Leading Massage Franchise Recognized for its Focus on Veterans, MASSAGE MagazineScottsdale, AZ. Massage Envy, a pioneer and leader of professional, convenient and affordable massage and spa services, has been recognized among the top 10 percent of franchise companies named to the 2013 Military Friendly Franchises® list. Compiled by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs, the list highlights those companies that provide veterans with the best financial incentives and training, and which have the highest number of veteran franchisees.

“I am proud to be a part of a company that values veterans and the qualities that we bring to business ownership,” said James “Ollie” Oliver, a 21-year Air Force veteran with a top secret security clearance and more than three decades of management experience, who is now a new owner of a Massage Envy clinic planned for Virginia. “The extensive management and supervision experience I gained from the military, coupled with the support and structure from Massage Envy corporate, made the decision to become a franchisee an easy one for me.”

Massage Envy has made it a priority to recruit franchise owners with military experience. The company, a proud member of the International Franchise Association’s VetFran Program, offers a discounted franchise fee to veterans and has implemented a marketing program to educate and recruit veteran franchisees.

“Massage Envy values our nation’s veterans–not only for their service–but for the strong skills and qualities they bring to business ownership,” said Dave Crisalli, president and CEO of Massage Envy. “These franchisee candidates have the principles of leadership that are essential for a successful business, and we are thrilled to be able to offer them opportunities in the wellness industry.”

The 2013 Military Friendly Franchises list was compiled through extensive research by G.I. Jobs in which thousands of franchises nationwide were polled. The survey results list were independently tested by Ernst & Young based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. The full list of Military Friendly Franchises will be published in the June issue of G.I. Jobs, and on www.militaryfranchising.com/, a Web tool that helps veterans decide which franchise to choose.

Today, there are more than 880 Massage Envy and Massage Envy Spa locations in 47 states, making it the largest system of franchised massage clinics in the industry. The company also is the world’s largest employer of licensed/registered massage therapists with at least 18,000 therapists providing more than 16 million massages a year to a total of more than 1.3 million members.

Over the next several years, Massage Envy is seeking to expand across the country with Massage Envy Spa leading the way in these development goals. To fuel this growth, the company is looking for specific franchisee candidates who have the ability and the desire to learn and follow a system that ensures value and customer satisfaction. Qualified franchisee candidates should have business sales or management experience, but do not necessarily need to have a massage therapy or spa operations background. They also should possess a minimum net worth of $500,000 and liquid assets of at least $150,000.

Depending on the real estate, Massage Envy Spa franchisees can expect their initial investment to range from approximately $331,485 to $825,623, including the franchisee fee.

Entrepreneurs interested in exploring franchising opportunities with Massage Envy may contact Lori Merrall at (480) 366-4171 and lmerrall@massageenvy.com, or visit Massage Envy’s franchising website at www.massageenvyfranchise.com/.

About Massage Envy

Massage Envy, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is the leading provider of therapeutic massage in the U.S. The national franchise is dedicated to providing professional and affordable therapeutic massage and spa services to members and guests with busy lifestyles at convenient times and locations. Founded in 2002, Massage Envy has more than 880 locations in 47 states. For more information, visit MassageEnvy.com.