Doug Charles Former Franchisee of our Vancouver North location:
It was 15 years ago this month that I bought this business. In fact I attended my first annual meeting in Kananaskis even before the deal was done. I came away very impressed with the other franchise owners. I was struck by how open they were to share ideas and results with everyone. People like Thom Bourne and Gary Redfern, who had already established large profitable operations, went out of their way to assist others who were struggling and even people like me who didn’t know fertilizing from aeration. I knew instantly that I had made the right decision.
In turn, one of my most gratifying moments as a franchisee was the first time I was asked for advice. That’s when I felt I was finally on track in my business.
There are numerous advantages to being part of the Nutri-Lawn system. And over the years the helping hands have always been within a phone call. I have picked the brains of many of you over the years; some more than others. And I want to thank every one of you for all the assistance you have given.
Like many of you, I have worked with NLI through their various ownership and management incarnations; from Dick Nellis through First Services to Ryan and Ted. In my humble opinion the franchise system has never been in better hands than today. I believe current ownership has one key objective. That is to see everyone realize their maximum potential. And I want to publicly thank Ryan and Ted for all they have done to assist Rob and me in making this deal.
So to all, thank you so very much for your kindness and support over 15 years. I am proud to have been in your company.
Read the full letter here: Doug Charles Letter
To be a Nutrilawn franchisee:
Being a Nutrilawn franchisee has been a very rewarding last ten years, purchasing the rights to a small market a few years after finishing college, I have been able to look back at our decision to adopt the Nutrilawn philosophy as being a no brainer!
Along with being not only a profitable business venture (growing the business to over a million dollars in what seems like 6 short years) I have made some life long friends, some with whom I have shared some really great experiences, from annual trips down south to mid summer fishing trips, the camaraderie with fellow Nutrilawn staff and franchisees has always seemed like a family (at times a fraternity!)
I believe with the right attitude and "self gumption" the Nutrilawn system will work for anyone who truly wants to experience the freedom and lifestyle that goes along with being an entrepreneur..... ask any of us "10 plus year franchisees" why were still in it!
If you build it they will come!
-Martin Williams | Nutri-Lawn York North