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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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MassageLuXe CEO and President Kristen Pechacek on breaking down the barriers between franchise development and marketing.
  • Franchise Update Media
  • 1,689 Reads 55 Shares
With Rush Bowls, Andrew Pudalov shifted his focus from finance to spreading the joys of pure, honest nutrition.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 1,752 Reads 3 Shares
Paul Flick, CEO of Premium Service Brands, focuses on customer service, innovation, and community involvement.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 2,884 Reads 29 Shares
Tint World CEO Charles Bonfiglio knows how to give franchisees what they need to prosper
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 2,741 Reads 5 Shares
When Kelly’s Roast Beef rebranded, management made extra sure to retain the best elements of the brand’s 70-year history
  • Neil Newcomb
  • 2,362 Reads
Catherine Monson fosters a growth-oriented culture that prioritizes integrity and positivity throughout the organization
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 2,231 Reads
Two franchise CEOs talk about their leadership styles and share some of their favorite leadership books.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 5,514 Reads 57 Shares
Unleashed Brands now has 6 brands with 1,300 kid-friendly health and fitness locations and is looking for more
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 2,899 Reads
Franchising veteran J.J. Sorrenti is leading Best Life Brands’ senior-focused brands with purpose and passion
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 3,255 Reads 11 Shares
Big dreams led to big achievements for this 27-year-old multi-brand dessert franchisee in NYC—who then acquired one of those brands 
  • Sara Wykes
  • 4,202 Reads
Rachel Wallace’s parents bought their first Subway when she was 14, marking her start on the path to becoming a multi-brand franchisee on her own
  • Sara Wykes
  • 3,975 Reads 11 Shares
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Darden Coors (yes, that Coors) left her law career and today is CEO of Salad Collective and its 3 “better for you” brands
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 2,981 Reads 1 Shares
Kal Gullapalli traded in his Wall Street job for life as a successful multi-brand franchisee
  • Sara Wykes
  • 4,157 Reads 10 Shares
Robert Rodriguez’s Tasty Restaurant Group wants to double its annual revenue to a cool $1 billion in the next 5 years
  • Sara Wykes
  • 3,684 Reads 31 Shares
Goldfish Swim School co-founder Chris McCuiston puts team culture “at the center of everything we do.”
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 2,547 Reads
Goldfish Swim School co-founder Chris McCuiston puts team culture “at the center of everything we do.”
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 3,840 Reads 253 Shares
Bryan Park got laid off from his job at a flooring company – so he started his own!
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 3,532 Reads 5 Shares
Goldfish Swim School co-founder Chris McCuiston 
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 4,343 Reads 61 Shares
Bryan Park got laid off from his job at a flooring company – so he started his own!
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 3,005 Reads 3 Shares
Our “Reconnect” with longtime Golden Corral franchisee Dave Gronewoller shows that, at 68, he continues to grow his business as he looks to pass it on to the next generation.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 6,281 Reads 127 Shares
“If your dream doesn’t scare you, it’s not big enough,” says multi-brand franchisee Justin Sharbutt as he continues toward his next goal of 100 units.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 4,783 Reads 69 Shares
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Vicki Dunn-Marshall started as an entry-level crew member at Little Caesars when she was 15. Today she operates 24 of her own.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 10,238 Reads 197 Shares
Robeks’ president and CFO still operates two franchised locations as he guides the brand to success
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 4,182 Reads 18 Shares
PrimoHoagies is poised for its next big move – onto the national stage
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 6,302 Reads 61 Shares
Re-Bath CEO’s “policy light” approach encourages creativity and flexibility as the company expands
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 3,193 Reads 23 Shares
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
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 4,479 Reads 11 Shares
Husband-and-wife multi-brand franchisees Kaleb and Patricia Warnock have diversified with a third brand in the El Paso market
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 5,926 Reads 508 Shares
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
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 2,230 Reads 8 Shares
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
  • Franchise Update Magazine
  • 3,212 Reads 8 Shares
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
  • Franchise Update Magazine
  • 3,438 Reads 150 Shares
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