Multi-Unit Franchisee Insight - Formative Influences & Key Accomplishments Part 3
We talk to successful multi-unit operators regularly here at Franchise Update Media. These busy on-the-go people share great insight and wisdom with us through our profile stories in Multi-Unit Franchisee magazine. Here, from our archives, are some insightful responses from some of these franchisees.
My parents have been a huge influence in my life. As entrepreneurs, they have modeled for me what it looks like to walk in high integrity and morals in the business arena. They often encouraged me as a young girl to set high goals and not to settle for less. I had a sense of confidence they had instilled in me that I could accomplish anything I wanted to do. When I got married, it was like my father passed the baton to my husband, who has since become my biggest cheerleader. The encouragement I receive daily keeps me pressing forward in my daily goals.
First and foremost, my biggest accomplishment was raising my three children. Training up children is a tough job, with no vacations. I am very proud of who my children have become as adults: honorable citizens contributing positively to our society. From a business perspective, my greatest accomplishment is building a team of amazing people who work alongside me each day at Freedom Enterprises, helping to grow our organization. Without them, I would never have been able to become the largest franchisee in the Scooter's system. They challenge me and make me better at my job every single day.
Tracy Bouwens, multi-unit franchisee of Scooter's Coffee
My dad has always been my biggest influence. From a young age, I got to watch him navigate the waters of franchising and it inspired me to stay in the business. He was a great teacher and the biggest lesson he taught me was to "be my own boss."
At 27, I own and operate six businesses throughout Georgia (2 Captain D's in Lovejoy and Douglasville, 2 Dairy Queens in Cochran and Douglasville, and 2 Edible Arrangements in McDonough and Griffin). I'm proud of what I have been able to accomplish and look forward to all the growth that's ahead of me.
Ali Momin, multi-unit franchisee of Captain D's, Dairy Queen, and Edible Arrangements
My high school basketball coach taught me that grit and motivation are more valuable than talent. I learned from 9/11 that not everyone on this planet agrees with our way of life, and I learned from the 2008 financial crisis that cash is king and one must be prepared at all times.
Graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, earning an MBA while stationed overseas, and starting Three Grls as a single mother.
Emily Harrington, multi-unit franchisee of Tropical Smoothie Cafe
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