As we’ve said many times, 2015 has been a great year for Mosquito Joe. We’ve seen growth across the board from signing new franchisees and territories to welcoming new staff members into the corporate office. Since we’re so proud of our accomplishments, we’ve decided to jump on the bandwagon with the likes of Facebook and YouTube to present Mosquito Joe’s Year in Review: 2015 edition!
We started the year off with a bang at our 2nd annual franchisee convention in Virginia Beach. At the time, we had 39 territories open, up from just 15 the year before. Our goal was to have 100 territories open by the end of 2015, and sure enough, we exceeded our goal with 113 territories open nationwide. Our franchisee convention is a great opportunity for franchisees and corporate staff to get to know one another, celebrate and evaluate the previous year, and exchange ideas for next year to make sure the service we provide our customers is top-notch! Our third annual convention is coming up in February, and this year we’re headed to Tampa, Florida for a little sun, sand, and professional development!
One of our biggest weeks of the year takes place every June. Mosquito Control Awareness Week is a great opportunity for Mosquito Joe to spread awareness about the need for mosquito control. We also take that time to help local organizations such as blood banks and the Red Cross by donating blood and a portion of new customer sales. In 2015, Mosquito Joe partnered with 20 blood banks nationwide and donated over $7,000 (that’s $1,000 a day!). The corporate staff donated over 25 pints of blood through the Red Cross, which was used to save over 75 lives. We can’t wait to exceed these donations in 2016 during the third week in June!
2015 was a huge growth year for Mosquito Joe. To put it in perspective, we have to go back in time to 2014 when we had 132 territories sold, 39 territories open, and 62 unique franchisees in 21 states. We are closing this year out with over 220 territories sold, 113 territories open, and 99 unique franchisees in 26 states!
4. Expanding the Team
We needed a little help with all this growth and were lucky enough to welcome several new members to the corporate staff in 2015: Brian Garrison – Chief Operating Officer, Tracey Willmott – Marketing Assistant, David Barrett – Financial Analyst, and Amy Yemm – Direct Mail Program Manager. These four were accompanied by three new Franchise Business Coaches: Kyle Beach, Kieran Scott, and Valerie Santerik, who assist franchisees in their day-to-day operations from the moment they sign their agreements to opening day and beyond! Each person has brought unique skills and talents to the table that have made the company better and the office a little fuller.
We’re not afraid to admit that we enjoy some recognition once and a while! 2015 has treated us well, and so have publications in charge of choosing leaders in the franchise industry. Franchise Business Review listed us as a Top Franchise, a Top Multi-Unit Franchise of 2015, and a Top Franchise for Veterans. Entrepreneur Magazine included Mosquito Joe as a Top New Franchise Opportunity of 2015. After launching a new and improved website this year, we were very excited to receive 1851’s first place award for Best Franchise Website. There were more where these came from, but we’ll stop bragging.
Of course, none of this would be possible without our super team at headquarters, our amazing franchisees across the country, and our loyal customers. Mosquito Joe is a great company to work for, and we have big plans for 2016. We want to wish everyone a happy holiday season and a 3…2…1…HAPPY NEW YEAR!