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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.

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Mike Pruitt
Mike Pruitt
Michael Pruitt, a long-time entrepreneur with a proven track record, possesses the expertise to evaluate potential investments, form key relationships and recognize a strong management team. Mr. Pruitt founded Avenel Financial Group, a boutique financial services firm concentrating on emerging technology company investments. The business succeeded immediately, and in order to grow Avenel Financial Group to its full potential and better represent the company's ongoing business model, he formed Avenel Ventures, an innovative technology investment and business development company. In the late 1980s, Mr. Pruitt owned Southern Cartridge, Inc., which he eventually sold to MicroMagnetic, Inc., where he continued working as Executive Vice President and a Board member until the company was sold to Carolina Ribbon in 1992. From 1992 to 1996, Mr. Pruitt worked in a trucking firm where he was instrumental in increasing revenues from $6 million to $30 million. Between 1997 and 2000, Mr. Pruitt assisted several public and private companies in raising capital, recruiting management and preparing companies to go public or be sold. He was the CEO and President of RCG Companies, Inc. (later changed to One Travel), a publicly traded holding company listed on the AMEX. Mr. Pruitt received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina, where he sits on the Board of Visitors of the Wall School of Business, the Coastal Education Foundation Board and the Athletic Committee of the Board of Trustees. He also sits on the Board of Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. (HOTR).
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  • mp@chanticleerholdings.com Email
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Matt DeBusk
Matt DeBusk
Matt DeBusk was recently named by QSR Magazine as one of the leaders that are quote, “Poised to become the next generation of influential quick-service and fast-casual leaders.” Matt has been an active member of the foodservice industry over eighteen years with experience across many different departments.  He has enjoyed roles in multi-restaurant management, branding, leadership, and development.  Matt currently serves as Vice President of Brand Development at Great Wraps, Inc. (GreatWraps.com) and is responsible for franchise growth, real estate, new material development, and branding activities related to the nationwide expansion of the brand.  He has also served in leadership roles with Moe’s Southwest Grill and Shula’s Steak house and Shula Burger restaurants.  
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  • matt@greatwraps.com Email
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