Apex, NC (PRWEB) April 23, 2013
Rhino 7, the nation’s premier provider of franchisor development and franchise sales services, has announced that Pro Martial Arts, the nation’s fastest growing martial arts franchise, has recently surpassed the 100 Units licensed mark. In less than five years, Pro Martial Arts has grown to thirty active locations, with dozens more currently under construction, and has granted licenses to the rights to 118 total franchise locations in 18 states across the country.
As Pro Martial Arts Founder and CEO, Grand Master Ed Samane, attests, the catalyst for this exponential growth can be attributed to his decision to strategically partner with Rhino 7 co-founders Doug Schadle and John Cohen.
“We are thrilled to reach the hundred-plus license mark, and we couldn’t have done it without Rhino 7’s help, but we are even more excited about how we got here,” says Samane. “Doug, John and the Rhino 7 team helped us realize that long term success isn’t simply about growing as big as possible as fast as possible with an aggressive sales force. Rather, Rhino 7 came in, helped us re-evaluate who we were as a brand and helped create an infrastructure to handle and facilitate rapid, controlled growth. Without that infrastructure and Rhino 7’s strategic framework, we would not be nearly as prepared to support the franchisees who have joined, and will join, the Pro Martial Arts family.”
When Pro Martial Arts engaged Rhino7’s services in 2010, the brand was just more than two years old and had eight locations. After three years working with the Rhino 7 team, Pro Martial Arts has added over 100 licenses nationwide. Multi-unit operators have purchased approximately half of those licenses and Pro Martial Arts expects to double in size by end of 2013.
Master Samane says it was Rhino 7’s deep franchise experience and proven ability to develop franchisors that convinced him they were the right strategic partner to help grow his unique brand.
“In 2010, we were struggling to effectively communicate the Pro Martial Arts value proposition and we needed a strategic partner who understood how to speak with prospects in their language,” says Samane. “Rhino 7 encouraged us to turn the mirror inward and figure out what made us different and why that mattered to our franchisees. That helped us figure out that our competitive difference lied in ARMOR, our patented bully and predator prevention program. Our ability to reach and impact qualified franchise sales candidates has increased exponentially ever since Rhino 7 encouraged us to add ARMOR to our franchise sales message.”
Pro Martial Arts joins an impressive list of blue chip brands, including Doctors Express and Senior Helpers, that Rhino 7 has helped develop to more than 100 locations since Schadle and Cohen started the business in 1999.
Schadle says teamwork and full franchisor development are the keys to the success Rhino 7 has enjoyed with Pro Martial Arts and other franchise brands.
“At Rhino 7, we don’t just sell franchises, we help franchisors build their brand and develop their franchise sales process,” says Schadle. “It’s our focus to help franchisors stay ahead of the curve with all stages of franchise development. While franchise sales are, indeed, an important part of franchise development, franchisee support and brand building are equally as important. Our process works best when we work with franchise systems, like Pro Martial Arts, who trust the in strategic foundation we develop together and then use it to accelerate their growth in a controlled and responsible manner.”
For more information on Rhino 7, please visit http://www.r7fdc.com.
For more information on Pro Martial Arts, please visit http://www.promartialarts.com.
About Rhino 7:
Founded in 1999 by Doug Schadle and John Cohen, Rhino 7 works with franchisors seeking rapid, yet responsible, franchise system growth. Schadle, Cohen and the Rhino 7 team have decades of experience helping franchisors grow by selling franchisees and have helped other franchisors get their start by turning existing businesses into thriving franchise concepts. The catalyst for Rhino 7’s success is their ability to help franchise systems strengthen their brands and enhance their franchisee marketing systems.
The Rhino 7 team has worked with a wide variety of the nation’s leading franchise brands, like Great Clips, Senior Helpers and Doctors Express, and currently works with fast-growing brands like Pro Martial Arts and Stormguard.
For more information about Rhino 7, please visit our website at http://www.r7fdc.com.
About Pro Martial Arts:
Grand Master Ed Samane founded Philadelphia-based martial arts franchise, PRO Martial Arts, in 1991. Samane, a lifelong martial arts participant and instructor, launched Pro Martial Arts to provide kids and adults with martial arts programs that not only teach self-defense, but also build character. As opposed to stressing specific martial arts disciplines, Pro Martial Arts programs are later focused on developing personal character traits, like self-worth, fitness, assertiveness, and self-awareness.
PRO Martial Arts sets itself apart from other martial arts businesses with their ARMOR program – an inspiring and motivational life skills training program offered to students ages 4 to 17. The ARMOR Program provides 12 weekly lessons on bullying prevention as well as 12 separate lessons on predator prevention. This program is designed to ensure that students have the necessary armor to stand against bully behavior and predator activity.
For more information about PRO Martial Arts, please visit our website at http://www.promartialarts.com.