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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.

As a kid growing up in New Orleans, Yaron Goldman dreamed of owning a restaurant. "I have always enjoyed cooking, ever since I was a child," says Goldman, who grew up to become the second largest franchisee of McAlister's Deli.
  • Helen Bond
  • 11,703 Reads 1 Shares
Van Jakes played cornerback in the NFL for eight years, routinely pestering receivers up and down the field while playing for the Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, and Green Bay Packers.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 10,598 Reads 2 Shares
A conversation with John Metz invariably leads to all kinds of topics, peppered with opinions and pointed insights gleaned from his many, and diverse, business adventures.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 8,148 Reads
Former McDonald's Multi-Unit Franchisee Inks Deal with Pie Five Pizza To Open Multiple Locations in Pennsylvania and Ohio.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 8,139 Reads 6 Shares
As senior vice president and chief investment officer of Impact Properties, Shirin Kanji is in charge of all of the Tampa-based company's investment-related activities.
  • Helen Bond
  • 10,409 Reads 12 Shares
GPS Hospitality Promotes Founding Partner Brian Arnold To Chief Development Officer As It Continues Expanding Beyond Its 222 Burger King Locations.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 8,082 Reads
Multi-unit franchisee Gary Moore has spent most of his life in the restaurant business, assuming nearly every available job title along the way.
  • Helen Bond
  • 8,329 Reads 1,021 Shares
Yaron Goldman Has A Strategic Growth Plan That Includes A 2016 Revenue Projection In Excess Of $100 Million At His 59 Mcalister's Deli And 3 MOD Pizza Locations.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 13,780 Reads 7 Shares
When we last visited with Dawn Lafreeda in mid-2012 she was operating 70 Denny's restaurants in six states and had been adding restaurants, even through the Great Recession.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 7,840 Reads 1 Shares
We kick off 2016 with our annual Mega 99 issue: a list of the largest U.S. franchisees ranked by total number of units--along with 7 profiles of multi-unit mega-operators.
  • 6,380 Reads 3 Shares
Bill Spae has spent four decades in franchising and is currently the second largest Dairy Queen franchisee in the system.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 7,576 Reads 2 Shares
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Mike Pietrzyk has always loved contributing to charitable causes. So it wasn't surprising that a decade ago the Firehouse Subs area representative came up with the idea of selling his restaurants' empty 5-gallon pickle buckets, rather than tossing them out.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 5,567 Reads
Innovation in non-traditional locations defines Gina Puente's approach to business. When we profiled her in 2010, she told us how her family business, Puente Enterprises, had created La Bodega Winery, a winery in an airport, in the mid-1990s.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 4,878 Reads
California multi-brand franchisee with 7-Eleven and Dickey's Barbecue locations signs development agreement to open more Dickey's restaurants.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 5,022 Reads
Tom Garrett breaks down his 30 years with Arby's--first as an assistant manager, then as the brand's largest franchisee, and finally as CEO of the franchisor--this way: "I like to say that 25 of those years were great, 3 were mediocre, and 2 were miserable--in that order."
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 9,659 Reads
Former NFL Cornerback "Retires" To Franchising And Now Shows Other Pro Athletes How They Can Do It, Too.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 15,524 Reads 74 Shares
Jason Fry won $47 million in the 2008 Florida lottery. He splurged a little but also made some smart business investments with his winnings, like purchasing a Batteries Plus Bulbs franchise.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 12,841 Reads 3 Shares
Annie Aggarwal, whose parents Renu and Bharat Aggarwal moved to Texas from India in 1989, recalls her extended family's surprise in 1997 when her mother decided to use her savings to purchase a Subway franchise in Houston.
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 7,064 Reads 6 Shares
Scott Richburg, a former U.S. Army National Guard officer and owner of an engineering consulting firm, smiles when he recalls the learning curve he faced when he bought his first Sport Clips franchise in 2003.
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 5,208 Reads 1 Shares
Mary and Ferrel Freer often finish each other's sentences. That's most likely because the Flagstaff, Ariz., couple have been married 49 years--and for most of that time have worked together as franchisees for brands including Sizzler, Del Taco, and Hampton Inn & Suites.
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 5,909 Reads 6 Shares
Gina Puente creates success non-traditionally through unique brands and airport locations.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 7,089 Reads
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During the 10 years Kevin Herman worked as a physical therapist providing home care in the Philadelphia area, he heard plenty of stories from patients about the kinds of assistance they needed--and their difficulty in finding those services.
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 6,149 Reads 1 Shares
After Being Arby's largest franchisee - then its CEO - Tom Garrett Is Back In The Franchisee World Again As A Burger King Franchisee Nearing 200 Units.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 12,841 Reads 3 Shares
Two New DreamMakers Franchisees Join the Brand to Build Their Futures and Their Customers' Remodeling Dreams.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 5,934 Reads
John Judson and his partners have grown their Two Men and a Truck franchises in St. Louis, Chicago, Salt Lake City, and Boston into a 15-franchise operation that brought in $16 million in revenue last year.
  • By Debbie Selinsky
  • 6,915 Reads 5 Shares
When Jon-Anthony Lui was growing up, he watched closely as his father achieved success in franchising, selling products such as real estate and insurance. But the bright young entrepreneur found his niche when he began working for Tutor Doctor, which offers one-on-one tutoring to children in the home.
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 4,948 Reads
Full-time homemaker started with one Subway in 1997 and today operates 55 Subways and 1 Wing Zone.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 13,662 Reads 1,023 Shares
When Farouk Diab walks into one of his 18 Wienerschnitzel restaurants wearing a uniform, same as the other workers there, he's making a statement.
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 6,648 Reads 2 Shares
At the age of 39, Becky Finger, a full-time homemaker and mother of three from Cincinnati, went with a friend to visit a Once Upon A Child store in Columbus, a couple of hours away.
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 5,621 Reads
Jon-Anthony Lui was Tutor Doctor's first franchisee to reach $1 million in sales, and in 2014, he became the brand's largest franchisee, and was named Franchisee of the Year.
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 6,637 Reads 2 Shares

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