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Franchisee since: March 2009
721 South Main St. Ste. 10
Statesboro, GA 30458
Q: Where are you originally from?
A: I grew up in Twin City, GA, and went to Georgia Southern in Statesboro, so I’m very familiar with the area.
Q: Before Franchising, what did you do?
A: Prior to opening an ASP, I was farming with my father and working for a chemical manufacturer.
Q: How did you hear about ASP?
A: I actually heard about ASP from my best friend, Wes Simmons. Wes is a native of Macon and knew Stewart [Vernon] and Tom [Swift] before we got involved with ASP. Stewart and Tom approached Wes with the chance to own a franchise, and Wes came to me with concept. We’d been talking about starting a business together for a long time and this seemed like the perfect opportunity.
Q: Why was this brand the right fit for you?
A: There were a couple of things about ASP that really stood out to us when we were evaluating the company. The first was the strength of ASP’s corporate staff. We got instant feedback from Stewart and Tom on all our questions and they were very willing to work with us to solve problems and get things rolling. ASP also provides a strong business plan that will lead you to success if you follow it. The last big factor was that it was a local company. Wes is from Macon and I grew up about two hours away, so franchising with a company headquartered so close to home was an attractive opportunity.
Q: What have been some career milestones for you/your business?
A: We opened a retail store this year and it’s been really great. Now, people can bring their problems to us instead of having to schedule a service call. We also raised our sales 300% since last year and which is a huge accomplishment for us.
Q: What are your future goals? Development plans?
A: We’re hoping to add a second retail store to our territory in March of 2012 around the Rincon, GA area.