November 4th, 2019

27: How owning a franchise turned No in to Yes for Charles Bonfiglio of Tint World- The Franchise Story Podcast

In this episode we’re with Charles Bonfiglio, Franchise Founder and CEO of Tint World, to talk about how he achieved his success, as both a franchisee and franchisor, through perseverance, innovation, and teachability.

Although Charles is a giant in the auto services industry now, expanding Tint World to 80 stores from North America to the Middle East, he came from humble beginnings in New York City, and knows what rock-bottom looks like. From sleeping in his rental car, to being turned down for a loan, Charles never lost heart, never stopped taking risks, and never stopped learning, until eventually his perseverance paid off.


In this episode we talk about:

  • The advantages of franchising vs. starting your own business
  • Why collaboration is key
  • How to give your team opportunities to grow
  • Building a business that feels like a family
  • Why serving your customer pays off
  • Taking big risks


Charles Bonfiglio will inspire and teach you with his story. Join us to learn from his life and journey as a franchise entrepreneur.


What we mention:

  • Tint World
  • Meineke
  • G-Force
  • Midas
  • Firestone
  • Precision Tune
  • “Multiple Streams of Income” by Robert G. Allen
  • United Franchise
  • Signarama
  • Ray Titus
  • SEMA Show
  • New York City
  • Florida
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Show Notes

[0:46] Who is Charles Bonfiglio, and how did he get into franchising?

[4:20] Charles’ first business (G-Force)

[10:11] Taking risks is pivotal to success

[12:09] Persevering through resistance on the journey of entrepreneurship

[15:40] Charles opens a Meineke franchise in Florida

[17:22] The strategic advantage of opening a proven franchise business

[21:17] Innovating as a franchisee

[23:07] You can learn from anybody

[25:05] Giving your team opportunities to grow

[27:21] Collaborating with a franchisor

[36:55] Learning from your customers

[42:13] Charles meets George Foreman

[46:36] FDD’s, Tint World, and becoming a franchisor

[58:39] Hands-on franchise expansion

[1:00:40] Living in the present while setting aggressive goals

[1:01:21] Breaking into a new market

[1:04:53] Imparting your life to leave a legacy

[1:07:04] See ya later!