Tikiz Franchisee Owners Praised For Battling Disease and Achieving Success

Hesperia, Ca. – February 27th, 2017 – Tikiz Shaved Ice & Ice Cream franchisees Leona Collantes and Justin O’Neill have been featured in the Daily Press, a local publication in their high-desert area of southern California, where they’re spotlighted for their resilience in living with illnesses and achieving entrepreneurial success. The article examines the challenges they’ve faced as a couple and how they have now become thriving business owners.

In the article, titled “Hesperia Couple Finds Icy Path to Business Success,” people are introduced to Collantes and O’Neill as the epitome of American success. It explores how the couple pushed past their initial stressed of running a business and how they became successful franchisees with the help of Tikiz Shaved Ice & Ice Cream.

O’Neill is a former long-haul driver who severely injured his back and elbow – preventing him from being able to continue his work. Collantes, meanwhile, had to change career paths from her post as a nurse after battling systemic lupus, a lung hemorrhage, Stage 3 kidney failure, fibromyalgia and arthritis. She continues to struggle with some of these issues today. “My body just couldn’t handle it,” she says of her former career.

Tikiz Shaved Ice & Ice Cream welcomed them into the franchising family without a second doubt. Sensing the entrepreneurial spirit and the battling resilience of this couple, they were quickly given franchising rights. They now operate a successful Tikiz location in the high desert.

Those interested in reading the original article made so at

Anyone interested in operating their own Tikiz Shaved Ice & Ice Cream truck should contact Brian Tollefson at or visit

Since 2012, Tikiz Shaved Ice & Ice Cream has rolled into communities across the nation, providing locals with a hint of tropical-flavor with its fun, one-of-a-kind experience and delicious Hawaiian shaved ice and ice cream treats. Founded and based in Boca Raton, Florida, the fast-growing mobile franchise is exploding across the United States with more than 20 trucks on the road and another 30-plus in development. Tikiz has franchise opportunities across the nation with year-round options for sales and business growth. For more franchise information, visit

Best Regards,

Brian Tollefson
Tikiz Franchising, LLC

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