ASP employee Stephen Wise will become his own boss when he opens his own ASP franchise in Florida, thanks to company's "franchise scholarship" program.
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ASP employee Stephen Wise will become his own boss when he opens his own ASP franchise in Florida, thanks to company's "franchise scholarship" program.

America’s Swimming Pool Company (ASP), a cleaning, repair and renovation franchise, has been ranked 113th in “Entrepreneur” magazine’s Franchise 500 list and 86th on its Fastest-Growing Franchises list.

Each year, the Entrepreneur Franchise 500 list recognizes companies with the greatest franchise growth in North America, based on data about size, growth and financial strength collected by the magazine. The ASP franchise, headquartered in Macon, Ga., is the only pool business ever to make the list, according to Entrepreneur’s records.

“Growth is what the franchise model is built upon,” said Jason Feifer, editor-in-chief of Entrepreneur. “The companies on this list are proving that with the right infrastructure, innovation and determination, franchising empowers brands to not only come out of the gate running, but to sustain impressive growth for nationwide expansion.”

ASP has been included in the list rankings in previous years, starting in 2012. However, this year marks its highest ranking to date on both the Franchise 500 and Fastest-Growing Franchises list.

“It’s really a testament to our team here that trains our new owners, creates marketing and websites, [and to] our franchise owners in the field who grew even through the recession and continue to grow,” said Stewart Vernon, ASP’s CEO and founder.

Since 2005, the franchise has expanded to 245 units in 23 states and continues to grow, according to ASP.