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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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After co-founding Wetzel’s Pretzels and investing early in Blaze Pizza, Bill Phelps is at it again with Dave’s Hot Chicken!
  • Kerry Pipes
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Spirit of Franchising MVP Award winner Chris Olexa overcame a hard-knock childhood and today operates four franchised restaurant brands
  • Kerry Pipes
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Veteran Entrepreneurship MVP Barrett McNabb parlays his U.S. Army experience into a successful multi-brand franchise operation
  • Kerry Pipes
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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.
  • Kerry Pipes
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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.
  • Kerry Pipes
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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
  • Kerry Pipes
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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
  • Kerry Pipes
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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
  • Kerry Pipes
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Mike Davis’ 1-800-JunkPro is gaining its share of a $50 billion industry
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Dean Zuccarello, CEO of The Cypress Group, played an instrumental role in making the largest franchisee in history deal come together
  • Eddy Goldberg
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Q&A with Greg Flynn following his acquisition of NPC International’s Wendy’s and Pizza Huts in the largest franchisee deal ever
  • Eddy Goldberg
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Suite Management Franchising CEO Ken McAllister says his company is one of the brick-and-mortar brands that grew during the pandemic in 2020
  • Kerry Pipes
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Tropical Smoothie, which opened its 900th store in 2020, is looking to reach 1,500 in 5 years—or sooner!
  • Kerry Pipes
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21 Female Fast Risers profiled in our “21 for ’21” annual issue on women in franchising: Mandy Shaw, President & CEO, Blaze Pizza
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Christina Russell chronicles her franchising journey to CEO of Radiance Holdings, parent of Sola Salon Studios & The Woodhouse Day Spa
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21 Female Fast Risers profiled in our "21 for '21" annual issue on women in franchising: Ariana Chernin, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, The Barre Code
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Office Evolution CEO Mark Hemmeter has focused the brand on providing franchisees and members with a safe, inspiring work space – and opened 13 locations in 2020
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WaveMax CEO Mike Roberts says the high-tech laundromat concept did well in 2020 and looks to “significant” growth in 2021
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Donatos Pizza CEO Tom Krouse says the brand has grown during the pandemic
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MassageLuxe CEO spells out how the brand plans to grow from 69 locations to 250 in the next 5 years
  • Kerry Pipes
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Home improvement brand Bloomin’ Blinds CEO Kelsey Stuart says the shift to WFH has helped his company thrive during the pandemic
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Checkers & Rally’s drive-thru-only model has kept the brand afloat - and growing - during Covid, says CEO Frances Allen
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Best Life Brands CEO JJ Sorrenti tells how his company’s 4 related senior care brands are navigating the pandemic 
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Donatos’ CEO Tom Krouse leads the family-owned brand into the future
  • Kerry Pipes
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The Junkluggers CEO and founder has created a truly sustainable business by recycling and selling the 'junk' they remove
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 4,230 Reads 242 Shares
Starting in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, we asked franchise founders, CEOs, presidents, and COOs from different industries, sizes, and stages of growth how the coronavirus was affecting their brand.
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Kevin Bazner, CEO of A&W Restaurants, says the brand has fared very well during Covid-19, all things considered, with more than 90% of locations open
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Nick Friedman, CEO of College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving, says now is the time to adapt and expand or enhance your business
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