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  • 00:26

    AAA Franchise

    in Wrestling

    ~Raider~ & Li'l Tazzy *Aaron's 100%* NMoD™ will discuss the AAA Franchise and the stunning return of ~Raiders~. Might wonder why and what is his plan for the future.

  • 01:00

    Satisfaction & Validation - Key Components to Franchise Success

    in Business

    This week on Franchise Today the focus is on franchisee satisfaction and validation and how they ultimately combine for franchise success. Host, Paul Segreto welcomes as his guest, Michelle Rowan, President of Franchise BusinessREVIEW as they dive into the pitfalls that franchisors may face that slow down or even prevent growth and brand success. Paul and Michelle also discuss recent reports by Franchise BusinessREVIEW on emerging brands and in celebration of Veterans Day a peak into their recent editorial, Vet Report.


    About Our Guest


    Michelle Rowan is the president of Franchise Business Review, a market research and consulting company specializing in franchisee and customer satisfaction, as well as franchise relations issues. After working in the hospitality and telecommunications industries, she joined Franchise Business Review in 2005 as the first full-time employee. Over the last nine years, Rowan has worked with over 800 franchise systems. She is an active member of the International Franchise Association and a Certified Franchise Executive. She has facilitated CEO Performance Groups and Executive Networking Groups over the last 2 years within the franchise industry and regularly speaks at industry events.

  • 01:01

    Sipping & Painting to World-class Franchise Success

    in Business

    This week on Franchise Today, our guests are co-founders of Pinot's Palette, Charles Willis and Craig Ceccanti. They will discuss how they've started their "sip and paint" brand at the height of tough economic times and have successfully grown to a world-class franchise brand despite being a relatively new industry segment and entertainment option while competing against a multitude of copycat brands. Pinot's Palette has been ranked by Entrepreneur Magazine in its Annual Franchise 500 and recipient of Entrepreneur's Fastest Growing Franchise, Top Service Franchise and Top New Franchise awards in 2014. It has also been recognized as a leader in franchisee satisfaction by Franchise Business Review as FBR50 award winner two years in a row, 2014 above average in every category and ranked #8 in franchisee satisfaction in FBR’s Emerging Trends report.     


     


     

  • 00:51

    NextGen and Franchise Fitness with Iron Tribe's Jim Cavale

    in Business

    Iron Tribe's Jim Cavale joins fellow NextGen leader Jen Kushell and Franchise Focus co-hosts Rick Bisio and Graham Chapman to discuss franchise fitness and millennials in franchising.   Listen in as Jim shares his inspirational story and details how Iron Tribe, a powerful and unique community-focused franchise concept out of Birmingham, AL, limits monthly drop outs in the high attrition fitness space by helping its clients redefine how they approach workouts.  Check out the Iron Tribe Intro Webinar for more information on Jim and the Iron Tribe franchise concept.


    About Rick Bisio's Franchise Focus


    Rick Bisio's Franchise Focus is a weekly podcast devoted to exploring key issues in franchising.   Co-hosts Rick Bisio and Graham Chapman interview industry leaders (franchisees, franchisors, service providers, media members, etc.) who share powerful advice related to successful franchise ownership.


    Bisio, the Amazon-best selling author of the Educated Franchisee and a leading consultant for FranChoice, is dedicated to helping Franchise Focus listeners realize their dreams of business ownership.  Listeners are encouraged to take advantage of the following resources as part of their due diligence process:



    Rick's A Franchise Coach Website
    The Educated Franchisee Book
    The Educated Franchisee Website
    The FDD Exchange
    The Glossary of Franchise Terms

  • 00:33

    Franchise Interview with Chris Goethe of the Primrose School franchise.

    in Business

    We are meeting with the VP of Primrose School franchise, Chris Goethe.  Primrose Schools is an accredited private preschool that provides a premier educational child care experience. As the Leader in Educational Child Care®, we partner with parents to help children build the right foundation for future learning and life. Our goal is to help children have fun while building Active Minds, Healthy Bodies and Happy Hearts®.

  • 00:44

    Exploring Semi-Absentee Franchise Ownership

    in Entrepreneur

    This week on Franchise Friday, host Brendan Major is joined by Gus Iurillo of The Entrepreneur's Source. Gus will be joining us to talk about exploring semi-absentee franchise ownership as a means of diversification, including the definition of a semi-absentee business, what makes someone a good candidate to explore this avenue, some examples of semi-absentee business models, and much more!

    About Our Guest

    Gus Iurillo has been an Entrepreneur's Source coach and multi-unit franchise owner for the last 12 years. During that time, he has assisted nearly 250 people to realize their aspiration, to own their own business. Prior to that, he spent 15 years in Corporate America, working in marketing roles of increasing responsibility for 4 different Fortune 500 companies.

  • 01:00

    Today's Franchise Candidates

    in Entrepreneur

    This week on Franchise Friday, host Paul Segreto is joined by self-employment and career coach Susan Mell. Paul and Susan will be discussing the current profile of today's franchise candidates. Some topics that will be touched upon include the current state of corporate America, lifestyle, family life and generational differences between current candidates.


    About Our Guest


    Susan's first business for 17 years included four retail locations, 42 employees with $3 million dollars in annual sales in the wireless industry. As a member of the Tampa Chamber of Commerce, she participated for 18 months in the Mentor/Protégé program. Susan has had the great fortune to have worked with Chris Sullivan, Founder of Outback Steakhouse as her mentor. With Chris's guidance and support, he helped grow her retail business until she sold it in 2001. For the past 12 years, Susan has built up a multi-unit franchise to 8 Franchises with 5 Independent Contractors throughout the country. Susan also has her Masters in Social Work Administration and is passionate about helping people achieve their dreams of self-employment.


    Awards & Accolades:
    TES Franchisee Association – Treasurer 2013, 2014
    Member of the Working Women of Tampa Bay
    Member of the Women’s Executive Leadership (WEL)
    Nominated for Tampa Bay Business Women of the Year 2010 Award
    Area Developer of the Year 2010, 2012, 2013
    Referral Synergy Award 2012 Franchisee of the Year 2008 Top Performer Award 2003, 2008, 2011 Excellence in Marketing 2005
    Ambassador - 2003 - 2014

  • 00:50

    Leveraging Networking Events for your Franchise

    in Entrepreneur

    In celebration of National Franchise Week and Day 2 of the International Franchise Expo, we're brining you special guest Rich Delgiorno, Business Development and Show Manager for MFV Expositions. MFV Expos manages and produces the International Franchise Expo, the largest public franchise expo in the country, which is this weekend at the Javits Center in New York City! Rich will be talking about the history of the IFE (International Franchise Expo), what's involved in participating in networking events, and how franchisors can use them to benefit their brands. We'll also talk about some of the benefits associated with networking events, and how technology and social media are being utilized in this space.


    About Our Guest


    Rich Delgiorno, Business Development and Show Manager for MFV Expositions, has more than 35 years of service, sales and management experience. He has been with MFV Expositions for over 30 years, and his main responsibility is to promote and grow the International Franchise Expo which is in its 23rd year and is held in June in New York City. Prior to MFV Rich has been in sales and service for three large hotels in NYC and Miami and was the National Sales Manager for the New York Convention and Visitors Bureau.

  • 00:44

    Exploring Semi-Absentee Franchise Ownership

    in Entrepreneur

    This week on Franchise Friday, host Brendan Major is joined by Gus Iurillo of The Entrepreneur's Source. Gus will be joining us to talk about exploring semi-absentee franchise ownership as a means of diversification, including the definition of a semi-absentee business, what makes someone a good candidate to explore this avenue, some examples of semi-absentee business models, and much more!

    About Our Guest

    Gus Iurillo has been an Entrepreneur's Source coach and multi-unit franchise owner for the last 12 years. During that time, he has assisted nearly 250 people to realize their aspiration, to own their own business. Prior to that, he spent 15 years in Corporate America, working in marketing roles of increasing responsibility for 4 different Fortune 500 companies.

  • 00:37

    Franchise Interview with the BrightStar Care Franchise Opportunity

    in Business

     If you are a fan of Undercover Boss, you will enjoy today’s show.  We are meeting with Executive Vice President, International for BrightStar Care Anthony Padulo.  BrightStar Care is the home care/senior care franchise opportunity that is transforming the lives of our franchise owners, clients and their loved ones. 


    Brief bio: Anthony Padulo has successfully expanded brands such as Dunkin’ Brands, BP Oil and Aamco into global markets. As Executive Vice President, International for BrightStar Care, Padulo is focusing efforts on securing deals with Area Developers to own and operate multiple locations at a time, or Master Franchisees, who can sub-franchise after opening two to five of their own locations.

  • 01:01

    Franchise Today Marches Towards its 6th Year!

    in Business

    Franchise Today is back and stronger than ever as it marches towards its 6th year on the air. After a period of organizational change and subsequent transition back to Franchise Foundry, Franchise Today founder, Paul Segreto is back as show host and his first guest is Mary Kennedy Thompson, President of Mr. Rooter Plumbing and Executive Vice President of The Dwyer Group.


    About Our Guest


    Mary Kennedy Thompson became president of Mr. Rooter Corporation in October 2006. Mary came to Mr. Rooter from national franchisor Cookies by Design, where she was president of the franchisor corporation. She came into the franchising industry as a franchisee first when in 1994, when she opened a Cookies by Design® franchise in Austin, Texas. In the next three years she opened two additional locations. As a multi-unit franchise owner, Mary led the company in market penetration and sales, earning awards for “Top Performer, “Outstanding Customer Service” and “Masters Award”.


    In 2003 she earned her certified Franchise Executive certification from the International Franchise Association. Promoted to President of the company in 2004, Mary’s initiatives resulted in alliances with universal Studios, a new web site that provided an immediate increase in sales, and renewed franchisee/franchisor relations.


    At the end of her first year as president of Mr. Rooter Corporation, U.S. Business Review selected Mary as one of its 2007 Editor’s Choice Executives of the Year. Today Mr. Rooter is the fastest growing plumbing franchise with more than 336 locations worldwide.


    In 2014 Mary was promoted to Executive Vice President of the Dwyer Group while also retaining her current role as President of Mr. Rooter. As Executive Vice President she provides support to the CEO in the daily activities and operations of the company and its subsidiary brands.