RAM JACK SYSTEMS 02Have you ever heard the metaphor of requiring a good foundation? In the construction industry, Ram Jack Systems Distribution LLC understands this as a truism, and the company has developed an innovative and economical solution to provide just that. “We are specialists in foundation solutions,” explains Randon Gregory, director of franchise acquisition and development and grandson of founder Steve Gregory.

The family-owned and managed company’s patented steel pilings can shore up existing foundations or create new ones in residential and commercial applications. With more than 20 patents issued and 300-plus standard products, Ram Jack can accommodate a variety of projects without the expense of concrete foundation repair or laying new concrete.

PUROCLEAN edpic2With more than 300 offices in the United States and Canada, PuroClean has become one of the fastest-growing disaster restoration organizations in North America. The Tamarac, Fla.-based company was established in 1990 as a franchise operator geared toward educating contractors on how to penetrate the insurance market and gain restoration work.

In 2000, PuroClean changed its strategic direction from structural repair to specializing in fire and water damage restoration, mold and mildew removal and biohazard cleanup. By focusing on a particular niche of disaster restoration, it no longer competed with contractors for construction work, but served as a specialist in one aspect of a claim.

PET FOOD EXPRESS ED PIC1Pet Food Express offers a wide range of food and supplies, while donating time and money to animal shelters throughout the state to find pets their forever homes.

When a parent tells a child they’re not allowed to have a dog or cat, most just grumble and accept the goldfish alternative. But Michael Levy, president and founder of Pet Food Express, couldn’t accept a life without furry friends. Growing up in New York City, he began bringing home stray cats when he was nine years old to foster them until they could find a forever home, and then he started a dog walking business at age 11.

Years later in 1976, while attending college in San Francisco, he started a dog training business to supplement his student loans. And in 1980, he opened a second location that included a storefront. “It was a retail location, but I thought of it as a dog training location,” Levy says. “I just expanded my dog training and didn’t initially think of myself as a retailer.”

PICKLEMANS ED PIC2Pickleman’s was 20 years in the making when it first opened on Oct. 1, 2005. Owner Doug Stritzel had worked with some of the biggest names in the sandwich and restaurant industry. He had a vision for a franchised brand that above all focused on using the highest-quality products while creating profound and unique flavor profiles people love.

Offering a wide array of products with the freshest ingredients gives Pickleman’s toasted sandwiches, pizzas, soups, salads and desserts a quality that sets them apart. Delivering and catering to business meetings, school events, sports teams, fundraisers and everything in between allows Pickleman’s to bring its services to its customers.

NATIVE edpic1During his days as a student at Arizona State University, Dan Chaon and his friends often found themselves partaking of a 10-cent chicken wing special at their local Native New Yorker restaurant. Today, Chaon is the president and COO leading the Gilbert, Ariz.-based casual dining restaurant franchise through a rebranding meant to both revitalize the company while remaining true to the welcoming atmosphere and tasty food that attracted him to it years ago.

Since joining the company in 2010 following the passing of co-founder Floyd Anderson, Chaon has established a number of initiatives that will further establish it as a leader in its home state and grow it into new markets. There are 20 Native New Yorker locations in Arizona and one in Washington state; 18 of the total 21 locations are franchisee-owned. Anderson’s wife Judy and four daughters remain involved in the company as principals and owners.

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