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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.

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By Debbie Selinsky

By Most Anyone's Definition, Eric Holm Is A Business Success Story. The Winter Park, Fla., Man Owns 30 Golden Corral Restaurants, Bringing In $155 Million In Annual Sales And Providing Jobs For More Than 3,000 Workers In Georgia And Florida.

Pathway To Success: Spencer Smith Follows The System And Gets Results »

By Debbie Selinsky

Spencer Smith may be quiet and unassuming but don't let that fool you. On the inside he's a savvy business operator who has been successful with multi-units and multi-brands and has earned his success by following "the program" and the Golden Rule.

Head West, Young Man: Danny Sonenshine Conquers California And Heads For The Pacific Islands »

By Kerry Pipes

Danny Sonenshine clearly remembers his father encouraging him to look into franchising back in the early 2000's.

A Good Feeling: William Bruce Is Pickin' Up Good Vibrations...and His Community »

By Kerry Pipes

When we first got to know William Bruce late last year (MUF 2012, 4th Quarter issue) it was clearly apparent that he values people.

Follow The Leader: Spencer Smith On His Simple But Powerful Strategy For Success »

By Debbie Selinsky

Sometimes leaders gain followers by being flashy and charismatic. And sometimes role models are people like Spencer Smith, the soft-spoken Colorado multi-unit, multi-brand franchisee who has earned his success by "following the program" and the Golden Rule.

Going Big: One Time Ski Coach Races To Top-Earning Status In Franchising »

By Debbie Selinsky

Jim Fitlow is a lifelong skier and as he loves to say, "Turning is highly overrated."

Tri-effective: Joe Hertzman Wins With Three Brands Over Three Decades »

By Debbie Selinsky

Joe Hertzman is always thinking. When the Louisville, Kentucky, father of four attended sporting events with his kids, he noticed that they always requested waffle cones when they ordered ice cream.

Diversification Strategy: Longtime Papa John's Franchisee Consolidates And Grows »

Multi-Unit Franchisee

Ricky Warman was a Prudential Securities investment manager who chucked the corporate life to take a stab at franchising in the early 1990s.

Division Of Duties: Retired Husband And Wife Vets Leverage Discipline And Know-How To Franchise Success »

By Debbie Selinsky

When Kevin and Laurel Wilkerson, winners of Multi-Unit Franchisee magazine's Veteran Entrepreneurship Award, came to Marco's Pizza from the military using the IFA's Vetfran program, they were pretty sure their total of 44 combined years in the U.S. Army stood them in good stead.

Rider On The Storm: From 25 To 50 Restaurants In 4 Years »

By Kerry Pipes

Things have been good for Greg Cutchall during the last four years. He's doubled the number of restaurants he operates from 25 to 50 units.

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