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Franchising is a business model that has led millions to financial success. Every franchisee has a singular story - of where they've been, how they chose franchising, and of the challenges they've overcome on their pathway to personal and business success. Franchising.com brings these real-life stories to you online. Someday your story may appear here as well.

Popeyes mega franchisee group, Parikh Network, purchases 18 formerly corporate-owned Arby's locations and signs deal to open another 50 Arby's units over the next 8 years.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 29,279 Reads 10 Shares
Whether working to build up their business or improve the lives of children in their community, Papa Murphy's franchisee Todd Mulvahill and his wife Kelly love serving with a cause.
  • Helen Bond
  • 34,460 Reads
Longtime Wienerschnitzel franchisee signs on for an additional 10 units to open in California and Texas.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 14,715 Reads 6 Shares
When a competitor set up shop too close to Michael Geiger's Moe's Southwest Grill, he and his partner John Iaquinta fired back with a volley of cheese dip.
  • Helen Bond
  • 32,287 Reads 3 Shares
As chair of Arby's largest franchisee, Jeff Davis has led his family-owned business to new heights. Davis is quick to say the restaurant business is in his DNA...
  • By Helen Bond
  • 29,549 Reads
If you want to see the positive influence of Hardee's franchisee Dan Ponder at work, look no farther than his hometown of Donalsonville, population 3,000.
  • Helen Bond
  • 34,161 Reads 43 Shares
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen multi-unit franchisee Ali Shahid Butt learned long ago that success in business depends on other people.
  • Helen Bond
  • 22,201 Reads 7 Shares
For Sunny Ghai, the key to multi-brand franchisee success is creativity. The founder of family-owned Ghai Management Services operates 7 brands, including 60 Burger Kings in 4 states.
  • By Helen Bond
  • 24,784 Reads
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.
  • Helen Bond
  • 21,825 Reads 38 Shares
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
  • 15,134 Reads 20 Shares
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.
  • Helen Bond
  • 19,533 Reads 1,014 Shares
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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
  • 14,120 Reads 64 Shares
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
  • 10,413 Reads 10 Shares
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.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 17,250 Reads 22 Shares
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
  • 15,337 Reads
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
  • 11,975 Reads 5 Shares
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
  • 16,583 Reads 1 Shares
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
  • 13,034 Reads 11 Shares
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.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 15,673 Reads 26 Shares
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
  • 12,283 Reads 3 Shares
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.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 9,345 Reads 1,021 Shares
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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
  • 7,642 Reads 4 Shares
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.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 8,066 Reads
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.
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 11,379 Reads 1,023 Shares
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
  • 9,274 Reads 14 Shares
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."
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 12,238 Reads 2 Shares
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
  • 10,455 Reads 1 Shares
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.
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 13,335 Reads 2 Shares
Largest Buffalo Wild Wings Franchisee Opens 63rd location in Bradenton, Florida.
  • 16,838 Reads
Dairy Queen and Huddle House Multi-Brand Franchisee Adds Second Huddle House As He Takes Over An Existing South Carolina Location.
  • 12,848 Reads

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