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One of the strategies multi-unit franchisees Brooke and Les Wilson practice to keep both their marriage and their business on track is to keep each in its proper place.
  • By Helen Bond
  • 20,177
Jesse and Charles Keyser are two brothers who operate franchise units for three brands--Little Caesars, Sport Clips, and Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning. They've built their business by leveraging Jesse's salesmanship and drive, Charles' operational skills and passion for food, and a dedicated approach to their business philosophy.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 14,022
When an EF4 tornado ripped through the northeastern Dallas suburb of Rowlett the day after Christmas last year, the people at a McAlister's Deli a mile away knew just what to do.
  • By Helen Bond
  • 17,650
College student falls in love with Capriotti's Sandwich Shop in Arizona and brings the brand back to his home state of Nebraska. He's just opened his second location and a third is on the way.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 12,578
Ed Wolak will open his 100th Dunkin' Donuts location next year. He's a dedicated multi-unit franchisee who has served in all kinds of industry leadership roles since forming his company in 1975. But he will tell you that his philanthropic commitment to the communities he serves is paramount to his ongoing success. He operates in Maine, New Hampshire, and New York and has developed a reputation for social responsibility and community involvement.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 9,620
Tshimanga "Tim" Biakabutuka, born in Kinshasa, Republic of Zaire in 1974, came to the U.S. with his family when he was just 6 years old. The family settled in Canada, in the Montreal area.
  • By Kerry Pipes
  • 13,678
Oklahoma multi-unit franchisee applies his military background and training to how he operates his 4 franchise locations. The common theme to his success is 'team.'
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 13,031
Franchisees work hard, provide jobs, help their communities, and inspire countless others to follow in the footsteps of their well-earned success. That's why we recognize the best of them each year with our Most Valuable Performer (MVP) Awards.
  • By Kerry Pipes & Eddy Goldberg
  • 13,171
Michael Geiger and his partner John Iaquinta operate 7 Moe's Southwest Grill locations in the Pittsburgh area. Their company is technologically savvy and focused on community service. They also understand the important role their employees play in providing top-shelf customer service. He believes "premium performance" requires a "premium wage."
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 10,922
Jeff Davis' United States Beef Corporation (US Beef) operates 333 restaurants in 8 states across the country's midsection (Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Colorado, Idaho, and Wyoming), providing employment and career path opportunities for more than 7,000 employees. The company has an aggressive expansion plan to add 70 new restaurants by 2022 and remodel 123 existing stores along the way.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 15,082
Dan Ponder operates 36 Hardee's in three states and is an operations-focused franchisee who likes to own the building and land underneath. A dozen years ago, Ponder scrapped a formal mission statement for a focus on providing employees and various departments with the tools to be the "Best Franchise Group" within the Hardee's chain.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 11,813
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The Saxton Group, a Dallas-based McAlister's Deli franchisee with 67 locations, has built a culture around knowing when and how to respond in the communities where it does business.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 10,226
They say everything's bigger in Texas. It's definitely bigger for Texan Michael Knobelock, whose Houston-based MSK Enterprises operates nearly 70 franchise locations spread across 4 different brands and 7 states.
  • By Kerry Pipes
  • 11,882
Seattle-based Papa Murphy's franchisee who is deeply involved in giving back to his community, also has a unique perspective on how to build great team leadership at his restaurants.
  • 10,814
Texas multi-unit franchisee and Multi-Unit Franchising Conference board member Bill Hall elected to serve as IFA's treasurer.
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  • 10,710
Durham, North Carolina-based couple Brooke and Les Wilson have figured out how to be married, run a successful franchise business - and be successful at both.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 10,372
In some ways, brothers Jesse and Charles Keyser, 39 and 35, are very different, and that's good. So are their three brands--Little Caesars, Sport Clips, and Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning--which also is good.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 10,393
Former corporate America exec Todd Mulvahill, and his wife and partner Kelly, have a unique way of hiring, training, and retaining employees at their Papa Murphy's locations.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 8,179
California mega franchisee Sunny Ghai shares his insight on how he evaluates adding new brands.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 9,966
Former NFL linebacker Bryan Scott has two things on his mind these days: 1) building a successful chain of Title Boxing Club franchises in the Atlanta area, and 2) overseeing the company he co-owns, Noene USA, which sells a line of high-tech, ultra shock-absorbing insoles.
  • By Kerry Pipes
  • 8,383
Bryan Scott spent a decade in the NFL backing up his defensive line. But when his playing time began to wind down he got prepared for life after football.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 6,487
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When we last profiled Jerry Heath in 2010, the Michigan native was busy operating 11 Hungry Howie's pizza restaurants and had recently become involved with Jimmy John's, opening 5 units.
  • By Kerry Pipes
  • 5,821
Multi-Unit, Multi-State Huntington Learning Center Franchisee Named One Of CNBC's 'Top Franchisees in America'.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 7,284
Numbers and research notwithstanding, veteran franchisee Brian Smith chooses his brands using his gut instincts. "I like to go with things I believe in and know I can sell," says the Arkansas family man.
  • By Debbie Selinsky
  • 8,198
Arizona Sport Clips Multi-Unit Franchisees Are Selected For CNBC's 'Top Franchisees in America' Recognition and Their Brand's Own Highest Honor, The Logan Trophy.'
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 8,403
Mills Sinclair is a man living life on his terms. He's equally at home on the golf course at his Arizona home in Scottsdale, on the beach at his Mexican vacation home, or sitting in a corner of one of his restaurants on Sunday "watching families interact in ways they don't often do anymore."
  • By Debbie Selinsky
  • 9,328
Anyone who's operated a franchise business knows it takes a lot of hard work to attain (and maintain) a high level of success and profitability.
  • By Kerry Pipes & Eddy Goldberg
  • 9,450
Texas-Based Franchisee Awarded Newk's Eatery's Franchisee of the Year award and Recognized for Zero Leadership Turnover and Highest Overall Guest Response in the Chain's 12-Year History.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 9,836
Brent Collier earns his bread and butter from tourism. His 16 restaurants from 7 different brands offer something for everyone--from a fun or romantic fondue dinner at The Melting Pot to Sunday afternoons for the family at Golden Corral.
  • By Debbie Selinsky
  • 10,344
Largest Buffalo Wild Wings Franchisee Opens 63rd location in Bradenton, Florida.
  • 15,136
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