Dwyer Group Names CFO, General Counsel

New Mr. Rooter franchise holding company officers replace Buckley, Johnston
Dwyer Group Names CFO, General Counsel
Jon Shell

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The Dwyer Group named Jon Shell chief financial officer and Grayson Brown general counsel. Based in Waco, Texas, The Dwyer Group is a holding company of 11 franchise businesses, including Mr. Rooter. Its international portfolio includes more than 75 companies.

“We’re excited to welcome Jon and Grayson to our executive team at a pinnacle time in our organization’s national and international growth,” said Mike Bidwell, president and CEO of Dwyer Group. “They are outstanding executives with knowledge and experience that will benefit us greatly as we take our company to the next level as the leader in the service trades.”

Shell comes to Dwyer Group after serving as chief financial officer for Barbeque Integrated, a portfolio company of Sun Capital Partners that operates 66 Smokey Bones restaurants. His duties included accounting, finance, IT, risk management, new restaurant development, facilities purchasing and supply chain functions. He also served on the Performance Improvement Team at Sun Capital. Shell is a certified public accountant who began his career at Arthur Andersen. He earned both a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Buckley retiring after 18 years

Shell succeeds Tom Buckley who is retiring from Dwyer Group after 18 years with the company.

Brown most recently served as general counsel for Midas, a part of TBC Corp., which also owns NTB Tire & Service Centers, Tire Kingdom and other brands. Prior to that, he served as general counsel for Tasti D-Lite and Planet Smoothie and for Sona MedSpa – two roles where he worked for Jim Amos, a past chairman of the International Franchise Association. Brown holds a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech as well as MBA and Juris Doctorate degrees from Regent University.  

Johnson entering private practice

Brown succeeds Duke Johnston who worked at Dwyer Group for 21 years and is entering private practice.  

“Jon and Grayson are filling critical roles in our organization as we work to grow Dwyer Group into a $2 billion business,” Bidwell said. “They are joining the company during a significant stage of growth. We were very selective in filling these positions given the importance of their roles, and we are very pleased to have them both join.”



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