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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Franchise Interview: Aurelio Velez, Founder and Owner of Hippo Burgers

How did you get into the industry?  For years I worked in the restaurant industry. I've been within several different positions and learned more and more about each as I went. I launched Hippo Burgers based on this industry wisdom and high standards for a great menu. I’ve worked for over 3 years operating 4 different locations under the Hippo Burgers umbrella. Tell us about your franchise model. My franchise model is simple, yet a standout. We understand how to ...
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Franchise Interview: Jaime Carpenter, General Manager of Integra Electrical

How did you get into the industry? Jaime and I met and fell in love in high school. She was a freshman and I was a senior.  I knew when she graduated I wanted to marry her so I went into an electrical apprenticeship in Des Moines.  The apprenticeship was 5 years long, and the further along you went the better you were paid.  We were wed when I was a third-year apprentice, making just enough to get by.  10 years ...
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Franchise Interview: Carly Williams, Founder and Owner of Medspa Institute of America

Franchise Interview: Carly Williams, Founder and Owner of Medspa Institute of America

How did you get into the industry?  My journey into this amazing industry began at Empire Beauty School State College and dove right in 2011 at Aafusion Spa Salon as their lead aesthetician. I continued honing my skills and learning as much as I could about the industry throughout the years, choosing to open my Medspa Institute of America in November 2015. On another exciting note, I have my book coming out this year called Taking Beauty to the Next ...
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Franchise Interview: Daniel McKelvey, Founder and Owner of Daily Veg

Franchise Interview: Daniel McKelvey, Founder and Owner of Daily Veg

How did you get into the industry?  I first started juicing in my kitchen, selling juice cleanses for people — I saw the demand for the juice quickly! In 2012, I came up with the name for my first successful concept, Pure Raw Juice. After quitting my job I successful opened my first store front January 2015, then a second one in December 2016. I concentrated on building out the model, and eventually sold Pure Raw Juice in fall 2017 ...
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Franchise Interview: Justin Norris and Taylor Norris, Co-Founder + Co-CEO LIT Method

Franchise Interview: Justin Norris and Taylor Norris, Co-Founder + Co-CEO LIT Method

1. How did you get into the industry? JN: This was almost 15 years ago now. I had an awful injury — just an awful injury with a large mirror. It was a mess. I severed my main artery, four tendons, and I needed multiple blood transfusions. I started doing physical therapy and really enjoyed the resistance bands that had been prescribed to me. Because I knew that weight training had a much greater likelihood of causing re-injury, I was ...
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Franchise Interview: Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez, Founder and CEO of SW3AT Sauna Studio

1. How did you get into the industry? I got into the industry after researching solutions for my spouse and grandparents who had joint pains and were not fans of running. This was when I discovered the health benefits of infrared heat therapy and how it is truly the universal wellness tool for all people.  2. What’s new in the business or in the franchise model? Infrared heat therapy is a holistic health approach proven to detoxification one’s body of ...
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Franchise Interview: Bill Cook, Founder and Owner of 2 Knuckle Sports

How did you get into the industry?  I was first interested in the industry from a participation standpoint, building my way up through the years. I loved not only the physical aspect of the practice, but the mental as well. I eventually wanted to create a space where the whole family can come and hang out together and unite and learn skills together.  Tell us about your franchise model. We are a mixed martial arts facility that also houses a ...
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Candy Connections

Franchise Interview: Daneya Jacobs, Founder and Owner of Candy Connections

How did you get into the industry?  My husband and I are native New Yorkers and although our childhoods had some sour and life-changing losses, we could both find joy in visits to our local corner store. If you are not from the city, you may not know that corner stores are like the community grocery store and every single one is stocked with the best candies at the check-out counter. When Anthony and I married we quickly identified our ...
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