Franchise Growth Authority Gary Findley Shares Business Strategies With Titus Center For Franchising
Restoration 1, bluefrog Plumbing + Drain CEO went from small town Texas to become driving force behind rapidly-expanding brands
March 14, 2019 // Franchising.com // WEST PALM BEACH, Florida - “There is no limit to what you can do and I am living proof. If I can do it you can do it, too.” That’s the advice Restoration 1 and bluefrog Plumbing + Drain CEO Gary Findley shared with students, faculty, advisory board members and guests of the Titus Center for Franchising Tuesday in the Vera Lea Rinker auditorium on campus.
Findley, who affectionately refers to himself as the Redneck CEO, recounted his experiences of growing up in a small Central Texas town where he spent his youth working on local farms and even “once riding my horse to school.” From those humble beginnings has become one of franchising’s leading authorities on growing brands.
“The work style I learned growing up in the country continues to guide me today,” he said. “That’s where I learned the work ethic that I have today.”
After operating a number of successful fitness businesses, Findley joined the women’s fitness chain Curves where he was instrumental in the young brand’s explosive growth from a handful of locations to more than 8,000 franchises worldwide.
“We sold as many as 3,000 locations in one year,” he said. “We were in the Guinness Book of World Records. It was an amazing story.”
Findley now serves as CEO of Restoration 1, where he has grown the chain from less than 20 locations to more than 250 in 37 states in less than three years. He recently acquired bluefrog Plumbing + Drain and has the five-year-old chain on a similar growth path.
“Being able to help people achieve their dreams has been a great thing for me,” he told the audience. “That’s the great thing about franchising.”
Findley credited much of his success to his mentors, including franchising icon Don Dwyer, founder of the Dwyer Group, which has since grown into a global home services franchise chain with thousands of franchise locations worldwide and recently rebranded as Neighborly. Dwyer also mentored Titus Center Chair Dr. John Hayes.
“Don took the time to help me and mentor me when I was young,” he said, “and now I always make sure to try to do that any chance I get today.”
Speaking directly to the students in the audience, he added, “You are in a very unique position and have an opportunity to learn from the best here with Dr. John Hayes and his team.”
Findley is the latest in a high profile list of speakers who have shared their experiences and expertise with the Titus Center For Franchising, including Aziz Hashim, private equity franchise operator; and Robert Cresanti, CEO of the International Franchise Association.
About the Titus Center for Franchising
Founded in 2017, the Titus Center for Franchising is housed in the Rinker School of Business at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, FL. It’s the only center of its kind dedicated to franchising; students complete 12 credit hours to earn a concentration in franchising as part of a business degree in marketing or management. The center was endowed by franchisor Ray Titus, founder and CEO of United Franchise Group, who gave the university a $1.5 million gift. The center is dedicated to educating people about franchising and preparing them to become employees of franchise companies, franchisees and franchisors. Dr. John P. Hayes is the director.
About Restoration 1®
Founded in 2008, Restoration 1 is an award-winning franchise that specializes in a wide array of emergency mitigations, restoration and reconstructions services. An industry innovator, the Texas-based company uses advanced technologies and tools to perform restoration for both residential and commercial properties that have been damaged due to water, smoke, fire, mold, storms and more. There are more than 250 locations open and in development throughout the U.S. with plans to expand to more than 500 locations nationwide in the next four years. Restoration 1 has earned numerous rankings from Entrepreneur and is featured in “12 Amazing Franchise Opportunities - Second Edition” by franchise expert Dr. John Hayes. For more information about Restoration 1, visit http://www.restoration1.com.
About bluefrog Plumbing + Drain®
Founded in 2014, bluefrog Plumbing + Drain has been recognized as a trusted name in plumbing repair and installation for years. The Texas-based company has a focus on helping each franchise partner build profitable fleet of service vehicles in their local markets, bluefrog’s franchise partners are supported by an executive team with decades of experience in both the plumbing and franchise industries. For more information, visit www.bluefrogplumbing.com.
SOURCE Titus Center for Franchising