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Successful multi-unit franchisees share their growth stories. From getting started in franchising to building and expanding their enterprises, multi-unit franchisees share their challenges and successes with in-depth profiles.

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Former NFL player turned franchisee credits sports and God for his success.
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Want to know what it takes to be a successful mega-franchisee? These six profiles will help!
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How 3 Multi-Unit Operators Create Their Passion For The Business And Balance Life And Work.
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Michael Kulp has grown KBP Foods from $70 million to $780 million.
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3 Multi-Unit Operators Talk About How They Measure Growth And What They See Ahead.
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Multi-Unit Franchisees Discuss The Best Advice They've Ever Gotten And The Passions That Drive Them In Business.
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These multi-unit franchisees share their business philosophies and management styles.
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3 multi-unit franchisees talk about making their best business decisions.
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3 multi-unit franchisees talk about how they have faced challenges in their business careers.
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As one of the first franchisees of Panera Bread Co., Mike Young still recalls the kitchen table conversation he had with his father-in-law more than 20 years ago.
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Fantastic Sams franchisee John Prichard has never been a "growth for growth's sake" kind of franchisee. Until recently, the Twin Cities-based owner of 24 Fantastic Sams and two upscale Camille Albane salons wasn't even aware that he was the brand's largest franchisee.
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When we first met Jeff Rigsby in 2010, he was a successful multi-unit operator with 21 Bojangles' locations.
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Pearle Vision multi-unit operator Bill Noble, a graduate of West Point and former UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter pilot, credits "courage and access to capital" for his swift growth as a first-time franchisee.
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Adrian Gonzalez is a five-time Major League Baseball All-Star and four-time Gold Glove Award winner.
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Smoothie King multi-unit franchisee Andrew Weinstein believes he was meant for the world of big business.
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Alex King may be only 29, but the Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers multi-unit operator has been a part of the throwback brand since he was a teenager.
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Once a year we devote an issue to these hard-working, successful franchisees. As usual, they're an interesting mix, but the results are similar: a combination of grit, determination, and perseverance has led each to success and domination with their chosen brands and markets.
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Chris Rigassio is a Jersey boy who grew up loving Jersey Mike's sandwiches and the brand's unique culture.
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Since immigrating to the U.S. from India at age 14 with "pockets that did not run very deep," Jay Pandya would discover a wealth of opportunity awaiting him in his new home.
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Joye and Dave Griffin have always had a singularly focused mindset to succeed in the automotive world, dating back to their college days when they ran a car detailing business out of the back of Dave's pickup truck.
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Bob Middleton has never been a status quo kind of guy. "I have always tried to improve and be the best I can," he says. "Having that mindset has created unexpected opportunities throughout my career.
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One thing we've learned about Greg Cutchall over the years is that when it comes to his business dealings, he never sits still.
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For Alexander C. Johnson, giving back to his community is part of his nature. This second-generation franchisee is now paying it forward, sharing his know-how and leadership skills with the next generation as they navigate their way through the food and hospitality industry.
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Fast-growing ZIPS Dry Cleaners often draws comparisons to Planet Fitness for shaking up an industry with a same-day, one-price model.
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Kamal Singh worked as a cashier at McDonald's, delivered sub sandwiches, opened his own Lenny's Subs shop, began adding other franchise brands.
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Two NFL Players Team Up To Bring Additional Jamba Juice Locations to Washington, DC Market
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Eric Holm has graced the pages of this magazine before. We first profiled him in these pages in 2013, then recognized him with our 2015 Noble Cause MVP Award and profiled him again.
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Jake Alleman considers himself lucky for the success that has come his way.
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Mike Hamra grew up in the Midwest, where his parents ran a highly successful restaurant business, Hamra Enterprises.
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Angelo Freites spent years on the road overseeing restaurant operations of large franchise portfolios before he made the move to go solo so he could remain closer to home.
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