Eight Authority Manufacturers’ Proprietor-Operators Honored at Worldwide Franchise Affiliation Convention

The IFA has recognized well-known franchisees from the Authority Brands portfolio

COLUMBIA, Maryland, March 3, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Authority Brands, a premier portfolio of home services, announced today that several brands within its system have been recognized as part of the International Franchise Association (IFA) Franchisees of the Year. The annual IFA Awards recognize dozens of franchise owners and operators across the country who exemplify excellence in community, workforce, diversity and veteran affairs.

“Our franchisees who have been recognized with this prestigious industry award have demonstrated tremendous entrepreneurial ability within their respective brands. They continue to demonstrate their drive to grow while providing superior customer service. We’re proud to amplify their contribution to the teams and communities they serve,” said Heather McLeod, Chief Growth Officer at Authority Brands. “To see valued members of our Authority Brands portfolio honored by the IFA is a testament for our system.


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Authority Brands franchisees recognized as part of the IFA Franchisee of the Year awards include:

  • America’s Swimming Pool: Miguel Macias in Reno, Nevada
  • Benjamin Franklin Plumbing: Lenny Siers in Niceville, Florida
  • The Cleaning Authority: Chris and Jen Lanagan in Cedarburg, Madison, and Kenosha, Wisconsin
  • Homewatch CareGivers: Bindu Agarwal in Lower Bucks County and Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
  • Mister Sparky: Aaron Hagan in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Monster Tree Service: Don Elliott in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Mosquito Squad: Tom and Maryellen Heinemann operate in North New Jersey
  • An hour of heating and air conditioning: Richie Drew in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Sponsored by IFA partner Paychex, Franchisee of the Year recognizes leading IFA member brand franchisees whose outstanding achievements and contributions help protect, enhance and promote the franchise business model. Individuals nominated by their parent company are selected for their service to their communities, nurturing a strong and vibrant workforce, opening the doors to career growth and entrepreneurship, and support for their fellow franchisees.

“Franchisee of the Year represents the very best in franchising,” said Matthew Haller, President and CEO of the International Franchise Association. “This is the IFA’s highest award for individual franchisees, and local business owners like the franchisees of these Authority Brands exemplify the power of franchising and its positive contributions to communities around the world.”

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About Authority Marks
Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, Authority Brands businesses include 15 leading home service franchise brands: America’s Swimming Pool Company, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, The Cleaning Authority, Color World Painting, DoodyCalls, DRYmedic Restoration Services, Homewatch CareGivers, The Junkluggers , Mister Sparky, Monster Tree Service, Mosquito Squad, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, Screenmobile, STOP Restoration and Woofie’s. Together, these brands offer home services in more than 2,000 territories operated by more than 1,000 franchisees. Authority Brands is dedicated to supporting the growth of individual franchise owners through strong marketing, technology and operational support. For more information see French.

About the International Franchise Association:
Celebrating over 60 years of excellence, education and advocacy, the International Franchise Association (IFA) is the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. The IFA works through its Government and Public Policy Relations, Media Relations and Education programs to protect, enhance and promote franchising and approximately 790,492 franchised facilities that provide nearly 8.4 million direct jobs, an economic output of US$825.4 billion dollars to the US economy and nearly 3 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). IFA members are franchises in over 300 different business format categories, individual franchisees, and companies that provide marketing, legal, technology, and business development support to the industry.

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