Neighborly, a franchisor of home service brands, has appointed Brian Woods as its new group vice president of franchise development.
Under the direction of Neighborly Chief Development Officer Brad Stevenson, Woods oversees global franchise development efforts for Neighborly’s repair cluster of brands, which consists of Mr. Rooter Plumbing, Mr. Electric, Mr. Appliance, Aire Serv and Dryer Vent Wizard. Neighborly places its home service brands into logical clusters, under Repair, Maintain and Enhance.
“Given the significant impact franchising makes on the continued growth of Neighborly’s global portfolio, we are thrilled to welcome a skilled executive like Brian to elevate our ongoing expansion efforts,” said Stevenson. “His extensive expertise in finance and franchise development strategy complements our talented development team and will help to accelerate growth for our service brands.”
Woods began his career on Wall Street as an investment banker working in the food and agribusiness and media and telecommunications sectors before moving on to various corporate finance positions with PepsiCo and Frito Lay. He then transitioned into corporate strategy and worked for AT&T on several key strategic growth initiatives prior to his latest role with Motel 6, where he led the franchise growth strategy with a focus on critical lead generation, target growth markets and diversity franchise recruitment.
Woods holds a bachelor's degree in finance and accounting from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and an MBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business.
“Neighborly’s home service brands are recognized for their strong reputation and impressive influence on thousands of communities across the globe,” Woods said. “Continued expansion of this already global network will require strategy and innovation, and I look forward to contributing to these efforts alongside Neighborly leadership as we continue pushing the organization to fulfill its vision to Own the Home™.”
Neighborly is a home services franchisor of 28 brands and more than 4,800 franchises collectively serving more than 10 million customers in nine countries, focused on repairing, maintaining and enhancing homes and businesses. The company operates online platforms that connect consumers to service providers in their local communities that meet their rigorous standards as a franchisor across 18 service categories at Neighborly.com in the United States and Neighbourly.ca in Canada.