CARSTAR announced the hiring of Sam Freeman as vice president of franchise development. Freeman enters this new role at CARSTAR after serving as the director of franchise sales for one of CARSTAR’s sister brands under the parent company of Driven Brands, Inc.
As the director of franchise sales, Freeman drove significant growth assisting existing owners with additional centers, as well as adding new franchisees to the system. Transitioning into an elevated role with CARSTAR, Freeman is looking forward to supporting existing franchisees by identifying their potential for multi-center ownership, and will grow CARSTAR by uncovering new potential markets. To ease the process of CARSTAR’s conversion program that targets single-unit body shops, Freeman will work closely with the real estate team to create a seamless platform for new and existing franchisees.
“I’m thrilled to join CARSTAR, which has an outstanding method of converting independent shop owners and enhancing their profitability. The processes and synergy created by Dave Schaefers and Michael Macaluso among CARSTAR and the other automotive aftermarket franchise concepts at Driven Brands is unmatched in our industry,” said Freeman. “CARSTAR is leading the charge in the consolidation that is occurring within the collision industry. Many independent auto shops often do not have a consistent and time-effective process in place; I’m looking forward to helping more of those businesses get off the ground and adding to our remarkable franchise system.”