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Franchise Today

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Welcome to Franchise Today as it celebrates its 12th year in 2021! 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 busiinesses 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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Today the conversation around Diversity and inclusion continues. There's nothing new about those words in Key Bank's lexicon. As a matter of fact, diversity, equity and inclusion have long been fundamental cornerstones of all things at Key... more

Michael Stone and I are best of friends, with many things in common… but then too, there are many things about each of us, that the other can't possibly experience directly... Like playing football for 7 years in the NFL. I will never... more

As Host of Franchise Today, I'm accustomed to drawing out the stories, shared by my guests. This week I actually share a story of my own. It's about a personal and disappointing recent experience that I had as a customer, with a mega, global... more

In the name of all those who have and continue to serve our nation and especially for the families, friends and loved ones of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, Franchise Today takes this week off in your honor. We also thank Scott Gittrich,... more

Scott Gittrich is the founder and CEO of Toppers Pizza, a great midwestern pizza brand that is built to survive and thrive anytime, and yes, even in times like these. Scott's unwavering affection for pizza became a full-fledged love affair when he... more

Pete Baldine is the President of the Moran Family of Brands, an automotive aftermarket franchisor with multiple brands. They are: Mr. Transmission, Milex Complete Auto care, Alta Mere Automotive Outfitters and SmartView Window... more

Cordell Riley is a Certified Franchise Executive and servant leader, with more than 20 years of experience on both the franchisor and supplier side of franchising. Cordell's core competencies lie both in training and operations, as is... more

Shelly Sun is the CEO and founder of BrightStar Group Holdings, the umbrella company for multiple brands offering care services globally in various settings including in-home, assisted living and memory care communities as well as in... more

Matt Haller has been the man behind the man at IFA for nearly 10 years at the IFA. First, for Steve Caldiera and more recently, for Robert Cresanti. Matt leads the Government Relations, Public Affairs and Advocacy Team that monitors... more

To put some perspective on how much things have changed in the last couple of months, I asked my panelists from the IFA session that I moderated just a couple of months ago, to put what they shared then, (regarding big data and... more
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