Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Franchisee Profile: Rex Putnal, Franchisee of Savannah and Glynn County, GA

Franchisee Since: March 2008
Franchise Locations: Savannah, GA; Glynn County

Q: Where are you originally from?
A: The majority of my life I lived in Macon, GA and recently my wife and I decided to move to Savannah.

Q: Before Franchising, what were you involved with?
A: Before franchising with ASP, I worked for a pharmaceutical company that was based in Macon. I ran all of the company’s billing, payroll and collections operations for 20 years and it was a great opportunity to work with 11 other nationwide locations. When the company was bought out, they decided to relocate operations to Orlando and at nearly 60 years old I began looking for a new business opportunity as I was not yet ready to retire.

Q: How did you learn about the brand?
A: I began looking into franchising opportunities and knew of ASP through a neighbor who owned the location in Destin, FL. After looking into the company and speaking with our neighbor, I went to a franchise attorney in Atlanta to verify the system, check the brand and look at the franchise fees. Hearing nothing but positive feedback from a current ASP franchisee and from the franchise attorney, I contacted a long-time friend Bill Poe to discuss a business plan.

We met with Stewart and learned that the Georgia Coast was still an open territory and a possibility for ownership. Stewart was a good and honest man who was able to answer all of our questions, willing to work with us and who had developed a very strong business plan. Bill had a condo in Glynn County which ultimately led to our decision to purchase the Savannah and Glynn County territories.

Q: How do you see the brand connecting with your local community?
A: We are members of the local Chamber of Commerce in out territories; we sponsor local football programs and little league in Glynn County. We love to be involved in these communities and will stay as involved as our income allows.

Q: What have been some career milestones for you/your business?
A: We focus on the small things; everything we do is a milestone for our business. Our next immediate milestone will be purchasing another service truck for the area. Whenever we receive new customers and accounts, which is always a milestone in this business.
Q: What is an interesting fact about you?
A: I am a former UGA football player and a diehard UGA fan to this day.

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