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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.

Fully Inspected: From Fortune 500 To Top AmeriSpec Franchisee »

Multi-Unit Franchisee

Tom Sutko spent three decades in leadership roles with a Fortune 500 company. The years taught him a lot about management and operations.

Branching Out: Young Operator Adds Sears To His Two Food Brands »

By Debbie Selinsky

Conventional wisdom says it makes sense for multi-unit franchisees with food brands to stick with food as they expand. Ahmed El-Hawary doesn't see it that way.

This Is How He Sonics: Louisiana's Largest Sonic Franchisee Has Overcome Adversity »

By Debbie Selinsky

Ted Kergan has been a student in the school of hard knocks. He's got the diploma to prove it. But along the way he's become Louisiana's largest Sonic Drive-In franchisee.

Not One For The Money »

By Debbie Selinsky

When he was a young man fresh off the farm in Dalhart, Texas, Mike Treadwell wanted to stretch his entrepreneurial wings by opening a restaurant. First, he opened an Alfie's Fish 'n Chips in Amarillo, then a Mike's Fried Chicken & Fish.

Franchising Without Walls: Oxi Fresh Franchisee Enjoys Freedom And Additional Income »

Multi-Unit Franchisee

Franchising is a diverse world comprised of all kinds of brands, products, services, and opportunities.

Development Culture: Michael Kulp Is Looking To Develop His Brand And His People »

By Debbie Selinsky

In a time when many business executives are looking at what to cut because of rising payroll and healthcare costs, Michael Kulp, president and CEO of KBP Foods, a $250 million restaurant company with units in nine states, is taking an "inverse" approach.

But Wait, There's More!: Three Brands, Four States, And Plans To Expand »

By Kerry Pipes

Grant Simon is a textbook example of a multi-unit franchisee who can't sit still. When we profiled Simon in 2008 (Q3), he was operating 18 Great Clips salons in the Atlanta area.

If At First...: Persistence Pays Off For Louisiana's Largest Sonic Franchisee »

By Debbie Selinsky

Ted Kergan's path to success as Louisiana's largest Sonic Drive-In franchisee has been marked by hard knocks.

Going Pro: Don Davey Shifts From NFL To Franchising »

By Debbie Selinsky

If you ask retired NFL defensive tackle Don Davey to list the qualities needed to succeed in the NFL or in franchising, his list is the same: competitiveness, tenacity, discipline, coachability, and focus.

Family Success Story: David And Joye Griffin And Their 3 Sons Prosper In Hard Times »

By Kerry Pipes

When we profiled David Griffin in 2010, he had just purchased 25 Jiffy Lube stores in Colorado. The stores were underperforming, some were dilapidated, and the U.S. economy still at one of its all-time lows.

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