GT&S Franchise Executive Search Names Sean Falk President & COO
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GT&S Franchise Executive Search Names Sean Falk President & COO

GT&S Franchise Executive Search Names Sean Falk President & COO

GT&S Franchise Executive Search, established in 2019 to connect franchise companies with qualified senior franchise executives, has announced the appointment of Sean Falk as its new President and Chief Operating Officer.

With the franchise world taking its first tentative steps out of the Covid crisis, the need for matching high-quality executives with franchise companies is greater than ever. Falk’s addition to GT&S will provide additional focus and energy to the firm at the perfect time, as many franchise executives seek new opportunities and franchisors realign their C-suites to meet the new demands of a post-Covid world.

“With its three outstanding leaders in the franchising community, GT&S has been highly successful in its mission of executive recruitment,” says Falk. “My goal is to take the firm to the next level in the coming years, serving the needs of franchise companies and executives across all sectors.”

In his 25 years as a franchisee, franchisor, and supplier, Falk has established a broad network of relationships within franchising. “I’m excited about this leadership opportunity,” he says. “I’m happiest connecting people and watching them succeed, and I’m looking forward to making that happen.”

GT&S, focused exclusively on franchising, was founded by Gary Gardner, Chairman of Franchise Update Media, Tom Portesy, Principal of MFV Expositions, and Scott Lehr, former Executive Vice President at the International Franchise Association. Lehr, who served as managing partner and CEO, will remain with GT&S as a partner and board member.

“We were looking for the right person to lead GT&S into the future and ensure that the high level of attention and personal approach we provide for each client continues as the firm expands,” said Lehr. “Knowing just how much work and care goes into each search, we were highly selective in our own search. With Sean, we’ve found the perfect fit.”

To learn more about how GT&S can help your organization in your search for high-quality senior franchise executives, visit

About GT&S Franchise Executive Search

GT&S is an executive search firm focused exclusively on matching qualified senior-level executives with franchise brands. GT&S was founded in 2019 by Gary Gardner, Chairman of Franchise Update Media; Tom Portesy, Principal of MFV Expositions; and Scott Lehr, who spent 29 years at the International Franchise Association (IFA), retiring as Executive Vice President of Development, Marketing, & Conferences.

To learn more, contact Sean Falk at or (313) 399-4291.

Published: March 15th, 2022

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