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Stratus of Nashville Honored with IFA Franchisee of the Year Award

Stratus Building Solutions Regional Master Franchise of Nashville, TN owners David Smith and Ed Lease were honored Tuesday, September 29th by the International Franchise Association and the Stratus Building Solutions Corporate Team with its annual Franchisee of the Year Award. The franchise owner-operators were recognized during the IFA’s Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting for their outstanding performance and the contributions they have made to enhance the growth and development of franchising and the Stratus Building Solutions system.

“It has been an honor to work with David and Ed for the past years. Through their exemplary loyalty to the franchise model and delivering outstanding service to their customers and maintaining commitment in support of their franchisees, both Dave and Ed continue to accomplish a high rate of growth in their territory and we are excited to honor them with this award,” said Afshin Cangarlu, CEO of Stratus Building Solutions Corporate.

In March of 2009, Lease and Smith opened their Stratus Master Franchise in Nashville, TN. In the midst of a recession, both left friends and family in Georgia for a new beginning in the Music City. The region provided tremendous opportunity. With nearly 1.6 million people, there is an extensive number of businesses to support this population including schools, medical offices, professional buildings, retail, restaurants, warehouses and more; all businesses that utilize commercial janitorial services. The Nashville area has already provided the opportunity for substantial growth which is reflected in Smith and Lease’s year over year profit statements.

“Selecting a good market and following the model is very important in the success of a Stratus Master Franchise,” states Smith.

Since the beginning, the two have been loyal to the Stratus model and it has brought them enormous success, ranking in the top three producing Stratus Master franchises since 2011. “We also proved that this is a solid business model in a recession,” states Lease, recalling their successes in the first years.

“Working with the Nashville team has been a pleasure and their commitment to following the program has been a breath of fresh air,” says Marvin Ashton, Vice President of Master Development at Stratus Building Solutions Corporate office located in North Hollywood, CA.

“The strength of the U.S. economy significantly relies on the hard work of franchisees,” said IFA Executive Vice President of Government Relations & Public Policy Robert Cresanti. “IFA is proud to recognize the outstanding efforts of David and Ed with the Franchisee of the Year Award and thank them for their work in the promotion of franchising as well as for their daily contributions that not only showcase how local business owners propel the economy, but also foster community ties throughout the U.S.”