An excerpt from the May 2014 issue of Entrepreneur Magazine:

“Back in 1989, Don Smith was one of the first Valvoline Instant Oil Change franchisees. However, once he opened up his first shop, he decided there was only one way to go – up. With dreams of expanding nationwide, he went on the hunt from state to state for existing stores to buy. Today, he is the largest Valvoline Instant Oil Change franchisee with 195 locations in 12 states with more than 1,000 employees.”

Entrepreneur Magazine, May 2014