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Welcome to Franchise Today as it celebrates its 14th year in 2023 Join host Stan Friedman, President of FRM Solutions every Wednesday at 12 PM ET / 11 AM CT as he provides full disclosure on what’s going on inside franchising today and serves up discussions with weekly guests, who will talk about best practices for scaling their businesses for sustainable growth, through sensible franchising. Franchising remains an unintentional profession. Most people don't go to school to study about how to become involved in franchising. Rather, some life event causes it to find us. Each episode of the podcast begins with a look back at how franchising found my guest of the week. This is followed by a walk through their career up to and including the present day. It could be either a franchisor, franchisee or a supplier, that provides insights into high-level support services or top-quality products to better enable the franchise community. Each podcast will wrap with a look ahead to upcoming industry events, upcoming guests or important dates on the horizon.

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Trevor Rappleye is Founder, CEO at Franchise Filming. Franchise Filming is about more than just video production. It is more about storytelling, evoking emotion and communicating authenticity and happiness. Trevor and his team... more

It all kicks off with FranChoice Founder and CEO Jeff Elgin. Then, Casey McKewen, Tim Evankovich, Mitch Cohen, Jonathan Benjamin, Ritchie Taylor, Jackie Adams, Charles Thurston, Mark Jameson, Tim Williams, Gregg... more

Anne Huntington Sharma brings a unique perspective and depth of experience to Huntington Learning Center. In her role as President, Anne is focused on the company's digital transformation efforts, continued franchise expansion,... more

This week we hear from Craig Sherwood, Senior Vice President of Development of US Development at Wingstop. Is there any doubt in your mind about how much I am looking forward to this conversation? Craig is uniquely qualified... more

Roger Martin was once the Chief Operating Officer of an industry-leading pharmaceutical development and manufacturing company. His prior experience includes serving in the role of National Sales Director and Sr. Vice President of... more

Scott Thompson is Chief Development Officer and Managing Director of all the brands, operating under the Level Five Capital Partners banner, most notably Big Blue Swim Schools. Scott is a strategic Franchise Executive, and Lifelong... more

This week we hear from Scott Zide, CEO of Empower Brands. He started out as an Outdoor Lighting Perspectives franchise owner in St. Louis, Missouri, in 2000, and in 2002 was hired by the brand as a consultant, to help develop... more

Mark Jameson's career is as entertaining to hear about, as he is informative and enlightening. Join us this week and learn about his story and the growth and development of Propelled Brands, under the leadership of former IFA... more

Rafik Farouk began his illustrious career in hospitality in Egypt, right out of culinary school. Some 30 years later, he's done it all. From tending bar to International Operations and Franchise Development. Rafik's depth of... more

This week we close out Season 13 of Franchise Today with a quick review of 2022 and a look ahead to 2023. Violating every rule of PC (Political Correctness) I will wish you all the very best for a safe and Happy Holiday Season, calling... more
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