Articles by Jason Sophian

PRESS RELEASE: LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON

Monday, June 1st, 2015

MARINE VET DAD WAITS FOR SON TO JOIN FORCES WITH HIM AT HIS WINDOW GENIE

Mike Angle (left), owner of Window Genie of Mooresville with son Joseph

Mike Angle (left), owner of Window Genie of Mooresville with son Joseph

(MOORESVILLE, Ind.)—Mike Angle served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1980-1985. After working for United Airlines for 17 years, the veteran decided that it was time for a change and, along with wife Karen, chose to open his own Window Genie franchise located at 8717 N Country Club Road and serving Hendricks County, Camby, Mooresville, Greenwood and South Indianapolis areas. With the franchise famous for its “big three” services—window cleaning, window tinting and pressure washing—Angle is leveraging leadership skills earned from his military service with the franchise system lauded in 2014 by Money Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc. Magazine and a host of other media for its franchisee growth success.

Angle opened his Window Genie business in 2011 with his wife, inspired by the harsh realities of the economic climate at the time.

“My wife had to take a 40 percent pay cut at her own job in 2010,” said Angle. “That gave us reason to pause and ask ourselves ‘What are we doing? Let’s go in business together.’ We located a business coach who recommended three different franchises. Window Genie was the clear standout due to the support it provides for franchisees, making our choice an easy one.”

Now, Angle’s son, Joseph, an E-5 Marine with eight years of service time under his belt, is slated to join the proud father and mother at Window Genie. With his start date slated for June, Angle is preparing for a Father’s Day unlike any other.

After nearly four years of business, Angle can now safely say that the couple’s choice was the right one to make. But with the addition of Joseph, Angle said, the business takes on special significance to him.

“We’ve provided full-service cleaning solutions that others don’t—not only do we clean windows, but we clean gutters, we power wash concrete, home exteriors and decks, and we install window tinting—which has made us a success,” said Mike. “But now that my son’s joining the team, ensuring the continued success of Window Genie means ensuring a business that will be his to run years down the line. Window Genie provides a system that makes me confident that the business will be there for him when it’s time.”

As he prepares for the introduction of his son to the Window Genie of Southwest Indianapolis team, Angle looks ahead to budding industry trends.

“Washed windows make an obvious impact in terms of increasing a home’s aesthetics, but window tinting is definitely coming into play more as well,” said Angle. “A properly tinted window can prevent harmful rays from damaging furniture and can help keep homes cooler, benefiting both homeowners’ wallets and the environment.”

Mike Angle
Window Genie of Southwest Indianapolis
317-414-4772 ext 8

For more information, contact:
Jason Sophian
Sanderson & Associates
312-829-4350
Jason@sandersonpr.com

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Current, Former Carmel Signarama Owners Both Come Out Ahead

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Carmel Signarama owner Jay Patel

Carmel Signarama owner Jay Patel


(Carmel, Indiana)—One of the most basic axioms of a successful business deal is that the smoothest transaction is the one which leaves all parties happy. Current Carmel Signarama owner Jay Patel and former owner Joel Hall can both tell you firsthand how true that statement really is. In March, 2014, Patel purchased then-owner Hall’s successful Signarama business where he has since worked to both maintain business continuity to keep existing customers happy, while also putting his own stamp on the business as he seeks continued growth.

From his side of the transaction, Joel Hall, the store’s previous owner, found the process to be just as painless. “I worked hard to build a solid business and increased the value of this location by 400%,” says Hall. “United Franchise Group, the parent company for Signarama, values the overall business ownership process as an exit strategy.”

That’s the purpose of Signarama’s Mentor Program, which Hall headed up for the world’s largest sign franchise. “We found that experienced business buyers value the mentor program. Franchisee peer support and transition planning comes from our group and the new franchisees benefit greatly from taking part in it during a resale such as ours,” Hall adds.

In fact, Hall enjoyed his part in the Signarama Mentor Program so much, it was one of the reasons he sold his business and says, “This is the Best Exit Strategy One Could Have.” He is now pursuing his passion of educating college students on entrepreneurship and owning a business or a franchise.

Former Signarama owner Joel Hall

Former Signarama owner Joel Hall

Patel is working to keep—and grow—upon Hall’s success. “First and foremost, I placed an emphasis on keeping the customers that have been coming here for years,” says Patel. “It was nice to own a business that had already proven to be successful.” No stranger to entrepreneurship, Patel has business acumen gained from over 18 years of successful ownership experience, beginning with a single dry cleaning company which expanded to five by the time he sold the operation, as well as experience as the owner of a non-emergency medical transportation business.

For his part as both a former owner and reseller, Hall shares his advice for the next-generation of franchisees. “There is an incredible amount of work that needs to be put in to running and growing a business. At some point the business will transition into new management or ownership and many owners worry about ‘what am I going to do?’ after the business sells. During my ‘journey’ I found out that I like to teach. So, after 14 years of building a successful business and then selling it, I now teach full time and love it. The hard work does pay off.”

ABOUT SIGNARAMA
Signarama, www.signarama.com, the world’s largest sign franchise, offers branding and messaging solutions in addition to comprehensive sign and graphic services to consumers and commercial customers – from business signs, vehicle wraps, and digital signs, to advertising and marketing services. Signarama is part of a successful system of business-to-business franchise brands and development services under the United Franchise Group. As part of the $49-billion-plus worldwide sign market, Signarama has been at the forefront of the sign industry for more than two decades. Approaching 900 locations worldwide, the company expects to have more than 1,200 locations worldwide by the end of 2016.

For additional information, contact:
Jason Sophian
Sanderson & Associates
jason@sandersonpr.com
312-829-4350

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