Australian Franchise News – 15-10-12
From his first promotion in the 80s when he had no idea what franchising was to building one of Australia’s most successful franchises, PoolWerx CEO John O’Brien has enjoyed an action packed ride in his 30 year franchising journey. This service to the industry was recognised recently with his induction to the Franchise Council of Australia’s Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame recognises outstanding performers who have endured the trials of business and contributed to the foundation of the sector’s success. With 200 active territories operating over 300 service vans and 70 retail hubs, Mr O’Brien has grown the business from $7 million to approaching $70 million in the last decade alone.
In that time he has also ensured the continued development of the industry by sharing his knowledge and drive for franchising through his participation in sector roles such as Chairman of the FCA and co-chair of the World Franchise Council.
Mr O’Brien said he was proud to be joining the ranks of some of Australia’s most famous franchises.
“It is an honour to be named in the Hall of Fame and recognized by your peers personally, not just for what you’ve achieved but for the way you’ve done it.”
Mr O’Brien’s passion and experience in franchising is hard to surpass and he believes part of his success has been helping people to harness entrepreneurial spirit that is at the core of franchising.
“Franchising, along with dedication and hard work, has provided my family and I with a life I could only have ever dreamed of and I was intent on sharing that once I realised its potential,” he said.
“I have tried to achieve this not only in my own PoolWerx business but by promoting the sector in general. Franchising is a key contributor to the economy and a sector that deserves more recognition.
“Part of my continued commitment to the sector and joining the Hall of Fame Committee as an inductee, is ensuring the government and the wider community realise its value and role.”