Daily Franchise News
The Definitive Blog of the Franchise World
Ted Fisher, 56, spent much of his career in the renovation business. Yet as Fisher’s business began to founder, he thought that there had to be a better way. In 2007, he found that better way in his first Miracle Method showroom, Miracle Method of Northern NH located at 36 Littleworth Road Unit 1 and serving Concord, Dover, Rochester and York County.
Since his opening, Fisher’s life and business success has turned around dramatically. It inspired him to purchase another territory one year later, Miracle Method of Metrowest Boston, serving the area with the same cost- and time-saving refinishing business that has served North American homeowners since 1977. In Metrowest Boston Fisher brought his daughter Meagan on board as his partner. After forming their partnership they went on to purchase franchises in Southern NH and Worcester County forming Miracle Method of New Hampshire and Northern MA.
“My decision to purchase another Miracle Method franchise was a plan that was laid out after about six months into the business,” said Fisher. “Being the visionary and dreamer that I am, I knew I needed to bring somebody on board with organizational skills, who is grounded and can help get to the next level of a growing business. I chose my daughter Meagan, first for her abilities, and second because she wants to keep the vision alive that I had when I started the business. So far she has far exceeded my already lofty expectations; and comfortably runs Miracle Method of New Hampshire and Northern MA.”
Fisher’s previous business was not unlike the one he runs now. The former owner of an independent tile restoration company, Fisher was keenly aware of the value of refinishing unattractive kitchen and bathroom surfaces, especially compared to the costly process of replacing them. But the economy was tough, and Fisher faced some tough choices.
“My business was failing and I had used almost all my savings to keep it afloat,” said Fisher. “I went to a Miracle Method Discovery Day where I learned what the company has to offer and their vision for the future. I found that they had a great philosophy on the structure of a franchise and the relationship between a franchisor and franchisee. I am a firm believer in franchising because it saves costs and time that would otherwise be spent during the learning curve. You are surrounded by very successful people who are willing to share their knowledge.”
Encouraged by what he saw, Fisher purchased his Miracle Method business with his remaining savings.
“I took what little I had left and purchased a Miracle Method franchise because I believed in the company and its structure,” said Fisher.
In Fisher’s eyes, his success has come down to the system that has made Miracle Method a mainstay in the world of refinishing throughout North America.
“The Miracle Method system offers residential clients as well as commercial clients the ability to update their surroundings, to make them more appealing to themselves or to the clients that visit their establishments at a reduced cost and a much faster turnaround time,” said Fisher. “Our plan now is to build the best refinishing company in the northeast with the assistance of the Miracle Method system and give all our clients residential and commercial the service that we would all like to experience as individuals.”
For more information on franchising opportunities, visit http://www.miraclemethod.com/franchise-opportunity.php.
Yes, it is the day of texting, LinkedIn, reaching out and touching someone, but only electronically.
According to some of the greatest sales pros in the franchise community, there is still no replacing the good old trade show. MFV Expositions, the producers of International Franchise Expos all over the world, are hosting yet another one at the Javits Center in New York City June 18-20th. Here are tips from some of the top trade show veterans in franchising:
- Tom Wood-President of Floor Coverings International-Booth 715. "There is no substitute for the value of trade shows and meeting someone face to face. A handshake and a person-to-person discussion beats an email every time." www.flooring-franchise.com/
- Peter Barkman-Vice President of Franchise Development for CertPro Painters-Booth 106. "We are looking for executive level business professionals. It's best to vet those people in person than over phone or email." www.ownacertapro.com
- Michael Peterson-Director of Franchise Development at Liquid Capital-Booth 1005. "These shows work if you work them! They are truly the only place where you can get face time with 15,000 or more entrepreneurs." www.lcfranchise.com
- Brian Wieters-Vice President of Franchise Recruitment for Pillar To Post Home Inspectors-Booth 540. "The face to face interaction has taken on more of a key role in our technologically driven world. It builds the trust necessary to be a successful franchise recruiter."
- Nick Bruckner-Senior Vice President of Sales for Signarama, Booth 632, a 900-unit chain that is the linchpin of giant United Franchise Group, known as the Trade Show Kings, sums it up pretty well. He will be present and helping with UFG brands such as EmbroidMe-Booth 932, SuperGreen Solutions Booth 231, Transworld Business Advisors, Booth 769 and new powerhouse Experimac, Booth 833. Says Bruckner, "People buy from people they like. You can't know if you like a person you have never met."
Main Line Philadelphia CertaPro Owner Chris Drucquer
The home of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York is over 200 miles away from Chris Drucquer’s Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania CertaPro Painters. Given Drucquer’s impressive collection of awards, his entrepreneurial batting average is as impressive as any baseball player’s–and earned without any performance enhancers to boot! It might be high time to open a CertaPro Hall of Fame and Chris Drucquer would be in the inaugural class for sure.
A father of seven, Drucquer’s accolades are all the more impressive given the demands he must meet as a proud dad. Below are just a few of the commendations Drucquer’s CertaPro Painters locations have received in the last few years of serving the Ardmore, Bala, Broomall, Bryn Mawr, Gladwyne, Haverford, Havertown, Manayunk, Merion, Merion Station, Narberth, Newtown Square, Penn Valley, Penn Wynne, Radnor, Rosemont, Villanova, and Wynnewood areas.
On January 7, 2012 Drucquer was named Franchisee of the Year from CertaPro—among more than 350 franchisees—based on his locations’ growth, profit, and overall customer satisfaction, as well as the Quantum Leap award for franchise growth.
In January 2014, Drucquer’s CertaPro was named Best of HOUZZ for its tremendous customer service. In June of 2014, Drucquer’s CertaPro was named Best of the Main Line in the category of painting businesses. In August, Drucquer was named on the Philly 100 as one of the 100 fastest growing businesses in Greater Philadelphia.
Chris Drucquer (third from the right) at the Philadelphia 100 award ceremony
Now, not even a month into 2015, Drucquer is already adding additional awards to his repertoire. This month Drucquer has been named CertaPro Painters’ People Grower of the Year, in recognition of his efforts to help people within the business, Brand Champion, for growing the CertaPro brand, and Crew of the Year, beating out 3,500 other crews for the distinction. Drucquer’s CertaPro Painters has also received the Best of HOUZZ award for its customer service record for the second consecutive year and is due to receive the Angie's List Super Service Award for interior and exterior painting in February.
Chris Drucquer with his award-winning CertaPro crew
Founded in 1991—the year CertaPro Painters became a franchise—Chris Drucquer and his crew at CertaPro deserve the recognition and stand as true All-Stars of the franchisee community.
For more information on franchising with CertaPro Painters, the largest residential and commercial painting company in North America, visit http://certapro-franchise.com/.