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The Restaurant Franchise Approval Process - Getting to Yes!

  • The Restaurant Brokers talk about how to become a successful franchisee!
  • Tips for Restaurant Franchise Approval
  • The Restaurant Franchise Approval Process - Getting to Yes!

Are you looking to franchise your company overseas? How do you know when you are ready? What are the challenges of international expansion versus domestic expansion and where can you get help? This week, the restaurant brokers along with CEO of Buffalo's Cafe and CEO of YoBlendz and JuiceBlendz tackle international franchising.

Industry Guests Join the Restaurant Brokers

Connie Alires
Connie Alires
Connie has been on the development side of franchising in the QSR industry since 2004. She worked with both large and small franchisors where she has been instrumental in driving value for companies through a balance of growth and productivity that has led to sustainable revenue, profit and market performance. Connie has an unmatched passion for franchising and the franchisee selection process. In 2009 she completed her certification with the International Franchise Association and obtained a Certified Franchise Executive credentials (CFE). Dunkin Brands 2004-2008 Red Mango 2008-2010 Which Wich 2010-2014
  • (214) 747-9424 x1042 Phone
  • connie@whichwich.com Email
  • whichwichfranchising.com Website
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Mike Rotondo
Mike Rotondo
Michael Rotondo - Chief Executive Officer, Tropical Smoothie Cafe A proven leader and 20-year veteran of the restaurant industry, Michael Rotondo is the Chief Executive Officer of Atlanta-based Tropical Smoothie Cafe, a rapidly-growing national franchise known for its healthy food with a tropical twist. Rotondo joined Tropical Smoothie Cafe in 2008 as Vice President of Operations. In 2010, he became Chief Operating Officer and by 2012, he was named Chief Executive Officer. Armed with a track record of positive results, Rotondo is responsible for leading the brands ongoing expansion, strategic vision and overall franchise performance. A true foodie at heart, Rotondo has led the creation and execution of successful, innovative menu items, including a value product line of flatbreads that contributed to 50 percent growth of the chains sandwich sales. Most recently, Rotondo developed a new kale and spinach smoothie known as Island Green, which currently holds the title as the No. 1 smoothie on the menu and represents a total of 5.5 percent of the brands total sales. Throughout his career, Rotondo has held key operations and sales leadership positions for brands such as Wendys International, HoneyBaked Ham, Arbys Restaurant Group and Great Wraps. Rotondo currently resides in Atlanta, Ga. with his wife, Jennifer, and their four children.
  • 770.821.1900 ext 2344 Phone
  • jarango@fishmanpr.com Email
  • http://tropicalsmoothiefranchise.com/ Website
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