Veterans in franchising.

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Swimming Pool Franchise Company Salutes America’s Heroes

Veterans in Franchising Feature Featured in Franchising USA

Entrepreneur magazine Franchise 500 ranked “Top Franchise for Veterans” swimming pool service company helps military veterans realize their dream of business ownership.

Vet-friendly franchise opportunities in the service industry.

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ASP Ranked as Top Franchise for Veterans by Entrepreneur Magazine

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ASP – America’s Swimming Pool Company is excited to announce its inclusion to the 2017 Top Franchises for Veterans Ranking by Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500. ASP is ranked number 60 of the top 150 franchises offering incentives and other programs to help veterans become franchisees.

“We are honored to be recognized on such a respected level,” said Stewart C. Vernon, Founder and CEO of ASP. “We are also proud to offer one qualified military veteran the support they need to start their own business through our 2017 ASP Veteran Program.”

The ASP Veteran Program is a nationwide program specifically geared to award an America’s Swimming Pool Company franchise to one qualified military veteran each year. Since 2015, ASP has accepted a new batch of applications each year for the annual ASP Veteran Program. Any U.S. military veteran is qualified to enter the nationwide competition, which includes written essays and one-on-one interviews at the Macon, Georgia headquarters. Each year, ASP waives the franchise fee for the veteran who is selected as the winner – an average value of more than $65,000 (actual value varies by market). Visit ASPfranchising.com/Veterans to learn more about the program and fill out the entry form. Deadline Extended – applications for the 2017 ASP franchise giveaway will be accepted until November 30th.

“We are constantly looking for those individuals who have served our country and are now searching for a business opportunity to take them to the next level,” said Jef E. Flournoy, VP of Franchise Sales & Development at ASP.

The team at ASP chooses to honor veterans because they represent some of the nation’s most hard-working, unselfish, and committed individuals. Entrepreneurship is ideal for veterans, and an ASP Franchise makes sure they aren’t working on this venture on their own–instead, an ASP franchise provides its franchise owners with the tools and support necessary for a successful swimming pool business in their chosen territory.

How were the 2017 Top Franchises for Veterans rankings determined?

Entrepreneur Magazine invited Franchise 500 ranked companies, that offer a veteran incentive, to participate in a survey designed to help them learn more about each company’s veteran program. From there, they developed a ranking of the top 150 franchises for veterans, taking into account each company’s veteran incentive, how veteran franchisees are attracted to and supported by the company, and how each company scored in the 2017 Franchise 500.

As the leading pool cleaning franchise, you can rest assured you won’t regret joining us as a franchisee. After the incredible sacrifices, you as a veteran have made for this nation, it is our turn to give you something back–you can be an independent business owner while jumping into a franchise at the height of its success. There’s no reason to hesitate to join us – the team at ASP is dedicated to helping veterans realize their dream of business ownership and reach success!

Watch the story of Bill Schlemmer, Navy veteran & owner of ASP Coastal Virginia, as he helps other veterans realize why they should consider franchise ownership. 

Join Our Swimming Pool Franchise

America’s Swimming Pool Company is continuing to flourish and prosper across the country, and we want to take you along for the ride. If you are a veteran who is interested in becoming a part of something that will be your next passion while giving you the opportunity to be your own boss and feel a sense of control over your business, look no further than ASP.

Interested in joining ASP? Call (478) 845-7127 to speak to a member of our team today.

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Veteran Franchise Giveaway

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Brad Baglio – Bell County, Texas – Winner of the 2016 ASP Veteran Program

2017 ASP VETERAN PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT

ASP – America’s Swimming Pool Company, the nation’s leading pool service franchise is currently accepting applications for its 3rd annual ASP Veteran Program. One qualified veteran will have the franchise fee waived for a pool company franchise with ASP. The winner of this program will be announced on Veterans Day!

America’s Swimming Pool Company, headquartered in Macon, Georgia, is proud to honor and reward deserving veterans. According to Stewart Vernon, the Founder & CEO of America’s Swimming Pool Company, ASP’s franchise development team targets veteran franchise candidates because they possess unique skill sets that make them a perfect fit as ASP franchise owners.

Army veteran Brad Baglio is the 17th veteran to join the ASP family. Hailing from Bell County, Texas, he was the winner of the 2016 ASP Veteran Program. He opened his ASP franchise location nearly five months ago.

“It is an honor to be a part of a franchise family that supports military veterans,” Baglio said. “Being selected as the veteran program winner was a dream come true!  This opportunity is opening doors for me to build a business that I am passionate about.”

ASP is attractive to veterans because it’s a workable business model, which is similar to their military experience regarding the outline of expectations and application. This franchise business provides a proven, strategic plan to follow, and it’s geared solely for the success of the franchisee.

In addition to the annual Veteran Program, ASP offers 15% off the franchise fee to any qualified US military veteran who opens an ASP franchise.

For all veterans interested in participating in the ASP Veteran Program, please visit ASPfranchising.com/veterans to learn more about the program and fill out the entry form.

Interested in Learning More about Franchise Opportunities?

Visit the Learning Center and follow the steps to find out more on how to start a franchise.

 

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ASP Veteran Program Featured in Franchising USA

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Miguel Macias, 1st Winner of the ASP Veteran Program

Pool Franchise Looking to Expand Offers Veterans Valuable Discounts – Article by Franchising USA.

24-year Navy veteran and ASP franchise owner, Miguel Macias, is pictured in this publication by Franchising USA. Miguel became the first ASP business owner to have his full franchise fee waived by the ASP Veteran Program.

ASP Franchising is the corporate headquarters for America’s Swimming Pool Company, the nation’s largest swimming pool service franchise. The team at ASP franchising noticed many veterans were curious about business ownership and started showing interest in their swimming pool franchise. In 2015, the franchising team set out to form a veteran program franchise giveaway as a way to honor our nation’s heroes. Each year ASP will award one franchise to a qualified military veteran on Veterans Day. In addition to this exclusive giveaway, all qualified veterans who purchase a franchise receive a 15% discount on the initial franchise fee.

Many military veterans possess the skills needed to be great franchises such as commitment, trustworthiness, and unmatched determination to succeed. ASP wants to aid in unlocking that potential and help countless veterans realize their dream of business ownership.

On the franchisee side, ASP boasts a comprehensive training program and a strong support system.

For 11 days from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m, franchisees attend ASP’s Pool School on its campus in Macon, which features  14 working pools that have every kind of pool equipment conceivable.

At Pool School, in addition to the hands-on maintenance training, franchisees receive instruction in every aspect of running a business from marketing to billing to running QuickBooks.

Along with a local marketing team, the company has a national PR firm that supports franchisees, plus staff at headquarters who handle technical questions from franchisees throughout the day.

It’s possible!

Read the full Franchising USA article here or explore our veterans page to learn more about the ASP Veteran Program and the benefits to becoming small business franchise owner in the swimming pool industry.

About Franchising USA

Franchising USA is a monthly digital publication bringing you all the latest news, expert advice, and information from the world of franchising.

 

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Why Veterans Should Consider Franchise Ownership

Looking for the right opportunity when transitioning out of the military? Consider owning a franchise.

Veterans make excellent candidates as franchise business owners because of their commitment, trustworthiness, and unmatched determination to succeed. Owning a franchise is an appealing business opportunity for veterans because experts are there to help along each step, and don’t have to go at self-employment alone.

Becoming a franchisee allows you to be your own boss without having to sacrifice solid support!

If you have ever considered entrepreneurship and owning a franchise has piqued your interest, here are some questions to ask yourself to help you decide which franchise to purchase.
1. What type of industry would I enjoy working in?
2. Does the franchise offer financial incentives for veterans?
3. Can I purchase and plan my launch date before I transition from the military?
4. Will I have the support I need?
5. What is the revenue potential?
6. Is this the best option for my future and the future of my family?
7. Can I own more than one franchise unit?
8. How satisfied are the current franchise owners?

The perfect franchise opportunity is out there! The best way to find it is by first determining what you enjoy doing the most and what’s the best option for your family.

Do you enjoy the outdoors? Love working on projects to see the result? Have good interpersonal and communication skills? Want the freedom of a home-based business? If so, consider ASP – America’s Swimming Pool Company, the nation’s most respected swimming pool cleaning, maintenance, repair, and resurfacing franchise. The mission at ASP is to revolutionize the swimming pool industry through technology, higher standards, knowledge, and a better experience to provide peace of mind to swimming pool owners one market at a time.

“We have franchise owners from just about every branch of the military,” said Stewart C. Vernon, Founder and CEO of ASP. “Since franchising ASP in 2005, we have discovered that military members are accountable multi-taskers who thrive when following a proven plan. Our veteran franchisees tell us they love service-based franchise models, like ours at ASP, because they have a structure in place, a set of rules to follow, and a need to fulfill a duty – just like the military. We are confident veterans will thrive with ASP because they are willing to embrace an established franchise model and have supreme confidence in their ability to accomplish any goal set before them.”

Benefits to owning an ASP franchise:
• Work by the poolside.
• No storefront or retail space is needed.
• Qualified military veterans receive 15% OFF the franchise fee plus APPLY TO WINa free ASP franchise through the 2017 ASP Veteran Program.
• Plan your business launch date to fit your needs.
• Meet the ASP Franchising team at headquarters to talk one-on-one about training and support. No prior experience in the pool industry is required.
• Over 10.4 million residential & commercial pools need service. The demand for a reliable pool service franchise continues to grow steadily.
• Opportunities for key employees and future partners/managers to attend Pool School (the most comprehensive swimming pool service training facility in the world).
• Exclusive ASP service territories with the potential to expand.
• Awarded Top Franchisee Satisfaction and Top Franchise for Veterans by Franchise Business Review.
• Ranked #1 Best Pool Maintenance Business by Entrepreneur 500.

At ASP, we look forward to helping countless veterans realize their dream of business ownership.

Learn how to BECOME A LEADER in the swimming pool industry today!

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ASP Welcomed New Franchise Business Owners

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ASP Welcomed New Franchise Business Owners

On Friday, May 19, 2017, we welcomed two new franchise owners and one general manager to the ASP family. They completed 100 hours of training during ASP’s Pool School program. Congratulations!

Mario Arevalo, Owner & Operator of ASP in Weston, Florida

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Mario was accompanied by Juan Fernandez, the General Manager of the ASP Weston franchise. They will provide professional pool service in Weston, Southwest Ranches, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Sunrise, Andytown, Cooper City, and Plantation, FL.

Mario was born in Nicaragua and moved to the United States when he was seven years old. He grew up in Miami, Florida, and enlisted in the United States Army upon graduating high school. After seven years in the military, Mario decided to pursue a career as a certified firefighter and paramedic. Since 2008 has worked as a firefighter for the Miami Fire-Rescue Department. Mario has a passion for serving his community which has led him to follow his dream of business ownership. An ASP franchise gives Mario the freedom to own a business while continuing to serve as a firefighter.

Website: ASPweston.com

Number: 754-333-5277

Find ASP Weston on Facebook

Caleb Daulton, Owner & Operator of ASP in St. Petersburg, Florida

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The ASP St. Petersburg franchise will provide professional pool service in St. Petersburg, FL, and the surrounding areas.

Caleb was born and raised in the small town of Shelbyville, Indiana. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and has served for the past 14 years. Caleb also has a background in aircraft maintenance and nursing. His desire to start a business has been influenced by other business owners, like his father. In September, he started considering franchise opportunities and found a swimming pool franchise to be the perfect match. For Caleb, ASP stood out because of its technology and forward thinking in the swimming pool industry.

Website: ASPstpetersburg.com

Number: 727-469-7665

Find ASP St. Petersburg on Facebook

 

 

 

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What Does a Franchise Owner Look Like?

Meet the franchise owners who recently joined the ASP family.

At 8:30 a.m. on February 6, 2017, we welcomed seven new ASP franchise owners and one new manager to the ASP – America’s Swimming Pool Company corporate headquarters in Macon, Georgia, for Pool School training.

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Veteran Franchisee Profile: William Schlemmer

Veteran Franchisee Profile: William Schlemmer

Meet William Schlemmer, Veteran Owner/Operator of America’s Swimming Pool Company of Coastal Virginia located in Virginia Beach, VA. He became an ASP franchise owner in September 2014 and has had a successful start.

After retiring from the military, Schlemmer’s desire was to pursue a second career in business. He earned his MBA while on active duty and enjoyed the aspect of small business ownership. He considered a franchise because of the turn-key aspect. He liked the idea of having a base and team to fall back upon when needed.

“I liked the aspect of having a base of professionals with a wide breadth of the exact experience required,” said Schlemmer. “There is always support when needed.”

A lot of time is put into researching the right franchise. Once the right franchise is found, training is conducted to make the first year as easy as possible, but there can always be roadblocks ahead. There are certain aspects of planning that can help anyone through the initial start. ASP franchisees like Schlemmer have discovered the importance in investing in employees and focusing on exceeding expectations.

“Plan your launch like a military operation, in that you consider contingencies, desired end-states, and most likely courses of action. War-game your launch and identify several key factors that must be achieved for success, and several key factors that could be catastrophic,” stated Schlemmer.

ASP provided Schlemmer with the support to successfully start his own business. Housed at headquarters, ASP offers a 20,000-square-foot training campus with 12 display pools, two functioning pools, and a classroom. This is where pool school is held. A two-week training program that each franchisee goes through before launching their business.

Schlemmer has learned a lot about the pool business through Pool School, but he also dedicates a lot of his knowledge from his background as a Naval Flight Officer. Schlemmer’s dedication to his business and his employees is evident.

“My military background and training prepared me for business ownership in 3 key areas; 1. Multi-tasking. A pool service company can be very busy, with multiple projects working simultaneously. The ability to prioritize, focus, and execute are crucial to achieving or exceeding our customer’s expectations 100% of the time. 2. Accountability is imperative in being a successful military member as well as a business owner. Gain trust by doing what you say you are going to do, and pledge to the customer that you, as the owner, will be held accountable if the team misses the mark. 3. Planning is such a key ingredient of any successful operation. Whether launching a start-up or preparing to conduct and extensive renovation, planning is where you start. The more planning you conduct, the higher the percentage of mission success and mitigation of unplanned consequences,” said Schlemmer.

About ASP

ASP is the largest swimming pool cleaning, repair and renovation franchise system in the nation. Founded in 2001 by Stewart Vernon, the company is based on the belief that by providing a higher quality pool service at a reasonable price, the brand would raise the industry standards for pool service. In 2005, ASP began franchising and now covers 225 territories across the nation. For more information on ASP’s swimming pool franchise opportunities, visit ASPfranchising.com. For more information on ASP – America’s Swimming Pool Company, visit ASPPoolco.com.

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ASP Franchising Helps Owners Expand Their Reach

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If you talk to Tom Lose of ASP Billings, he will tell you how great it is to be a business owner.

“I opened ASP Billings in March 2016 and it has been an awesome first year,” said Lose.

Lose, an Air Force veteran contributes his success to the work ethic he learned from his parents, his job at USPS, and his military background. He explains how busy he has been since becoming a business owner.

“People know about the ASP brand and the reputation we have as a trusted pool professional,” said Lose. “This makes starting a business easier than having to reinvent the wheel.”

He now has people from all over the state of Montana wanting his services after hearing about ASP Billings, so he made the decision to expand his territory to the entire state of Montana. Lose is just one example of owners who have taken the leap and invested into their business.

“Existing owners like Lose are able to expand their reach with our territory expansion program,” said Stewart Vernon, Founder & CEO of ASP. “This is a way to make expanding easy and inexpensive for them. If they have a business partner in mind, this also offers franchisees the opportunity to open an entirely new ASP.”

ASP locations in Gilbert, AZ, Edmond, OK, and Palm Harbor, FL have all taken the advantage of this expansion program and made the decision to buy more territories. Franchise owners have the opportunity to expand their reach and receive 30% off their franchise fee, and if an owner wants to start an entirely new location, they receive 40% off the franchise fee.

Offering incentives like this for franchise owners is part of what makes owning an ASP so special and unlike any other pool franchise system. The dedication and support of the ASP Franchising team will provide owners with confidence to grow and succeed!

Learn more about available ASP territories here.

ASP is the largest swimming pool cleaning, repair, and renovation franchise system in the nation. Founded in 2002 by Stewart Vernon, the company was based on the belief that by providing a higher quality pool service at a reasonable price, the brand would raise the industry standards for pool service. In 2005, ASP began franchising and now covers 205 territories across the nation. For more information on ASP’s swimming pool franchise opportunities, visit ASPfranchising.com. For more information on ASP – America’s Swimming Pool Company, visitASPPoolco.com.

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ASP Continues Growth in California

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Fall 2015 was a significant time for Jack and Susie Carter, who were owners of a pool maintenance business named, All Pure Pool and Spa and co-owners of All Pure Pool Service of Central CA. They were already living in California and had been business owners for the past 30 years. They were looking for ways to expand and explore new avenues that can be touched and developed in the California area. After reading an article in Pool and Spa News, about ASP-America’s Swimming Pool Co. owners going pink for breast cancer awareness month, the Carters began researching more about ASP and the franchising system they had in place.

“We talked with Jef, VP of Franchise Sales and Development, and loved the idea of being apart of a co-op,” said Jack Carter.

In January 2016, the Carters made the decision to convert their businesses to ASP- America’s Swimming Pool Company. ASP Chatsworth has so much growth potential and the Carters are ready to see what possibilities there are. Their Chatsworth location serves areas in Los Angeles, North Hollywood, San Fernando, Ventura, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Woodland Hills, Glendale, Oxnard, and many other territories around Chatsworth. Technologically advanced systems like PoolOps, an ASP developed a digital platform that provides weekly pool chemical reports, pictures of your clean pool, accountability, and peace of mind, will help the Carters with their company goals.

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Manager Scott (left) with Owners Jack & Susie (right) of ASP Chatsworth

 

“I liked the idea of being a part of a business that offers a lot more backing and support,” said Jack Carter. “Ultimately, the PoolOps Software is why I chose ASP. It is a platform like no other in the pool industry.”

Jack Carter grew up in Oregon and Susie Carter is a native to Modesto, CA. Upon completing high school, Jack Carter spent four years in the United States Navy. After his service in the Navy, he spent 17 years working for United Parcel Service. In 1985, Navy Veteran, Jack Carter began his career in the pool business with a pool chemical franchise and then became owner of All Pure Pool and Spa. Susie Carter came into the pool business by doing office work for the company. Together they now own ASP- America’s Swimming Pool Company in Chatsworth, CA and a second location Fresno, CA.

“We have our goals set and we are ready to watch this company grow,” said Jack and Susie Carter.

For more information about ASP franchise ownership click here.