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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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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
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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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  • 2,927 Reads 70 Shares
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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  • 2,751 Reads 7 Shares
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
  • Franchise Update Magazine
  • 2,624 Reads 7 Shares
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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  • 4,159 Reads 15 Shares
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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  • 2,344 Reads 5 Shares
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
  • 6,520 Reads 134 Shares
Lee Alvarez, Jr. grew up watching his father build a multi-unit El Pollo Loco business. Now he runs it.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 4,286 Reads 32 Shares
At Pirtek USA, CEO Kim Gubera calls herself the Chief Motivator, part 2
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 3,846 Reads 54 Shares
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At Pirtek USA, CEO Kim Gubera calls herself the Chief Motivator, part 1
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 4,448 Reads 222 Shares
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.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 8,338 Reads 128 Shares
Noble Cause MVP Award winner Roland Spongberg sets the standard on community and charitable giving
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 4,894 Reads 20 Shares
Five-concept Mexican food franchisor MRI Heritage Brands grows comps during Covid and looks to further growth in ’22
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 3,910 Reads 3 Shares
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
  • 7,598 Reads 29 Shares
Spirit of Franchising MVP Award winner Chris Olexa overcame a hard-knock childhood and today operates four franchised restaurant brands
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 3,649 Reads 9 Shares
Veteran Entrepreneurship MVP Barrett McNabb parlays his U.S. Army experience into a successful multi-brand franchise operation
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 3,599 Reads 4 Shares
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
  • 6,026 Reads 237 Shares
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
  • 3,970 Reads 20 Shares
Steve Jackson, longtime president and CEO of Hungry Howie’s Pizza, reflects on the past and builds a foundation for growth
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 6,275 Reads 26 Shares
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Influencer Award for Husband-and-Wife Team MVP winners Glenn and Tina Beattie keep a firm eye the top line
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 5,098 Reads 67 Shares
With 102 units, Jamie Weeks is the largest franchisee of Orangetheory Fitness and has no plans to slow down anytime soon
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 11,657 Reads 212 Shares
Jack Brendamour, a 10-year Junk King franchisee, loves the continuous support the brand provides
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  • 2,866 Reads 1 Shares
TruBlue Total House Care is at the forefront of a growing market trend
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 4,160 Reads 2 Shares
Mike Davis’ 1-800-JunkPro is gaining its share of a $50 billion industry
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 3,792 Reads 79 Shares
Dean Zuccarello, CEO of The Cypress Group, played an instrumental role in making the largest franchisee in history deal come together
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 3,716 Reads 20 Shares
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
  • 4,995 Reads 283 Shares
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
  • 4,158 Reads 1 Shares
Tropical Smoothie, which opened its 900th store in 2020, is looking to reach 1,500 in 5 years—or sooner!
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 5,644 Reads 1 Shares
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