Moran Family of Brands Announces Franchisees of the Year

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Three Longtime Franchisees Honored for Outstanding Service and Performance

Moran Family of Brands, one of the nation’s leading franchises of general automotive repair, transmission repair, window tinting and driver safety products, announced its annual Franchisee of the Year winners for 2016.

Franchisee of the Year Award winners were named in each of Moran’s franchise brands. Franchisees eligible for the award must have demonstrated Moran’s core values of D.R.I.V.E. (Dedication, Respect, Integrity, Vision, Enthusiasm) and exhibiting outstanding service to their customers. Voting for the awards was done by Moran franchisees.

“Once again this year we had a fantastic group of franchisees that were nominated for the Moran Family of Brands Franchisee of the Year award, and ultimately the winners in each category,” said Peter Baldine, President of Moran Family of Brands. “They all have been in our system for many years and represent the best of what we look for in a franchise owner. Congratulations to all of our winners for 2016.”

Lowell and Cindy Hester were named winners in the transmission division of Mr. Transmission, Multistate Transmission and Dr. Nick’s Transmission. The Hesters own a Mr. Transmission store in Sandy Springs, GA. Lowell started as a center manager before purchasing his store in 1998. Cindy started working at the store in 2008 and serves as President of Marketing and Administrative Operations. This year marks the second time the Hesters have been named Franchisee of the Year, with the other coming in 2011.

Al Martin was named Milex Franchisee of the Year. He has operated a Multistate Transmission store in Naperville, IL for the past 20 years before adding Milex Complete Auto Care to become a co-branded operation in 2015. Martin started as an operations manager with Moran and is consistently one of the top performers in their system. This year is the first time he has won the award.

The winners in the Alta Mere brand were Greg and Patti Goodman, owners of the Alta Mere The Automotive Outfitters/SmartView Window Solutions store in Oklahoma City, OK. This year marked the fourth time the Goodmans have won the award after having previously received the honor in 2005, 2012 and 2014. Their location served as the model store for Alta Mere’s recent rebranding efforts, which included updated showrooms featuring digital menu boards with visual displays and the latest product information and pricing. The Goodmans have been a part of the Moran Family of Brands system for 22 years.    

Franchisee of the Year winners will receive an all-expense paid trip to the Moran Family of Brands conference at the Marriott Riverwalk in San Antonio, TX, September 29 – October 1. The winners will be presented at the gala awards event at the final night of the conference.


About Moran Family of Brands:
Moran Family of Brands is one of the nation’s leading franchisors of general automotive repair, transmission repair and automotive accessory centers. Based in Midlothian, Illinois, Moran Family of Brands provides specialty products and services in virtually every aspect of the automotive aftermarket through four individual brands and a total of more than 120 franchise locations nationwide including: Mr. Transmission, “The Professionals”; Alta Mere “The Automotive Outfitters”; Milex Complete Auto Care centers and SmartView Window Solutions. For more information on Moran Family of Brands visit

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