Clients in the News


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Recent publicity we have generated for our clients from national, local and industry media outlets.


NATIONAL COVERAGE

9 outrageous fire pits you need in your backyard
In prehistoric times, home life revolved around fire pits.Today, roaring fires aren’t so much a tool for survival as they are a luxury for socializing.They extend your living area outdoors and, unlike pools, can be used year round. Plus, they’re relatively low maintenance.So start stocking up on marshmallows. Here are nine fire pits you didn’t know you wanted in your dream backyard.
bizcom-pr-client-in-news-msnbc How can you mold your employees to sell well?
How can you train your sales team so that they will sell just like you? Let’s ask the expert. Tariq Farid is the founder and CEO of Edible Arrangements.
Wolverton: Cars take place with PCs and smartphones as threat to privacy
Tony Aquila, CEO of Solera Holdings, a company that collects and analyzes data from cars, thinks you ought to be focusing on the privacy threat your car represents.
bizcom-pr-client-in-news-msnbc Top Tip: Wow the Customers
Tariq Farid, the founder and CEO of Edible Arrangements, tells us why you should stop chasing the money and focus on how you can impress every single customer.
Soon you’ll be able to buy frozen yogurt from Hakeem Olajuwon
It doesn’t matter what it is, when Hakeem Olajuwon is selling something, we’re buying.
Now, it turns out, The Dream is selling frozen yogurt.
This Billion-Dollar Software Company’s Office Is Very, Very Texas
Welcome to the headquarters of Solera, a 6,600-person company that makes software for the auto industry. Founder Tony Aquila converted an old 12-acre ranch outside Dallas into the firm’s 60-person innovation center. Take a look.
Dwyer Group® Acquires Window Genie®
The Dwyer Group, Inc., one of the world’s largest parent companies of trade service brands, has completed the add-on acquisition of Window Genie, a nationally ranked home service franchise. The deal marks the eighth acquisition for Dwyer Group in the last 27 months and grows the organization to $1.4 billion in system-wide sales. Dwyer Group will now have 14 franchise brands with more than 2,600 franchisees across service brands and a record 600+ employees throughout North America, U.K. and Germany.
How This Entrepreneur Found the CEO Who Would Take His Business to $546 Million in Sales
Tariq Farid, founder of Edible Arrangements, describes how he picked the right person to lead his company.
Solera CEO Aquila:The App War is Coming
Tony Aquila, Solera Holdings chief executive officer, discusses making debt-laden deals. He speaks with Bloomberg’s Alix Steel at the Goldman Sachs Leveraged Finance Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California on “Bloomberg Markets.”
From Battle to Business
How some veterans are going from the battlefield to the business world and becoming their own bosses. American veterans are interested in owning their own businesses, especially franchises.
bizcom-pr-thrillist 13 Regional Breakfast Chains That Should Be Everywhere
We’re all about lining up for artisan eggs at the hip restaurant down the street, but that doesn’t mean we should overlook the great regional chains that fry up consistency in multiple locations on the regular.
Women in Business: Mary Kay Liston, President, Five Star Painting
Mary Kay was named President of Five Star Painting when The Dwyer Group acquired it in 2015. This 10-year old franchise is poised to grow, and the goal is to become the biggest residential and light commercial painting company in North America.
6a00d8341c4eab53ef019affdf9ac0970d-800wi Huddle House CEO who battled cancer reveals 5 keys to a comeback in business and life
In 1996 at the age of 33, Michael Abt was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease – a form of cancer that starts in the lymphatic system.
But cancer did not slow the businessman down.
bizcompr-reuters-web-logo Huddle House Setting Pace For Record Year In 2015
Ongoing investment in remodels of existing restaurants, successful LTO introductions and a focus on operational enhancements continue to deliver impressive results for Huddle House, which recorded same stores sales increases of 6.7 percent for the third quarter in 2015.
market-watch-wsj-web-logo Discovery Point Child Development Centers® Targets Texas For Expansion
To answer the growing demand for educational childcare in the Lone Star State, Discovery Point Child Development Centers® is launching an aggressive expansion campaign designed to open as many as 60 Texas locations over the next five years.
Breaking Through Barriers
Today, skilled trade jobs employ only a miniscule percentage of women in plumbing, heating and air conditioning, and electrical repair. The Dwyer Group’s Co-Chair Dina Dwyer-Owens talks about providing jobs for women in skilled trades.
Top Ten Business Books From 2015
Two of my favorite questions to ask an executive in an interview are, “What are you reading now?” and, “What is your favorite business book?”
Hearty Plates of Success at Huddle House
Listen to FBN’s Charles Payne talking about the success of restaurant chain Huddle House, which has been widely kneed for its 24-hour Southern style dinner menu. With over 300 locations today, Huddle House is an example of American success.
How Fatherhood Changed This Man’s Career Course
Mike Keeney had spent more than two decades managing hotels. When he became a father, however, he couldn’t find decent child care for his daughter. He used the customer service skills and business acumen he’d acquired to open a Discovery Point Child Development Center in Florida.
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Born in the U$A: Pinot’s Palette leads in ‘paint & sip’ industry
Pinot’s Palette was born in 2009 as part of the ‘paint and sip’ industry, one that involves the idea of learning to paint while enjoying wine and cocktails on the side. The company has expanded to over 180 franchise studios in 35 states. Co-founders Craig Ceccanti and Charles Willis join Tamron Hall to talk more about their path to success.


LOCAL MEDIA

Explore Horizons offers writing contest geared for children
Explore Horizons announces the Young Writer’s Award writing contest for 2017 on WFAA.
Finalists Announced: 2017 D CEO M&A Awards
Vista Equity Partners Management LLC acquired Solera Holdings Inc. is named a finalist for the 2017 D Magazine CEO Mergers & Aquisition Award.
Waco’s Dwyer-Owens lobbies for Trump’s labor secretary nominee
Dina Dwyer-Owens, whose Waco-based franchising empire called The Dwyer Group oversees companies with $1.4 billion in global sales, traveled to Washington, D.C., this week to lobby for President Donald Trump’s nominee to become secretary of labor, Andrew Puzder, whose confirmation hearing has been delayed a fourth time.
Paint Your Pet Event Supports Barb’s Precious Rescue
On Thursday, March 2nd, supporters of Barb’s Precious Rescue and Adoption Center (BPRAC), Palatine, will gather for a “Paint Your Pet” fundraising event at Pinot’s Palette at The Arboretum in South Barrington.
Waters opening set for March, but Jon Bonnell’s Already Busy
Chef Jon Bonnell is everywhere, at least until March 1. After that he’ll be holding down his new version of Waters Restaurant.
Who’s bringing dinner? Dozens of non-Texas chains look to expand here
If you’ve been longing to go back to that cool restaurant you visited recently in Tampa, or Salt Lake City, or Lawton, Okla., relax. Chances are it’ll be breaking ground in North Texas within the next few years.
Franchise Expo South comes to Dallas
Franchise Expo South has come to Dallas. Dr. John P. Hayes of HowToBuyAFranchise.com, Ray Titus, CEO of United Franchise Group, Butch Mogavero, owner of Boulder Designs, and Ryan Miller of F45 talk the show and what to expect when in attendance.
Texas pizza veteran debuts in Fort Worth with on-trend ingredients and mega Pac-Man
Mr. Gatti’s Pizza is open at 8849 N. Tarrant Pkwy., with a worthy rendition of pizza and a game room boasting what they describe as “the world’s largest Pac-Man game” with a 10-foot-tall screen.
Gigi’s Cupcakes to hold grand opening
Gigi’s Cupcakes, known for its variety of gourmet cupcakes, recently announced the grand opening celebration of its newest location in Hattiesburg.
Wallingford-based Edible Arrangements names Pavese to oversee global expansion
Anthony Pavese has been named president of Edible Global, officials with the Wallingford-based parent company said Monday. Edible Arrangements is a franchising business that specializes in fresh fruit arrangements and also sells a variety of specialty fruit gift items.
Step aside, Silicon Valley. Solera’s homegrown Texas technology is stealing your thunder
What started with a single software application has evolved into a company that processes 230 million transactions annually, boasts 195,000 customers, and operates in more than 75 countries. And in March of this year, Vista Holdings bought Aquila’s company, Solera, for $6.5 billion.
Texas conglomerate buys Maine-based glass installation company
The Dwyer Group, which operates Portland Glass in northern New England, retains the 20 workers at Cumberland County Glass, including founder Ken Boucher.
Pinot’s Palette® To Host Second National Fundraiser Sept. 28 Benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®
Pinot’s Palette, the first international franchisor of paint and sip studios in North America, will host a national fundraising event on September 28, 2016 at participating studios across the country in support of the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, Finding cures. Saving children®.
Waco-based Dwyer Group’s companies top $1 billion in 2015 sales
The Dwyer Group, a franchising heavyweight based in Waco, had an eventful year in 2015.
It completed four acquisitions of other franchise-related companies last year and now has 13 service brands, including 11 that offer franchises.
bizcom-pr-clients-in-news-KCEN_HD Waco Business Promotes Women in the Trades
Interview with Dina Dwyer-Owens, Co-chair of Dwyer Group.
Dwyer Group recently gave out four $1,500 Fall scholarships to women in three states and Canada.  The company has given out about 27,000 to women in the trades since 2012.
Increasing the Variety: Student Center on Campus to Feature Another Healthy Dining Option for Students
UFood Grill will offer students a variety of healthy food choices, including fresh grilled burgers, paninis, whole grain rice bowls, sandwiches, entrees, salads, smoothies and more.
Co-Chair of Billion Dollar Company to Speak at TCU
The Neeley School of Business invited Dina Dwyer-Owens to speak on her journey to business success. Dwyer-Owens will be a part of the Tandy Executive Speakers Series, which provides students with the opportunity to ask prominent business leaders questions about their experiences in the field.
bizcompr-brooklyn-daily-logo Drink-and-paint studio hopes to foster arts scene in Dyker
Owners of Dyker’s new drink-and-draw franchise Pinot’s Palette want to transform the bedroom community into an artistic hot spot. The shop is lending some cultural cred to an area that doesn’t have much going for it besides chain stores, one customer said.
Huddle House Bringing Back Old Favorites, Introducing New Meals With Limited Time Offer
It will be something old and something new at Huddle House beginning today with the launch of a Limited Time Offer that includes the return of three past favorites with Prime Rib Tips and the introduction of four new meals featuring Stuffed Hash Browns.
daily-news-newyork In the now: Sip some wine while learning to paint in Brooklyn; city restaurants give kids’ meals a makeover
Grab your paintbrush and a wine glass. Boozy art classes are coming to Brooklyn. The borough’s first location of Pinot’s Palette, where patrons learn to paint while sipping drinks.
dallas-business-journal-logo Red Mango brings its frozen yogurt to North Texas high schools
An emphasis on healthier eating in U.S. schools has opened up a new marketplace for Red Mango’s frozen yogurt. In time for the new school year, the Dallas company is premiering its products at Northwest High School in Justin, Byron Nelson High School in Trophy Club and V.R. Eaton High School in Fort Worth.
Out of tragedy, an idea takes off
Ten years later, the memories of displacement and loss have receded like the floodwaters that once engulfed New Orleans.Charles Willis and Craig Ceccanti recalled opening the first Pinot’s Palette, which offers students of all ages one-time painting classes in a party atmosphere.
An outreach campaign at International Place
International Place keeps turning itself inside out. After adding the Palm steak house in 2013 and Kane’s Donuts earlier this year, the Chiofaro Co. is marketing a third street-oriented restaurant space in the lobby of its downtown tower.
Dwyer Group Acquires German Company
The Dwyer Group, the Waco-based franchising giant that oversees such service brands as Mr. Rooter and Mr. Electric, has bought a German-based company called Locatec in its effort to increase its presence overseas, especially in Europe and the United Kingdom, company officials said Monday.
Smoothie Factory serving up healthy alternatives
The Smoothie Factory opened a new location near the UA campus, providing students with a new healthy alternative. “It’s to create a healthy lifestyle for people so that they can have not only healthy food choices — because we’ll offer wraps, salads and flatbreads — but also we have a probiotic yogurt,” Wilfert said.

INDUSTRY NEWS

Women in the Trades
Dina Dwyer-Owens reflects on what prompted her to create the “Women in Trades” program and how it benefits the women involved.
Owner of Souper Salad, Redbrick Pizza making moves for all its brands
BRIX started with Red Mango franchises in 2010 but began acquiring new brands in 2013 and 2014. They now own Redbrick Pizza Kitchen Cafe, Souper Salads, Smoothie Factory and Greenz.
Burger 21 Highlights Modern Appeal With New Restaurant Design
Burger 21® is celebrating the new year with a new restaurant design and refreshed logo design rolling out in all future and existing restaurants, to be completed in all corporate locations by the end of March.
Burger 21’s Holiday Menu Includes First Pork Burger Patty
The start of a new year often comes with resolutions to shake things up, which is just what Burger 21 is doing with its all-new Curry Banh Mi Burger and Snickerdoodle Shake.
9 Retail Trends to Tap Into in 2017
From on-the-spot checkouts to in-store events, experts predict these trends will shape retail next year.
Why North Texas is a great place to franchise
Franchise Expo South, a franchise event serving the southwestern United States and Latin America, attributes Dallas-Fort Worth’s small business success to the booming Texas economy.
Houston Inc. 5000 companies share secrets of success
Pinot’s Palette, ranked at No. 1,746 with a 212 percent increase in revenue growth over three years to nearly $6 million, according to Inc. For Pinot’s Palette co-founder Charles Willis, the difficult part was identifying a market for the paint and sip chain, but here are tips on how he did it.
Mr. Gatti’s opens first location since 2015
Gatti’s Pizza opened its first new restaurant since the chain was purchased in 2015 by Sovrano, LLC. The new location is on East Belt Line Road in Richardson, Texas and offers table-side service and outdoor seating.
Solera to Acquire Enservio, the Market Leader in Property Contents Software and Services for the Insurance and Homeowner Marketplace
Solera Holdings, Inc., a global leader in cognitive technologies for the automotive and home ownership ecosystems, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 100% ownership of Enservio, Inc. the largest U.S. provider of SaaS-based software and services to the property contents insurance marketplace.
Red Mango Brings Healthy Snacks to Texas Schools
As school systems nationwide continue to look for healthier snacking options, Red Mango is increasing its presence in K-12 food service programs.
bizcom-client-in-news Inescapable Ingredients (Part 2): Keeping Steak on the Menu Despite High Beef Prices 
Although beef prices have been on the rise for the past few years, consumers won’t allow their beloved red meat to disappear from menus. Beef has inherent value to consumers, and millennials particularly love beef.”
bizcompr-industry-news-fsr Huddle House to open first unit in Suffolk
Suffolk, Virginia’s, first Huddle House restaurant at 2872 Pruden Boulevard will celebrate its grand opening on October 12.“We expect it to quickly become a favorite place to meet for all ages and all demographics,” Miller, the Huddle House franchisee, says.
bizcompr-lawn-and-landscape Dwyer Group welcomes new CFO and general counsel
Jon Shell and Grayson Brown have joined Dwyer Group as new CFO and general counsel. “We’re excited to welcome Jon and Grayson to our executive team at a pinnacle time in our organization’s national and international growth,” said Mike Bidwell, president and CEO of Dwyer Group.
Restaurant-News Jackson, Tenn., Husband-Wife Team Bringing First Huddle House Restaurant To Jackson As Part Of Revitalization Effort
Jackson, Tenn., residents Donald and Kimberly Lloyd are combining the dream of owning their own restaurant with a desire to contribute to the ongoing effort to rebuild a part of their community devastated by a tornado.
bizcompr-industry-plumbing-mechanical Drain-cleaning best practices
Nothing is more frustrating to a homeowner than a clogged drain during a special dinner of family holiday – or a toilet backing up because of a blockage in the outside drain line. When she calls your company to fix the problem, she’s expecting a professional who will provide the correct solution.
bizcompr-industry-restaurant-shelby-food-service Huddle House Honors Top Franchise Partners At 2015 Convention
More than 400 franchisees, operators and vendors attended the Huddle House 2015 National Convention held this month. “The growth and success of Huddle House over the past year would not have been possible without our outstanding franchisees,” said Huddle House CEO Michael Abt.
bizcompr-franchising.com Discovery Point Child Development Centers Celebrates 27th Anniversary as a Leader in Childcare Franchising
27 years ago, the first Discovery Point opened in the Atlanta suburb of Snellville, GA. More than 50 franchise locations later, Discovery Point has emerged as a leader in childcare franchising.
bizcompr-industry-daily-meal Huddle House Bringing “Any Meal. Any Time.” To Richlands, Virginia
Richlands residents will soon be able to enjoy “Any Meal. Any Time.” with the opening of the area’s first Huddle House restaurant. Local entrepreneur, developer and now new Huddle House franchisee, Travis Hackworth, has scheduled a July 27 opening at 2611 Front St in Richlands.
bizcompr-industry-news-kbdn The Benefits of Functional Design
When it comes to shopping for range hoods and other kitchen appliances, consumers, dealers and designers are bombarded with so much information. By allowing prospects to try out appliances before buying them, showroom appliance displays help to drive the conversation that spur business.
Red Mango Unveils All-Natural Pistachio Mustachio 
Red Mango, one of the fastest growing retailers of healthy meal options and authentic frozen yogurt, is giving guests more of what they love: fresh flavors.
bizcompr-industry-franchise-times A mother’s work advice is never dull
Craig Ceccanti, CEO of Pinot’s Palette, inherited his work ethic from his mother, Linda. She juggled a home-based business with raising two sons, without slighting either her customers or her boys. “You can’t miss deadlines,” was one of her many lessons.
bizcompr-franchise-news Pei Wei CEO Outlines Ramped Up Growth
Ralph Bower, who was named last year the first CEO of Pei Wei Asian Diner, has spent the past year developing plans for growth and overseeing the expansion of a re-imaging program.
bizcompr-industry-news-franchise-update CMOQ&A: 11 Brands! Orchestrating The Dwyer Group’s Marketing Charge
An Interview with Pam Harper, Vice President of Marketing for The Dwyer Group: Empathizing with small business owners helps her successfully grow all 11 franchise brands and a corporate.