How It All Began
The Dryer Vent Wizard franchise system was founded in 2004 in the Boston area by David Lavalle, who also founded the Mr. Handyman franchise. The idea was born when Lavalle realized the need for a specialist for dryer vents. He had frequently encountered homeowners having dryer vent issues that required an urgent response, but who had no one to look to for service. The issues he commonly saw were the result of dryer vent lint accumulation, blockages, disrepair, or improper venting configurations. With such a great need for dryer vent specialists, the franchise quickly expanded into a successful business specializing in dryer fire prevention and energy savings through vent cleaning, inspection, repair, and maintenance for residential and commercial properties.
Our Growth & Our Future
Dryer Vent Wizard has now grown across the United States and Canada with nearly 100 locally owned and operated franchise locations. These franchise locations, although independently operated, receive national support from our headquarters, located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Dryer Vent Wizard is a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) with franchisees across the country working with local fire departments to help raise awareness on how to prevent dryer fires. Dryer Vent Wizard was ranked as a 2014 Forbes Magazine Top 10 Franchise with an investment of under $150k and is on the 2019 Entrepreneur Top 100 Franchises for under $100k list. All of this adds up to a very bright future for Dryer Vent Wizard and its franchisees!
Dave Lavalle - Founder
As not only the founder but a successful former Dryer Vent Wizard franchisee, Dave draws on his years of experience to provide support to our growing number of franchisees. He also works with the home office to create and develop new programs that allow franchisees to offer additional services to our growing customer base.
Terry Reuer - Executive Chair
Using her accounting background and previous business ownership skills, Terry is responsible for overseeing the entire franchise and ensuring it continues to move forward. Her influence touches all aspects of the company from operations to legal to franchisee and support, as well as the overall culture of the company.
We take pride in our small family feel because we simply enjoy being able to help every one of our owners on a personal basis. From customized software development to legal questions, our home team does it all. These are the people who make our wizards seem like, well… magic.
Our Team Leaders Include:
Jason KapicaPresident of Dryer Vent Wizard
Scott ThomasSenior Director of Franchise Support
LaVonna WilliamsVice President of Franchise Services
Debra PicklesimerDirector of Communications