Carstar Auto Body Repair Experts (Overland Park, KS) has expanded its business development team with an eye toward growth across the United States and Canada. Leading the team is Ryan Keller, AVP of franchise development, who joined the company from Driven Brands, where he managed Maaco’s store conversion program. He also brings franchisee perspective as a former owner of several Econo Lube N Tune stores. Keller is now responsible for managing Carstar’s growth initiatives, enhancing the franchise sales process and overseeing independent stores’ transition into the Carstar organization.
Supporting Keller are directors of network development. There are two new ones. Mark Behrens, director of network development – California, will focus on expansion of the Carstar brand into California and adding new franchise partners to existing Carstar markets. He was formerly the franchise development manager for Puroclean, a franchised emergency services company.
Keith McCrone, director of network development – Northeast, will focus on strengthening the Carstar network in current and new markets. He is a collision industry veteran, who most recently was vice president of sales and operations for Fix Auto USA. Previous experience includes Mitchell International, I-CAR International and Maaco.
They join Dave Blackwell, director of network development – South, Southeast and Midwest, and Lloyd Taylor, director of network development – Northwest and Central, on the business development team.