Franchise FastLane is excited to announce that we’ve acquired Raintree Franchise Growth, becoming the combined undisputed industry leader for franchise sales development. This acquisition is expected to generate additional interest from highly valued elite franchise brands looking for sales, development, and responsible accelerated growth. Both Franchise FastLane and Raintree will retain their current leadership, as well as ownership of the current brands operating under each of their respective organizations.
Here's a quick company background on both organizations, as well as their approach and philosophy for franchise sales development.
Raintree Franchise Growth
Founded in 2013, Raintree Franchise Growth is a franchise sales development organization that takes a turnkey approach to franchise brand development. Raintree breaks down their services into four distinct categories, including: content and design, digital lead generation, consultant marketing, and franchise sales. The organization works with a wide range of franchise brokers and consultants to recruit qualified candidates using a disciplined approach. Raintree Franchise Growth’s leadership consists of co-founder and CEO Brent Dowling and his co-founding partner, Mike Edwards, and Sundi Ford rounds out the c-suite as the organization’s chief operating officer. The company’s current client roster includes nine brands, and they’ve previously worked with established franchisors such as Jamba Juice and Anago Cleaning Systems. To date, Raintree Franchise Growth has had 12 franchise brands be acquired by private equity. The company is based in Denver, Colorado.
Founded in 2017, Franchise FastLane has quickly grown to become the industry’s No. 1 franchise sales organization (FSO) recognized by Inc. 5000. With a focus squarely on franchise growth at the brand level, the organization promotes scalable growth with a goal of turning emerging brands into “The Next Big Thing.” Known for being highly selective, Franchise FastLane works with a diversified portfolio of 25+ brand partners, including mobile-based, home improvement, child enrichment, and many other concepts. Some of the notable names on the Franchise FastLane roster include Koala Insulation, All Dry Services, Strickland Brothers 10 Minute Oil Change, and DonutNV, all of whom earned spots on Top 150 New and Emerging Brands list in 2023. In addition to fostering scalable brand growth, the company is also dedicated to working with qualified franchisees to help them establish their individual business ownership. Franchise FastLane is led by CEO and co-founder Carey Gille. To date, Franchise FastLane has impacted more than 5,500 communities and changed over 1,900 lives through franchise ownership. The company is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska.
Quotes from the CEOs…
“In the effort to apply a comprehensive approach to the lifecycle of emerging franchise brands, this acquisition is an opportunity to help even more franchisors grow and exit,” said Carey Gille, CEO of Franchise FastLane. “We’ve always had deep respect for the Raintree team. Now that we’re aligned, we will be in a position to deliver even more for both our brand and consultant partners through an unmatched messaging, marketing, and branding experience. In combining the strength and expertise found in each of our organizations, we’re looking to provide innovative new service opportunities for expanded franchise development and other franchisor-related services.”
“With this partnership, two of the biggest names in franchise development have partnered together to bring further value to the franchise industry,” said Brent Dowling, CEO of Raintree. “This is a big move, for not just us and our franchisor partners, but for future and current franchisees leveraging franchising as a pathway to wealth creation and community building.”
Franchise FastLane and Raintree are committed to their business models and learning from each other to best support their brand partners. Through strategic planning, messaging, collateral and more, the combined FSO plans to be the best in the industry.
With Franchise FastLane’s acquisition of Raintree Franchise Growth, there’s clearly a new dynamic duo ready to maintain their combined status as the industry’s No. 1 turnkey franchise sales organization. And we can’t wait to see what the future holds as we unite our efforts!
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