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ASP Awards Winner of Veteran Program with a Free Pool Service Franchise New franchise to open in Reno, Nevada in April

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MACON, Georgia– ASP – America’s Swimming Pool Company recently announced the winner of their veterans program. The program, launched on Veterans Day 2015, was designed to honor the service given to our country with the awarding of a free pool maintenance franchise. The winner, Miguel Macias, will open his franchise in Reno, Nevada, this coming April.

“As a thank you for the service rendered to our country, ASP is committed to honoring our nation’s veterans by awarding one free pool service franchise each year to a qualified veteran,” said Stewart Vernon, Founder & Chief Executive Officer or ASP. “Though the program just launched in 2015, we are excited to have our first winner, and welcome Macias to the franchising family. We are thankful for the service he has given to our country and know that the skills he learned in the course of that service will prove beneficial in his new endeavor as an ASP owner.”

Macias served in the U.S. Navy for 24 years, 13 of which were spent serving as an HR officer. After being stationed all over the world, Macias retired as a Lieutenant Commander in 2015. When deciding what to do after retirement, he discussed the ASP opportunity with a friend and former ASP employee and was impressed by the comprehensive program they provide. From his military experience, Macias learned leadership, responsibility, and resourcefulness; skills that will directly translate to his work as an ASP pool service franchise owner.

According to Macias, his most remembered military moment was when America was attacked on September 11, 2001. At the time, he was working on a Navy destroyer pier-side in Norfolk, VA. After watching the news coverage of the event on TV, the crew was told to get the ship ready to deploy with no further instructions about where they were going or for how long. The crew busily prepared the ship and ended up patrolling in the New York/Boston area.

Before military service, Macias earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston in management information systems and Italian studies. He also attended the school again while in the service and earned his MBA in Human Resources. Navy service is second nature to the Macias family as his wife is a retired Navy nurse and their oldest daughter is currently serving in the Navy.

Many veterans have a hard time during the transition process from serving in the military to becoming a civilian as military skills are hard to translate directly into business skills. However, the military does prepare you to have the confidence to start something new and make business decisions. Macias says he is “thrilled, excited, and grateful to the team for selecting me. I am very humbled and very blessed to have this gift, and excited to get going!”

Though the Macias family has only been in Reno a matter of months, they are excited about their new home and love the active lifestyle that residents lead. Macias hopes that as swimming season draws near that his ASP pool maintenance franchise will be the go to company for the residents of Reno.

ASP launched their veterans program in 2015, and plan to award a free franchise every year to one qualified veteran. As the nation’s leading swimming pool company, ASP is committed to honoring our nation’s veterans and is honored to have them among their ranks.

To learn more about the ASP Veteran’s program, visit here.

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Port Charlotte Pool Business to Convert to ASP Pool Cleaning Service Franchise

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MACON, Georgia– ASP – America’s Swimming Pool Company, widely known for their pool cleaning service franchise opportunities, also helps existing pool company owners take their business to the next level by converting it to an ASP franchise. Doing so gives the company owner a competitive advantage by offering national buying power, industry leading marketing data, proven systems and access to the ASP brand. These benefits are what attracted Robert Adams to convert his existing pool company to the newest ASP franchise in Port Charlotte, Florida.

“Though I already had a business plan in tact, it became apparent to me that ASP would accelerate my timeline to success,” said Adams. “With ASP, I will be able to reach my goals much quicker, and in a much more organized way. By relying on the training and support provided, I am building an actual business for long term.”

Adams owned his own swimming pool company in 1989, but later sold it in 2002 when he relocated. After spending some time as a sales manager for Terminix, he found himself back in Florida with the intention of re entering the swimming pool service industry. As he built up his own business, he searched for a way to help the business grow faster. He began looking at franchise opportunities. When he found ASP, he was excited that the company not only focused on cleaning and maintenance but also positioned themselves as a pool repair franchise. Adams knew that ASP’s training, support, and online presence was exactly what his pool company needed to grow quickly, and decided to convert his existing business into an ASP pool cleaning service franchise.

ASP is no stranger to rapid growth. Founded in 2001 by Stewart Vernon of Macon, Georgia, ASP set out to fill the holes in the existing swimming pool industry. Vernon knew that by providing a higher quality service at a price pool owners could afford he would have the competitive edge. By 2005, his philosophies proved to be, and the company began offering franchise opportunities. Now, after ten years of franchising, ASP has over 180 territories nationwide and is working on their goal of coast to coast expansion. They have been named by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the fastest growing franchises in the nation, and are among the best franchise opportunities for home based businesses.

To learn more about ASP franchising opportunities, visit their websiteswww.aspfranchising.com.

To learn more about ASP Port Charlotte, contact them via phone (941) 787-5397, or email them at portcharlotte@asppoolco.com

State of the Business 2015 Edition

For those franchise owners who were unable to attend the owners meeting, we put together a little recap of the events that took place. The biggest of which, was Stewart Vernon addressing the state of the business.

Stewart opened his remarks by addressing that most people in the room are no longer running a start up pool company, but have turned their franchises into organizations with growing sales, revenues and employee bases. In fact, 26 pool cleaning service franchises in the ASP family are running organizations in size from 500K-2.7MM! These same 26 locations make up company wide revenue of 25 million dollars!

The theme for the 2016 business year was announced as “Leaders…Leading the pool industry.” Stewart went on to discuss his take on the Stephen Covey book, “7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” and how they were directly relatable to the owners of ASP pool repair franchise locations.

7 Habits of Highly Effective Pool Franchise Owners

Stewart took the 7 habits described in the book and broke them down as follows to make them directly relate to what we are doing as pool cleaning service franchise owners with ASP:

Habit 1: Be proactive: Are you working IN your business or ON your business? If you are stuck in the day to day, you are stuck in it rather than on it. Are you being proactive?

Habit 2: Begin with the end in mind: What are your goals for 2016? What is your exit strategy? You can’t deliver an effective plan without knowing where you want to go.

Habit 3: Put first things first. Time management impacts profit. Cash flow =profit +/- time management.

Habit 4: Think Win-Win: 1+1=3. Partnerships: Take your business with our road map and the right vendor, and the end will come out better.

Habit 5: Seek to understand first, then be understood. Listen, digest, think, understand, slow down. Communication can make you or break you. As the franchise owner, you are the head communicator, your voice is heard the loudest, to employees, customers, vendors, partners.

Habit 6: Synergize: Build a great team around you then use everyone’s strengths to improve.

Habit 7: Sharpen the saw: What are you doing to better yourself? How are you working on being a better leader?

These seven principles and other aspects of the address can be seen on this video.

ASP’s Pool Service Business is Booming

MACON, Georgia- ASP – America’s Swimming Pool Company recently announced the launch of its newest pool service franchise in Pensacola, Florida which opened its doors in February. Shane Lawson, owner/operator of the franchise, is no stranger to ASP.

“I grew up in Macon alongside Ryan Eiland, owner of ASP Destin, and Jef Flournoy, who is now the Vice President of ASP,” said Lawson. “When I decided I was tired of working for the man, and ready to be the man, Ryan referred me to ASP. I knew he had been successful and decided to learn more. I was not looking for this, but sometimes the best opportunities land in your lap.”

Even though ‘how to start a pool cleaning service’ was not on Lawson’s list of things to learn, with his background in plumbing and engineering, he feels ASP is a logical next step in his career. Lawson plans to differentiate his business from other swimming pool companies in the area by presenting a higher level of both professionalism and customer service.

“Lawson will be a valuable contribution to the pool service business,” said Stewart Vernon, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of ASP. “His hard work and determination to succeed will help him achieve his goals and help ASP continue to be a brand that American pool owners can trust.”

In the 10 years it has been franchising, ASP has made a huge impact in the pool service business. From its conception in 2001, Vernon knew that the standards of pool service needed to be raised. He founded the company on the belief that providing a higher quality pool service at a price pool owners could afford would give his company the competitive edge. This belief proved to be true and by 2005 the company was offering its brand and business model as a franchise opportunity. ASP currently has over 180 territories and continues to attract entrepreneurs wondering about how to start a pool cleaning service.

To learn more about the Pensacola franchise, contact them via phone (850) 361-2806 or email:

pensacola@asppoolco.com

ASP Announces New Owner of Johnson County, Kansas Pool Cleaning Franchise Dan Griffin ready to open doors in March

MACON, Georgia– ASP – America’s Swimming Pool Company recently announced new owner Dan Griffin would take over ownership of the Johnson County, Kansas franchise. The franchise, which has been closed since October of 2015, is scheduled to reopen in March 2016.

“We are excited to reopen the Johnson County franchise and add Griffin to the ASP family,” said Stewart Vernon, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of ASP. “Griffin’s dedication to customer service and hard work will be beneficial as he builds up his swimming pool franchise. We expect great things from Griffin in 2016.”

Griffin was born and raised in Kansas City, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University in fine arts and photography. Up until this point, his career has been in the media business where he gained experience selling advertising, working with weekly business publication the Kansas City Business Journal, and later the local paper, The Kansas City Star. Ready for a new adventure away from a cubicle, Griffin and his wife began searching for alternative opportunities and came across ASP.

Admittedly, Griffin had never considered how to start a pool cleaning service, but with the help of ASP, he knew it was a good opportunity for him. His experiences in the media industry helped him develop customer service skills, and a love for the small details; skills that will prove useful in his new endeavor. Griffin hopes to grow the business quickly and looks forward to building lasting relationships with his clients.

ASP is no stranger to quick growth. Founded in 2001 by Stewart Vernon of Macon, Georgia, ASP set out to fill the gaps Vernon saw in the swimming pool service industry. By offering a higher quality pool service at a price pool owners could afford, the ASP brand spread quickly and by 2005 the company began offering pool cleaning franchise opportunities. They currently operate in over 180 territories nationwide and have been named as America’s #1 Swimming Pool Company.

To learn more about how to start a pool cleaning service with ASP, visit their franchise website:www.aspfranchising.com.

To learn more about the Johnson County franchise, contact them via phone (913) 225-7664,

email johnsonco@asppoolco.com, or on their website http://aspjohnsoncounty.com/.

ASP Announces 2015 Franchisee of the Year Marcus Kuja

MACON, Georgia– ASP – America’s Swimming Pool Company, announced the winner of its Franchisee of the Year award at their annual owners meeting. Marcus Kuja, owner/operator of the Savannah and Glynn County, Georgia franchise locations was honored to receive the award as a tribute to his hard work and dedication to his pool cleaning franchise.

Kuja first joined ASP as a General Manager for the two franchises. At the start of 2015, he bought out his partners to become the sole owner of both franchise locations, and worked hard to make any improvements he saw fit to grow the business and make it a million dollar operation. Kuja, a self-proclaimed man of few words, has been asked time and time again if he would repeat his actions to which he quickly replies, “YES!”

“Kuja embodies what it is we are doing as a company,” said Stewart Vernon, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of ASP. “Everything from the way he keeps his books to how he handles phone calls, and customer service is flawless. I’ve respected him every step along the way. Choosing him as the recipient of the Franchisee of the Year award was a very easy decision, and I couldn’t be happier for Marcus!”

Kuja’s franchises were also recognized among those introduced to the President’s Club, which consists of franchises whose earnings exceeded $500,000 in 2015. During the meeting, the theme for 2016 was announced to all ASP franchises as ‘Leaders…Leading the industry.’ “Kuja is a perfect example of a leader in his community,” Vernon said, “It’s because of leaders like him that the ASP brand continues to grow and reach toward our goal of coast to coast expansion.”

ASP is no stranger to quick growth. Founded in 2001 as a way to raise the bar on the current swimming pool industry, Vernon built the company on the belief that providing a higher quality pool service at an affordable price would allow him to compete in his market. His instincts were right. ASP expanded quickly and began offering pool service franchises for sale in 2005. Currently, the company has over 180 territories nationwide and continues to be known as America’s #1 Swimming Pool Company.

ASP Dallas Pool Cleaning Service Franchise Breaks All ASP Sales Records

MACON, Georgia– ASP – America’s Swimming Pool Company recently named their highest gross sales award winner, Herschel Forester, owner of ASP of Dallas pool cleaning service franchise. Forester was not only introduced into the Founder’s Club, but also broke through all sales records the company has ever set. The Founder’s Club recognizes franchises who exceed $1 million in sales during the year, and Herschel set a new record exceeding $2 million.

“Giving this award to Forester and his team is a source of great pride to ASP,” said Stewart Vernon, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of ASP. “His attention to detail, work ethic and utilization of the corporate support system is what brought him to this point, and we could not be more proud to have him as part of the ASP franchise family. Forester is a true leader, and we expect great things from him again in 2016.”

Vernon first introduced Herschel to the crowd as “The Two Million Dollar Man,” to which Herschel responded by discussing the importance of synergism and working as a team. “I tell my guys all the time don’t say ‘Herschel decided to do this,’ instead say ‘we as a company decided to do this,” Herschel continued, “and I think the same applies to ASP as a whole, we are doing a great job!” He closed his acceptance speech by inviting any other franchisee to ‘come on down and hop in the truck with us’ if there was anything he and his team could help with.

During the course of the meeting, Vernon introduced the ASP theme for 2016 as “leaders…leading the pool industry.” Forester and his team have already become leaders in their community, and are dedicated to providing the best service possible in their territory. As a national franchisor, ASP is no stranger to being leaders in the pool cleaning service franchise industry. Entrepreneur Magazine and Inc. 500 have both recognized the company as one of America’s best franchises and as a best in class industry leader.

ASP was founded in 2001 by Stewart Vernon of Macon, Georgia. Vernon saw that the pool industry was a fractured market that needed a better approach to service. ASP was built on the value of providing a higher quality pool service at an affordable price to give the company a competitive edge. The company experienced explosive growth in the first few years and began offering franchise opportunities in 2005. Currently, ASP has over 180 territories nationwide and has become the most trusted pool cleaning service franchise in the nation.

ASP Announces Launch of New Pool Cleaning Franchise Location

MACON, Georgia– ASP – America’s Swimming Pool Company announced the launch of its newest swimming pool cleaning franchise in Boerne, Texas. Brad & Anita Osburn, co-owners, are set to open their doors as of March 1.

“The Osburns will make a significant contribution to the ASP franchise family,” said Stewart Vernon, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of ASP. “Their hard work, and ability to build long term relationships in a matter of minutes will prove to be valuable skills as they begin to build their business in Boerne. We look forward to partnering with them and helping them to grow in this endeavor.”

After working several years in corporate America, it didn’t take long for Anita to realize that corporate America was not for her so she went into business for herself and spent the last 11 years building an online health and wellness business and developed it in three countries. Brad grew up working on a family ranch, and spent most of his life being self-employed ranching and more recently consulting for several major oil companies.

“Coming from a background where both of us were self-employed, we knew we were going to buy a business, we just didn’t know what it was going to be,” said Anita. “We found ASP while doing some research and the more we looked at it, the more we knew it was a good fit for us.”

The Osburns were attracted to ASP for the training, support and established business practice already in place that enables them to not have to reinvent the wheel. Brad stated that they take pride in their new business and will market their skillset as they grow their pool cleaning franchise.

ASP is a nationally recognized franchise that has been named among the best franchise opportunities in the nation by both Entrepreneur Magazine and Inc. 500 for several years running. The company has a strong online presence and positive reviews from employees, franchisees, and customers which make it attractive to those seeking for new opportunities.

Founded in 2001 by Stewart Vernon of Macon, Georgia, ASP began as a single pool cleaning service location. Vernon believed that the pool industry needed to have its standards raised and set out to be the one to do it. ASP proved to be what the industry needed, and grew rapidly. By 2005, the company began offering pool cleaning franchise opportunities throughout the nation and has grown to cover more than 180 territories on their way to coast-to-coast expansion.

To learn more about pool cleaning franchise opportunities with ASP, visit their franchise website:www.aspfranchising.com.

To learn more about the Boerne franchise, contact them by phone (830) 428-0745, or email boerne@asppoolco.com

ASP of Gilbert, Arizona Under New Ownership

MACON, Georgia– ASP – America’s Swimming Pool Company announced recently that their Gilbert, Arizona franchise would be under new ownership as of February 2016. The new owner/operator, Jacob Burr, is set to open doors in February 2016. Born and raised in Gilbert, Burr is ready to introduce his community to a higher level of pool service.

“Burr will be a valuable addition to the ASP family,” said Stewart Vernon, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of ASP. “His fearless attitude and willingness to ask for business will help him grow his franchise quickly and effectively.”

After high school, Burr served a two year mission for his church in Paraguay, where he spent time going door to door to find people to share his message with. This experience taught him how to build relationships, talk to people from all backgrounds, and find common beliefs. Following his missionary service, Burr returned to Gilbert to continue his studies. While putting himself through school, Burr spent his summers working selling pest control services door to door. His experience as a missionary helped him overcome any fears he may have had with talking to people, and led to a successful sales career.

When summers away from the family began to wear on him, Burr accepted a job at American Express, where he learned that his skills would be better used if he were working for himself. A family friend referred him to ASP’s pool maintenance franchise opportunity, and Burr was attracted to the glowing online reviews and the level of support the franchise offered. From his past experiences, Burr is not afraid to go door to door and ask for business from local pool owners, something that other pool companies in the area are not already doing.

ASP was founded in 2001 by Stewart Vernon of Macon, Georgia. Vernon saw flaws in the existing pool service business, and knew that with a higher level of pool service, at a price pool owners could afford, he would have the competitive edge. ASP experienced rapid growth in the first years of existence, and by 2005 began offering franchise opportunities. The company has now grown to include over 180 franchise locations nationwide, and has become known as America’s #1 Swimming Pool Company.

To learn more about franchise opportunities with ASP visit their franchise website:www.aspfranchising.com

Virginia Beach Pool Repair Franchise Honored at ASP Annual Owners Meeting

MACON, Georgia– ASP – America’s Swimming Pool Company recently named their Virginia Beach pool repair franchise as the franchise with the highest earnings among those who started ASP franchises in 2015. ASP honored the Virginia Beach franchise for their achievements and commitments to hard work at the annual owners meeting. Bill Schlemmer, owner and operator of the location was present to accept the award.

“ASP is like no other company I have ever seen with what we do and how we do it,” said Schlemmer. “While this has been a tough year, we have learned from each challenge we have faced and moved on to the next. We are grateful for what we have learned in between, and look forward to another great year!”

Stewart Vernon, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of ASP gave the closing remarks at the owners meeting, detailing seven habits that ASP pool repair franchise owners can do to scale their business in 2016. One of these seven was to synergize; which Vernon explained meant to build a good team, and play to each employee’s strengths to improve. Schwimmer and his team believe in synergy and have applied the concept in helping their franchise to grow.

“We are pleased with how far Schlemmer and his team have come in such a little time,” said Vernon. “We expect them to continue to build relationships and provide the best service possible in their territory, and are excited to work with them as they continue to scale the business in Virginia Beach in 2016.”

The ASP brand is no stranger to awards. Since the company began offering franchises in 2005, they have been named best franchise among several different categories from both Entrepreneur Magazine and Inc. 500. Some of these recognition’s include: fastest growing franchise, best home based franchise, best of the best and best in class industry leader.

ASP is built on leadership since its conception in 2001, when Vernon set out to raise the standards for pool cleaning companies in his hometown of Macon, Georgia. Vernon believed that by offering a higher quality pool service at an affordable price, he would be able to compete with the bigger companies. ASP experienced explosive growth and after only 4 years in operation began offering franchise opportunities nationwide, with the goal of coast to coast expansion. The company now has over 180 territories nationwide and continues seeking for business minded individuals to join their team.

To learn more about franchise opportunities with ASP, visit their franchise website:www.aspfranchising.com