40 Years of Franchising

By August 11, 2016Business, Franchise News

40 Years of Franchising

This summer, Aire-Master celebrated 40 years of franchising. June 15–17, almost 200 franchisees, employees, vendors, and friends gathered at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, Arizona, for the 2016 Aire-Master National Conference.

Aire-Master marked its 40th anniversary of franchising by returning to one of its first national conference locations. In 1981, the Aire-Master franchise system included 12 franchises that met at the Wigwam Resort. Warren and Joan Ott, Aire-Master of Northeast Texas received the 2nd license ever awarded by Aire-Master. They attended that 1981 National Conference and were also in attendance at the 2016 National Conference.

Today, the Aire-Master system has 107 individual franchises, 4 corporate locations. This year’s event shared Aire-Master’s 40 years of franchising history, the annual report showing how each franchise region is helping businesses with their odor control and commercial hygiene needs, new products, workshops, and hands-on learning. The conference culminated with an Awards Banquet. Awards were presented to four Growth Divisions, Overall Growth, Franchisee of the Year, Franchise Employee of the Year, and Million Dollar Club Lifetime Achievement.

Warren and Joan Ott 1981

Warren and Joan Ott, Aire-Master of Northeast Texas, at the 1981 conference.

Joan and Warren Ott 2016

Then and now: Joan and Warren Ott at the 2016 conference.

Attendee Reactions

Franchisees comments showed they were inspired by this year’s event:

  • “Excellent conference!”
  • “It was a fantastic conference. Aire-Master leadership was on point. Thank you for inspiring us to grow and learn.”
  • “Great preparation, great content, and a fantastic group.”
  • “Well organized, great content, great venue and most importantly, great leadership and vision for our continued success. It was great to reconnect with old friends and make many new ones.”