Don Dwyer and the Founding of The Dwyer Group & The Best Franchises In The Service Industry
The late Don Dwyer, Sr. began his entrepreneurial quest in New York when he sold his cherished convertible in order to buy a newspaper route to help fund his college education. As the story goes, he soon was earning more money with his business than recruiters were offering to college graduates, and his vision only continued to broaden.
Dwyer worked as a Hollywood talent agent before purchasing his first franchise to market and sell management and motivational materials. The franchisor recognized Dwyer's sharp business acumen and brought him to the home office in Waco, Texas where he quickly rose to the position of senior vice president.
Dwyer then seized the opportunity to create his own franchise, Rainbow International Carpet Dyeing and Cleaning Company, which became one of the world's largest companies of its kind and the flagship of The Dwyer Group that was later formed.
The Dwyer Group soon encompassed a variety of profitable franchise opportunities, both through acquisitions and start-ups, which catered to home services and commercial businesses. And by 1993, Dwyer realized a lifelong dream when he took the company public on the NASDAQ.
Today, Dwyer's legacy lives on through Mr. Rooter plumbing franchise, Glass Doctor glass repair franchise, Mr. Electric electricians franchise, Aire Serv HVAC franchise, Mr. Appliance appliance repair franchise, Rainbow International fire and water restoration franchise, The Grounds Guy landscaping franchise all brands that are part of The Dwyer Group umbrella spanning more than 1,300 locations around the world... clearly, the best franchises in the service industry.
In 2006, Dwyer was elected to the International Franchise Association Hall of Fame. Dwyer also served on the IFA Board of Directors and received numerous other awards and media exposure. And aside from his high profile and personal success, on any given day Dwyer would say that his proudest accomplishment was realized when franchisees thanked him for helping them achieve their dreams.*
*Source - International Franchise Association