WACO, Texas – The Grounds Guys is growing rapidly throughout the United States and is participating in a unique plan conceived by its parent company, The Dwyer Group, based here, to attract  franchise owners from former law enforcement personnel and firefighters. The Grounds Guys, a commercial and residential landscaping management company,celebrated the addition of its 50th U.S. franchise in February 2012.

Statistics show that many law enforcement officers and firemen are often able to retire early in their late 40s and early 50s. While 

some are content to enjoy a retirement lifestyle after decades of hard work in dangerous situations, others choose to continue working and even open businesses.

The Grounds Guys and its six sister brands are recruiting to harness the leadership skills of such retired professionals through its new Public Protectors Franchise Advantage (PPFA) program providing firemen and law enforcement officers a 20 percent discount on the cost of a base franchise agreement.

As part of the launch of the new program The Dwyer Group is giving away one franchise through an award open only to public protectors. The prize is a waiver of the initial franchise fee, which, depending on The Dwyer Group franchise brand selected, ranges from $26,000 to $29,500. For full details of the minimum qualifications and nomination instructions, please visit www.leadingtheserviceindustry.com/protectors.asp.