Come visit The Grounds Guys team at the GIE + Expo®, the industry’s largest green industry and equipment event of the year. This year’s GIE + Expo will be held at the Kentucky Expo Center on October 24th-25th. Attending on behalf of The Grounds Guys’ will be, Vice President of The Grounds Guys Chris Elmore and Team Leader Patrick Hyland along with Trey Kizer, Whit Shepherd, and Steve Murray. The team will be located at Booth #256 to provide professional expertise on the lawn care service industry as well as information on future franchise opportunities. Attendees can stop by booth #256 to see how their business could win them a free vacation in the Are You Joe? Contest.
To enter, applicants will watch Joe’s story and share their experience and how they relate to the character in the video. Entries will be accepted between October 1st and 31st.
Contest entries may be submitted in two ways:
- Through the following Facebook® application: http://a.pgtb.me/5QTTjr
- At the following address: http://www.mylanderpages.com/thegroundsguys/ayj
After the final entry date of October 31st, voting will be open to the public through a Facebook®. Voting will be open from November 1st through November 16th. The three stories with the most votes will be considered finalists and eligible to win the grand prize. Please note, this contest is by no means connected with or sponsored by Facebook®.
The GIE + Expo is perfect opportunity for business owners to see what is trending in the lawn care industry, visit with product vendors, and network with industry leaders for advice. The Expo also offers attendees the opportunity to see how national franchise companies such as The Grounds Guys continue to increase their business.
“Trade shows such as GIE allows us to get in front of business owners [who] are looking for systems and processes that will help them learn more about the industry,” said Patrick Hyland, team leader for The Grounds Guys franchise development.
The Grounds Guys at GIE + Expo:
October 24 – 25, 2013
Kentucky Expo Center
As The Dwyer Group’s fastest growing franchise, The Grounds Guys, a start-up and conversion friendly business management franchise, has awarded over 150 franchises at the end of its third full year in the United States. The Grounds Guys team offers a comprehensive range of expert services, including residential and commercial grounds care, lawn maintenance, site enhancement tree planting and moving, and more. For more information about The Grounds Guys landscape franchise opportunities, find more information at www.groundsguysfranchise.com.
Check out Joe’s Story:
Korey Kaigle is one of the youngest franchisees in The Dwyer Group® family. At 23-years-old, Korey is employed fulltime by the Army and owns his own The Grounds Guys® franchise, a business he started at 22.
Born and raised in Swanton, Vt., Korey served in the Army National Guard for six years as a medevac Crew Chief on Blackhawk helicopters. He served in Iraq from 2010-2011. Upon his arrival back to the United States, Korey began researching opportunities to own his own business and saw opportunity in The Grounds Guys.
“They allow me to be myself, but made me an entrepreneur and gave me potential. I see a lot of groundskeepers in the area but they limit themselves because they can’t expand,” Korey said. “The Grounds Guys gives me an opportunity to grow and have a support team. I’ve never been in business, and they gave me the tools I needed.”
Recently, The Burlington Free Press featured the incredible story of the local soldier turned entrepreneur.
Korey is one of more than 230 military service men and women and veterans that own a Dwyer Group franchise business. Through the Veterans Transition Franchise Initiative the company has given nearly $1.5 million in franchise discounts to transitioning military personnel and current veterans.
In 1991, The Dwyer Group the founded the VetFran program, a voluntary effort of International Franchise Association (IFA) member companies to encourage franchise ownership by offering business franchise opportunities and financial incentives to honorably discharged veterans. The company’s mission with VetFran program is to help veterans achieve their dreams and goals by being in business for themselves. Learn more at http://www.leadingtheserviceindustry.com/VetFran.asp.
The Grounds Guys® is on the hunt for its 100th franchisee. The Grounds Guys specializes in landscaping and lawn maintenance for residential and commercial customers. A typical “Grounds Guy” loves the outdoors but is also passionate about managing and mentoring people and making a positive impact on the local community.
Aside from having an interest in the green industry, a potential franchisee of The Grounds Guys should have honesty and integrity, a strong work ethic, high achievement drive, be a team player and be willing to learn and apply successful business systems. Read more
The Dwyer Group has announced a business agreement with Canadian-based Sunshine Grounds Care and will market franchises in the United States under the brand of The Grounds Guys, effective immediately. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
The deal introduces the first grounds care franchise to The Dwyer Group’s trades service brands, which include: Aire Serv, Glass Doctor, Mr. Appliance, Mr. Electric, Mr. Rooter and Rainbow International.
The Grounds Guys franchise opportunity will offer lawn care, landscaping and maintenance services — a complementary line of business to the residential and commercial target customers that The Dwyer Group’s existing concepts already serve.
“The grass is now greener at The Dwyer Group,” said Dina Dwyer-Owens, CEO and Chairwoman of The Dwyer Group. “We knew that landscape maintenance was a natural extension of our family of franchise brands, but it was the expertise of Sunshine Grounds Care in Canada that helped us deliver a business model with a proven track record.”
Based in Orangeville, Ontario, Sunshine was established in 1987 by Tim van Stralen and quickly grew to include his nine brothers. By 2004, the grounds care division of Sunshine, began franchising and today counts 25 franchisees in its network.
Then in 2009, the van Stralen family met The Dwyer Group, and conversations began on how they could collaborate to benefit both companies.
“The Dwyer Group brings extensive franchising experience and Sunshine Grounds Care brings the grounds care expertise,” said Peter van Stralen, President and CEO of The Grounds Guys Canada. “It was clear that we each had good things to offer one another.”
“Having grown up in a family business, we saw a lot of ourselves in the van Stralens and what they were doing in Canada,” said Dwyer-Owens.
Peter van Stralen added that his company was attracted to The Dwyer Group’s Code of Values as a foundation that has helped grow and sustain a large franchise network. “The corporate culture they have created and the values they promote made this a relationship we could all feel good about,” he said.
The result is a one-of-a-kind agreement for The Dwyer Group to sell franchises in the United States with added business training to be provided by Sunshine Grounds Care.
More information about The Grounds Guys and Sunshine Grounds Care -
Sunshine Grounds Care was founded by Tim van Stralen, the oldest of ten brothers, in the town of Caledon in 1987. Since then, Sunshine Grounds Care has expanded rapidly across Ontario and even to other parts of North America. As the company has grown, so have the other nine van Stralen brothers, who today all play a part in making Sunshine a business that operates on family values of respect, effort and a mutual interest in the well being of the group. For more information about Sunshine Grounds Care, visit www.sunshinelandscape.com.