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Brought to you by the media brand behind Global Franchise, What Franchise and Business Woman, Multi-Unit Month is a month-long celebration of the multi-unit franchise concept, featuring expert speakers, webinars and other inspiring content to help you to scale your portfolio.

With weekly webinars scheduled for every Thursday, a Global Franchise Podcast: Multi-Unit Month Takeover episode released every Friday, videos, downloadable white paper reports and more, Multi-Unit Month is your one-stop-shop for multi-unit franchise knowledge, insight, expertise and business development.

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UPCOMING SPEAKERS

DAVID BARR
KEYNOTE SPEAKER

DAVID BARR

Managing Director & Partner, Franworth

Chairman, PMTD Restaurants LLC; Immediate Past Chair, IFA

David Barr is a Managing Director and Partner in Franworth, an equity partner to and an accelerator of small franchisor business models, including Lash Lounge, The Barre Code, Skoah, City Row, and Madison Reed.

David Barr is also a franchisee of 39 KFC and Taco Bell restaurants, four Capriotti’s Sandwich Shops, and three Spice & Tea Exchange retail shops.

David currently sits on the board of directors of a variety of public and private entities, both domestic and international, including Franworth, Capriotti’s Sandwich Shops, Inc., Chicken Salad Chick, and BrightStar Care. He is also on the board of directors of Domino’s Pizza - China, the franchisee of all of mainland China for Domino’s.

In recent years, David has been a frequent speaker on Capitol Hill and has met with the White House, senators, congressmen and their staffs to discuss the impact of laws impacting small businesses and franchising. He has been interviewed on Fox News, CNBC, CNN and Bloomberg, written OpEd articles for the Wall Street Journal, and his experiences have been written about by the New York Times and International Business Times.

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JAVIER GOMEZ

JAVIER GOMEZ

Multi-Unit Franchisee, Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop

Gomez is a current multi-unit Checkers and Rally’s franchisee. He has over 32 years of experience in the restaurant business and a proven track record of growing businesses in new markets. He got his start in the restaurant business as a junior in high school, working at a KFC in Los Angeles, and went on to work at Checkers and Rally’s, where he became a shift manager at just 18 years old. By 2012, he became a franchise owner of Checkers and Rally’s. He currently owns 11 locations throughout Central Valley.

SUJ LEGHA

SUJ LEGHA

Multi-Unit Franchisee, Döner Shack

Legha is a serial entrepreneur with over 22 years of business and franchise experience. He brought Papa John’s to Scotland in 2001 and over the last seven years has been the recipient of many awards as a business growth coach with ActionCOACH. He was recently appointed CEO of Döner Shack, pinpointing the potential of the emerging ‘speedy German street food’ brand and investing in the business as a multi-unit franchise partner.

GLENNA GATES

GLENNA GATES

Multi-Unit Franchisee, Spherion

Gates is the owner of three Spherion Staffing locations in Fresno, Visalia, and Bakersfield, California. For almost 15 years Gates and her team have been instrumental to their clients in their respective communities, sourcing and placing the best candidates. Spherion is a leading U.S. recruiting and staffing company with localized roots set in every community where it operates.

STEVE HITZEMANN

STEVE HITZEMANN

Multi-Unit Franchisee, StretchLab

Hitzemann owns and operates multiple StretchLab studios with his wife, Stact, in the Charlotte, North Carolina market. With three young kids at home, the couple stay on the move with family activities and find joy in giving back to their community. Hitzemann preaches the benefits of stretching to anyone that will listen or that will join him on a ski or kiteboarding trip, depending on where the snow is falling or wind is blowing.

ROBERT BRANCA

ROBERT BRANCA

President, Branded Realty Group

Branca is the President of Branded Realty Group and Branded Management Group, operating 90 Dunkin’ franchises across three U.S. states. He is also an attorney and began his career representing banking institutions and real estate development syndications, among other areas of interest. He at one time represented the majority of Dunkin’ franchisees in the United States, which led him to becoming a franchise owner himself. He and his partners run a family office that also engages in real estate development, historic renovation, construction, restaurant equipment fabrication, and private equity.

SELINA BRIDGE

SELINA BRIDGE

CEO, KX Pilates

Bridge is an accomplished leader in the health and fitness industry with a proven track record in marketing and relationship management, and the CEO of KX Pilates, Australia's leading reformer pilates brand. Selina assists in the operation of 12 corporate studios and oversees the operations of 15 multi-unit franchisees.

JUDD WILLIAMS

JUDD WILLIAMS

Development Director, Boparan Restaurant Group

Williams is Development Director at Boparan Restaurant Group, a group which owns a portfolio of well-known branded restaurant chains and is also the master franchisee for Slim Chickens. Slim Chickens which made its U.K. debut in London in 2018 and is now present in 10 locations nationwide. Prior to joining Boparan Restaurant Group, Williams held franchise roles with Starbucks and Costa Coffee.

JENNIFER GAGE

JENNIFER GAGE

Multi-Unit Franchisee, StretchLab

Gage is the first franchise owner of StretchLab in Phoenix, Arizona, with three locations. She is also a mother of four and the founder and CEO of Gigi's Playhouse Phoenix, which provides free programs that are educational and therapeutic in nature to individuals with Down Syndrome from birth through adulthood, their families and the community.

NATALIE SIMMS

NATALIE SIMMS

Multi-Unit Franchisee, ActionCOACH

Simms started her ActionCOACH franchise in July 2020, extending this from two to three territories in February 2021, forming ActionCOACH Winchester, Basingstoke, and Farnborough. She has co-founded her own technology business and has been a senior executive in the entertainment and media sector for 14 years with The Walt Disney Company, SDI Media and Conde Nast International. Simms has a Masters in Business Administration and a first class Bachelor of Science Honours degree.

LUZ CHIRINOS OLORTEGUI

LUZ CHIRINOS OLORTEGUI

Multi-Unit Franchisee, Little Caesars

Olortegui is a multi-unit Little Caesars franchisee who owns over 10 stores in Peru.

DAWN LAFREEDA

DAWN LAFREEDA

CEO & President, Den-Tex Central

Lafreeda owns 82 Denny's units, serves as Treasurer of the Board of the Denny’s Franchisee Association and sits on the Development Brand Advisory Council for Denny’s, Inc.

HEATHER & CRIS SALVADOR

HEATHER & CRIS SALVADOR

Multi-Unit Franchisee, Stagecoach Performing Arts

Heather and Cris have ran their Stagecoach franchise together for the past 16 years from their home in Ilkley, West Yorkshire. Married for 20 years, they have transitioned their multi-territory franchise from owner-operator, to managed model. Prioritising quality of life over busy schedules, they have built their business to 11 territories across the U.K. with potential for further expansion. Cris focuses on sales and marketing whilst Heather implements systems, teams and growth management.

ZAC PENNINGTON

ZAC PENNINGTON

CEO, Country Mile

Pennington is CEO of Country Mile, a team which specializes in the acquisition and turnaround of underperforming Anytime Fitness locations.

SCOTT GREENBERG

SCOTT GREENBERG

Franchise speaker, author and business coach

Greenberg is a speaker, author, and consultant who helps franchisees grow their businesses. He’s the author of The Wealthy Franchisee: Game-Changing Steps to Becoming a Thriving Franchise Superstar. I used to be a franchisee with Edible Arrangements and now work independently under the name “The Wealthy Franchisee”.

ABBY HUSSEY

ABBY HUSSEY

Multi-Unit Franchisee, Urban Air

Abby Hussey, along with her husband Scott, firmly believes in the franchise model specifically in the child/family space. From 2008 - 2018, Abby and Scott owned and operated a franchised location of the Goddard School. In 2018 they began looking for another franchise opportunity in this space and found Urban Air. They first opened a location is in Fort Collins, CO in June 2019. Pre-Covid, the Fort Collins location was the top 10 of financial performance of all Urban Air locations across the US. Pre-Covid, Fort Collins Urban Air was on track to do over $4.2MM in revenue its first year. With having previous franchise experience, the Husseys knew to adapt the processes and procedures outlined from home office to the local market and have done so to generate the success they have seen in Fort Collins. The second Urban Air location in Aurora, CO was opened in October, 2020. Abby and Scott plan to leverage their operational experience and expertise gained from Fort Collins to the Aurora park to a third location in the Centennial, CO area.

WEBINAR SCHEDULE

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SESSION

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SPEAKERS

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14:00 - 14:30 (BST)
May 04, 2021
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Opening keynote speaker: David Barr

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DAVID BARR
Managing Director & Partner, Franworth

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15:00 - 16:00 (BST)
May 06, 2021
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Pinpointing Potential: How to identify and invest in a truly scalable concept

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JAVIER GOMEZ
Multi-Unit Franchisee, Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop

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GLENNA GATES
Multi-Unit Franchisee, Spherion

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SUJ LEGHA
Multi-Unit Franchisee, Döner Shack

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ABBY HUSSEY
Multi-Unit Franchisee, Urban Air

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15:00 - 16:00 (BST)
May 13, 2021
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Delegate or Die: How to build a strong workforce to allow you to work on your own portfolio

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STEVE HITZEMANN
Multi-Unit Franchisee, StretchLab

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ROBERT BRANCA
President, Branded Realty Group

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SELINA BRIDGE
CEO, KX Pilates

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JUDD WILLIAMS
Development Director, Boparan Restaurant Group

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15:00 - 16:00 (BST)
May 20, 2021
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Females in Franchising: Female multi-unit operators and investors discuss the experiences working in the sector. Chaired by Suzie McCafferty from Platinum Wave

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JENNIFER GAGE
Multi-Unit Franchisee, StretchLab

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NATALIE SIMMS
Multi-Unit Franchisee, ActionCOACH

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LUZ CHIRINOS OLORTEGUI
Multi-Unit Franchisee, Little Caesars

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DAWN LAFREEDA
CEO & President, Den-Tex Central

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15:00 - 16:00 (BST)
May 27, 2021
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Project Takeover: Tales from multi-unit franchisees who have taken over branches and successfully turned them around

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HEATHER & CRIS SALVADOR
Multi-Unit Franchisee, Stagecoach Performing Arts

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ZAC PENNINGTON
CEO, Country Mile

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SCOTT GREENBERG
Franchise speaker, author and business coach

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WEBINAR VIDEOS

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David Barr, opening keynote speaker, Multi-Unit Month

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Multi-Unit Month: How to identify and invest in a truly scalable concept

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47:16

How to build a strong workforce to allow you to work on your own portfolio

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Multi-Unit Month: Tales from multi-unit franchisees who have acquired failing branches and turned them around

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40:38

Multi-Unit Month: Females in Franchising

PODCASTS

Throughout the month of May, the Global Franchise Podcast has been taken over by Multi-Unit Month. Each week we explore the burning topics impacting the multi-unit franchise industry and talk to leaders within the scaling up field.

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What is multi-unit franchising, and why is it so popular?
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An entrepreneur’s guide to multi-unit franchising success
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The must-know laws and regulations of multi-unit franchising
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In conversation: multi-unit or multi-brand franchising?
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FREE MULTI-UNIT MONTHLY REPORT

Released to coincide with the launch of Multi-Unit Month, Global Franchise’s Multi-Unit Report 2021 delves into the multi-unit franchising field, tackling the topics that multi-unit franchisees and investors need to know.

From burgeoning concepts to factors impacting the future of the multi-unit franchise format, this white paper is the ultimate resource for anyone looking to scale their franchise into multiple units and build a solid franchise portfolio.

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Expert insight and interviews from the top names in the world of multi-unit franchising

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