Friday, September 12, 2014

McMasters (husband and wife team) open first store in Pennsylvania!


Name:  Todd and Angela McMasters
Store Opening Date:  September 6, 2014
Territory: Western Pennsylvania
Store Address:  301 South Hills Village,  Pittsburgh, PA  15241
Local Community: Greater Pittsburgh
Phone Number:  Store #:  412-833-EVOO (3866)  

Angela McMasters (39) grew up in Western Pennsylvania, where she attended elementary school and high school. After graduation she moved to Oklahoma City to attend (Mid-America Bible College) where she received her B.S. in Behavioral Science. Angela lived in Oklahoma for a total of six years and then moved briefly to Texas where she lived for less than one year. Angela always wanted to be near her hometown and family, so she moved back to Pennsylvania. Angela has used her degree and educational background to work in a number of industries including: social services, customer service and sales.

Todd also grew up in Western Pennsylvania. After high school he entered the automotive industry where he has been working for the past 25 years. Todd joined Hunter Truck Sales in 1998 and worked his way up to his current role as Vice President.  Todd attended the American Truck Dealer’s (ATD) Dealer Academy and graduated from the program in 2008 as class valedictorian.  He completed the Paccar Dealer MBA program and also attended Paccar Institute for Managerial Leadership (PIML) in 2013.

How did you learn about the brand?
We were staying in Asheville, North Carolina in February of 2012 and came across an Oil & Vinegar sign that caught our attention. After exploring the store and spending a good amount of money on products to take home, we talked about opening a store ourselves. However, the timing was not right, but we loved the company, the business concept and what the company stood for.  We applied to be franchisees in late summer 2013 and were approved to become franchisees later in September.

Why did you choose an opportunity with Oil & Vinegar?
We both have entrepreneurial spirits and knew we wanted to do something different with our lives and Oil & Vinegar seemed like the perfect opportunity. It felt right and when the timing was right, we knew this was the opportunity for us.

Are you involved with any charities or do any community outreach with your business?
I (Angela) am involved in a local soup kitchen and outreach project called, “Bundle Up Butler”, where we work to collect and distribute coats for those in need during the brutal winter months. Last year we distributed almost 500 coats to people in need. We are planning to get our Oil & Vinegar location involved in animal rescue efforts or something with the veterans in our community as well as non-profits that support issues surrounding hunger, cancer research and women’s health.

What challenges have you overcome to get where you are now?
I (Todd) have a strong work ethic that was instilled through my upbringing and watching my father work hard day-in and day-out. He was a self-made man who always worked hard to better his family’s life. I think that rubbed off on me as a young boy.

I (Angela) am also thankful for the examples set for me by my grandparents.  They have always worked tirelessly to support not only their family, but also their community, and continue to do so. 

How many employees are you looking to hire?
We will hire 1-2 more full time employees and 6-8 part-time employees leading into the holiday season.

What are your expansion or development plans?
We are planning on opening 2 more locations in the next 5 years, so 3 total. Our second location will be somewhere in the Pittsburgh area and the third area is still to be determined.

What is your end goal with Oil & Vinegar?
Our goal in becoming Oil & Vinegar franchisees is to take control of our future.  More importantly, we often think about what this will bring to the local community. We hope to educate people on ways to prepare healthy, delicious meals while maintaining busy lifestyles. We want to educate others and make a difference in their lives.

What are some of the publications you read? Local? National? What is your goal publication with your business?
Local publications we read include the Butler Eagle, Cranberry Eagle, The Derrick (Oil City) & Progress News (Emlenton).
We don’t really read any national publications and keep up to date on national news through MSN on-line.  Our goal publications would be The Pittsburgh City Paper, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, the Post Gazette and local papers distributed in the South Hills and Bethel Park areas.

Do you have any other interesting hobbies or passions?
I (Todd) enjoy exercising, running, working around the house with projects, building things, listening to music, playing drums and golfing. I (Angela) enjoy golfing and watching Todd play. I also like to read, cross stitch and scrapbook. Todd recently built me a craft room at home. We are both interested in health and animals. All of our pets (fur babies) are rescues and we like to educate others on animal rescue too. Angela is even a certified dog trainer.

Additional Information:

Todd and Angela first learned of Oil & Vinegar when they experienced the Asheville NC store as customers in February of 2012. They immediately fell in-love with the concept and began dreaming of opening their own store. After years of searching for the right business venture to embark upon, they wondered if they had finally found the right fit.

As part of their due-diligence, Todd and Angela visited the Oil & Vinegar locations in Asheville NC, Allen, TX and Greenville, SC. Following numerous phone conversations with Matt Stermer, and an eventual in-person meeting with Matt at the grand opening of the Greenville store, they realized they were on the right track and began their journey toward franchise ownership.

Todd is a senior executive with the largest heavy truck dealer in the northeast. In his 15+ years with this organization, Todd's focus has been on leadership and job creation. Angela has 14+ years experience in social services and is looking forward to getting back to her roots in customer service. The couple feel that Todd's business acumen and experience, along with Angela's customer service and social services expertise, create a strong balance of skill-sets ideal for successful franchise ownership.

"We are very grateful for the acceptance, guidance and insight provided by Matt Stermer, along with franchisees Cheryl Kobza, Dana Hunter, Alan Moidel and Joe and Veera Gaul. They have all helped us tremendously in our quest for franchise ownership. We are excited to become part of the Oil & Vinegar family, and we're anxious and proud to bring the Oil & Vinegar brand to Western Pennsylvania."

Todd and Angela share a passion for music and animal welfare. They live in Chicora PA with their cat and two dogs.....all rescues, of course.

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