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SmartMoney.com article

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Small Business

Survival Stories

By Colleen DeBaise   

 

Greg Mangiaracina, born and raised in the Big Easy, had never thought about moving. He had opened A-Pro Home Inspection in 1994 and, less than a year before Katrina, successfully began franchising the home-inspection company nationwide. He had expected a group of 12 new franchisees to come to his New Orleans training facility at the end of September. As the storm approached, 46-year-old Mangiaracina and his family evacuated to Atlanta, where on television they watched the surge break the levees and sweep into the city. That moment, he says, was decision time.

 

He realized almost immediately that with airports shut down, and 80% of the city flooded, that bringing new franchisees to New Orleans — at least any time soon — would be impossible. The next decision? Where to move. After a quick contemplation of cities such as Chicago, Memphis, Tampa and Phoenix, he and his wife, Lynn, decided to move with their two sons to San Antonio, a city 500 miles away from New Orleans that had a decent population, good schools and convenient location. And, “it’s relatively safe from natural disaster,” he says. 

The uncertain period following Katrina “were the most critical days of our lives,” he says. “You normally would plan six months, maybe a year in advance to move.” Instead, working 18 hours a day at the hotel, he planned the relocation in a few short weeks. On Sept. 28, 2005, almost a month to the day the hurricane struck, he greeted the group of 12 franchisees at A-Pro’s new headquarters in San Antonio. 

“It still is surreal,” he says of the move, which happened so fast that his wife and kids still haven’t been back to New Orleans. “It was tough, but business-wise I know that I made the right decision.” The company has doubled its revenues and is on track to report $2 million in sales this year.

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Associated Press

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Associated Press
By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG , 08.23.2006, 04:28 PM


For Greg Mangiaracina, the move from New Orleans to San Antonio is permanent. After seeing how the storm had unsettled his family, the safety of his wife and children became paramount. 

Mangiaracina, owner of A-Pro Home Inspection Services, knew he had to act quickly to save the business. The problem he faced was the destruction of the city’s infrastructure – his business includes running training programs for franchisees from around the country and without a functioning airport and tourism industry, he couldn’t get people to come to New Orleans.

Mangiaracina said he knew he could survive – “I could go back to New Orleans and be in an engineering firm” – but he felt a responsibility to the 120 franchisees in his system, so he knew he needed to move.

He had a Sept. 30 deadline for getting a new training facility set up somewhere else, as he had a class scheduled then. So he chose San Antonio: “I was looking for a place relatively free of natural disasters, a large city that had easy access to around the country. I needed a place that had good tourism.”

The training facility was intact, although Mangiaracina’s original leak detection business, the one that spawned the franchise system, was destroyed. With help, he loaded trucks with 7,000 square feet of furniture including stadium-style seating, and transported the facility’s contents to Texas, set it up and made his deadline.

The move has been fortuitous; Mangiaracina said his sales have doubled. But, he said, he’s not going back to New Orleans.

“I can’t put my family through this again,” he said.

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The A-Pro Difference

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Saturday, August 7, 2010

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Since 1994, A-Pro has been helping its clients make smarter, better and more informed decisions as they buy or sell a home. As one of the leading home inspection service companies in the world, A-Pro not only offers you the best possible home inspection, service, and value, but also provides you with the peace of mind that your investment is guaranteed.

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