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CEO Profiles

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.



  • Scorpion
    Scorpion offers ROI-positive online marketing solutions that can get your franchisees more customers from the Internet. With our integrated marketing platform, you can maintain a unified brand message, manage numerous marketing campaigns, and track...
  • Vya
    Engaging franchisees in local marketing takes more than just technology. Vya’s platform, people & production simplify local marketing execution end-to-end. Using our platform, franchisees easily order marketing materials & enroll once in multi-tou
  • Bridgeline Digital
    Bridgeline Digital provides their customers with solutions that bridge the gaps between content management, marketing automation, eCommerce, social media and insights, empowering them to attract, engage, nurture and convert.
  • Naranga
    Naranga, a comprehensive franchise technology provider, delivers software solutions to help franchise businesses scale, at any size. Clients turn to Naranga when support, scalability, visibility and brand consistency are their top priorities.
  • Xpressdocs
    Xpressdocs' proprietary marketing platform houses a diverse mix of customizable products and programs, empowering franchisees to self-serve from a single location while franchisors maintain control over branding, messaging, and marketing spend.
CEO Q&A: MBA or OTJ for leadership training?
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 1,217 Reads 24 Shares
CEO Q&A: How do you transmit your culture to the front line?
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 1,040 Reads 36 Shares
CEO Q&A: What is your biggest leadership challenge?
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 1,037 Reads 5 Shares
CEO Q&A: What has inspired your leadership style?
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 1,514 Reads 23 Shares
For John Nobis, CEO of Two Men and a Truck, a background in accounting, consulting, and IT are adding up to success.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 1,377 Reads 56 Shares
8 franchise CEOs and presidents describe their leadership styles.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 1,470 Reads 23 Shares
Mr. Gatti's Pizza updates, remodels, revamps, and gets back into the franchising game
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 1,662 Reads 29 Shares
8 franchise CEOs leaders answer the question: "What is your role as CEO?"
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 1,676 Reads 19 Shares
9Round founder has 5,000 worldwide units in his sights
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 2,371 Reads 168 Shares
With his first year as CEO of School of Rock under his belt, Rob Price has found his groove as he works to grow the 20-year-old brand that offers music education to kids all over the world.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 8,362 Reads 523 Shares
Nicole Ossenfort is an inclusive leader. Since taking over as president and CEO of Liberty Tax earlier this year, she has made it a priority to be in regular contact with people from every level of the tax preparation brand, from franchisees to employees.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 6,408 Reads 407 Shares
Open a Fitness Together Franchise
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Life was full of promise when Tammy Whitworth and her husband Todd launched their first Window World franchise location in 1999 in Wilmington, North Carolina.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 11,316 Reads 2,266 Shares
Larry Oberly, president and CEO of SpeedPro Imaging, knows from personal experience what it's like to be a franchisee. This provides him with an additional level of insight as he grows into his new role at SpeedPro.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 9,777 Reads 156 Shares
Carl Howard has served at the helm of Fazoli's for the past decade. In that time, he has helped lead the brand through numerous challenges and successes, helping it become America's largest fast-casual Italian brand, a thriving and growing franchise with more than 200 locations in 26 states.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 9,422 Reads 53 Shares
David Lopez made a bold move when he was 19 years old. He quit college, borrowed money, and opened his first business. Turns out he was pretty good at being an entrepreneur.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 18,295 Reads 7 Shares
In a pivotal year with women's issues at the forefront and in the headlines for the wrong reasons, we've dedicated this issue and cover story to women who have persevered through obstacles of all kinds, made their way to the top of their profession as franchise executives, and who have set a positive example in the world of business and the world in general.
  • Sara Wykes
  • 11,929 Reads 41 Shares
The "better burger" marketplace may seem crowded, but for Wayback Burgers the competition makes for exciting challenges and opportunities.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 14,845 Reads 2 Shares
Gary Findley will proudly tell you he was raised in the country and that’s where he picked up his work ethic.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 3,641 Reads 505 Shares
Patrick Galleher is chairman and CEO of sweetFrog Frozen Yogurt. He's also an accomplished private equity executive who leads Boxwood Partners as its managing partner.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 5,217 Reads 43 Shares
Mark Davis acquired a small restoration company called Rocky Mountain Catastrophe in Denver in 1996. He was just 27 and didn't know anything about the restoration industry.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 1,933 Reads 2 Shares
Eric Casaburi, founder and CEO of Retro Fitness, has an open and transparent style. He also likes to lie on a bed of nails daily to meditate, relieve stress, and, he says, help improve his decision-making.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 9,622 Reads 78 Shares
Open a Elements Massage Franchise
When simplicity is the essence of your business model, clients and owners benefit. Clients want a predictably wonderful experience with every visit. You want a business that takes the guesswork out of daily operations, so you can focus on growth...
Since co-founding the Bottle & Bottega brand 5 years ago, Nancy Bigley has learned how to lead a brand, trust in others, and has never stopped being nice to people.
  • By Eddy Goldberg
  • 2,413 Reads 8 Shares
Since co-founding BrightStar Care in 2002, Shelly Sun has led the company to 300 units - with more to come. Here's how she did it, and her plan to become a $3 billion, international company in the next 10 years.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 3,426 Reads 4 Shares
Batteries Plus Bulbs CEO Russ Reynolds is thinking beyond the battery as he takes the brand in a newly expanded direction and chases $1 billion in annual sales, part 2: management style, personal, and bottom line.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 3,269 Reads
Batteries Plus Bulbs CEO Russ Reynolds is taking the brand in a newly expanded direction as he chases $1 billion in annual sales.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 4,881 Reads 13 Shares
Mike Bidwell, CEO and president of The Dwyer Group, discusses his career path from franchisee to the top of the C-suite at the 8-brand, $1 billion franchisor - larger now after acquiring Service Brands International (June 12) and The Grounds Guys of Canada (June 18).
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 2,540 Reads 4 Shares
Mike Bidwell, CEO and president of The Dwyer Group, discusses his career path from franchisee to the top of the C-suite at the 8-brand, $1 billion franchisor.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 3,645 Reads 40 Shares
Julia Stewart, CEO and chair of DineEquity (Applebee's and IHOP), discusses her career in franchising, leadership attributes and skills, women leaders, networking, mentorship, and her path to the C-suite.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 3,184 Reads 50 Shares
Julia Stewart, CEO and chair of DineEquity (Applebee's and IHOP), discusses her career in franchising, leadership attributes and skills, women leaders, and her path to the C-suite.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 4,473 Reads 24 Shares
Rich Wilson needed to earn money for his college education. The way he saw it, he had two choices.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 5,163 Reads 1 Shares
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