‘Guidant Financial’ Small Business and Franchise Financing Firm Announce Franchise Expert Jerry Darnell Joins Business Development Team
Bellevue, WA (News4us.com) February 13, 2011
Small business and franchise financing firm Guidant Financial, the largest provider of rollovers as business start-ups in the nation, announced today that Jerry Darnell, former executive team member for BeneTrends, Inc., has joined Guidant’s business development team as the Vice President of Business Development.
“Jerry brings a depth of franchise knowledge that we know will help us build our business,” says Guidant CEO David Nilssen. “The small business and franchise community is very relationship-driven. Jerry has spent 30-plus years in franchising, and become a trusted leader in the community. With him on our team, we will be able to share the exciting things we are doing in business financing with more people in the franchising community.”
Before his time with BeneTrends, Darnell served as a consultant and worked directly for some of the largest and most important names in franchising. In 2004 Darnell was recruited by legendary franchise icon Anthony A. Martino to join Maaco Enterprises, Inc. as consultant and franchise development manager. During his five year tenure with the company he was primarily responsible and credited for profitable sales growth.
Other relevant employment positions of Darnell’s include Senior Vice President & Director of International Development & Corporate Operations with Physician’s Weightloss Centers, Inc.; Senior Management Advisory Consultant, Special Markets & Merchandising for Molly Maids, ServPro, A Choice Nanny, Proforma, DuraClean and Maaco Worldwide; and Senior Vice President & Chief Operations Officer for Forum-3 International.
“Guidant is the 800 lb. gorilla in the rollovers as business start-ups industry,” says Darnell. “It still amazes me how many people don’t know this. I saw a real opportunity to elevate the awareness of their brand and share with others in the community their incredible company and culture. They really have created a very customer-centric organization and their compliance protocols blew me away.”
In business since 2003, Guidant Financial has helped roll more than $ 1 billion into small businesses and franchises with their iFinance, a rollover for business start-up service.
“I think this industry is going to see accelerated growth in the near future and, of all the companies that provide 401(k) rollover services,” adds Darnell. “Guidant is best positioned to capture the lion’s share of that growth. I am thrilled to be a part that.”
About Guidant Financial:
Guidant Financial is the premier provider of rollovers as business start-ups (ROBS). Guidant’s services allow aspiring entrepreneurs the freedom to invest their existing IRA or 401(k) funds into a small business or franchise and without taking a taxable distribution or getting a loan. For more information Small Business Financing please visit http://www.guidantfinancial.com.
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