AAMCO Welcomes New CIO, Chad Graham
American Driveline Systems, parent company to AAMCO, adds new talent to focus on franchisee growth
The AAMCO transmission franchise family proudly welcomes Chad Graham in his new role as Chief Information Officer for our parent company, American Driveline Systems. Chad will lead the charge in delivering high-impact technology and value to our brands’ service centers and franchisees.
Chad brings more than 20 years of information technology experience to AAMCO franchisees. Before joining the company, Chad served as senior vice president of information technology at Refac Optical Group. During his tenure, he successfully completed a number of technology initiatives for its retail brands, including JCPenney Optical, BJs Optical, Meijer Optical, Sears Optical, Macy’s Optical, Hudson Bay Optical, and Nationwide Vision in Arizona. Previously, Chad served as director of information technology at National Data Corp., among other roles.
“Today’s business environment is highly complex and technology-driven,” Chad says in a news release. “American Driveline Systems has many strategic organizational goals and initiatives to foster growth in the coming years, and new technology will maximize the efficiency and impact of these efforts. I look forward to working with the team not only to streamline processes, but also set the foundation for creating actionable business insights to keep the American Driveline brands ahead of the competition.”
Jim Gregory, Chief Financial Officer of American Driveline Systems, says Chad’s skill set will be a benefit to AAMCO franchisees and our parent company overall.
“We have several technology initiatives underway that will have a profound and positive impact on our franchise locations. Chad has an exceptional track record of elevating organizational productivity and capabilities through skillful planning, implementation, and management of cutting-edge solutions. His vision and extensive experience will help us meet our goal of deploying technology that drives long-term profitable growth for AAMCO and Cottman Transmissions.”
AAMCO is an iconic American brand with a bright future
AAMCO’s locally owned and independent transmission franchise centers employ the latest technology, so that our expert technicians can diagnose a problem, make the right repair the first time, and back it with a nationwide warranty. Known as the world’s leading transmission expert, AAMCO has evolved into a total car care brand providing a variety of services, including brake repairs, tune-ups, shocks and struts, routine maintenance and more, and was recently named to Entrepreneur’s 2015 Franchise 500®. Ranking at the top of the transmission repair category based on system size, growth rate, and financial strength also earned AAMCO a spot on Entrepreneur’s “Best of the Best” list.
The announcement of Chad joining the AAMCO family comes hot on the heels of our new franchise information website, which details a variety of information for candidates who are interested in learning about ownership opportunities with our top-rated transmission franchise.
“It’s an exciting time at AAMCO. While our company’s core values have remained intact for more than 50 years, our new franchise website reflects the future direction of our organization and the strength of our brand,” says Brian O’Donnell, Senior Vice President of franchise sales at AAMCO. “Our growing network of franchisees is the driving force behind our success, and we look forward to working with new franchise partners to further enhance our culture at AAMCO and expand our national footprint.”
Costs and fees of owning an AAMCO transmission franchise
With nearly 700 centers across North America, AAMCO is actively seeking single- and multi-unit operators who are passionate about the brand and committed to providing the highest quality service. Interested candidates should have a minimum net worth of $250,000 and liquid assets of at least $65,000 per unit. Depending on the real estate site selected, franchisees can expect the total investment to be approximately $227,400-$333,000, with a $39,500 initial franchise fee. Reduced franchise fees are available for honorably discharged veterans.