model has been a great way for me to learn, adopt, and improve the proprietary processes, products and best practices,” said Alpesh Trivedi, MY SALON Suite franchisee with locations across South-East Michigan. “There’s very valuable know-how and support for each step of the business growth. The company has a culture of partnership where the ideas and information flow freely between franchisees and the franchisor.”

The Fastest-Growing Franchises ranking is based on information submitted to Entrepreneur for its annual Franchise 500 and is part of the brand’s continuing effort to best understand and evaluate the ever-changing franchise marketplace. The ranking appears in the March/April 2023 issue of Entrepreneur. Franchise companies are ranked based on their net U.S. and Canada franchise unit growth from July 31, 2021 to July 31, 2022.

“Our 2023 Fastest-Growing Franchises ranking recognizes the franchise brands with the greatest growth but also highlights the extraordinary momentum in the industry over the past year. After all, growth is what franchising is all about,” said Entrepreneur Senior Vice President of Franchising Liane Caruso.

The initial investment for a MY SALON Suite franchise is approximately $664,738$1,479,827, including a $50,000 franchise fee. Ideal candidates have a net worth of $1.5 million, of which $500K is liquid. Additionally, MY SALON Suite offers a special incentive for veterans and first responders, including paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, sheriffs, and firefighters, which includes a 50% reduction on the franchise fee – a savings of $25,000.

For more information about the MY SALON Suite franchise, visit https://www.mysalonsuite.com/franchise, or contact Mark Jameson at mark.jameson@propelledbrands.com or 214-346-5679. MY SALON Suite will be exhibiting at the upcoming 23rd Annual Multi-Unit Franchising Conference in Las Vegas on April 25 – 28, 2023 (Booth #1021).

To view MY SALON Suite in the 2023 Fastest-Growing Franchises list, pick up Entrepreneur magazine’s March/April issue on newsstands or visit entrepreneur.com/franchises/fastestgrowing.

About Suite Management Franchising

Suite Management Franchising, the parent company of MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza, is a salon suite franchise created for entrepreneurial-spirited individuals interested in diversifying their portfolio while living a semi-absentee lifestyle. Founded to inspire and empower the modern-day salon owner, the company offers a unique opportunity for a diverse range of beauty and health professionals to run their businesses successfully. Salon members are provided ongoing training, support, and a strong referral network to help their business generate a six-figure income. Featured in Entrepreneur magazine’s “Top New Franchise” list, the brand is widely recognized for its rapid expansion and noteworthy success. A strategic alliance partnership with Propelled Brands, the nation’s largest family-owned collection of salons, continues to propel the brand’s growth. With 265 locations in 35 states across the United States and Canada, the franchise concept plans to add 200 franchise partners and 500 salons in the next three years.

For more information about Suite Management Franchising, visit mysalonsuite.com/franchise. To learn more about MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza, visit mysalonsuite.com and salonplaza.com.

24 02, 2023

Propelled Brands Announces Speakers at International Franchise Association’s 63rd Annual Convention

2023-02-24T09:12:31-05:00February 24th, 2023|Tags: , , , , |

The convention will be held from February 26 to March 1 in Las Vegas.

CARROLLTON, Texas — Propelled Brands, the leading, multi-brand franchisor of FASTSIGNS®, SIGNWAVE®, NerdsToGo®, MY SALON Suite® and Salon Plaza®, announces five attending speakers at the International Franchise Association’s 63rd Annual Convention in Las Vegas.

Catherine Monson, CEO of Propelled Brands and Immediate Past Chair of the IFA, and Mark Jameson, Chief Development Officer for Propelled Brands, will be facilitators of the Emerging Franchisor Bootcamp on Monday, Feb 27. The boot camp is a lineup of mentors to support Emerging Franchisors, sharing with them best practices in franchising, that include the “who’s who” in franchising. Their discussion allows participants to ask and get answers to challenging questions from road-tested leaders.

Monson will also be facilitating at the C-Suite Think Tank on Tuesday, Feb. 28 and will be one of three featured panelist speakers on How to Lead Your Brand Through a Period of Rapid Societal Change on Wednesday, March 1. In this session, she will focus on lessons learned the last five years from political to social to economic and technology changes, and strategies to help brands successfully navigate such trends. Monson will also have the pleasure of introducing Amy and Ben Wright, founders of Bitty and Beau’s Coffee, at the Closing General Session on Wednesday, March 1. Propelled Brands will be sponsoring the Closing General session Keynote Speaker and sharing the benefits of joining Propelled Brands, as well.

Mark Jameson will also participate in the IFA International Track session on Conducting Due Diligence On Your Market and Your Prospects on Wednesday, March 1. The session will focus on conducting due diligence on international markets, including best practices and resources available in conducting research.

Shayne Mehringer, Chief Information Officer for Propelled Brands, will participate in the IFA Industry Trend session on Structuring a Platform Company for Vertical & Lateral Success on Tuesday, Feb. 28. His discussion will focus on structuring headquarter teams for efficiency and providing the best support for franchisee success.

Jennifer Herskind, Chief Marketing Officer for Propelled Brands, will be speaking on a Marketing panel on Real-Life Wins: 3 Franchise Brands Share Their Biggest Marketing Wins on Monday, Feb. 27. Attendees will take away best practices to create their own “win” from how to define a strategy, outline a solid plan, innovate the brand’s omni-channel experience and redefine customer communication to drive business and create awareness.

Jeff Lewis, the Assistant Vice President of Franchise Support for FASTSIGNS, will be a featured panelist of senior support leaders as part of the ICFE Special Sessions on Sunday, Feb. 26th. His discussion will focus on how to deliver effective field support to provide franchisees value.

IFA is the franchising sector’s only global trade association. Over 4,000 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 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.

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).

17 02, 2023

NerdsToGo® of Bellevue Wins Distinguished Franchisee Award

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NerdsToGo of Bellevue Recognized For Their Contributions to the NerdsToGo Network.

CARROLLTON, Texas — NerdsToGo® of Bellevue, a leading information technology (IT) solutions and technology services franchise for both business and home, recently were acknowledged for their contributions to the NerdsToGo network at the 2023 NerdsToGo Franchise Convention held in Las Vegas, NV.

The Nerdy Award recognizes a franchisee who best represents the concept and the spirit of the NerdsToGo name, both in the business community and within the network. Gina and Michael Santiago, franchisees at NerdsToGo of Bellevue, were chosen to receive the award because they excel at helping customers and employees achieve their objectives and realize their full potential. They continue to build deep and lasting relationships with customers, vendor partners and employees. The Santiagos bring their values of generosity and cooperation to life as they work with other franchisees to increase the strength, size and integrity of the network.

“Gina and Michael are truly champions of the NerdsToGo brand, and we have experienced how they do all they can to build the value of the brand,” said Jim Howe, President of NerdsToGo.

Michael Santiago purchased NerdsToGo of Bellevue in May 2018 after he walked away from the corporate world to create something more meaningful to his career and community. NerdsToGo combined his passions of technology, working with a small team and the desire to truly make an impact in his community.

“White glove service is an ethos to me, and our business and team are extensions of who we are. If we don’t deliver a great experience and care for the people, nothing else matters to me,” said Michael Santiago.

Michael first met Gina at a local chamber of commerce event, and she later became a consultant, helping him grow his business and improve his processes. As COVID began to ramp, Gina joined the Bellevue team full-time. Michael and Gina had to pivot and think quickly to keep their business moving forward. And at some point along the way, the two realized they worked so well together they joined hands in marriage as well as the business.

“Gina is my greatest advisor and sounding board,” said Michael Santiago. “There’s been a maturation process for our business, and we each bring our different talents to the table. I rally the troops and inspire our team to tackle any mountain, while Gina masterfully creates processes and systems to help us achieve our goals.”

Additional Awards that NerdsToGo of Bellevue received at the 2023 Convention were:

  • The President’s Award, which recognizes the top 25% of NerdsToGo locations with the highest total sales from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021.
  • 2nd in Highest Overall Sales Growth for achieving the highest overall sales growth for the award year over prior full year sales.
  • Franchise Sales Recognition which honors franchisees who, over the past year, have been helpful to prospective franchisees in learning what it’s like to be a part of the NerdsToGo community.
  • Mentor Recognition, which is when a seasoned franchisee serves as a mentor to a new franchisee as they start on the road to opening their operation. The franchisee is recognized for their dedication, leadership and sharing their real-world experience.

“We truly love helping the network and receiving this recognition showed us that they also believe we are helping the network,” said Gina Santiago. “We are over the moon and so full of gratitude at the same time. This honor marked many years of hard work and dedication to our business and brand, and the celebration we received from our peers was incredible.”

About NerdsToGo®

NerdsToGo is a growing IT services franchise brand that provides a simple path to overcoming the pain points and complexities of technology. Friendly and approachable Nerds offer solutions for efficiency and security for small to medium-sized businesses, as well as the individual who needs help with personal computers, devices and home networks. As a Managed Services Provider for business, the Nerds can assess, design and support IT networks while providing remote support and vendor management.

To learn more, visit NerdsToGo.com. Follow the brand on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/nerdstogo/mycompany/, or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NerdsToGoComputerService/. For information about the NerdsToGo franchise opportunity, contact Mark Jameson (mark.jameson@propelledbrands).