Franchisee

ONE BIG TOY: After operating her own toy store for seven years, Stella Downie doesn’t see much difference as the owner of several Sky Zone trampoline park franchises in Rhode Island and Massachusetts that also promote fun and play.
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Franchisee: Stella Downie

Stella Downie | Sky Zone LLC | 70 Pawtucket Ave., East ProvidenceThe pitch: Sky Zone is a trampoline park that offers traditional jumping, as...
FINANCIAL PLANNING: Jeffrey Kreyssig, owner of Padgett Business Services, meets with client Abbey Dyer, office manager for Narragansett Property Management, in his Narragansett office.
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Franchisee: Jeffrey Kreyssig

Franchisee: Jeffrey Kreyssig Padgett Business Services | 140 Point Judith Road, No. C29, NarragansettThe pitch: Padgett Business Services provides financial services, such as accounting and...
SPINNERS: Claire Hayes, left, and her mother, Sheila Hayes, are the franchise owners of Cyclebar in Smithfield. They opened the franchise after Claire began spinning classes while living in Massachusetts and spoke to her mom about opening a location in Rhode Island.
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Franchisee: Sheila and Claire Hayes

The pitch: Cyclebar is a premium, indoor-cycling studio that has 41 spinning cycles – each with monitors showing health statistics. An instructor leads the...
CHILD CARE: Clay and Gina Johnson are the owners of The Goddard School in South Kingstown. The school offers all-day child care preschool programs for infants through prekindergarten. There are 120 students enrolled this semester.
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Franchisee: Clay and Gina Johnson

Clay and Gina Johnson | The Goddard School | 20 Preservation Way, South KingstownThe pitch: The Goddard School offers all-day child care preschool programs...
RAPID RESPONSE: Sejal Patel, foreground, co-owns the new Firehouse Subs franchise in Cranston. She’s pictured with Alicia Martinelli, shift leader, and Sovannara Keo, crew member, in the background. The business collects donations for grants awarded to police and fire departments.
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Franchisee: Sejal and Harsh Patel

Sejal and Harsh Patel | Firehouse Subs | 1000 Chapel View Blvd., Suite 108, CranstonThe pitch: Firehouse Subs makes and sells sub sandwiches and...
ENTREPRENEUR AT HEART: Matt Rusconi, second from left, franchise owner of Moe’s Southwest Grill in East Providence, with, from left, Remon Gergis, director of operations; Alyssa Hawksley, shift lead; and Gail Brisson, general manager, as the team prepares food.                                                                                     /   PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Franchisee: Matt Rusconi

Matt Rusconi | Moe’s Southwest Grill | East Providence, South Kingstown and WarwickThe Pitch: Moe’s Southwest Grill offers an extensive menu of Mexican food,...
REWARDING WORK: Joe Lomastro, center, franchise owner of Signarama on Post Road in North Kingstown, with Tom Iacobucci, owner of Sears Hometown Store, and Lauren DeAquair, graphic designer.
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Franchisee: Joe Lomastro

Joe Lomastro | Signarama | 6855 Post Road, North KingstownThe pitch: Signarama is a full-service sign company, where custom signs, such as banners or...
CUSTOMER-FOCUSED: Adam Rizzo, left, franchise owner of 1-800 Water Damage, with Aaron Belanger, restoration tech. ­Rizzo said the company is customer-service oriented, geared toward meeting customers’ ­expectations.  
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Franchisee: Adam Rizzo

Franchisee: Adam Rizzo | 1-800 Water Damage | 140 Comstock Parkway, No. 9, CranstonThe Pitch: 1-800 Water Damage offers carpet cleaning, fire/smoke restoration, mold...
CAREER CHANGE: Jose and Lyndsey Pachon, co-owners of Nexus Property Management in Fall River. Jose Pachon was previously a professional poker player, but after being unable to increase his income playing poker locally, he began looking for a career change and developed a business relationship with Nexus founder and CEO Nicholas D’Agnillo, who he met through his poker playing.
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Franchisees: Jose and Lyndsey Pachon

Franchisee: Jose and Lyndsey PachonNexus Property Management | 251 South Main St., Fall RiverThe pitch: Nexus Property Management, with a corporate office based in...
FOCUSED SERVICE: Maria and Ed Passarelli, franchise owners of Sport Clips Haircuts, a hair-cutting business for men, with locations in Warwick and Lincoln. In the background are, from left, Charly Rose Stanton and Vanessa Glaude, stylists, and Sarah Cloutier, manager, at the Warwick location.
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Franchisee: Ed and Maria Passarelli

Ed and Maria Passarelli Sport Clips Haircuts 618 George Washington Highway, Lincoln; 1500 Bald Hill Road, Unit 1C, WarwickThe pitch: Sport Clips Haircuts offers haircuts for...
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