Franchising is big. And so are some of its franchisees. Just take a look at our "Mega 99" list (page 54) and you'll see what we mean! We've ranked the heavyweights by size, brands, number of units, and locations. These franchisees definitely know how to Go Big!
Franchising at this level is not for everyone. It takes a certain set of skills, drive, and initiative to build and operate these large organizations. The risks and rewards to the ever-growing multi-unit franchisee hinge on savvy decision-making, dedicated managers, hard-working employees, and loyal customers. Few can do it; even fewer can do it well.
And beyond the numbers are the human stories of passion, creativity, and sheer will and determination it takes to succeed at this level. Year after year we continue to find multi-unit franchisees with compelling stories to tell about their journeys to where they are today, stories filled with dramatic twists and turns.
This year we have chosen six successful multi-unit operators who exhibit the best of franchising, entrepreneurship, and commitment to their goals. It's revealing to hear their candid reflections on their successes and failures, goals and objectives, plans for the future, and their thoughts about work, family, and life. But perhaps it's their insights into people--from their employees to their customers to the communities they serve--that makes these franchisees notable.
We get it started in this issue by "reconnecting" with three franchisees we've previously profiled:
We also spoke with three more successful multi-unit operators:
Regardless of their background, experience, and training, there's always a fascinating real-life story behind every successful franchise operator. Whether you're a single-unit operator or have dozens of units across several brands, you're sure to find something interesting, educational, and even entertaining in the stories of these successful six multi-unit operators. And maybe even a nugget or two to apply to your business or your personal life.
It's Mega 99 time!
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