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Mobile Electronics August Issue, 8-2-2016 -- With inevitable constant change in the automotive sound industry, retailers must always explore creative new ways of keeping their businesses prosperous. Author Johnny Rich said, “The future is certain. It is just not known.” As new ways of meeting goals are examined, retailers shape their own futures. One way of doing this is via co-branding, which offers an option for financial security, among other benefits.

Steve Beagelman of SMB Franchise Advisors has over 25 years of experience in the franchise industry. He is a Certified Franchise Executive and has worked with brands such as Rita’s Water Ice, Hollywood Tans and Saladworks. “You have to choose a partner who’s willing to be somewhat flexible,” he stated in regards to selecting a company to co-brand with. “If your brand is too strict and rigid, it’s hard to make a co-brand situation work. You need what I call two willing partners to work together.” Recently, one notable company within 12-volt has chosen to co-brand with franchising brand, Tint World. Such a decision can be a difficult one, and depends on whether such a relationship would be fruitful for both parties. What are the benefits—are there any downsides?

A Changing Market

At SEMA in 2008, Auto Sound Specialists of Union City, Calif. learned about Tint World, but at the time, things didn’t work out. “We realized it would be a nice fit, but it wasn’t the time for us,” said Kenny McCardie, owner of Auto Sound. “Their infrastructure we didn’t think could support us being in Northern California. Even at that point, we identified that the basic idea definitely fits what we do here. We kept an eye on them from 2008 until present. A few years ago they opened in Northern California. That's when we realized it was time to reconsider.”

McCardie acknowledged that everyone is struggling. Co-branding can be a good solution depending on a company’s needs. “A lot of times as independent owners, we think ‘it's my way,’ and are reluctant and almost afraid of change,” McCardie said. “But we're living in a changing world and economy. We need to make the adjustments.”

With co-branding can come a whole host of benefits including financial stability, improved marketing and technical support. Beagelman of SMB Franchise Advisors added, “It is certainly very synergistic—you already have a staff, already have customers coming in, why not offer an additional product line?”

McCardie pointed out the car audio electronics industry has been shrinking. “Instead of being afraid of the change, working with other organizations will help us grow. So many doors will open because we have the help of a larger company,” he said, pointing out more of the benefits. “As a small business, there's only so much we can do.”

According to Anthony Foley, the Franchise Development Director at Tint World, they’ve developed solutions for marketing and IT support, and also help franchisees understand business management. Tint World has been open since 1982 and the corporate office is located in Boca Raton, Fla. “Every individual business is different,” he said. “Every owner has a unique spin on how they want to enter the business and get customers. We understand that. We all have a unique perspective on how businesses need to run. We know what business owners are looking for. We know what makes their businesses operate in a fluid fashion. We've been in their shoes.”

Tint World aims to make business more automated for the franchisee and places special focus on the core profit, according to Foley.

“How do we help them drive more revenue more efficiently?” Foley said. “How do we help them drive more business? Cover conversions, key performance indicators—that gives us a good barometer on where business is and where we need to go. Where are you now and where do you hope to be?” This is an important question business owners must ask daily, and the answer is subject to change as the business evolves. Each retailer chooses the best ways to further their own goals. For some retailers, such as Auto Sound Specialists, co-branding can be a good solution. For others, remaining independent might be the better choice—this all depends on individual needs and aspirations for the future.

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Global automotive leather leader Katzkin and Tint World, the foremost window tinting and automotive styling retail franchise, have joined forces to create a new choice for total vehicle transformation. Together, Katzkin and Tint World bring more than 60 years of experience to the retail world. This partnership creates a full-service, one-stop approach to vehicle personalization that includes a complete cloth to leather interior transformation within a 24-hour installation timeframe. Katzkin will be available in 36 Tint World franchises throughout the country with an expected expansion into 45 Tint World franchises in the U.S., then will move into their International operations by year end. The alliance opens a new channel for consumers to upgrade their vehicles with the affordable luxury of a new leather interior, while further customizing their ride through other interior and exterior enhancements at the same time and same facility.

“There’s an enormous synergy between our two brands,” said Brooks Mayberry, CEO for Katzkin. “Beyond our reputation for service and quality, we’ve based our differentiation within the industry on establishing a new benchmark for automotive leather design. Katzkin offers an average of eight unique leather design options for each vehicle, giving the consumer choices that enable vehicle personalization,” said Mayberry. “Tint World has a stellar reputation for providing its customers every additional aspect of personalization, both inside and out, and we’re anxious to be part of that solution.”

Katzkin will be providing a state-of-the-art kiosk within each franchise store -- an industry first that provides a physical touch and feel leather sample as well as immediate access to the company’s “VIS” vehicle interior selector, with more than 500 pre-designs for over 1,000 vehicle patterns, with the option of Heated & “now Cooling” seats. An initial soft roll-out will begin throughout Tint World stores in late April, including point-of-sale materials and detailed ordering information.

According to Paul Pirro, Vice President of Dealer Operations for Tint World, both organizations provide quality and a distinctive reputation that goes well beyond industry standards. “Katzkin has long been regarded for its OEM and dealership work, and by teaming with Tint World, we can together open the doors to a burgeoning enthusiast audience that wants to create its own personalized ride experience.” With headquarters in Florida, the company began 32 years ago as a window tinting company and has grown into a full-service Automotive Styling Service Center. Tint World has a majority of franchises east of the Rockies with additional outlets in California and Texas. The company is currently building new stores in Canada, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai.

National Automotive Styling Centers™ announces its new online store which will provide customers a seamless shopping experience with factory-direct prices and free shipping to local stores for prompt installation

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Nov. 28, 2017 – Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™ has developed a revolutionary new way for customers to shop for automotive accessories and have them installed at their local franchise location.

The new Tint World® online store, which officially went live just in time for the holidays, bridges the gap between online shoppers and Tint World® brick and mortar stores.

“We’re always looking to stay ahead of the curve at Tint World®, both for our customers and for our franchisees,” said Charles J. Bonfiglio, Tint World® CEO. “Our new online store is the first in the industry to offer a streamlined system for purchasing automotive parts and accessories online and have the option to ship those purchases directly to a Tint World® location for fast, hassle-free installation.”

The option to find a local installer will cater to the “do-it-for-me” consumer, while the factory-direct pricing and Tint World® quality selection will appeal to the “do-it-yourself” auto enthusiast. Tint World® is an authorized seller and installer for all the brands it offers both instore and online, so consumers receive the benefit of receiving parts and labor from a single source.

“Shoppers are more informed now than ever,” Bonfiglio said. “By offering a convenient online shopping experience and competitive pricing, we’re able to provide more products to customers and the added-value of proper installation by knowledgeable experts. The customer will be able to identify nearby Tint World® locations based on geographic location and set installation appointments from the online store interface. This will allow for seamless communication between the online store and physical store locations, creating value on both sides of the transaction.”

Featuring thousands of automotive accessories and counting, the new online store offers automotive aftermarket styling products and accessories such as mobile electronics, auto security, custom wheels, performance parts and a variety of state-of-the-art accessories. While Tint World® boasts locations all over the U.S., the new online store will give everyone the opportunity to take advantage of Tint World®’s excellent product and service offering.

“We are proud to have partnered with our manufacturers and distribution warehouses to provide our customers with online shopping with factory-direct pricing,” Bonfiglio said. “It also allows us to simultaneously expand our franchisee’s product and service offerings without adding excessive inventory costs. It’s a win-win for Tint World® customers and franchisees.”

The Tint World® online store offers free shipping on purchases over $99 dollars, and all purchases that are shipped to a local Tint World® include free shipping as well. For more information, visit www.tintworld.com.

Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™ offer sales and installation of auto accessories, mobile electronics, audio video equipment, security systems, custom wheels and tire packages, window tinting, vehicle wraps, paint protection films, detailing services, nano ceramic coatings, maintenance and repair services, and more. Tint World® is also the leading provider of residential, commercial and marine computerized window tinting and security film services with locations throughout the U.S. and abroad, with franchise opportunities available worldwide.

Tint World, a leading auto accessory and window tinting franchise, has expanded its Roswell, Georgia location with the addition of 12-volt industry veteran Calvin Thomas. A past finalist for Mobile Electronics Magazine’s Installer of the Year award, Thomas brings decades of car audio, fabrication and integration experience to the Automotive Styling Centers location.

“Calvin’s can-do attitude coupled with his more than 20 years of experience allow him to tackle virtually any car audio project our customers can roll in,” said Amish Patel, Tint World® Roswell franchise owner. “The 12 volt industry isn’t as simple as it used to be 10 or 15 years ago and now, you have to be able to integrate aftermarket systems in a fashion that makes them appear OEM. Calvin’s custom fabrication experience will allow this service for our customers.”

Thomas comes to Tint World® with a reputation for award-winning projects and skills. A two-time nominee for the prestigious Installer of the Year award, he has also been named one of the Top 100 Installers by Mobile Electronics Magazine. His past experience includes work as a master fabricator, having built a number of International Auto Sound Challenge Association World Champion winning vehicles. As a Tint World® installer, Thomas hopes to leverage his 12 volt and fabrication experience as a benefit to the entire franchise system.

“Tint World® has a lot of things down pat and I want to expand on that and share my experiences and ideas with the entire business,” said Thomas. “There are a lot of opportunities to grow in the custom installation and fabrication sector and the more Tint World® learns as a business allows us to offer higher quality projects for our customers.”

Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™ are leading providers of automotive, marine, residential and commercial window tinting and also offer sales and installation of mobile electronics, audio/video equipment, security systems, auto accessories, detailing services and more. Stores are located throughout the U.S. and abroad, with franchise opportunities available worldwide.

To find out more, please visit www.tintworld.comand tintworldfranchise.com.

 Tint World, a leading auto accessory and window tinting franchise, has expanded its Naples, Florida service offering with the addition of 25-year automotive industry veteran Randy Swartz. An experienced 12-volt installer, fabricator and SEMA show car builder, Swartz will oversee all of the installation departments, customizations and high-end fabrication work as the location’s all-new store manager.

"There are only a handful of people in the country that possess Randy's skill set and overall industry knowledge,” said Michael Richards, Tint World® Naples franchise owner. “In addition to Tint World®’s core products and services, we can now offer next level fabrication and customization to become a true one-stop shop for all cars, trucks, boats and off-road vehicles. We are very excited Randy has joined the Tint World® Naples team, as his hire has turned the vision I had for a shop in southwest Florida into a reality. He’s a great guy and I know our customers are going to love him."

A Florida native, Swartz comes to Tint World® with an extensive background building and fabricating custom audio, 12-volt upgrades, exhaust systems, suspension components and everything in between for cars, trucks and motorcycles. Having spent 10 years working in his own shop in western Florida, Swartz built and installed custom parts for Corvettes and other exotics including Lamborghinis and Ferraris. In the 2000s, he built a SEMA display Corvette for a mobile electronics company and also contributed to show cars for Pioneer and Sony. Experienced with metal, wood and other composite fabrications, Swartz will allow Tint World® Naples to expand its custom fabrication and installation services for interior 12-volt upgrades and safety equipment, as well as suspension kits, forced induction and boat and motorcycle upgrades.

“Working with Tint World® will allow me to share my experience building and modifying cars, trucks and motorcycles with area enthusiasts and other Tint World® installers,” said Swartz. “I’ve been working on cars for nearly 30 years and even installed stereos in Ferraris before they offered them from the factory. I’m excited to help Tint World® grow as a whole and to continue doing what I love, now as a part of the best team in the industry.”

Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™ are leading providers of automotive, marine, residential and commercial window tinting and also offer sales and installation of mobile electronics, audio/video equipment, security systems, auto accessories, detailing services and more. Stores are located throughout the U.S. and abroad, with franchise opportunities available worldwide. 

Tint World® has opened its all-new Houston, Texas location. Owned and managed by Houston natives Brandon Sanders and Antwoine Stewart, along with business partner Emmanuel Sasu, the Westpark Drive store will provide area residents with a variety of services, including vehicle customization, residential and commercial window film and marine upgrades and styling.

“Brandon and Antwoine are perfect examples of just how accommodating the Tint World® franchise model is to business savvy individuals,” said Charles J. Bonfiglio, CEO of Tint World®. “With engineering and military backgrounds, their specialty before discovering our brand wasn’t necessarily automotive related, but they chose Tint World® because the system provided them with all the tools necessary to become a cornerstone of the Houston automotive accessories market.”

The process that led to the opening of the all-new Houston Tint World® began when Brandon, Antwoine’s uncle, and Emmanuel started looking for a new investment opportunity through franchise ownership. After considering his options for the area, Brandon consulted Antwoine and Emmanuel regarding a partnership, at which time they discovered the Tint World® business model. 

Located on Westpark Drive, the new Tint World® store opened its doors on August 23. Brandon and Emmanuel, are both Prairie View A&M University graduates, operate the business as owners while Antwoine serves as the stores’ general manager. The store will offer discounts and specials for Prairie View alumni and students, as well as U.S. Military veterans and active service members.

“What convinced us that Tint World® was the right opportunity was that it provides you to be your own boss and manage all aspects of a business, coupled with unlimited corporate training and support,” said Stewart. “We wanted to build a business that we enjoy and would benefit the local community we’re proud to call home, and given the size of Houston’s car and truck enthusiast scene, we’re well positioned to become the trusted automotive customization source for enthusiasts of all types.”

The all-new Tint World® Houston store is located at 5634 Westpark Drive, Houston, TX 77057 and is open Monday through Saturday. For those interested in employment opportunities, applications for experienced tint installers and 12 volt technicians are being accepted now. To find out more, call 832-404-2212.

Tint World® has made the Inc. 500|5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in the nation for 2015. This year’s inclusion marks the fourth year Tint World® has made the prestigious list.

“Being named to the Inc. 500|5000 list once again is truly a testament to the Tint World® model and the enormous amount of work that has been accomplished system-wide to ensure the brand continues to make significant strides,” said Charles J. Bonfiglio, CEO of Tint World®. “Our goal is to continue down this path as we continue to position Tint World® as the leading automotive customization and window tinting franchise in the world.”

The Tint World® franchise model is based around the Automotive Styling Centers™, which provide automotive, marine, residential and commercial window tinting and film installations. In addition to window tinting, Tint World® franchises offer sales and installation of mobile electronics, audio video equipment, security systems, auto accessories, detailing services and more. Owners are provided comprehensive corporate support during all phases of the opening process, including startup, location selection, training, marketing and sales support, and franchisees are encouraged to explore multi-store ownership opportunities. Currently, Tint World® has nearly 70 individual locations opened or in development throughout the U.S. with more planned, including internationally.

Tint World Automotive Styling Centers, a leading auto accessory and window tinting franchise, was ranked as the No. 3 Top Emerging franchise, No. 14 Fastest Growing franchise, and No. 36 Top 100 franchise of 2016 by Franchise Gator, one of the largest online franchise directories.

“Receiving consistent recognition as a top franchise shows that Tint World® goes beyond franchise expectations,” said Charles J. Bonfiglio, Tint World® CEO. “The achievements we’ve received as a franchise can be attributed in part to the business model we offer our store owners. We’re also constantly improving what we provide for our franchisees, from updated systems and training to unique and innovative technology, and it’s translated into success for the entire Tint World® team.”

Franchise Gator rankings are provided to prospective franchisees as a way to identify the best franchise investments. They rank franchises with a formula based on financial stability, growth, transparency, engagement, continuity and sustainability.

“We have some of the best franchisees out there, and none of this recognition happens without the hard work of each and every one of our store owners and their team members,” said Bonfiglio. “They work together by sharing new ideas and what’s worked for their market, and they are passionate about growing the Tint World® brand. We are always on the lookout for new franchisees who have that same mentality about owning and growing their own business.”

Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™ are leading providers of automotive, marine, residential and commercial window tinting and also offer sales and installation of mobile electronics, audio video equipment, security systems, auto accessories, custom wheels and tire packages, detailing services, maintenance and repair services, and more. Tint World® is also the leading provider of residential, commercial and marine computerized window tinting and security film services with locations throughout the U.S. and abroad, and franchise opportunities available worldwide.

For more information on Franchise Gator’s franchise rankings, visit www.franchisegator.com.

Tint World, a leading auto accessory and window tinting franchise, has announced an official partnership with automotive spoiler and hood scoop manufacturer, DAR Spoilers. With the agreement, DAR’s high quality, American-made products can be purchased and installed at Tint World Automotive Styling Centers nationwide.

“DAR Spoilers are the perfect complement to Tint World’s offerings,” said Charles J. Bonfiglio, CEO of Tint World. “DAR’s products are not only built to the highest standards in the automotive industry, the varieties they offer are expansive enough that virtually any customer can come into a Tint World location and get the spoiler of their dreams, allowing our customers yet another option to build their ideal car, truck or SUV.”

Providing factory and custom-style spoilers for more than 700 models of automobiles, DAR Spoilers builds, paints and ships all products from their north Texas headquarters. Each spoiler and hood scoop is made to order and the PPG paint can be matched according to a manufacturer’s paint code. As an approved Tint World vendor, DAR Spoilers’ products – including several no-drill spoilers – will be available on Tint World’s e-commerce site as well as in-store. All products can be installed by Tint World technicians who will have constant access to installation support from DAR Spoilers.

“Aftermarket spoilers, especially ones built overseas, can have a bad reputation, but our products are American-made and tested for durability, ensuring the perfect fit each and every time,” said Jordan Imhoff, product manager at DAR Spoilers. “From our partnership with Tint World, customers can purchase our spoilers and have them installed professionally for hundreds of dollars less than what a comparable spoiler would cost at a dealership.”

Tint World Automotive Styling Centers are leading providers of automotive, marine, residential and commercial window tinting and also offer sales and installation of mobile electronics, audio/video equipment, security systems, auto accessories, detailing services and more. Stores are located throughout the U.S. and abroad, with franchise opportunities available worldwide.

To find out more, please visit www.tintworld.comand tintworldfranchise.com.

National Automotive Styling Centers™ has teamed up with Directed, a world leader in automotive electronics, to offer customers the world’s bestselling vehicle security and remote starters

BOCA RATON, Fla. – March 30, 2017 – Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™, an auto accessory and window tinting franchise, has partnered with Directed to offer customers their full line of Viper security and remote starter products.

“This new Viper program generated massive responses from the Tint World network,” said Paul Pirro, executive vice president at Tint World®. “All of our owners and techs are excited about this deal and what it means for their businesses, as well as for Tint World® customers.”

Viper created the smartphone car control category and is pioneering the keyless lifestyle revolution with Viper SmartStart, which has been downloaded to more than two million iPhone, Android and BlackBerry smartphones.

“Tint World® has grown immensely since they started franchising,” said Al Fontane, Directed vice president of sales, eastern region. “Having all the Tint World® stores carrying and selling the Viper brand name is strong for us. Customers will even have the option to use our website configurator to create the Viper system they want and then go directly to their nearest Tint World® store to get the system set up.”

“I love it when two leaders in their category and space can get together and do business,” said Charles J. Bonfiglio, Tint World® CEO. “If you poll people asking about the best brand in automotive remote start and security, they’re going to say Viper. This partnership just solidifies our position as the top independent automotive franchise out there.”

Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™ offer sales and installation of mobile electronics, audio video equipment, security systems, auto accessories, custom wheels and tire packages, detailing services, maintenance and repair services, and more. Tint World® is also the leading provider of residential, commercial and marine computerized window tinting and security film services with locations throughout the U.S. and abroad, and franchise opportunities available worldwide.

For more information about Directed, and specifically their Viper line of products, visit http://www.Viper.com/.

For more information on Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™ and national franchise business opportunities available now, visit tintworldfranchise.com.

Rapid growth cited as need for new franchisee website for National Automotive Styling Centers™

BOCA RATON, Fla. – June 22, 2018 – Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™, a leading auto accessory and window tinting franchise, announced today the company’s updated franchise opportunity website, which outlines the growing opportunities in the automotive styling industry and what sets apart Tint World® from other franchises, not only in the automotive space but across all franchise markets.

“Updating the franchise opportunity side of our web presence has been a huge passion project for me,” said Charles J. Bonfiglio, CEO of Tint World®. “There are so many opportunities in the automotive styling industry, and since we’re the fastest-growing independent automotive franchise, I felt it was important to help convey the advantages that entrepreneurs, regardless of background, have by joining the Tint World® family.”

The new Tint World® franchise site offers a variety of information about the automotive aftermarket industry, as well as crucial information about Tint World®, from virtual tours of local stores, company videos and an outline of the company’s aggressive, strategy-driven online marketing; to an overview of Tint World®’s Single Sign-On Franchise System, which provides each franchisee with a simple and intuitive modular cloud-based platform to manage their entire franchise business.

“We’ve set a goal of having 300 stores by 2025,” Bonfiglio said. “This summer alone we’re looking at nine new store openings, eight of which are stateside with the last being in Dubai. We’re looking to make headway overseas in the coming months with more international franchise opportunities. We’re also looking to expand even further in the U.S. into areas like Colorado, Virginia, Connecticut, and South Carolina, and to boost our presence in states like Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and California.”

The new site also outlines Tint World®’s 6-step process to ownership, as well as the variety of franchise programs that include single-store franchise, multi-store franchise, and international master-franchise opportunities, along with conversion store programs and co-brand store programs, which offer discounted franchise fees.

“Ultimately, the goal is to make the process of discovering and deciding on a Tint World® franchise as streamlined and informative as possible,” Bonfiglio said. “As a former franchisee in the automotive services world, I have a unique understanding of what entrepreneurs are looking for—and what they need—to succeed. Above all, we’re looking forward to finding people from all walks of life who see the benefit, excitement and the potential of opening up their own Tint World® store.”

For more information, please visit: https://www.tintworld.com/franchise-opportunities

Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™ offer sales and installation of auto accessories, mobile electronics, audio video equipment, security systems, custom wheels and tire packages, window tinting, vehicle wraps, paint protection films, detailing services, nano ceramic coatings, maintenance and repair services, and more. Tint World® is also the leading provider of residential, commercial and marine computerized window tinting and security film services with locations throughout the U.S. and abroad, withfranchise opportunitiesavailable worldwide.

Founded in 1982, Tint World® has grown to become an award-winning franchised provider of automotive styling, residential, commercial and marine window tinting and security film services. With Automotive Styling Centers™ in the U.S. and abroad, each franchise location houses approximately 20 profit centers, ranging from in-store accessory installations to off-site sales and installation of residential, commercial and marine window tinting and security films. To find out more, please visit www.tintworld.com and tintworldfranchise.com.

National Automotive Styling Centers™ franchise teams with national auto accessory manufacturer

BOCA RATON, Florida –May 10, 2018--Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™, a leading auto customization and window tinting franchise, has partnered with Rostra Accessories, a leading manufacturer of aftermarket auto accessories, to expand its product offerings.

“Rostra Accessories is one of the leading manufacturers of cruise controls, backup cameras and parking assistance systems,” said Charles Bonfiglio, CEO of Tint World®. “Not only will this partnership give our stores more product offerings, but Tint World® customers will have access to a wide variety of new safety and convenience products to choose from.”

The largest supplier of cruise controls and automotive accessories in the North American aftermarket, Rostra Accessories produces a variety of specialty aftermarket add-ons for automobiles, including new technologies that integrate cameras into the vehicle to assist with backing up, obstacle detection, parking assistance and dashboard recording. Rostra has recently introduced a complete line of new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 111 (FMVSS 111) compliant cameras that adhere to this new camera requirement effective May 01, 2018.

“This is our first partnership with a multi-chain retail outfit, and we chose Tint World® because of their reputation and reach,” said Pete Kallgren, president of Rostra Accessories. “By partnering with their stores, we can help them expand the products available to consumers, particularly in the realm of cruise controls and other specialty products. A lot of people don’t realize that if your car doesn’t have cruise control, you have the ability to add it with a quick, cost-effective installation. So now if you come to Tint World® to get a new stereo system, window tint, or paint protection, you can also get a cruise control while you’re at it.”

As part of the partnership, Tint World® franchisees will be able to select from Rostra’s wide array of cruise controls, after-market cameras and LED lighting to sell in their stores. Both franchise owners and customers will benefit from the expansion of options available to consumers, specifically with custom and OEM solutions.

“Loren [Mikesell] from Rostra was integral in helping setup this partnership,” Bonfiglio said. “We love working with vendors who understand what we bring to the market and that know they can develop new business opportunities with their products by teaming up with Tint World®.”

Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™ offer sales and installation of auto accessories, mobile electronics, audio video equipment, security systems, custom wheels and tire packages, window tinting, vehicle wraps, paint protection films, detailing services, nano ceramic coatings, maintenance and repair services, and more. Tint World® is also the leading provider of residential, commercial and marine computerized window tinting and security film services with locations throughout the U.S. and abroad, withfranchise opportunities available worldwide.

Rostra, an ISO 9001 and TS 16949 Certified company, in addition to supplying OEM components to some of the world's largest auto and truck component manufacturers, is also North America's single largest supplier of cruise controls and automotive accessories to the North American aftermarket automotive. We are currently pioneering the development and marketing of innovative automotive accessories. Backed by nearly 150 years of experience in precision manufacturing, we have earned our reputation as an ideal partner throughout the automotive industry. For more information, call 800-782-3379 or visitwww.rostra.com.

Founded in 1982, Tint World® has grown to become an award-winning franchised provider of automotive, residential, commercial and marine window tinting and security film services. With Automotive Styling Centers™ in the U.S. and abroad, each franchise location houses approximately 20 profit centers, ranging from in-store accessory installations to off-site sales and installation of residential, commercial and marine window tinting and security films. To find out more, please visit www.tintworld.com and tintworldfranchise.com.

National Automotive Styling Centers™ franchise teams with nanotechnology-based windshield protection company.

BOCA RATON, Florida –June 6, 2018--Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™, a leading auto customization and window tinting franchise, has partnered with the Canadian company Alchemy, manufacturers of a breakthrough windshield-protection application based on cutting-edge nanotechnology.

“Alchemy’s ExoShield is at a whole new level for windshield film,” said Charles Bonfiglio, CEO of Tint World®. “The company’s state-of-the-art technology makes the ExoShield easy to apply and durable, and it protects your windshield better than any other product that’s out there. This is a really important addition to Tint World®’s offerings that will keep our customers safe and save them money in the long run.”

New smart features like Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) and Heads-Up Displays (HUD) are embedded in windshield glass, a development that has driven up the cost of replacement windshields in recent years. With some replacements costing $1,500 or more, ExoShield’s protection is more important than ever. ExoShield is composed of proprietary nanomaterials that increase impact resistance up to six times the industry standard and block 99.9 percent of harmful UV rays.

“This partnership with Tint World® will make ExoShield accessible to a significantly larger market,” said Khanjan Desai, co-founder and CEO of Alchemy. “More than that, it demonstrates that the experts in the automotive aftermarket believe in our product and our technology and want to get the best technology out in front of their customers.”

Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™ offer sales and installation of auto accessories, mobile electronics, audio video equipment, security systems, custom wheels and tire packages, window tinting, vehicle wraps, paint protection films, detailing services, nano ceramic coatings, maintenance and repair services, and more. Tint World® is also the leading provider of residential, commercial and marine computerized window tinting and security film services with locations throughout the U.S. and abroad, with franchise opportunities available worldwide.

Alchemy, previously Neverfrost, was founded in May 2013 by a group of Nanotechnology Engineering graduates from the University of Waterloo. The company began with an intent to commercialize a breakthrough innovation in anti-frost nanocoatings, and soon thereafter expanded its technological infrastructure to include the current ExoShield technologies.

At Alchemy, our ambition and vision is quite simple: to build a nanotechnology company for the 21st century. We believe that with the right platform technologies, a culture that encourages creative risk taking, and a modern approach towards creating and commercializing technology, we can deliver high performance nanotechnology powered solutions to enhance all types of materials around us. For more information about Alchemy, visit https://alchemynano.com/

ExoShield is a thin, transparent film applied on the exterior surface of a windshield, using the same skills and tools used for applying window tint. The state-of-the-art nanomaterials behind ExoShield enable a wide array of benefits for every automotive vehicle and operation type. ExoShield films can prevent stone chips, improve visibility, and block UV radiation. For more information about ExoShield, visitwww.alchemynano.com/exoshield.

Founded in 1982, Tint World® has grown to become an award-winning franchised provider of automotive, residential, commercial and marine window tinting and security film services. With Automotive Styling Centers™ in the U.S. and abroad, each franchise location houses approximately 20 profit centers, ranging from in-store accessory installations to off-site sales and installation of residential, commercial and marine window tinting and security films. To find out more, please visit www.tintworld.com and tintworldfranchise.com.

National Automotive Styling Centers™ franchise opens its first store in UAE capital

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates. –July 20, 2018 –Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™,a leading auto accessory and window tinting franchise, has entered the growing United Arab Emirates market with its first store in Dubai, owned and operated by entrepreneur and education advocateKhalil Hijazi. The store celebrates its grand opening on July 20.

Hijazi and Tint World® CEO Charles J. Bonfiglio connected during a long late-night Skype conversation in which they discussed cars, family, entrepreneurship, and a shared interest in introducing the Tint World®  brand to Dubai. Their friendship ultimately led to Hijazi’s acquisition of a master franchise license for the UAE and plans to open as many as six stores in the country.

“Khalil’s background as an entrepreneur and Dubai’s passion for cars make this a perfect fit for the Tint World® family,” Bonfiglio said. “He and his family have a lot of business experience in the region, and they have the knowledge and financial resources necessary to enter a new, competitive market. This is an important and exciting new phase for the Tint World® brand, and we wouldn’t be making this leap without a partner we trust.”

Hijazi attributes his entrepreneurial vision to his family, which instilled a sense of enterprise as well as a grounding in faith and ethics. Hijazi also manages his family’s businesses in education, automotive, construction, and the medical field and teaches a class on entrepreneurship for high-school students.

“Entrepeneurship and education are a way of life for me,” Hijazi said. “I’ve been involved in business since I was 13, and establishing the Tint World® brand in the Dubai market is an enormous opportunity. Charles’ record of success speaks for itself.”

The Dubai location marks the second store in the Arabian Gulf, with the first being in Saudi Arabia. Tint World® is seeking franchise master partners to continue to develop Tint World® in the area, specifically in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar.

Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™ offer sales and installation of auto accessories, mobile electronics, audio video equipment, security systems, custom wheels and tire packages, window tinting, vehicle wraps, paint protection films, detailing services, nano ceramic coatings, maintenance and repair services, and more. Tint World® is also the leading provider of residential, commercial and marine computerized window tinting and security film services with locations throughout the U.S. and abroad, withfranchise opportunitiesavailable worldwide.

Founded in 1982, Tint World® has grown to become an award-winning franchised provider of automotive, residential, commercial and marine window tinting and security film services. With Automotive Styling Centers™ in the U.S. and abroad, each franchise location houses approximately 20 profit centers, ranging from in-store accessory installations to off-site sales and installation of residential, commercial and marine window tinting and security films. To find out more, please visit www.tintworld.comand tintworldfranchise.com.

National Automotive Styling Center™ opens first Alabama location in Tuscaloosa

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Sept. 26, 2017 – Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™ has opened a new location in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Owned and operated by local entrepreneur Rodney Guy, the store will provide the community with a variety of services, including mobile electronics and car stereo upgrades, vehicle customization, automotive, residential and commercial window film, as well as marine audio and styling.

“As the largest independent auto-styling franchise, we see it as part of our mission to make Tint World® available to our customers across the nation,” said Charles Bonfiglio, President and CEO of Tint World®. “We are proud to open our services to the community of Tuscaloosa and feel confident Rodney is the right guy for the job. His personality and passion for the business are going to take him far as a franchisee, and we’re happy to see this dream of his come true.”

This year alone, Tint World® has partnered with companies such as ARC Audio, Dash Designs, Directed, Keystone Automotive Operations, Romik®, Secure 24, Scrape Armor, and VOXX Electronics Corporation. Residents in Tuscaloosa  and the surrounding areas will have access to these products and more.  

The new Tint World® Tuscaloosa store is located at 3621 Resource Drive and is open Monday through Saturday. To find out more, call 205-614-9006.

Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™ offer sales and installation of auto accessories, mobile electronics, audio video equipment, security systems, custom wheels and tire packages, window tinting, vehicle wraps, paint protection films, detailing services, nano ceramic coatings, maintenance and repair services, and more. Tint World® is also the leading provider of residential, commercial and marine computerized window tinting and security film services with locations throughout the U.S. and abroad, with franchise opportunities available worldwide.

National Automotive Styling Centers™ franchise’s first Delaware location will also serve southern New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania

WILMINGTON, Del.–July 17, 2018—Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™, a leading auto accessory and window tinting franchise, announced today the opening of its first Delaware location in Wilmington. Under the ownership of local entrepreneur Jason Heller, the store will serve the Tri-State area that includes northern Delaware, southern New Jersey, and eastern Pennsylvania.

Heller, who previously worked in emergency services and regional sales and operations management, first became interested in a Tint World® franchise in 2013.

“I wanted it to be something I’m passionate about, not just another job,” Heller said. “And I’m a car guy, especially when it comes to styling and looks. Everything Tint World® does, I’ve had done to a car, from window tinting to upgrading the audio system. And the Tint World® family really provides exceptional support–their national branding and solid marketing plan are ultimately what sold me.”  

Tint World® of Wilmington will provide a full range of automotive styling and safety services including automotive tint, automotive paint protection film, mobile electronics,advanced driver-assistance systemsand car stereo upgrades, and residential and commercial window film.

“Jason’s experience in retail and management make him a perfect fit for the Tint World® family, and the fact that he’s been involved on the customer side of automotive styling is something extra he brings,” said Charles J. Bonfiglio, CEO of Tint World®. “His enthusiasm about the products and services we offer is something that his employees and customers will notice and appreciate, and the fact that he’s been on the other side of the counter means he’s extremely focused on customer satisfaction.”

The all-new Tint World® of Wilmington store is located at 400 N. Maryland Ave. For more information, call (302) 595-9100.

Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™ offer sales and installation of auto accessories, mobile electronics, audio video equipment, security systems, custom wheels and tire packages, window tinting, vehicle wraps, paint protection films, detailing services, nano ceramic coatings, maintenance and repair services, and more. Tint World® is also the leading provider of residential, commercial and marine computerized window tinting and security film services with locations throughout the U.S. and abroad, withfranchise opportunitiesavailable worldwide.

Founded in 1982, Tint World® has grown to become an award-winning franchised provider of automotive styling, residential, commercial and marine window tinting and security film services. With Automotive Styling Centers™ in the U.S. and abroad, each franchise location houses approximately 20 profit centers, ranging from in-store accessory installations to off-site sales and installation of residential, commercial and marine window tinting and security films. To find out more, please visit www.tintworld.comand tintworldfranchise.com.

National Automotive Styling Centers™ opens 13th Florida franchise location in Fort Myers

BOCA RATON, Fla. –May 19, 2017 – Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™ has opened a new location in Fort Myers, Fla. Owned and operated by Mark and Dana Hamilton, the new store is the 13th Tint World® location in Florida and will provide residents with a variety of services, including mobile electronics and car stereo upgrades, vehicle customization, automotive, residential and commercial window film, as well as marine audio and styling.

“Mark’s a retail veteran and knows how to run a customer-oriented business that offers a great experience,” said Charles J. Bonfiglio, Tint World® CEO. “He’s a perfect fit for the Tint World® family and has a great opportunity to give the people of Fort Myers a professional, reliable location for all their automotive styling and customization needs.”

Hamilton always had a passion for cars, and when he and his wife attended a Tint World® Discovery Day, they both knew Tint World® was the next step in their journey to business ownership.

“If you had given 20-year-old me a million dollars and asked me to open my dream business, Tint World® would just about be it,” said Mark Hamilton. “Over my 25 plus years in retail, I’ve watched a lot of stores close and get bought out, but what really sold me on Tint World® was its sustainability, even in the age of internet sales. Sure, you can buy a lot of automotive parts and products online—I’ve certainly done it—but if you can’t install it yourself, you’ve got to go to an expert. We want our store to be the expert location for all your automotive needs in Fort Myers.”

When setting up the new store, Hamilton approached the design the way he would want it if he was a customer.

“We want to make sure that everyone, from a mom who’s there with her kids to a car enthusiast like myself, feels comfortable and knows they’ll be getting great service as soon as they enter our shop,” said Hamilton. “The showroom is clean and inviting with a comfortable sitting area for those who want to stick around while their car is worked on. We’ve even got a window from the showroom into the garage so even the most discerning customer can watch as their car is being worked on.”

The all-new Tint World® Fort Myers store is located at 12931 Metro Parkway, Suite 1, Fort Myers, FL 33966 and is open Monday through Saturday. To find out more, call 239-800-9552.

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Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™ offer sales and installation of mobile electronics, audio video equipment, security systems, auto accessories, custom wheels and tire packages, detailing services, maintenance and repair services, and more. Tint World® is also the leading provider of residential, commercial and marine computerized window tinting and security film services with locations throughout the U.S. and abroad, with franchise opportunities available worldwide. 

National Automotive Styling Centers™ awards franchisees at 11th International Franchise Convention

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Feb. 22, 2019 -- Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™, a leading auto customization and window tinting franchise, honored their top performing franchise owners at its 11th annual International Franchise Convention held Feb. 17-19 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando Florida.

The convention featured a vendor trade show, seminars and training, while an awards banquet on Feb. 19 recognized top-performing franchises. This year’s theme was “Play to Win,” and attendees learned best practices to boost sales and run their stores more efficiently.

In 2018, Tint World® reported an increase of chainwide sales of more than 27 percent from 2017 to 2018, and an increase in store locations from 54 in 2017 to 68 in 2018. The company also entered the growing United Arab Emirates market with its first store in Dubai. There are currently 21 more locations in development across the United States and Canada.“The convention is an annual highlight for the Tint World® family,” said Charles J. Bonfiglio, CEO of Tint World®. “Our owners have the opportunity to grow and learn from each other as we come together to celebrate the previous year’s successes and plan ahead for the future. Franchise owners have an opportunity to have one-on-one time with vendors, but they also have one-on-time with each other. The Tint World® family is constantly growing, and the exchange of ideas during this convention re-energizes our team every year.”

Tint World® presented the following awards in recognition of achievments earned throughout the 2018 business year:
  • Franchise of The Year — Acey and Kerri Light, Lubbock, Texas
  • Best Performing Franchise — Jeff and Penny Rackley, The Colony, Texas
  • Best Performing Franchise — John and Carole Anhalt, Webster, Texas
  • Best Performing Franchise — Randy Silver and Austin Silver, Cary, North Carolina
  • Most Improved Franchise — Pedro Flores, Midland, Texas
  • Most Improved Franchise — Abdul Afaghani and Sultan Alafghani, Santa Clara, California
  • Most Improved Franchise — Patrick McNiven, Boca Raton and Hollywood, Florida
  • First Franchise to Exceed $1 Million in Sales the First Year — Santiago and Dominica Rojas, Massapesqua Park, New York
  • Local Marketing Impact — Pete and Barbra Muller, Longwood, Florida
  • Franchise Mentor of the Year — Xan Owens, Morgan Hill, California
  • Top Gun Franchise — Tim and Stacy Kjaer, Medford, New York
  • New Franchise Ambassador of the Year — Mike Richards and Rodney Thiel, Grapevine, Texas
  • Area Developer of the Year — Danny Shenko, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Tim and Stacy Kjaer, co-owners of the Medford/Long Island, New York store, along with manager Kurt Kaufman were once again honored for being in the $2 Million Club. Members of the $1 Million Club included Rodney Thiel and Mike Richards, owner of the Grapevine, Texas store, Danny Shenko and Mike Rogers, of the Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, location; Acey and Kerri Light, owners of the Lubbock, Texas store and Santiago and Dominica Rojas, owners of the Massapequa Park, New York store.
 
In addition to these awards, thirty-two Tint World® owners were recognized as part of the 5-Star Program, which is a comprehensive pathway for franchise owners to improve operations and increase sales. Tint World® also honored ARC Audio with the Vendor of the Year Award.
 
“Many of our franchise owners performed exceedingly well in 2018,” said Paul Pirro, executive vice president of Tint World®. “We had several stores that deserved to be recognized as ‘best performing franchises,’ as well as several other stores that had improved a tremendous amount, earning them the title of ‘most improved.’ Tint World® franchise owners are extremely driven and passionate about what they do, and it’s always a pleasure to see them recognized for their hard work.”
 
Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™ offer sales and installation of auto accessories, mobile electronics, audio video equipment, security systems, custom wheels and tire packages, window tinting, vehicle wraps, paint protection films, detailing services, nano ceramic coatings, maintenance and repair services, and more. Tint World® is also the leading provider of residential, commercial and marine computerized window tinting and security film services with locations throughout the U.S. and abroad, with franchise opportunities available worldwide.
 
Founded in 1982, Tint World® has grown to become an award-winning franchised provider of automotive styling, residential, commercial and marine window tinting and security film services. With Automotive Styling Centers™ in the U.S. and abroad, each franchise location houses approximately 20 profit centers, ranging from in-store accessory installations to off-site sales and installation of residential, commercial and marine window tinting and security films. To find out more, please visit www.tintworld.com and tintworldfranchise.com.

National Automotive Styling Centers™ earns Franchise Business Review’s annual Franchisee Satisfaction Award – Best Franchise Opportunities for 2017

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Feb. 20, 2017 –Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™, a leading auto accessory and window tinting franchise, was honored as one of Franchise Business Review’s Best Franchise Opportunities for 2017, based on surveys conducted with franchisees to determine actual satisfaction and performance.  

“Owning a business can be tough sometimes,” said Randy Silver, franchisee owner of the Raleigh, North Carolina Tint World®. “But I always know the team at Tint World® has my back. When I tell people we’re a part of the Tint World® family, it really does feel like a family. I can pick up the phone—it doesn’t matter what time of day—and someone from Tint World® is going to be there to talk with me. That kind of dedication to a franchisee is amazing.”

Franchise Business Review surveyed more than 26,000 actual franchise owners, representing more than 350 leading franchise brands. Tint World was identified as a top 50 franchise in the Medium (50-99 locations) franchise size class based on franchisee satisfaction.

“The corporate team at Tint World® was pivotal to our success,” said Gary Sarfati, franchisee owner of the North Miami Beach, Florida Tint World®. “Right from the start, the franchise operations team were persistent and helped us step outside our comfort zone and put together a team that has the same enthusiasm and excitement for our business as we do. We’re already seeing a great improvement, and my brother, Alberto, who co-owns the shop with me, and I are already looking to expand to more stores.”

“Our entire franchise corporate staff is committed to providing outstanding support to our franchisees,” said Charles J. Bonfiglio, Tint World® CEO. “Whether it’s through our intensive and ongoing training programs, or our annual franchisee convention, the entire corporate team at Tint World® understands the importance of putting our franchisees first. This recognition reinforces that we’re doing everything we can to help our store owners succeed.”

Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™ offer sales and installation of mobile electronics, audio video equipment, security systems, auto accessories, custom wheels and tire packages, detailing services, maintenance and repair services, and more. Tint World® is also the leading provider of residential, commercial and marine computerized window tinting and security film services with locations throughout the U.S. and abroad, and franchise opportunities available worldwide.

For more information on Franchise Business Review’s annual Franchisee Satisfaction Awards, visit http://topfranchises.franchisebusinessreview.com/franchisee-satisfaction-award-winners-2017/.

For more information on Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™ and national franchise business opportunities available now, visit tintworldfranchise.com.

National Automotive Styling Centers™ earns 2017 ranking as one of the top U.S.-based franchise brands

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Jan. 11, 2017 – Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™ has been named to Entrepreneur’s 2017 Franchise 500® list. Recognized for its worldwide revenue and international standings, Tint World®’s ranking marks the third year the company has been named one of the 500 top-performing franchise brands.

“What this award really shows is the strength of our store owners and the hard work that our corporate team has put into helping the Tint World® brand grow,” said Charles J. Bonfiglio, Tint World® CEO. “It’s an honor to know that we’ve become not only one of the top automotive franchises, but also one of the top franchises, period.”

Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500® ranks franchises by factors such as financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system. Out of the top 500 franchises, Tint World® was ranked 257 overall, jumping up a total of 114 spots from 2016, and also placed in the top 15 of automotive franchise businesses.

“The past several years have been great for us,” said Bonfiglio. “We’re expanding all across the U.S. and even further into Canada, we’ve negotiated exciting vendor partnerships, and we’re seeing more and more people, both customers and entrepreneurs, interested being a part of the Tint World® family. We can’t wait to carry this momentum into 2017 and beyond.”

Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™ are leading providers of automotive, marine, residential and commercial window tinting and also offer sales and installation of mobile electronics, audio video equipment, security systems, auto accessories, custom wheels and tire packages, detailing services, maintenance and repair services, and more. Tint World® is also the leading provider of residential, commercial and marine computerized window tinting and security film services with locations throughout the U.S. and abroad, and franchise opportunities available worldwide.

For more information on Entrepreneur’s 38th annual Franchise 500® rankings, visit http://www.entrepreneur.com/franchise500.

For more information on Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™ and national franchise business opportunities available now, visit http://tintworldfranchise.com/.

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