Franchise Spotlight: Nature Lovers Kris & Brian Monson
Kris and Brian Monson are not only active in their community, but they also enjoy living an active lifestyle. They both love yoga, camping, and biking. They currently run the Office Evolution Franchise in Carmel, Indiana; located less than three miles from Carmel’s City Center and their home. The perfect location to visit a locally owned restaurant or winery, listen to an outdoor concert, walk the Monon Trail, or simply enjoy the community. Kris is also looking forward to riding her bike to work.
Tell us a little about your background
I have a background in economics, finance, banking, yoga, and I also worked for our local school system. Basically, I consider myself a jack of all trades. Now, I’m the Business Center Manager and the face of our Office Evolution business. During the day, Brian is a Management Consultant and helps with the business, networking, and during the evening he helps with marketing. We wanted to own a business in Carmel and work as a team, so here we are!
Why did you decide to open an Office Evolution franchise?
For us, it comes back to our community. We’ve lived in Carmel for over 21 years, and there’s been a lot of growth during that time. Small businesses are very much embraced and supported in Carmel, and one day while walking we asked each other, “Wouldn’t it be cool to have a business that could support our local community?” Our Office Evolution franchise allows us to do just that, provide a home for our local entrepreneurs to grow.
Tell us a bit about your members
The majority of our members live within 10 minutes of our space. We have a lot of local, small business owners, such as financial planners, accountants, and lawyers. The biggest draw to our building is the location. Being close to home, it’s very easy for our members to drop their kids off at school, come to work, then if they need, step out to be a part of an activity at their kid’s school, and return to work to finish the day.
What makes your location unique?
Carmel, IN is consistently ranked as a top place in the country to live. Our location is minutes to Carmel’s City Center and the Arts & Design District, which provides our members with access to restaurants, breweries, wineries, shopping, concerts, and art galleries. The building is conveniently located near a major highway, is easy to find, and has expansive free parking. We have a really nice outdoor patio area that overlooks a pond. People enjoy going outside to have lunch or just to get a short break from work. Even though we’re in a professional environment, it doesn’t feel like it, especially with the ability to go outside and be a part of nature.
How were you able to see success?
A lot of hard work and it’s all about following the plan. The coaches at Office Evolution have helped a lot. I enjoy working with my coach weekly and discussing how our center is performing in order to meet the goals we set. We also are networking all the time – with our local chambers and business networking groups. We also like to give back to our community by sponsoring school events and charities. For example, we let non-profit groups use our conference rooms for their board meetings free of charge. It’s a win-win for the community because we can help them, and they help us by getting the word out about Office Evolution.