Leadership Entrepreneurs

  • Larry Aronson zeroed in on Homewatch CareGivers, realizing an aging baby boomer population would result in a large demand for in-home senior care.

    With an aging baby boomer population, in-home senior care is in high demand — the reason Larry Aronson decided to bet on this franchise.

  • Working with the company’s founders as manager and dispatcher for their Boston location readied Maxine Kenefsky to open a MaidPro location of her own.

    With little overhead or inventory investment, Maxine Kenefsky found it easy to launch this cleaning service, which today has 1,100 clients.

  • Tev and Annie Kelley of Budget Blinds in Cody, Wyoming. Tev was working as an installer for the franchise in 2007 when he realized he'd rather be an owner.

    Tev Kelley was working as an installer for the window-covering franchise in 2007 when he quickly realized that he'd rather be an owner.

  • Susan Rather and Jeff Tews are co-owners of six BrightStar franchises that collectively bring in more than $11 million in annual revenue.

    Providing caregiving services for families in need is both financially and emotionally rewarding for one Wisconsin couple.

  • Roger and Marilyn Kirkland own seven Penn Stations in West Virginia and two in Pennsylvania. Revenues are projected to reach more than $5 million by year-end.

    Roger and Marilyn Kirkland own 7 Penn Stations in West Virginia and 2 in Pennsylvania, with revenues projected to reach over $5M this year.

  • Susan Gill, a software engineer, purchased her first Just Between Friends franchise in 2008 to earn some additional income while keeping her full-time job.

    Susan Gill purchased her first Just Between Friends franchise in 2008 to make additional income while keeping her full-time job.

  • By aligning with Linc Service, Liam O’Farrell was able to grow his HVAC company into a thriving $5-million-a-year business.

    By aligning with Linc Service, Liam O’Farrell was able to grow his HVAC company into a thriving $5-million-a-year business.

  • For $30,000 Caleb Stroh purchased his Critter Control franchise, which today earns $175,000 in annual revenues.

    For $30,000 Caleb Stroh purchased his Critter Control franchise, which today earns $175,000 in annual revenues.

  • Algy Irvin and his wife, Kermie, opened their first Painting with a Twist location in 2009 and have since opened two additional locations.

    After Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana in 2005, Renee Maloney and Cathy Deano made a business decision to help their community destress.

  • Eldon Holliday claims the parent company's online webinars and regional meetings keep him up to date on both technical aspects and new trends in the property inspection business.

    After selling his auto-repair business in 2007, Eldon Holliday made a successful second-career move to property inspections.

  • Josh Holdinghausen has added five new locations since opening his first restaurant three years ago and employs more than 150 people.

    Josh Holdinghausen has added five new locations since opening his first restaurant three years ago and employs more than 150 people.

  • Firehouse Subs franchise owner Elliott Goldsmith first joined the brand in 2002. He now owns seven restaurants in his hometown of Greenville, South Carolina.

    Firehouse Subs franchisee Elliott Goldsmith first joined the brand in 2002. He now owns seven restaurants in Greenville, South Carolina.

  • Jeffrey Davis retired from the army in 2005 and three years later invested in a HouseMaster franchise, which offered a 15 percent discount for veterans.

    Jeffrey Davis retired from the army in 2005 and three years later bought a HouseMaster franchise.

  • Martin Bahner bought his first  CertaPro franchise in 2005 and now has expanded to three, generating more than $3 million a year in sales.

    Martin Bahner purchased the first painting company franchise in 2005 and now has three, generating more than $3 million a year in sales.

  • Brian Riddick of Huntington Learning Center

    Brian Riddick explored a number of franchise concepts before selecting this tutoring service.

  • Karen and Richard McLain of HomeVestors buy old or rundown homes "as is," then renovate them for resale or rent.

    Richard McLain left a career in commercial real estate to buy this franchise for $50,000.

  • Todd and Connie Jacob, owners of three Learning Express Toys franchises in Ohio.

    This Ohio couple started buying the educational toy store franchises in 2001 and now own three. Combined they gross $1.7M a year.

  • Arpitha Rao, owner of Visiting Angels, claims the non-medical in-home care service for seniors affords her more time with her family.

    Arpitha Rao, owner of Visiting Angels, claims the non-medical in-home care service for seniors affords her more time with her family.

  • Their past career in the mobile catering business readied Pam and Gary Sample to purchase their first flavored shaved-ice dessert truck.

    Their past career in the mobile catering business readied Pam and Gary Sample to purchase their first flavored shaved-ice dessert truck.

  • Paramjit Josan owns four Checkers restaurants — in Queens, Brooklyn, New York City and Long Island.

    The return on investment for Paramjit Josan's fast-food restaurant was so positive, he now owns three additional New York City locations.