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Conserva Irrigation Sees Increased Growth and Awards in First Half of 2020

June 4, 2020
Conserva Paks Are Changing the Irrigation Game

Our continued rankings, recent celebrations, and newly announced growth continue to show that Conserva Irrigation, even amidst some of the toughest challenges that 2020 has seen so far, continues to move forward as an industry leader. A leader not only in irrigation systems but in water conservation and eco-friendly initiatives as well! We are recession-resilient and ready to take on the next chapter in our story!

Financial Times Names Conserva as one of America’s Fastest-Growing Companies in 2020

We are excited to start our celebration off with a huge thank you to Financial Times, which recently named Conserva Irrigation® as one of America’s Fastest-Growing Companies in 2020.

Financial Times’ ranking this year comes at a time filled with uncertainty. Uncertainty for the future of many companies, the workforce, and potential growth. This ranking highlights 500 businesses that have had creativity, innovation, and hard work pay off for them, even during the pandemic and darkness our world has seen in the past few months. This award shows just how recession-resilient and ready to take on what’s next we are at Conserva Irrigation®! We are honored to be placed on a list among these other businesses!

The ranking was compiled with the help of Statista, a research company, and ranks the businesses by compound annual growth in revenue between 2015 and 2018.

You can see Financial Times’ full list of Americas’ fastest-growing companies by clicking here!

Entrepreneur Magazine Ranks Conserva #7 in Top New Franchise List

We are also excited to share that Conserva Irrigation was recently ranked in Entrepreneur magazine’s Top New Franchises list. This list recognizes the top 100 companies that have been franchising for five years or less, based on data submitted for Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500® ranking. We are honored to be ranked #7 nationally!

“Nearly a quarter of the companies that applied for this year’s Franchise 500 ranking are relative newcomers—they've been franchising for five years or less,” says Jason Feifer, Editor in Chief of Entrepreneur. “That's an exciting thing to see in this industry. For people attracted to franchising's built-in systems and support, but who still want the thrill of growing something from the bottom up, there are many options to choose from.”

Entrepreneur’s 2020 Top New Franchises ranking was determined using the company’s Franchise 500 formula, which is a comprehensive evaluation of more than 150 data points in the areas of costs and fees, size and growth, franchisee support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability. Conserva’s position on the ranking shows that it is off to a strong start on its franchising journey.

To see the full list and learn more about Conserva’s ranking, click here!

Conserva Continues Expansion into Seven New Territories

Lastly, we are beyond excited to announce that we have added seven new territories to our service coverage! Even during the uncertainty caused by the current pandemic, we are excited to welcome four new franchisees to our family, expanding across TexasColorado, and introducing our first location in Utah!

Partnering with franchisees possessing corporate and maintenance experience, our smart irrigation company is slated to expand throughout the following territories:

  • Fort Collins, CO
  • Southeast Denver, CO
  • Southern Salt Lake City, UT
  • North Frisco, TX

With the addition of these new territories across three different states, we have been able to successfully expand our reach to 90 plus territories across the nation! When asked about Conserva’s recent success, among increased levels of uncertainty, Russ Jundt, founder of Conserva Irrigation® had this to say:

“We’ve been fortunate enough to sustain success during the economic downturn because of continued strong consumer demand for our services, the ability to continue to operate as an essential service, our hardworking franchisees, technicians, and corporate staff. We’re looking forward to launching in our newest territories,” he continued, “As our new territories launch, we’ll begin hiring technicians, which will provide employment opportunities for those looking for a career in smart irrigation. It’s been a challenging time for all of us, but our culture and togetherness have helped everyone pull through and we believe that’s a major part of why entrepreneurs want to join this brand.”

We are beyond excited to expand and grow with these new franchise locations, territories, and communities!

Click here to read Lawn and Landscape’s full article about our recent expansions!

One last time, on behalf of the leadership team here at Conserva Irrigation and our numerous Conserva franchise owners across the United States, we would like to thank our friends at Financial Times and Entrepreneur Magazine for these rankings!

Are you ready to join the Conserva family? Learn more about our current franchise opportunities and how to get started by clicking here!

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Started working at Empower Brands in July 2022, and core priorities include:

  • Provide franchisees with day-to-day support in both the online and offline space.
  • Facilitate creative team tasks for custom design work.
  • Assist franchisees in setting up social media and pay-per-lead platforms.
  • Manage national social media platforms, as well as schedule regular local social media postings.

What do you like most about working at Empower Brands?

I really enjoy the people I work with and the opportunity to help franchisees succeed.

When I’m not working, my favorite thing to do outdoors is…

I enjoy taking my dog on walks and pick-up soccer.

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Steve Nguyen

Creative Director

Started working at Empower Brands in February 2009. Core priorities:

  • Oversee the creative development to ensure that the conceptual and visual work is of the highest possible quality.
  • Build, lead, and produce innovative concepts that transform into compelling print and digital visuals while maintaining brand standard and vision
  • Brainstorm with the creative team, maintaining strategic and creative thinking to develop new and creative initiatives.

What do you like most about working at Empower Brands?

I love being able to work with a great team over multiple brands to brainstorm and identify new projects and opportunities.

When I’m not working…

I have a multitude of hobbies that keep me outside. I’m a huge car enthusiast, an avid triathlete, and I love learning new things to keep my mind and body active.

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Annena Ellis

Digital Marketing Manager

Started working at Empower Brands in April 2018, and core priorities include:

  • Provide franchisees with day-to-day proactive guidance and support in the digital space.
  • Manage consumer corporate social media efforts.
  • Assist franchisees in setting up and developing a well-rounded and active online presence.

What do you like most about working at Empower Brands?

The digital space is constantly growing and evolving, so I love being able to help our franchisees understand the digital landscape and evolve their businesses’ along with it.

When I’m not working, my favorite thing to do outdoors is…

go stand-up paddleboarding at the Chesapeake Bay with my dog, Umphrey.

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Jane Campbell

Director of Marketing

Started working at Empower Brands in January 2009, and core priorities include:

  • Spearheads and implements the company’s overall marketing strategies.
  • Analyzes and assesses new online marketing opportunities and partners.
  • Drives new website builds and initiatives for all brands, franchise development, and Empower Brands.

What do you like most about working at Empower Brands?

I love evaluating opportunities and making recommendations that can positively impact our franchisees’ local businesses.

When I’m not working, my favorite thing to do outdoors is

to go for long walks and/or hikes with my husband, sons, and dog.

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Austin Auandee

Art Director

Started working at Empower Brands September 2019, and core priorities include:

  • Working creatively across multiple brands to concept, develop and produce strategic, innovative and compelling on-brand print and digital assets.

What do you like most about working at Empower Brands?

I enjoy the company culture and love working with everyone here. The core values and practices facilitate an environment that encourages and supports creative solutions, growth and development from the ground up. The opportunity to explore and contribute my creative experience and skills over multiple brands is a challenge that I cherish.

When I’m not working my favorite thing to do outdoors is...

to go biking, camping and hiking.

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Lara Omick

Brand Marketing Manager

Started working at Empower Brands in 2018, and core priorities include:

  • Creates local marketing plans and advises franchisees on how to execute their plan.
  • Manages system-wide brand initiatives related to the National Ad Fund.
  • Collaborates with the in-house creative team to drive brand development and tactics.
  • Analyzes local marketing metrics and refines budgets, channels, and messaging.

What do you like most about working at Empower Brands?

I love the people that I work with and get to interact with every day.

When I’m not working, my favorite thing to do outdoors is

take my chocolate lab for a swim in the river.

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Daniel Cockerill

Technology Training and Support Consultant

Started working at Empower Brands in May 2021, and core priorities include:

  • Bringing my knowledge of our CRM to all locations
  • Using my experience as an office manager to train new locations
  • Making everyone’s life easier by getting their systems set up and optimized

What do you like most about working at Empower Brands?

Working with a great group of people who all have the same goals in mind

When I’m not working, my favorite thing to do outdoors is…

Play golf

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Erich Johnston

Franchise Technology Solutions Manager

Started working at Empower Brands in July of 2018, and core priorities include:

  • Leads and manages all technology-related functions and projects for the organization.
  • Maintains and enhances the technology platforms utilized by all four brands.
  • Manages the IT Helpdesk and new and ongoing training initiatives.

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I love working with franchisees and brand support teams to develop and implement new programs and functionality that increase efficiency and productivity.

When I’m not working, my favorite thing to do outdoors is

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Micki Nguyen

IT Support Analyst , National Accounts Administrator

Started working at Empower Brands in March 2018, and core priorities include:

  • Help desk support for Empower Brands employees as well as local franchisees.

  • Onboard and train new franchisees on technology platforms

What do you like most about working at Empower Brands?

  • Helping the franchisees work though issues they may have. Being able to see their successes big or small.

When I’m not working, my favorite thing to do outdoors is

  • Taking photographs of landscapes and families.

  • Going to the beach or the mountains to get away from the city.

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Cristin Smith

Division Controller

Started working at Empower Brands in June 2011, and core priorities include:

  • Lead the accounting support team.
  • Manage the corporate accounting functions and operations.
  • Produce and analyze the corporate financial statements and budget presentations.
  • Develop strategic plans along with the franchise support teams.

What do you like most about working at Empower Brands?

My favorite part of my job at Empower Brands is being able to help small business owners understand the financial status of their business by supporting their accounting processes and financial statement analysis.

When I’m not working, my favorite thing to do outdoors is…

go canoeing and smallmouth bass fishing on the river with my husband and children.

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Sarah Jaramillo

Accounting Associate

Started working at Empower Brands in August 2022, and core priorities include:

  • Support franchisees on accounting matters.
  • Record and track monthly sales for the franchise brands.
  • Process daily transactions and complete account reconciliations for Empower Brands.

What do you like most about working at Empower Brands?

I love the connectivity – being able to establish relationships with both the people I’m working with and the people I’m working to support!

When I’m not working, my favorite thing to do outdoors is…

walking my dog, Bella, through our neighborhood trails.

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Clair Baker

Financial Analyst , Accounting Associate

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Matt Jones

Franchise Support & Systems Analyst

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Craig Undeck

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Erich Kolb

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Jay Gray

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Jake Mathre

Director of Franchise Operations

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Russ Jundt

Vice President, Conserva Irrigation

Russ is the founder and Vice President of Conserva Irrigation, the only irrigation company founded on the principles of water conservation.

As brand leader, Russ drives the overall priorities and focus of the company including the service offerings, sales processes, strategic partnerships, and more.

Russ graduated with B.A. in Business Management from Saint John’s University.

What do you like most about working at Empower Brands?

  • I am grateful to work with like-minded, enthusiastic leaders who are inspired to be the absolute best they can be in their role at Empower Brands. This infectious attitude is prevalent across our network of successful franchise owners, which spills over to our hundreds of thousands of satisfied customers.

When I’m not working, my favorite thing to do outdoors is…

  • anything to do with water: Boating, rowing, water sports, time at the beach with friends and family, vacationing to beach destinations, and more.