The Glass Guru recently welcomed the organization’s newest owners to the franchise network. Michael and Valarie Gomm completed their initial franchise training at The Glass Guru’s North American headquarters in Roseville, CA on October 4th, 2019. Upon their return home, Michael and Valerie will be working hard on the finishing touches required to launch their franchise location in Wichita, KS. Before The Glass Guru, Michael spent over 23 years working with three fortune 500 companies in the aerospace industry. Holding a BS in Aeronautical Science, Michael’s focus was aerospace Sales and Marketing. When asked the question about what led them down the path of franchise ownership, and what ultimately drove them to move forward, it was apparent that the couple saw the potential in the marketplace, and there was some attraction to being first-to-market in their home state of Kansas as well.
Our personal experience with foggy windows led us to realize that there was an unmet need for The Glass Guru’s service offerings here in Wichita, and there were no Glass Guru franchises in Kansas yet. The business financials fit our profile, and there was a role for each of us in the business. We also felt that The Glass Guru was a recession averse business. Ultimately, after our discovery visit (to The Glass Guru headquarters in Roseville, CA), it just felt like a good fit.” “What excites us the most is the liberty of controlling our own professional futures” Michael Gomm – Owner | The Glass Guru of Wichita, KS
When it comes to awarding territories to franchise owners, there are often numerous discussions amongst the team in determining the fit between a franchise candidate and the overall culture and mission of The Glass Guru brand. In this case, it was not a difficult decision at all…
When it came to Michael and Valarie, it was an easy choice. They each took the time to look closely at our brand, and also made calls to our franchise owners to discuss the business. When our franchisor team began having discussions with the Gomms, it was apparent that they just got it! Michael and Valarie clearly understood the unique nature of what The Glass Guru offers, and how sorely the Wichita, KS market needed our products and services. Both Michael and Valarie bring unique skills and experience to the business, and we are confident that they will grow great business over time.” Dan Frey – Founder/CEO | The Glass Guru Franchise Systems, Inc.
When asked about the long-term prospects of the business, the grand vision of the future of their business is optimistic and exciting! There’s even a long-term exist strategy in play.
I see our business continuing to evolve into a full service glass shop as we add glaziers with a diversity of experience to our team. I see The Glass Guru of Wichita continuing to grow in revenue, as we become the top-of-mind brand to the community for customer’s glass needs. I see Valarie and I still active in our respective roles in the business, but keeping an eye towards hiring and training the right people to work ourselves out of our operational roles in the years ahead.” Michael Gomm – Owner | The Glass Guru of Wichita, KS
Now that their initial training is complete, Michael and Valarie will soon be bringing The Glass Guru’s unique blend of products and services to Wichita , KS and the surrounding area. Look for news on their grand opening as The Glass Guru of Wichita, KS comes out of the blocks.