Meet the A-1 Concrete Leveling Franchise Team
Starting your own business can be a daunting task. There are a myriad of things to think about, from hiring, to selling, to book-keeping, to actually leveling concrete. That's why the team at A-1 is dedicated to making sure you hit the ground running. Our team has decades of franchising experience, and we know every piece of the puzzle needed to run a successful concrete leveling franchise. We look forward to getting to know you better and helping you achieve your personal and professional goals.
James W. Creed, Founder / President
An Akron, Ohio resident with over 20 years of experience in residential construction, Jim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Labor Economics, and also brings valuable sales and management experience to the A-1 organization. Jim's dynamic personality, management expertise, and marketing skills, developed as an independent business owner, provide vital stability to the day-to-day operations of A-1 Concrete Leveling, Inc.
Robert Rasnick, CEO
Robert assists franchisees with the development and implementation of new business and operations strategies. He is also involved in researching new innovations, keeping A-1 at the leading edge of leveling and foundation repair technology. Robert has a wealth of experience in operating an A-1 franchise, growing the Louisville, KY franchise to one of the largest in the country. Robert holds a Master's degree in Engineering from the University of Tennessee.
Dallas W. Johnson, Chief Operations Officer
As a former franchisor in an unrelated business, and with decades of experience working in a law firm which provided counsel to a number of franchise systems and franchisees, Dallas is well equipped to guide our franchisee partners in business matters. He has assisted A-1 from the beginning of the company, and his father was an early franchise owner. He holds an M.A. in English from the University of Akron, and a J.D. from the University of Akron School of Law.
Mike Fulton, Director of Operations
Mike brings years of technical experience and mechanical aptitude to the A-1 Team. He constantly searches for advancements in the concrete industry looking for ways to improve the efficiency of A-1’s operations in order to reduce costs for customers while building profits for our nationwide franchisee partners. Mike also pays careful attention to safety issues and helps to ensure that A-1 maintains OSHA compliance, for the safety of customers and staff.
Dale Pease, Director of Marketing and Communications
With over twenty-five years in the marketing and design industry, Dale brings a wealth of experience to A-1. His expertise helps deliver a consistent message to our customers across the U.S. He helps A-1 franchisees with business development and efficiency, marketing strategies, advertising campaign development, and systems to better track ROI and customer satisfaction. He has a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Akron.
Grover W. Miller, Founder
The late Grover Miller developed his first self-contained pumping unit in 1984 and improved on it continually until his death in September 2013. One of the major improvements to the leveling unit was Grover's development of the adjustable piston and screener in 1992. Grover's many innovations have provided a highly efficient and cost-effective method for leveling concrete slabs and solving most structural problems. A-1 is honored to carry on the legacy of Grover Miller.
John F. Rasnick, Founder
John was instrumental in taking Grover Miller's vision and helping turn it into America's Largest Concrete Leveler. For nearly thirty years, until his death in 2021, he worked alongside Jim Creed innovating and leading the company as its CFO. His ability to look at every problem from multiple perspectives allowed A-1 to thrive and keep abreast of technology, and his heart for people helped unite a team of franchises across the country into the A-1 family.