Precision Door Service Receives Prestigious 'Spirit of Success' Award from SBC Yellow Pages

Company Honored for Integrity, Steady Growth and Community Efforts

Titusville, Florida, May 27, 2005

A garage door company knows the ups and downs of business as well as any firm. But for Precision Door Service, it's been much more up than down since it began nine years ago.

For its growth, service integrity and civic efforts, Precision Door Service recently received SBC Yellow Pages' prestigious Spirit of Success Award.

"It's an honor to be recognized like this," says Ron Boyter, co-owner of the company. "We strive every day to provide the best possible customer service. Our main concern is the safety of the homeowner and their family. Whether it's at home or a business, a properly functioning garage door is crucial to the safety of the homeowner, family — and business customers."

SBC Yellow Pages selected Precision Door Service and just four other customers out of 800,000 across its regions to receive the Spirit of Success Award this year.

"We are honored to give Precision Door Service our very highest award," says Janet Disbrow, vice president-national sales for SBC Yellow Pages. "People depend on Precision. The company has done well across the country, and the best testimonial is its franchisee growth. Customers now count on the name for getting the job done right the first time."

Precision Door Service started in Titusville, Fla., in 1996 as a family-owned business by Brian Tindall and began franchising three years later with the efforts of a partnership that involved Chris Tindall, Danny Edwards and Ron Boyter. Today, there are 62 Precision Door Service locations across the United States with 12 new franchises and expansion into Canada scheduled for later this year. The corporate office opened with four employees and now has 25.

Just over a year ago, Entrepreneur magazine selected Precision Door Service No. 13 of the top 20 new franchises nationwide and number 227 of the top 500 overall franchises in the United States.

"We've grown conservatively and strategically," says Boyter. "For consistency, we have all franchisees abide by the standards, training and certification we set from day one, and we require each one to become a member of the local Better Business Bureau chapter. Our treatment of customers and expertise in this field are consistent across all franchises."

A garage door is the largest moving object in the home, usually operated by an electric door opener. Proper installation, operation, maintenance and testing are necessary to provide safe, trouble-free operation. An improperly adjusted garage door or automatic opener can exert deadly force when the door closes and may cause serious injury or even death.

Boyter's most enjoys watching initial franchise owners open additional franchises after first worrying about their initial investment.

"The industry is lucrative," says Boyter. "About 30 percent of our owners now own multiple franchises. That's a sure sign of success, and it gives me the most satisfaction."

Precision Door Service community support includes individual franchise donations and volunteer hours for local causes and fund-raising drives.

"We are a family-owned business and consider our franchisees and customers to be part of our family," says Boyter. "Our locations are imbedded in the community because we want those customers to think of us first for emergency or maintenance of garage door service."

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