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To ensure success, brands must have someone in charge who will lead the organization through constant change and growth. Learn how franchise company CEOs are leading their brands to success through these revealing and in-depth profiles.

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Re-Bath CEO’s “policy light” approach encourages creativity and flexibility as the company expands
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Daddy’s Chicken Shack grows from a small stand at LA’s weekly food festival to a fast-casual fried chicken brand with 2 stores open and 20 more in development
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Husband-and-wife multi-brand franchisees Kaleb and Patricia Warnock have diversified with a third brand in the El Paso market
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Jennifer Schuler i only the 2nd CEO of Wetzel’s Pretzels since its founding in 1994, after taking the helm from co-founder Bill Phelps in 2019
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12 female franchise leaders on “Raising Up the Next Generation” in our annual issue on Women in Franchising: Wanda Williams, Head of Global Franchising at Yum Brands
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12 female franchise leaders on “Raising Up the Next Generation” in our annual issue on women in franchising: Laura Coe, Co-Founder and CEO, Snapology
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12 female franchise leaders on “Raising Up the Next Generation” in our annual issue on women in franchising: Clarissa Bradstock, CEO, Any Lab Test Now
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12 female franchise leaders speak on “Raising Up the Next Generation” in our annual issue on women in franchising: Kristen Pechacek, MassageLuXe
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12 female franchise leaders on “Raising Up the Next Generation” in our annual issue on women in franchising: Jackie Bondanza, CEO at Hounds Town USA
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12 female franchise leaders on “Raising Up the Next Generation” in our annual issue on women in franchising: Jania Bailey, CEO at FranNet
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12 female franchise leaders on “Raising Up the Next Generation” in our annual issue on Women in Franchising: Tina Bacon-DeFrece, President & CEO at Big Frog Custom T-Shirts
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12 female franchise leaders on “Raising Up the Next Generation” in our annual issue on women in franchising: Ericka Garza, President & CEO, Au Bon Pain
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12 female franchise leaders speak on “Raising Up the Next Generation” in our annual issue on women in franchising: Ruth Agbaji, Founder & CEO, Code Wiz
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After years of working on the franchisor side, David Blackburn got tired of making other people money. Now he’s McAlister’s largest franchisee.
  • Kerry Pipes
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Lee Alvarez, Jr. grew up watching his father build a multi-unit El Pollo Loco business. Now he runs it.
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At Pirtek USA, CEO Kim Gubera calls herself the Chief Motivator, part 2
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At Pirtek USA, CEO Kim Gubera calls herself the Chief Motivator, part 1
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Multi-Brand Leadership MVP Award winner Anil Yadav started as a Jack in the Box fry cook. Today he has more than 500 franchised units across 8 brands.
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  • 4,791 Reads 117 Shares
Noble Cause MVP Award winner Roland Spongberg sets the standard on community and charitable giving
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Five-concept Mexican food franchisor MRI Heritage Brands grows comps during Covid and looks to further growth in ’22
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After co-founding Wetzel’s Pretzels and investing early in Blaze Pizza, Bill Phelps is at it again with Dave’s Hot Chicken!
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Spirit of Franchising MVP Award winner Chris Olexa overcame a hard-knock childhood and today operates four franchised restaurant brands
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Veteran Entrepreneurship MVP Barrett McNabb parlays his U.S. Army experience into a successful multi-brand franchise operation
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Starting out as a 16-year-old  Denny’s hostess, Dawn Lafreeda, winner of the Single-Brand Leadership Award, has become one of the largest female franchisees in the world.
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After opening more than 80 children’s schools in Brazil, Mauricio Azevedo Fracon is well on his way to opening 15 Kiddie Academy schools in the U.S.
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Steve Jackson, longtime president and CEO of Hungry Howie’s Pizza, reflects on the past and builds a foundation for growth
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Influencer Award for Husband-and-Wife Team MVP winners Glenn and Tina Beattie keep a firm eye the top line
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With 102 units, Jamie Weeks is the largest franchisee of Orangetheory Fitness and has no plans to slow down anytime soon
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Jack Brendamour, a 10-year Junk King franchisee, loves the continuous support the brand provides
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TruBlue Total House Care is at the forefront of a growing market trend
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