Re-Bath Multi-Unit Franchisees Awarded 2024 Franchisee of the Year by International Franchise Association
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Re-Bath Multi-Unit Franchisees Awarded 2024 Franchisee of the Year by International Franchise Association

Best Friend Entrepreneurial Duo, Jon Witmer and Mark Clapper, Recognized at the 2024 IFA Convention

March 05, 2024 // // Phoenix, Ariz. - Re-Bath, the nation’s largest complete bathroom remodeling company, announces that multi-unit franchisees, Jon Witmer and Mark Clapper of Re-Bath in Lancaster and West Chester, PA, have been awarded the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) prestigious Franchisee of the Year Award for being outstanding franchise establishment owner-operators.

The Franchisee of the Year Award recognizes leading franchise owners from IFA member brands whose outstanding performance and contributions help protect, enhance, and promote the franchise business model. Nominated by their parent company, individuals are selected for their involvement in their communities, embodying the entrepreneurial spirit, fostering a strong and healthy culture with their workforce, and assisting their fellow franchisees when called upon.

After college, Witmer joined the existing Re-Bath Lancaster franchise as an employee, and within two years, purchased the business with the assistance of his longtime friend, Mark Clapper. Clapper’s operational expertise complemented Witmer’s sales and marketing acumen, and this partnership eventually led to the opening of a second location in West Chester in 2021. Known for their commitment to customer experience and fostering a company culture centered on core values such as personal growth, integrity, and positivity, Witmer and Clapper prioritize exceptional experiences for both employees and customers, particularly focusing on serving the senior community.

“Being recognized with the Franchisee of the Year award is a huge accomplishment for us and is a testament to the dedication, hard work, and passion that we pour into our business every single day,” said Clapper. “This award serves as motivation for us to continue striving toward excellence and pushing the boundaries of what's possible in our industry.”

The duo’s leadership expertise has earned them widespread recognition among the Re-Bath franchise system. On several occasions, Witmer has been voted onto the Re-Bath Advisory Council by his peers, where he offers insight on network issues and marketing strategies. Additionally, Witmer is certified by the National Association of Homebuilders as an “Aging-in-Place Specialist” as he is dedicated to making meaningful, life-changing improvements for customers, ensuring they can age comfortably in their homes.

“Franchisees of the Year exemplify what franchising is all about – providing opportunity, serving others, and fulfilling the American Dream,” said Matthew Haller, President and CEO of the International Franchise Association. “We are proud to recognize Jon Witmer and Mark Clapper with the highest honor IFA awards to franchisees, and I have no doubt their work is changing lives and making a lasting community impact.”

“Jon and Mark have gone above and beyond to provide exceptional services for the communities they serve,” said Brad Hillier, CEO of Re-Bath. “Their pursuit of excellence, coupled with a profound commitment to community service and employee development, truly sets them apart as leaders in their field and show that they are more than deserving of the recognition of IFA Franchisees of the Year.”

There are approximately 806,000 franchised businesses across the U.S., providing over 8.7 million direct jobs and generating over $858 billion in economic output. According to Oxford Economics, franchising on average provides higher wages and better benefits than non-franchised businesses, as well as greater entrepreneurial opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, and other underrepresented communities.

About Re-Bath

Re-Bath is the nation’s largest complete bathroom remodeling franchise that has grown to more than 120 locations across the country. The parent company’s first entry in the bathroom remodeling industry occurred in 1978 and focused on the hospitality sector. In 1991, Re-Bath launched its first franchise location to focus on the residential market. The company offers complete bathroom remodels, tub and shower updates, plus aging and accessibility solutions. From simple bathtub replacements to complete bathroom redesigns, Re-Bath makes bathroom remodeling effortless, convenient and affordable, all with professional, friendly and factory-trained installers. Re-Bath is a one-stop service that covers the entire process – from design to done – in three easy steps: consultation, removal, and installation. Re-Bath assembles its own exclusive line of products at its headquarters located in Phoenix, Ariz., and offers best-in-class products from national brands for its customers. For more information, please visit or for more details on the franchise opportunity.

About the International Franchise Association

Celebrating over 60 years of excellence, education, and advocacy, the International Franchise Association (IFA) is the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. IFA works through its government relations and public policy, media relations, and educational programs to protect, enhance and promote franchising.



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