Franchising Succes Stories

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. Franchising.com brings these real-life stories to you online. Someday your story may appear here as well.

Wendy's Hall of Fame franchisee Eddie Rodriguez is all about mega growth--one restaurant at a time.
  • Helen Bond
  • 1,854
When Bret Stewart was growing up, he dreamed of being a doctor so he could help people. Life may have led him down a different path, but his desire to positively influence the lives of those around him is realized every day.
  • Helen Bond
  • 1,526
Todd and Audra Fetter, winners of the 2017 MVP Influencer Award for a Husband & Wife Team, have always had a team approach to marriage, but the decision to become hands-on franchisees has changed the playing field for communicating as a couple.
  • Helen Bond
  • 2,893
When it comes to making his mark and doing good, Brendon Ayanbadejo, recipient of this year's Pro Athlete Influencer MVP Award, wants you to know he is just getting started.
  • Helen Bond
  • 4,906
Anand D. (Andy) Patel is the recipient of the 2017 American Dream MVP Award for achieving remarkable success in the U.S. with multiple brands.
  • Helen Bond
  • 2,505
Chelsea Segura signed her first franchise agreement with The Little Gym two months before she graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in kinesiology.
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 5,573
George Tinsley has been a part of Kentucky Fried Chicken/KFC for more than three decades, so long that he had the opportunity to work alongside the brand's now-legendary founder, Harland "Colonel" Sanders, for three years.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 2,527
Charles Loflin first met Antonio Swad in 1997. Swad is the entrepreneur's entrepreneur, the founder of Wingstop and Pizza Patrón. The two men hit it off and began communicating about the possibility of Loflin opening some Wingstops in his home state of Texas.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 3,054
Bob Middleton heard or read something years ago that stuck with him: Wealth is built by focusing on one thing and doing it well; wealth is preserved by diversifying.
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 4,031
Veronica Jordan was determined to trade in her 9-to-5 desk job for something more creative and profitable. In 2012, after searching for 3 years, she came across a Facebook ad that inspired her to unleash her inner entrepreneur.
  • By Danielle Buenrostro
  • 25,610
Harry Rose, founder and chairman of The Rose Group, is a winner. In 2016, for the second year in a row, Applebee's named Rose its Franchisee of the Year.
  • By Danielle Buenrostro
  • 28,181
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Eddie Rodriguez, one of the 10 largest Wendy's franchisees, says he has never worked a day in his life. After 43 years in franchising, Rodriguez continues his relentless dedication to growing a brand he believes in--and in expanding it beyond his company's 179 Wendy's locations in Florida, New Mexico, and Texas.
  • By Danielle Buenrostro
  • 30,819
Al Bhakta is proof that friends can be successful in business together. As managing director of the Dallas-based Chalak Mitra Group of Companies, Bhakta is one of seven longtime friends who have made wise business decisions together through the years.
  • By Danielle Buenrostro
  • 33,750
K'Zell "Zelly" Wesson took his pro basketball career global more than 17 years ago. He currently plays in Turkey as a forward for Afyonkarahisar Belediyespor, a team in the Turkish Basketball League. But the 6-foot-7-inch Wesson is also making sure he's got game as he nears the end of his playing days--by investing in and growing a chain of Workout Anytime fitness gyms in the USA.
  • By Kerry Pipes
  • 34,335
Dunkin' Donuts Power Team To Open 69 New Restaurants In Louisiana. Longtime multi-unit franchisee Vik Patel, Super Bowl Quarterback Drew Brees, and former New York Giants offensive lineman David Diehl Bringing Rush of Donuts To The Bayou State.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 19,503
Mara Fortin wears many hats as a Nothing Bundt Cakes franchisee: taste-testing in one of her seven San Diego-area stores, meeting with local business owners, advocating before Congress on issues of concern to franchisees and small-business owners, and mentoring young women.
  • By Debbie Selinsky
  • 19,064
Multi-unit, multi-brand franchisee Tom Garrett makes major move taking on another 194 Burger King locations. His GPS Hospitality company now oversees 431 Burger King and Popeyes franchises in 14 states.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 21,665
Robert Schermer, Jr., CEO of Meritage Hospitality Group in Grand Rapids, Mich., hails from the school of life that says, "Go big or go home."
  • By Debbie Selinsky
  • 17,417
Rob Branca successfully operates 88 Dunkin' Donuts franchise locations. And that's just what he plans to continue doing long into the future. He says it's imperative that industry leaders stand up and fight for the rights of franchisees as they face a continuing barrage of government overreach and regulation.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 16,944
After working his usual 50- 60-hour week tending to his 17 Indianapolis-area Penn Station East Coast Subs stores, Rob Chinsky and his wife Linda moved both their children into their college dorms, hours away, all in one weekend.
  • By Debbie Selinsky
  • 16,639
Mara Fortin was the very first franchisee for Nothing Bundt Cakes. She has served as chair of the brand's Franchise Advisory Council and has received the Outstanding Franchisee (Circle of Honor) award. She also loves to serve as a mentor - especially for other women. She has learned quite a few things about hiring and retaining employees during her decade in franchising.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 24,465
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Rob Branca and his extended family of in-laws, siblings, children, and cousins own and operate more than 1,200 Dunkin' Donuts locations throughout New England and a few expansion markets.
  • By Kerry Pipes
  • 14,911
Pedro Giorgana loves being a home-based franchisee of A Buyer's Choice Home Inspections and iHandyMan. He has time for his family and personal life and still gets to work with and assist his customers daily. It's been a rewarding and successful blend for him.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 28,817
Today, at 38, Garrard still works out every day, but he's not just pumping iron in his post-NFL career—he's pumping profits from his two Retro Fitness gyms.
  • By Kerry Pipes
  • 32,026
Rob Chinsky has been franchising since he was just 23 years old. Today he has 17 Indianapolis-area Penn Station East Coast Subs stores and will open his 18th location next year. He knows how to run a successful business and has been recognized with the brand's Franchisee of the Year award and served 10 years as president of the brand's Franchise Advisory Committee.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 14,306
Dave Goebel has crammed several lifetimes into his 66 years.
  • By Debbie Selinsky
  • 16,001
Popeyes mega franchisee group, Parikh Network, purchases 18 formerly corporate-owned Arby's locations and signs deal to open another 50 Arby's units over the next 8 years.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 23,828
Whether working to build up their business or improve the lives of children in their community, Papa Murphy's franchisee Todd Mulvahill and his wife Kelly love serving with a cause.
  • By Helen Bond
  • 32,655
Longtime Wienerschnitzel franchisee signs on for an additional 10 units to open in California and Texas.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 12,741
When a competitor set up shop too close to Michael Geiger's Moe's Southwest Grill, he and his partner John Iaquinta fired back with a volley of cheese dip.
  • By Helen Bond
  • 30,468

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