SpeedPro

SpeedPro Imaging franchisees value the scalable business model

while combining creativity with entrepreneurship.

By Staci Davidson, Knighthouse Media

Larry Oberly, president and CEO of SpeedPro Imaging has been in franchising for 27 years. He started with Baskin-Robbins in 1992 as a franchisee and bought his second store in 1993. He was twice elected to the company’s national marketing committee and profitably sold his stores by 1998. He served on the inaugural Fair Franchising Standards Committee with the mission of ensuring equality. He was then asked to join the home office of the number one real estate franchise in the world, RE/MAX, in order to grow the brand in the United States and internationally. When asked to lead SpeedPro Imaging as chief executive officer (CEO), he recognized the vast potential in the system and strong roots as a franchise system and stepped up to take the reins.

Apex

ApexNetwork Physical Therapy continues to expand throughout the country

with appealing business models that focus on quality of care and business.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers, Knighthouse Media

ApexNetwork Physical Therapy is known as a disruptor in the healthcare industry for being the first in the United States to develop a physical therapy-only franchise model in 2008. “We have been ranked seven times on Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 and have always been considered part of the health and fitness category,” Director of Franchise Operations Jason Baxter says. “What’s interesting this year is Entrepreneur created a specific category for physical therapy. We are excited that we were instrumental in helping drive this change.”

MaidPro

MaidPro aims to expand and become more of a household name.

By Mark Lawton, Knighthouse Media

Some people take a while to figure out their career. Not Richard Sparacio, president and co-founder of MaidPro.

“We launched in fall 1991,” Sparacio says. “I walked straight from my senior year in college and moved into operating MaidPro with Mark [Kushinsky].”

Regis

Regis Corp. makes sure that its franchisees get the support they need

to start their business.

By Alan Dorich, Knighthouse Media

With nearly 100 years of experience, Regis Corp. stands as a leader in beauty salons and cosmetology education. The Minneapolis, Minn.-based company has done this by paying attention to the ever-changing marketplace and continuing to evolve. 

“We’ve embraced change,” Franchise President Eric Bakken says, adding that these steps have included moving Regis Corp. to a greater than 50 percent franchise model. “Who better to compete on our behalf than our outstanding franchisees?”

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