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DreamMaker’s History

DreamMaker retains close family ties to the Dwyer Group leadership and draws strength from a shared history

DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen has evolved a great deal since it began. The kitchen remodeling franchise company’s roots can be traced back to the 1970s when GNU Corporation developed a system to put a beautiful new hard-surface topcoat on porcelain bathtubs and sinks. In 1988, the company became part of The Dwyer Group and was renamed.

DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen President Doug Dwyer’s father, Don Dwyer Sr., began a legendary career in franchising in the mid 1970s and developed Rainbow International, a carpet cleaning company. Later, Don founded The Dwyer Group, a holding company for multiple franchise brands which he led until his passing in 1994. He was succeeded by his six children and his wife. In 2007, Don was posthumously inducted into the International Franchise Association’s Hall of Fame, joining such other notables as Fred DeLuca of Subway and Ray Kroc of McDonald’s. With more than 40 years of experience in the franchising industry, the Dwyer family carries Don’s passion for franchising with their continued involvement and leadership in The Dwyer Group, and its international franchise brands including Rainbow International, Mr. Rooter, AireServ, Mr. Electric, Mr. Appliance, Glass Doctor and The Grounds Guys.

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This background, history and experience have helped DreamMaker develop business systems that are far more advanced than those enjoyed by most franchise systems.

When investors purchased The Dwyer Group in 2003, Doug Dwyer, who had served in managerial and leadership roles for several Dwyer Group companies, bought DreamMaker. The two maintain close family ties — Doug’s sister Dina is Co-Chairwoman of The Dwyer Group.

Under Doug’s leadership, DreamMaker has vastly expanded its services, moving beyond resurfacing and refinishing to become a full-service interior remodeling company focused on improving lives through excellent design of bathrooms and kitchens. In 2014 the company celebrated 15 years since the historical name change to DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen and offering full service interior remodeling specializing in kitchens and baths.

DreamMaker Franchise Awards and Recognition

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DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen has won a steady stream of industry awards. Success, Inc., Entrepreneur, Income Opportunities, Franchise Times and Successful Franchising have all consistently ranked our company as a top kitchen remodeling franchise opportunity, nationally and internationally.

In 2002, Doug was named by Kitchen and Bath Business magazine as one of five professionals under the age of 35 making an impact on the industry. As he says, “DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen is revolutionizing the bath and kitchen remodeling industry by providing quality and value that exceed the investment and professionalism in an industry where it’s hard to find.”

Each year, Remodeling magazine names the Big 50 remodelers of the year. Since the list’s inception in 1998, 15 DreamMaker franchises have been named to the list, and Doug was the first to be named in 2000 to the Big50’s list of Movers & Shakers.

DreamMaker of Greater Grand Rapids earned the latest honors in 2015, and DreamMaker of Bakersfield was named to the Big 50 in 2014. Two DreamMakers – DreamMaker of Ogden, Utah, and DreamMaker of The Pikes Peak Region in Colorado — earned the distinction in 2013. Owners also have been named to the Big 50 in 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003, 2002 and 2001.

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