I Am Franchising - Real Life Success Stories From Franchisees

Franchising is a business model that has led millions to financial success. Every franchisee has a singular story - of where they've been, how they chose franchising, and of the challenges they've overcome on their pathway to personal and business success. I Am Franchising brings these real-life stories to you online. Someday your story may appear here as well.

Texas Dairy Queen Franchisee Thinks Big »

Multi-Unit Franchisee

Bill Spae has spent four decades in franchising and is currently the second largest Dairy Queen franchisee in the system.

Area Rep Supreme: Mike Pietrzyk Is Setting The Pace For Firehouse Subs »

By Kerry Pipes

Mike Pietrzyk has always loved contributing to charitable causes. So it wasn't surprising that a decade ago the Firehouse Subs area representative came up with the idea of selling his restaurants' empty 5-gallon pickle buckets, rather than tossing them out.

High Flier: Gina Puente Makes Life Tasty For Travelers  »

By Kerry Pipes

Innovation in non-traditional locations defines Gina Puente's approach to business. When we profiled her in 2010, she told us how her family business, Puente Enterprises, had created La Bodega Winery, a winery in an airport, in the mid-1990s.

Michael Tucker Expands With Dickey's Barbecue Pit »

Multi-Unit Franchisee

California multi-brand franchisee with 7-Eleven and Dickey's Barbecue locations signs development agreement to open more Dickey's restaurants.

Burger Kingdom: Arby's Ex-CEO Returns To His Multi-Unit Roots »

By Debbie Selinsky

Tom Garrett breaks down his 30 years with Arby's--first as an assistant manager, then as the brand's largest franchisee, and finally as CEO of the franchisor--this way: "I like to say that 25 of those years were great, 3 were mediocre, and 2 were miserable--in that order."

Van Jakes On Franchising After Football »

Multi-Unit Franchisee

Former NFL Cornerback "Retires" To Franchising And Now Shows Other Pro Athletes How They Can Do It, Too.

Lottery Winner Becomes Franchisee »

Multi-Unit Franchisee

Jason Fry won $47 million in the 2008 Florida lottery. He splurged a little but also made some smart business investments with his winnings, like purchasing a Batteries Plus Bulbs franchise.

Golden Opportunity: Jewelry Wholesaler Turns To Franchising And Shines »

By Debbie Selinsky

Annie Aggarwal, whose parents Renu and Bharat Aggarwal moved to Texas from India in 1989, recalls her extended family's surprise in 1997 when her mother decided to use her savings to purchase a Subway franchise in Houston.

Right Time, Right Place: Parlaying Military Experience Into Franchise Success »

By Debbie Selinsky

Scott Richburg, a former U.S. Army National Guard officer and owner of an engineering consulting firm, smiles when he recalls the learning curve he faced when he bought his first Sport Clips franchise in 2003.

Pair Of Aces: It's Important To Work With A Franchisor You Trust »

By Debbie Selinsky

Mary and Ferrel Freer often finish each other's sentences. That's most likely because the Flagstaff, Ariz., couple have been married 49 years--and for most of that time have worked together as franchisees for brands including Sizzler, Del Taco, and Hampton Inn & Suites.

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