Moran Family of Brands Celebrates Veterans Day

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Auto Franchise Features 16 Veterans as Business Owners

Moran Family of Brands, one of the nation’s leading franchises of general automotive repair, transmission repair, window tinting and driver safety products, recognizes its many franchisees who have served this country in the upcoming Veterans Day holiday.

Moran Family of Brands is proud to have 16 current franchisees who are United States Veterans. Moran franchisees have been enlisted in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines branches of the military, as well as the national guard. They have served the country in parts of the last seven decades and were deployed in countries from Vietnam to Iraq.

The following franchise owners in the Moran system have all served in the military:

Name                        Franchise                        Location
Dean Bingham         Mr. Transmission/Milex            Greenville, SC
Pat Bingham             Mr. Transmission                Huntsville, AL
John Blanton             Alta Mere/SmartView         Denton, TX
Dave Cannon             Mr. Transmission/Milex            Altamonte Springs, FL
Roman Combs         Mr. Transmission/Milex            Oklahoma City, TX
Albert Daniel             Milex/Alta Mere                         Frederick and Boonsboro, MD
Greg DeFever         Alta Mere                             Lubbock, TX
Lowell Hester         Mr. Transmission                Sandy Springs, GA
Scott Hester             Mr. Transmission                Decatur, GA
George Kok             Mr. Transmission                Louisville, KY and Clarksville, IN
Jason Kuriger         Mr. Transmission/Milex            Crest Hill, IL
Ramon Morales         Mr. Transmission/Milex            Highland, IN
Frank Norton             Mr. Transmission/Milex            Charlotte, NC
John Stringfield         Mr. Transmission/Milex            Louisville, KY
Derrick Weaver         Mr. Transmission                 Lilburn, GA
Dave Wegrzyn         Multistate Transmission     Chicago Heights, IL

“Veterans Day has a special significance for everyone throughout the Moran system,” said Peter Baldine, President of Moran Family of Brands. “We are extremely proud to have so many of our franchise owners come to us after bravely serving our country. This is a time we all thank them for their service and recognize the tremendous success they have experienced after transitioning to business ownership.”

Lowell Hester has owned the Mr. Transmission store in Sandy Springs, GA since 1998. Hester spent three years in the United States Air Force from 1966 to 1969, and served for one year in Vietnam. As a Staff Sergeant, he monitored the systems and repairs for one and two-engine jet aircrafts. He was also the crew chief on a F4 Phantom jet while serving in Cam Rahn Bay in South Vietnam in 1968. Lowell’s son, Scott, is also a Mr. Transmission franchisee in Decatur, GA and served in the Navy for eight years.

“Veterans Day is a time to reflect on all of the great men and women in our nation’s history who are the backbone of our country and are responsible for the freedom we all enjoy,” said Hester, who was named as one of Moran’s Family of Brands Franchisee of the Year for the second time earlier this year. “I was fortunate to take the technical skills as well as character traits such as leadership and teamwork that I learned from my time in the Air Force and apply them to operating my own business here at Mr. Transmission over the last 18 years.”

Moran Family of Brands is an active member of VetFran, an initiative that provides a $5,000 franchise fee discount, mentorship and training programs for any honorably discharged U.S. Veteran transition to civilian life.


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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