Wanstrath Elected President of National Windshield Repair Association
Glass Technology president Kerry Wanstrath was elected president of the
National Windshield Repair Association (NWRA) during a meeting of the
association’s board of directors in October.
“I believe the NWRA is going to focus on promoting the successes of the
association and lobbying on behalf of the small independent glass shops
to allow them to utilize repair to their benefit and the consumer’s benefit,”
Wanstrath told AGRR magazine in a recent interview.
He also hopes to work more directly with the association’s membership.
“I would like to see us re-establish a credible line of communication
with our root base of customers—small shops and small independents in
the repair and replacement business,” he says. “[I want to] try to lobby
on their behalf.”
Wanstrath succeeds Mike Boyle of Glass Mechanix.
In addition to Wanstrath’s election as president, the NWRA held elections
for its board of directors during its annual meeting on November 30. Keith
Beveridge, senior vice president of NOVUS Inc., and Wes Walker, who owns
a Glass Doctor franchise in Opelousas, La., both were re-elected to their
seats on the board. Rich Campfield, president of Ultra Bond in Grand Junction,
Colo., also was elected to the board.
All were elected by unanimous vote.
See Wanstrath’s first column as NWRA president in AGRR™ on page
Delta Kits Inc. Launches Windshield Repair and Replacement Referral
Delta Kits Inc. has launched a referral website at www.windshieldreferral.com.
The site focuses on independent windshield repair businesses.
“Windshield repair technicians, specifically independents, have not had
a good place to advertise. Our goal is to provide Internet visibility
for windshield repair technicians while giving their customers a resource
for finding technicians in their local area,” says company president Brent
WindshieldReferral.com provides free listings for windshield repair and
replacement businesses; tools to solicit customer feedback; customized
listings to accurately describe a business; and a preferential listing
for certified technicians and shops, all in a user-friendly site design.
Novus, SuperGlass and Glass Doctor Named to 2011 Franchise 500 List
Several industry companies have again ranked on the annual Franchise 500
list for 2011. These include Novus Glass, Glass Doctor and SuperGlass.
Novus Glass was ranked No. 65 on the list, up from No. 89 on the 2010
list. The company also was listed as No. 68 for fastest-growing franchises,
No. 15 for low-cost franchises, No. 17 for top home-based franchises and
No. 56 for top global franchises. Novus was founded in 1972 and has been
franchising since 1985. The company currently has 223 U.S. franchisees,
120 Canadian, 1,272 foreign and ten company-owned.
Orlando, Fla.-based SuperGlass Windshield Repair also was on the rise—ranked
No. 161, up from its No. 191 ranking in 2010. SuperGlass also ranked No.
33 for low-cost franchises, No. 44 for top home-based franchises and No.
127 for America’s top global franchises. Founded in 1992, the company
has been franchising since 1993 and has franchisees throughout the world—including
244 in the United States, two in Canada and 18 foreign, including locations
such as South Africa, Spain, France and Germany.
Glass Doctor® moved up to No. 167. The company was ranked No. 240
in 2010, No. 277 in 2009 and No. 312 in 2008. The company also ranked
No. 97 among fastest-growing franchises, and No. 132 among America’s top
global franchises. The Waco, Texas-based company was founded in 1962 and
has been franchising since 1981. It currently has 178 U.S. franchisees
and 10 Canadian.
The Franchise 500 list is created based on a number of factors, including
financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the company’s
franchising system, according to Entrepreneur. The publication also considers
the number of years a company has been in business, the amount of time
that has passed since it began franchising, start-up costs, litigation,
termination percentages and whether the company offers financing to its
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