ActionKarate

Franchise Interview: Michael St. John, President, Action Karate

How did you get into the martial arts industry? I started training in martial arts, like most, after watching The Karate Kid. Seeing the transformation in Daniel from a meek, unconfident kid to a positive, strong, competent young man was the hook for me. Martial Arts made me feel that way too.  It made me the person I am today. My partner and I started the business because we saw the need to help kids AND adults live to their ...
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Franchise Interview - Daniela Herrero and Héctor R. Miranda García

Franchise Interview: Daniela Herrero and Héctor R. Miranda García Co-Founders of Precise Global Translations, Inc.

How did you get into the industry? Back in 2009, Precise Translation was born after finding a growing need for translation services in the local pharmaceutical market. It started out as a side business, but it quickly became our main focus. We grew from word of mouth among the most important companies in the industry and from there we moved to other fields, such as legal, finance, and immigration law. What’s New in the Business or in the Franchise Model? ...
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Devin Conner, CEO and Founder of West Coast Franchise Developers

Franchise Interview: Devin Conner, CEO and Founder of West Coast Franchise Developers

How did you get into the franchise industry? I first started out in sales in 2005 and grew from there. By 2012, I found myself in the franchise industry working as a consultant. I loved everything about the franchise development process and wanted to take a more active role in the full process. I launched my California-based franchise development firm, West Coast Franchise Developers (WCFD) in 2016 and have since then worked with over 150 brands. What does a “Day ...
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Franchise Interview: Owner and Founder June Somers, Mom on the Go

Franchise Interview: Owner and Founder June Somers, Mom on the Go

How did you get into the industry?  I was the Vice President of an Insurance agency for 23 years, but I've always loved to travel and cook. I decided to research food trucks, which I did for a period of about 2 years — finally, I dove in! I decided on grill cheese as my concept because it's staple comfort food that everyone loves. It's also an amazing, cost-effective vehicle for creativity. It really satisfies the culinary bone.  Let’s discuss ...
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Lindsay Rando - Founder/CEO Bobbles & Lace

Franchise Interview: Lindsay Rando – Founder/CEO Bobbles & Lace

How did you get into the industry? My life with fashion began when I was a young girl, growing up on the counter of my Grandmother’s consignment store, The Treasure Chest. Having her and a single mother raise me, I was surrounded by a strong, fearless, creative and fashionable tribe of women. In 2005, I moved to Los Angeles and sought a career as a model and stylist. We lived in the fashion district and I decided to try my ...
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Michael Hampton, CEO - Steam 365 / Hoods 365

Franchise Interview: Michael Hampton, CEO – Steam 365 / Hoods 365

How did you get into the industry? In 1991 I saw an ad that said $100 a day for carpet cleaners.  Been in it ever since and have grown the local business here in Virginia Beach to 7 figures. What’s New in the Business or in the Franchise Model? Technology keeps evolving with equipment.  Cost is increasing on supplies and labor, however pricing is also increasing. Where do you See Opportunities or Challenges for the Franchise/Business Moving Forward? In the ...
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Franchise Interview: Willson Griffith, CEO, Solar-Verse Franchise

How did you get into the industry? In 2016 I purchased solar for my home. I found it was one of the best purchases I had ever made, both financially and environmentally; it just felt good. So that's when the journey began. I started looking more into the business of solar. My original partner had been in the industry for a while and was able to secure me a position with the very same company that sold me solar for ...
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Franchise Interview: Shannon Wright, CEO and Founder, Touch the Sky Events & Promotions

How did you get into the industry? I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Middle Tennessee State University. I was a Physical Education teacher for 10 years and I knew that was not the profession for me. I was asked to coordinate a holiday craft show for the local community center as a fundraiser. I always enjoyed festivals, craft shows, and expos as a child, as well as an adult so I was very excited ...
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Franchise Interview: Phil Stevenson, PS Mortgage Lending

Franchise Interview: Phil Stevenson, PS Mortgage Lending

How did you get into the industry?  It was 2005, the Real Estate market was booming. I had gotten back from Afghanistan and Iraq in 2004 and I was then in college studying economics. I knew that real estate was the right thing for me and would use my economics background well. Then, in 2008 the market crashed. I had to figure out how to build a business despite the crash and I did. How does being veteran-owned set you ...
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Franchise Interview: Alan George, Vice President of Franchise Marketing Systems

How did you get into the industry?  I was Director of sales at a company called Tactician. There, I worked with several big companies. They taught me how to use business mapping in franchising. I worked with co-workers who created territories and sold sites. I also worked with operational people. Sales people would sell a territory and I would add data to enhance that territory.  I would help the sales team strategize through business mapping, ultimately helping them sell franchises ...
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