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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.

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Gary Findley will proudly tell you he was raised in the country and that’s where he picked up his work ethic.
  • Kerry Pipes
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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
  • 6,488 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
  • 2,807 Reads 3 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
  • 5,924 Reads
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
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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
  • 4,429 Reads 6 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
  • 3,709 Reads 1 Shares
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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
  • 5,173 Reads 24 Shares
Rich Wilson needed to earn money for his college education. The way he saw it, he had two choices.
  • Kerry Pipes
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Joseph Schumacher, CEO of Goddard Systems and its 410 locations, traces his franchising career back to 1977 at Maaco.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 6,681 Reads 1 Shares
Area Developer targets the largest 10,000 multi-unit and multi-brand franchise owners and operators in the U.S. The publication's editorial focus includes real estate, finance, legal, best practices, sales, human resources, technology, growth strategies, exit strategies, incentives and management structure. Each of the magazine's quarterly issues will also provide case studies, CEO profiles, industry statistics and trend pieces written by contributing writers from across the country.
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Area Developer targets the largest 10,000 multi-unit and multi-brand franchise owners and operators in the U.S. The publication's editorial focus includes real estate, finance, legal, best practices, sales, human resources, technology, growth strategies, exit strategies, incentives and management structure. Each of the magazine's quarterly issues will also provide case studies, CEO profiles, industry statistics and trend pieces written by contributing writers from across the country.
  • 2,975 Reads 12 Shares

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