Mike Lutey Becomes First Multi-Unit Franchisee with Houston Special Strong Locations

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Mike Lutey, Special Strong’s first franchise partner who has operated his location in Southeast Houston since 2020, is now the company’s first multi-unit franchisee with his purchase of its North West Houston location.

This location has been supporting the special needs community in North West Houston since 2022 and was previously operated by Amanda Nutt, who recently made the difficult decision to transition away from business ownership to better focus on her family.

“This was not an easy decision to make for us. There have been a lot of tears, but we really wanted this business up and running it’s doing that,” noted Amanda. “It’s thriving, growing by leaps and bounds. We needed to make this change for our family, and it wasn’t really a question of whether we wanted Mike to do it – we knew it was the best way to go.”

While Amanda and her husband Michael have decided to take a step back from being complete owners of the territory, it doesn’t mean they’re saying goodbye to the community.

Amanda cherishes the relationships she’s developed with local families over the years and is excited to become more involved in marketing efforts and events, which her kids can attend with her. This family involvement is at the heart of how Special Strong operates, and Amanda notes that having her kids participate in events is a great way for prospective families to see the reality of what the company stands for.

“There’s a lot of work that goes into owning and running a franchise,” said Mike Lutey. “This is Amanda’s baby. She still wants to be a big part of it – and I want her to be! I’ve seen how she runs things, met her trainers, and know what a great job she’s done. She shines when it comes to events, and I’m happy to have her be involved in that capacity while I focus on more of the logistics and getting to know the community.”

“Relationships, God, faith, and family go above everything else,” said Daniel Stein, CEO & Founder of Special Strong. “That’s something we’ve been clear on since the beginning, and as a franchisor, I wanted to do whatever I could to support Amanda so she could do what she needed to do to put her family first. We often talk about abundant life – for our clients, but also for our team. This is a great example of how we created an opportunity for both Amanda and Mike to live more abundantly, which is ultimately our goal for everyone who is part of the Special Strong family.”

If you would like to learn more about owning a rewarding Special Strong franchise, we encourage you to reach out to us today for more information.