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A New Breed Of Glass Professionals

Our founder’s didn’t have a background in the glass industry when they launched The Glass Guru, but what they lacked in industry experience, they made up for with their marketing skills, professionalism and passion for customer service, matched with a grand vision for their new company. 15 years and 80+ locations later, we consider ourselves anything but typical in our industry.

Like our founders, the majority of our franchise owners didn’t come from the glass industry but rather a variety of business and corporate backgrounds including sales and marketing, real estate, professional services, home services, health care, food service and others.  After over a decade of franchising we have learned that our best owners have strong leadership and communication skills. We  match our owners with the best training, technology, systems and marketing in the industry to give them a huge competitive advantage in the market place.

Residential glass is a continually growing industry that has been virtually forgotten by franchising, without of any nationally recognized service brands. The Glass Guru is quickly filling that void, becoming the company of choice for hundreds of thousands of customers across North America.

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OUR HISTORY

Since the late 1970’s, dual-pane windows have become the standard in residential construction. An inherent problem in the design of dual-pane windows is the tendency of the windows’ seals to gradually fail over time. This failure allows outside air into the window’s inner airspace, often leading to condensation between the panes, diminishing both the aesthetics and insulating qualities of the window. For years the only practical remedy to this common problem was to replace the glass or even the entire window which can be costly and time consuming. The demand for a solution to this prevalent problem led to the founding of The Glass Guru.

In 2002 our company founders Dan and Joy Frey of Granite Bay, CA learned of a new process being utilized in Canada to restore the visible and thermal qualities of failed dual-pane windows without replacing the glass.  Recognizing the need and market potential for this process as a green and money-saving alternative to replacement, they formed The Glass Guru (originally Glass Wizard) in August 2004 becoming the first company in the US to offer foggy window repair.

As the sole provider of this new common-sense solution to such a widespread problem, the company experienced explosive growth and soon expanded into additional niche restoration services followed by more traditional repair and replacement services for glass, screens, mirrors, showers, windows and doors.

The Glass Guru began franchising in 2007, and today stands alone as the only brand in North America offering such a comprehensive bundle of cutting-edge restoration, traditional repairs and replacements and niche specialty services. Entrepreneurs across the US and Canada have taken notice and joined us in our mission to redefine what it means to be “Full Service”. Working together we’ve become the fastest growing company in the industry and we are just getting started.

In January 2016, the company moved into its current Headquarters in Roseville, CA., just a few miles from our original store, now co-owned and jointly operated by our Founder/CEO and two Vice Presidents. Being franchisees themselves keeps our senior management team finely in-tune with the needs of our franchise owners. They utilize their own ongoing experience as owners to continually guide them in the ongoing development of world-class support systems and tools to assist our owners and staff in the operations, marketing and management of the business.

AWARD-WINNING FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITY

Since 2007, The Glass Guru has become a top home-services franchise opportunity, but don’t just take our word for it.  We are proud to have been the recipient of honors from the leading business, industry, and trade publications. The Glass Guru is an award winning franchise, recognized as a top overall, low-cost, and home-services franchise.

Entrepreneur Magazine

Franchise 500 – #445 (2018)
#300 (2016), #234 (2015), #244 (2014), #262 (2013), #273 (2012), #400 (2011), #482 (2009)

Top Low-Cost Franchises – #68 (2017)
#63 (2016), #38 (2015), #45 (2014), #39 (2013), #50 (2102), #90 (2011)

Top New Franchises “ #12 (2012)
#34 (2011)

Top Home-Based/Mobile Franchises – #86 (2016)
#64 (2015), #69 (2014), #68 (2013), 82 (2012)

Franchise Business Review

Top Franchises – Franchise Satisfaction Award
(2020)
FBR50 – 
Franchise Satisfaction Award
(2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012)

Top Low-Cost Franchises
(2020, 2019, 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013)

Top Franchises for Veterans
(2019, 2018, 2017, 2016)

Top Innovative Franchises
(2019, 2018)

FRANCHISE TIMES

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Zor Awards – Best Franchises to Buy
(2020)

Around the House – Leader in Category- Home Services
(2020)

Top 200 – Top 200 Franchise Opportunities
(2018)

Remodeling Magazine

Remodeling 550 – Top Remodeling Franchises
2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

OUR TEAM

Our franchisor team is composed of experts from the glass and window industry, franchising, business management and marketing. While we come from diverse backgrounds, we share a common passion for helping others achieve success. We encourage you to schedule a Virtual Discovery Day to meet with our incredible franchsie team in a proven “webinar” format. Of course, you are welcome to join us for an in-person Discovery Day visit at our headquarters in Roseville, CA as well

DAN FREY

Founder / President

Dan was raised in the greater Roseville, California area and attended the University of California, Davis, where he studied economics and sociology. Frey began his career at a venture capital firm where he excelled at sales and was ranked top salesperson every year he was with the company. Always on…

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DAVE HULL

VP Franchsie Operations

Dave Hull grew up in Sacramento working in his family’s window and glass business. After attending Sierra College, he became a licensed contractor at 21 years old and started his own window contracting business. After a short-lived retirement in Belize, Hull returned with his family to California, where he joined…

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ROB LOPEZ

VP Franchise Business Development

Rob Lopez has had a singular focus on the individual success of each-and-every franchise owner since joining the organization in 2015. Rob’s innate abilities as a coach and mentor translate seamlessly into the role he plays with The Glass Guru. Lopez spends the bulk of his days speaking with franchise…

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SEAN YOUNG

Director of Technology and Communications

Sean Young has been an invaluable asset of the company since he joined The Glass Guru team back in 2012. He is currently responsible for overseeing the organization’s technology infrastructure, as well as the development, configuration, implementation, and maintenance of technological initiatives to the organization. This includes research and procurement…

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DEBBIE YORK

Director of Compliance

Debbie York grew up in the San Francisco bay area and studied Criminology at Sierra College. She has been a business owner and has held numerous positions encompassing accounting, finance, human resources and leadership roles. Debbie has been with The Glass Guru since 2012, and she enjoys interacting with franchisees…

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CHRISTINE YOUNG

Franchise Recruting

Christine (Linkedin Profile) grew up in the Northern California town of Chico, subsequently attending Butte Community College, and then graduating with a BS in Business Administration from California State University Chico. Christine comes to The Glass Guru with over 25 years of professional sales management, customer service, and customer success…

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SHELLY SCHUMACHER

Franchise Business Development Manager

Shelly is a native Northern Californian, having lived in Contra Costa County (a suburb of San Francisco) as well as currently residing in Placer County just outside of Sacramento. Shelly attended Diablo Valley College and continued on to Sacramento State University. Her career has been heavily focused in the Financial/Banking…

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SAVOY SISON

Digital Marketing Director

Savoy is originally from San Francisco, California where he studied at the School of the Arts, then attended San Jose State University. Savoy began his career as a pre IPO member of MyPoints.com (MYPT)/Cybergold (CGLD) where he managed the Membership Marketing & Acquisition team and grew the membership size from 3…

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STEVEN TYLER

Video and Graphic Designer

Steven Tyler grew up in Rancho Cordova, California, where he took an early interest in art and drawing.  He attended The Art Institute in Sacramento, studying Digital Film and Video Production and began work on several short films and music videos in addition to a feature film. Tyler has held…

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GERMINA JACKSON

Staff Accountant

Germina Jackson grew up in Palo Alto, California and studied Accounting at Chabot College. She has held numerous accounting and office administrator positions but says all "pale in comparison" to her current position with The Glass Guru, which she has held for four years. She appreciates balance and organization. She…

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JANINE KIMZEY

Logistics Manager

Janine Kimzey is from Sheffield, United Kingdom and moved to the United States in 2009. She studied travel and tourism at North Nottinghamshire College and worked in that industry for 9 years in the U.K. before joining The Glass Guru in 2010 as shipping manager. Kimzey consistently goes above and…

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