The Glass Guru franchise recently welcomed it’s newest franchise owners into their network of 75+ franchise locations in North America. The Glass Guru of Tyler, TX also marks the organization’s 11th location in the state of Texas.
Franchise Owners Gary and LeeAnn Kirkindoll completed The Glass Guru’s New Owner training on May 15, 2020 at the company’s headquarters in Roseville, CA. This training culminated the comprehensive location opening checklist that the two had been navigating for weeks prior to coming out for training. The Kirkindoll’s worked closely with the company’s dedicated franchise team during the onboarding process, following The Glass Guru’s proven model for franchise startups.
As an interesting side-bar, Gary’s brother Mike Kirkindoll also joined the couple in Roseville, CA for the initial franchise training. Mike recently purchased the neighboring franchise, The Glass Guru of Longview, TX. Mike has affected the transfer at the same time Gary and LeeAnn purchased their franchise territory, so they will all have the benefit of coming up in the business together.
Gary Kirkindoll holds a BBA in Business Management from the University of North Texas. He comes to The Glass Guru with a diverse professional background, including VP and CUNA Mutual Group, and most recently as the President of Texans Financial. LeeAnn holds a BS in Family and Consumer Sciences and a BS in Elementary Education. LeeAnn has spent time as a children’s muralist, as a Director of Women’s Ministry, and also is an experienced speaker and author.
The pair had spent a considerable amount of time looking at business opportunities. Gary had a significant desire to start their own company as he transitioned out of the corporate world.
Following my career in the corporate world, I was looking to start my own business. After looking at several independent and franchise opportunities, I chose the Glass Guru because I was really impressed with their business model and franchisee support. The thing that excited me the most about opening a franchise with The Glass Guru was the opportunity to build a great business and a great team that’s dedicated to service the community.”
Gary Kirkindoll – Owner – The Glass Guru of Tyler, TX
As the couple puts the finishing touches on their location for the big push of opening, they already have ideas of where they see themselves and the business going in the coming years. They are clear on where the business will be, and their respective roles inside the operation. “I see us well on our way to maximizing our opportunity in the Tyler market and looking to expand the business to other territories in East Texas.” says Gary Kirkindoll.
I see my role in the business being focused on marketing and winning clients in our business community and in the surrounding areas. Motivational training too is my strong side… so I hope to develop opportunities to help our employees outshine the rest in the industry and help them perform at their highest levels. I truly believe that when people feel valued and can appreciate the personal gifts that make them an intricate part of the team, they will find more joy in what they do.”
LeeAnn Kirkindoll – Owner – The Glass Guru of Tyler, TX
The Kirkindoll’s have worked diligently to get to this point. They are both very excited about their roles as franchise owners with The Glass Guru. Their passion for service and building teams will surely be of great benefit as they provide The Glass Guru’s unique array of products and services to the the community of Tyler, TX and the surrounding areas with all of their window, door, and residential glass related needs.