May 19, 2014 // Franchising.com // Arlington, VA - FRANdata, the only independent research and consulting company that provides objective analysis and strategy about the franchising sector, has retained Ronald Feldman as their Chief Development Officer.
"Combining Ron's talents with FRANdata's suite of credit risk and financial analysis products will significantly improve the franchise community's access to capital and even change the way capital is structured and priced." said Darrell Johnson, CEO of FRANdata.
"Ron Feldman joins FRANdata as a well-known authority on franchise financing bringing both his strategic and business acumen. Ron remains a principal of Franchise America Finance and Siegel Financial Group and will continue to serve as Chief Brand Strategist for both companies." said Nate Greenberg, President of Siegel Financial Group and Franchise America Finance. Feldman and his partner Greenberg, acquired Siegel Financial Group in 2008 and then co-founded Franchise America Finance in 2010.
In his new role, Feldman will utilize his knowledge and experience with franchise finance to improve the flow of capital to the franchise community. His efforts will build upon FRANdata's financing solutions for franchisors who assist their franchisees with the financing process. These lender-friendly franchise systems make use of the suite of tools available on the Franchise Registry (http://www.franchiseregistry.com), including Bank Credit Reports, enhanced SBA loan performance analysis, SBA loan eligibility reviews, and the find-a-lender matchmaking service.
"Ron's dynamic personality paired with his experience as a franchisee, lender, and key executive of a publicly traded company allows him to understand both the macro and micro issues related to franchise capital access," Said Edith Wiseman, President of FRANdata. "His desire to help elevate the performance of franchise brands and do the right thing for franchising made him fit immediately into FRANdata's culture."
"I am thrilled to be aligning with FRANdata in helping educate the franchise industry and facilitating the flow of capital into the Franchise business model," said Feldman. "This relationship allows me to keep my finger on the pulse of the industry through my continuing role with Siegel and Franchise America Finance. Nate and I have worked closely with the FRANdata team over the years and this new assignment allows me to explore the markets on a macro level as well."
Prior to his time at Siegel Financial and Franchise America Finance, Feldman was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Response USA, a publicly traded Alarm Systems Company. Before entering into the private sector, Feldman and his wife were one of the early Goddard School franchisees and successfully owned, operated and sold their Goddard School in 2007. He is often called upon to be a keynote speaker at franchise-related events, and has appeared on television programs championing the cause of small businesses. Feldman has been published numerous times in trade magazines, and is the instructor-of-choice and subject matter expert on financing and capital access to the International Franchise Association (IFA). In 2013, Feldman was awarded the Sid Feltenstein MVP Award for service to the IFA's Political Action Committee (FRANPAC). As a principal of Siegel, He sits on the supplier forum advisory board of the IFA and has the distinction of being a Certified Franchise Executive (CFE).
FRANdata (http://www.frandata.com) is the only research and consulting company that exclusively studies franchising. For the past 25 years, FRANdata has been providing operational benchmarking and market research to franchisors, investors, franchisees, and a wide range of suppliers who market to the franchise community. FRANdata also operates the Franchise Registry (http://www.franchiseregistry.com ), a site that makes financing easier and better for thousands of franchisees each year. FRANdata is proud to be a strategic partner of the International Franchise Association (IFA) and is often cited as franchise experts in such leading media as The New York Times, Forbes Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.