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To ensure success, brands must have someone in charge who will lead the organization through constant change and growth. Learn how franchise company CEOs are leading their brands to success through these revealing and in-depth profiles.

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Daddy’s Chicken Shack grows from a small stand at LA’s weekly food festival to a fast-casual fried chicken brand with 2 stores open and 20 more in development
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 2,292 Reads 11 Shares
Husband-and-wife multi-brand franchisees Kaleb and Patricia Warnock have diversified with a third brand in the El Paso market
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 3,358 Reads 490 Shares
Jennifer Schuler i only the 2nd CEO of Wetzel’s Pretzels since its founding in 1994, after taking the helm from co-founder Bill Phelps in 2019
  • Kerry Pipes
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12 female franchise leaders on “Raising Up the Next Generation” in our annual issue on Women in Franchising: Wanda Williams, Head of Global Franchising at Yum Brands
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12 female franchise leaders on “Raising Up the Next Generation” in our annual issue on women in franchising: Laura Coe, Co-Founder and CEO, Snapology
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12 female franchise leaders on “Raising Up the Next Generation” in our annual issue on women in franchising: Clarissa Bradstock, CEO, Any Lab Test Now
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12 female franchise leaders speak on “Raising Up the Next Generation” in our annual issue on women in franchising: Kristen Pechacek, MassageLuXe
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12 female franchise leaders on “Raising Up the Next Generation” in our annual issue on women in franchising: Jackie Bondanza, CEO at Hounds Town USA
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12 female franchise leaders on “Raising Up the Next Generation” in our annual issue on women in franchising: Jania Bailey, CEO at FranNet
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12 female franchise leaders on “Raising Up the Next Generation” in our annual issue on Women in Franchising: Tina Bacon-DeFrece, President & CEO at Big Frog Custom T-Shirts
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12 female franchise leaders on “Raising Up the Next Generation” in our annual issue on women in franchising: Ericka Garza, President & CEO, Au Bon Pain
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12 female franchise leaders speak on “Raising Up the Next Generation” in our annual issue on women in franchising: Ruth Agbaji, Founder & CEO, Code Wiz
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  • 1,017 Reads 5 Shares
After years of working on the franchisor side, David Blackburn got tired of making other people money. Now he’s McAlister’s largest franchisee.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 3,136 Reads 131 Shares
Lee Alvarez, Jr. grew up watching his father build a multi-unit El Pollo Loco business. Now he runs it.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 2,156 Reads 32 Shares
At Pirtek USA, CEO Kim Gubera calls herself the Chief Motivator, part 2
  • Kerry Pipes
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At Pirtek USA, CEO Kim Gubera calls herself the Chief Motivator, part 1
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 2,487 Reads 215 Shares
Multi-Brand Leadership MVP Award winner Anil Yadav started as a Jack in the Box fry cook. Today he has more than 500 franchised units across 8 brands.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 4,306 Reads 115 Shares
Noble Cause MVP Award winner Roland Spongberg sets the standard on community and charitable giving
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 2,422 Reads 15 Shares
Five-concept Mexican food franchisor MRI Heritage Brands grows comps during Covid and looks to further growth in ’22
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 2,532 Reads 3 Shares
After co-founding Wetzel’s Pretzels and investing early in Blaze Pizza, Bill Phelps is at it again with Dave’s Hot Chicken!
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 3,713 Reads 27 Shares
Spirit of Franchising MVP Award winner Chris Olexa overcame a hard-knock childhood and today operates four franchised restaurant brands
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 2,010 Reads 9 Shares
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Veteran Entrepreneurship MVP Barrett McNabb parlays his U.S. Army experience into a successful multi-brand franchise operation
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 2,087 Reads 4 Shares
Starting out as a 16-year-old  Denny’s hostess, Dawn Lafreeda, winner of the Single-Brand Leadership Award, has become one of the largest female franchisees in the world.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 3,423 Reads 237 Shares
After opening more than 80 children’s schools in Brazil, Mauricio Azevedo Fracon is well on his way to opening 15 Kiddie Academy schools in the U.S.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 2,271 Reads 18 Shares
Steve Jackson, longtime president and CEO of Hungry Howie’s Pizza, reflects on the past and builds a foundation for growth
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 3,014 Reads 25 Shares
Influencer Award for Husband-and-Wife Team MVP winners Glenn and Tina Beattie keep a firm eye the top line
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 3,221 Reads 66 Shares
With 102 units, Jamie Weeks is the largest franchisee of Orangetheory Fitness and has no plans to slow down anytime soon
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 7,433 Reads 103 Shares
Jack Brendamour, a 10-year Junk King franchisee, loves the continuous support the brand provides
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TruBlue Total House Care is at the forefront of a growing market trend
  • Kerry Pipes
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  • Kerry Pipes
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