Making news: Assisted Living Locators, PCH, Banner, GlassKing

Assisted Living Locators encourages veterans

In support of National Invest In Veterans Week, March 1 – 7,  Assisted Living Locators, a nationwide senior placement and referral franchisor, announced today it is offering veterans a 10 percent initial franchise fee discount to encourage and honor aspiring veteran business owners.

Assisted Living Locators is a veteran-friendly franchisor with an affordable, low-cost franchise fee, a 10 percent veteran discount, and comprehensive training and mentorship platform, according to Founder and CEO RN Angela Olea. With 130 franchisees in 36 states and the District of Columbia, the company is ranked in Entrepreneur’s 2020 Franchise 500®, Franchise Business Review’s 2020 Top Franchises Report and the Inc. 5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.

Veterans are buying into franchises at a record pace. According to the International Franchise Association, one of every seven franchises in America is owned by a veteran. “Veterans make great franchisees because they have the skills it takes to own and run a successful business – a mixture of leadership, hard work and dedication, and the ability to follow systems and procedures,” stated Olea.

“Franchising can be a tremendous opportunity for veterans because the business framework is already in place,” she explained. “As an established, top-ranked senior placement brand, Assisted Living Locators offers the entire package for aspiring veteran business owners. Not only do we have a proven, successful business model, but we also offer exceptional training and support for our franchisees.

Olea noted that some of their best Assisted Living Locators franchisees are veterans, such as Arizona franchisee Dustin Baker, recently named Franchise Business Review’s 2019 Rock Star Franchise Owner.

Baker served in the United States Army as a combat medic in an artillery unit during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was also an administrative supervisor at an outpatient surgical ward at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, TX.

“After my career as a combat medic ended, I wanted to own a business that would make a positive impact on my community,” said Baker. “My journey in helping and serving others led me to the role of Assisted Living Locators franchise owner to provide care and guidance to seniors and families in my community.”   

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Partnership creates Tourette Association of America Center of Excellence

The Phoenix Tourette Syndrome, a unique partnership between Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Banner Sun Health Research Institute, has been verified as a Center of Excellence by the Tourette Association of America, an institution that aims to advance research and advocacy for Tourette Syndrome and other tic disorders.  

The designation recognizes the partnership’s commitment to top-quality care, leadership in groundbreaking research and provision of education and training opportunities focused on Tourette syndrome to the Phoenix community.

“This is a recognition of the excellent clinical care that we’re providing to individuals with Tourette syndrome and their families,” said Michael Kruer, MD, Phoenix Children’s Pediatric Movement Disorders Program director and co-director of the Tourette Association of America Center of Excellence. “This designation also represents an opportunity to continue to expand partnerships across the Valley to provide comprehensive care across the lifespan.”

“This designation helps raise awareness about the expert care already available to Arizona patients and families impacted by tics and Tourette syndrome,” said David Shprecher, DO, Banner Sun Health Research Institute Movement Disorders program director and co-director of the Tourette Association of America Center of Excellence. “I’m proud of what we’ve established so far, though philanthropic support will be critical to expanding our programs’ social work and ancillary services.”

The Tourette Association of America’s Center of Excellence (CofE) program improves the quality of life for people who have Tourette syndrome and other tic disorders by promoting care, education, research, training and advocacy for these conditions. The program was launched in 2014 and each center of excellence collaborates with professional organizations and their own communities to address the needs of their patients.

“The Tourette community in Arizona deserves the utmost of quality care,” said Hillary Hasselbring, Arizona Chapter Chair, Tourette Association of America. “I believe that only a Center of Excellence can provide this support. We look forward to the future and we are excited to reach everyone who needs assistance.”

GlassKing announces commercial glass recycling program

Local and family owned GlassKing Recovery & Recycling is expanding its network with the nation’s largest recycled glass processor, Strategic Materials, to provide glass recycling diversion programs to the state of Arizona. Glass makes up roughly 25% of Arizona’s waste stream and in 2019 it is estimated that more than one million tons of glass were sent to local landfills.

Through the partnership, these recycling experts will educate and expand services throughout the state to counteract continuing cuts to recycling programs. This is the first public union between the glass collector and processor. 

GlassKing Recovery & Recycling provides turn-key recycling solutions for businesses generating glass waste. By removing glass at the point of consumption, GlassKing can deliver cleaner glass recyclables to Strategic Materials processing facility where it is sized and sorted by color. From there, the processed glass is sent to manufacturers that use recycled glass to produce new items like new bottles and fiberglass. With the efficiency of this partnership, the glass cullet can be turned into new products and be back on a store shelf within 30 days of delivery to the manufacturer.  

“By teaming up with these industry leaders, we are paving a foundation to assist others in their diversion goals,” said Rose King, co-founder of GlassKing Recovery & Recycling. “With the typical single-stream commercial collection, glass can be challenging to recover, which is why we believe it is advantageous for all parties to provide a separate glass only collection for the hospitality industry. Everybody wins.” 

One local restaurant group, Fox Restaurant Concepts, has adopted glass recycling strategies into their daily operations. “We appreciate the partnership and the resource GlassKing provides,” said John Steen, director of facilities at Fox Restaurant Concepts.”It has allowed us to divert a large amount of glass from landfills and GlassKing has been able to work with many of our landlords to help offer this service as we do not control our waste services in many properties where we are tenants.” 

“We are excited to partner with GlassKing on this initiative, which will divert glass from the landfill, but also create a true circular economy,” said Laura Hennemann vice president of marketing and communications at Strategic Materials Inc.

To kick-off the partnership, the Arizona Recycling Coalition will be hosting an event Wednesday, March 11 at 3 p.m. at Culinary Dropout, 149 S. Farmer Ave, Tempe, that is open to local municipalities, members of the hospitality industry, as well as recycling stakeholders. During this event, there will be tours of both the GlassKing and Strategic Materials facilities and presentations from all companies involved in the impact of recycling glass as well as a cocktail hour.

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