Monster Tree Service franchisees, Bill Baxter and John Parra, are further growing the arborist and tree service franchise’s presence in the U.S.
Entrepreneur John Parra purchased the rights to the northern Rhode Island territory, covering Cumberland, Lincoln, Smithfield, Johnston, and surrounding areas, while Bill Baxter’s territory in Flowery Branch, Georgia covers Gainesville, Buford, Cumming, Braselton, and surrounding areas.
A seasoned professional in the area of tree care, Parra aims to officially launch his business in early July. Drawing on his experience working on his father’s tree farm in Brazil, Parra is excited to continue his family’s legacy in the tree business.
“Growing up, I learned a lot from my father,” said Parra. “ His strong work ethic and love of the outdoors is still with me today. Our family farm raised pine and eucalyptus trees that were eventually turned into pulp and then exported to the United States to make cardboard. Even before I made Rhode Island my home, I felt like I had a connection to this country.
“I am so excited to join the Monster Tree Service team. I have always loved nature and working outside. I’m looking forward to this new chapter as a small-business owner. I have developed a tight-knit team of tree care professionals. It’s like working in a big family. We can’t wait to get started.”
CEO and founder Josh Skolnick is confident that Parra will be an asset to the Monster Tree Service franchise. “John is a perfect fit for the Monster Tree Service brand,” said Skolnick. “He has an incredible work ethic, an unparalleled drive to succeed and a keen understanding of business. We are very glad to have him on our team. I can’t wait to see his growth in the coming years.”
Georgia territory franchisee Bill Baxter hit the ground running, bringing the franchise to his community. Baxter left a successful career as an information technology consultant to pursue his entrepreneurial ambitions, investing in the Monster Tree Service franchise.
Bill Baxter and wife Jackie, Monster Tree Services
Baxter said, “I love being out in the community and meeting people. As an IT consultant, being comfortable selling your business expertise is very important. It’s the same with tree service. I enjoy showing my customers how we can add value to their properties.
“When I decided to become a small-business owner, I knew I wanted to establish a business in my community so I could be closer to my family and have more control over my life. I believe the culture and mentoring opportunities at Monster Tree Service are the perfect fit for this important step in my career.”
“His (Bill’s) deep understanding of business, incredible work ethic, and entrepreneurial spirit make him a great addition to our team. I can’t wait to see his growth in the coming years,” said Skolnick.
Capitalizing on the under-served $17 billion tree service industry, Monster Tree Service has achieved consistent year-over-year, 5 per cent growth since 2009, resulting in a $10+ million business and expects to achieve $100 million in sales by 2021.
Cover image: John Parra, Monster Tree Services
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