Franchisee Profile:Rick McKnight

Name: Rick McKnight
Opening Date: 7/15/2012
Territory: Longview, TX
Phone Number: 903-918-0233
Email: longview@asppoolco.com

Rick McKnight is a Longview, Texas native with a degree in environmental science from Steven F. Austin State University. Upon graduation, Rick began working for the local Longview government as an environmental programs editor. While working for the local government, Rick simultaneously earned his master’s degree of public administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. Rick is now the owner operator of America’s Swimming Pool Company of Longview.

How did you learn about the brand?

I was looking for a career change and I decided to explore a number of possibilities. The thought of owning my own business was appealing to me so I began researching different franchising opportunities. I found ASP online and from my research I knew that this type of service would do well in my area.

What makes your business unique?

The swimming pool maintenance industry is fractured, but with ASP we are bringing a service to the area that is of the highest quality, professional and dependable. We will do whatever it takes to make sure that our customers are happy and well taken care of.

What challenges have you overcome to get where you are now?
Our greatest challenge right now is just building up a presence in the area and just getting the ASP name out there. Being a new company to the market, I know that it will take a little bit of time which is why we have spent so much time marketing and speaking with local residents.

What are your expansion or development plans?

Right now we are focused on building awareness within the community to start building the business toward its full potential. I’m excited to be able to bring such a quality service to the area and know that residents will also appreciate the new level of customer service and support that the ASP name comes with.

Do you have any other interesting hobbies or passions?

I’m a big college football fan and I love to play golf. I also recently bought a house in the area and enjoy doing all the handiwork that needs to be done.