Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine Issue I, 2007: America's Mega Franchisees
Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine: America's Mega Franchisees

Q1 | 2007

America's Mega Franchisees

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Getting laid off by United Airlines in the 1982 recession was perhaps the best business move Regina and Jerry Lillie ever made (even if they didn't actually make it themselves).
Eddy Goldberg and Kerry Pipes
Gary Hoyle thought there might be a good concept for franchising at a Florida restaurant he knew. So he ate there every day for three monthsâ€"soaking in the atmosphere and dining on the delicacies. It was enough to convince him it could work.
Kerry Pipes
Multi-unit operators are a sophisticated culture within the franchise industry. They typically are streamlined, aggressive, think big, plan ahead, and are focused on continual growth. So why would a successful area developer want to sell a particular brand or chain of units? Lots of reasons: retirement, health issues, liquidity, a change in direction, a more aggressive growth strategy, a better opportunity, or simply the desire to "try it again with another concept."
Kerry Pipes
The human voice has remained notoriously difficult to capture and convert accurately into text using computers. However, superb programs exist today that, in their ninth and tenth iterations, are finally pretty accurate at transcribing your dictation - once they have been properly trained.
Ripley Hotch
A study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Congress's watchdog agency, attributed the majority of the whopping number of errors discovered on almost every tax return prepared by the outlets of the major tax preparation firms to the complexity of our tax laws. If the pros make that many mistakes, what chance does the owner or manager of a small business attempting to prepare their operation's tax returns have of properly labelingâ€"and deductingâ€"expenses that are not mentioned in the tax laws?
Mark E. Battersby
Kelly Saxton thinks big. He's the largest McAlister's Deli multi-unit operator, with 30 units throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Kansas. Prior to that, he was the largest Mazzio's Pizza multi-unit operator, with 50 units throughout Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi.
Eddy Goldberg and Kerry Pipes
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As more franchise brands push outward from their local or regional base seeking growth on the national stage, choosing the right city or designated market area (DMA) is always a critical factor in success.
Eddy Goldberg
When she was just 16, Mandy Bryant (now Mandy Bryant Verges) got a job at a Gold's Gym in her home city of New Orleans. She worked a couple of years in sales and did well. In April 1995, owner Steve Smith opened a tanning salon called Electric Beach in the city's Uptown district. When Smith bought out his business partner, he needed a manager for the salon. Bryant asked, he said yes, and transferred the 18-year-old to the salon as its new manager.
Eddy Goldberg and Kerry Pipes
Originally printed in Area Developer Issue I 2007, the 2007 Mega 99 rankings highlight the Top 99 Multi-Unit Operates broken down by brands operated and by industry.
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Daren Patera and Brian Wernicke met in law school in Salem, Oregon, on their first day of orientation. "After about our second day, we knew we didn't want to be lawyers," says Patera, and they decided to go into business. "We wanted to be our own bossesâ€"not graduate and get a job working 80 hours a week for a law firm and hope to be a partner someday."
Eddy Goldberg and Kerry Pipes
Hank Huth didn't set out to be in franchising. As a matter of fact, he was a banker. But in the mid-1980s, he was introduced to some executives at then-emerging Blockbuster Video and decided to "take a leap of faith" and give franchising a try. He called on his high school buddy Tim Nolan, who had managed some McDonald's franchises, to be his partner.
Eddy Goldberg and Kerry Pipes
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