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John Francis is an enthusiastic, engaging, and entertaining public speaker because he speaks from experience and he speaks from the heart. Franchising is in his blood, and his parents were true pioneers in the industry, turning their family haircutting business into a 1,000-salon franchise empire. He has been a franchisee and a franchisor, and has a deep understanding of the issues both face. Book John to speak at your event, and you and your franchisees will learn how to look at your business in new, positive, and profitable ways.
"I have a real passion for franchising done well."
I begin my career as a male model at the age of 1. That’s my dad, Joe Francis, behind me, a master of P.R. for his The Barbers salons.
I continue getting modeling jobs for the Barbers. Is it because I work for free?
"The Barbers" develops into a national brand and franchise system.
I begin working in the family business in my 20s, learning the ropes by taking on roles in every aspect of the franchise system. By now, The Barbers, Inc. is the International Franchisors of Cost Cutters, City Looks, and We Care Hair salons.
The Francis family journeys to Russia and France to open franchise salons internationally. Things take an unexpected turn when a political coup erupts in Moscow.
We also signed an international Master Franchisee based in Paris.
With my family, and our corporate team, I play a key role in the sale of The Barbers, Inc. to Regis Corporation.
I become an Area Franchisee / Developer for PostNet in the upper Midwest, opening 17 stores from 2001 to 2011. As a Multi-Unit Franchisee, I served on their Advisory Council and as Chairman in 2007, and worked at Corporate HQ as "Strategic Business Advisor" until April 2013.
Named to the Minneapolis Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list of notable young entrepreneurs
Named “PostNet Franchisee of the Year”
Recognized as the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) “Franchisee of the Year”
I joined the Sport Clips Board of Directors in early 2009, and enjoy serving the ownership and leadership team there.
In recent years, I've worked with other franchise brands as an advisor and Board Member, helping the owners and management get where they want to go - systems include : Sport Clips, PostNet, Office Pride, Big Frog T-Shirts, Seva Beauty, and others.
Now, I'm continuing my focus on helping others with their franchise businesses, working independently and making an impact where I find the opportunity to do so - as an Advisor, Board Member, Consultant and Speaker.
John’s experience in the franchise industry has earned him awards and accolades, taking him on journeys all over the world, and putting him in the company of some of the nation’s most prestigious business and political leaders. But his true passion is helping franchise systems and franchisees find the “win-win” in order to achieve the American Dream of owning and growing a business.
John's depth of experience in franchising makes him the perfect person to address issues affecting franchisors and franchisees. Watch just a small sampling of some recent topics he has covered.
John encourages business owners to engage with other business professionals and business owners. Find out why he believes learning and sharing is a critical skill in business.
John defines the three fundamentals to being a better business owner: Change, Communication, Networking.
As a business owner, people are counting on you. John talks about why you should have a plan before you need it.
In today’s sped-up, technology-based world you have to be able to make decisions. John tells you why.
John offers this advice for those who want to buy a business: do it because you are passionate about the business.
John talks about why he loves owning franchise businesses and how they help everyone win.
Just Between Friends
DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen
Franchisee Advanced Training / EOS
International Franchise Association (IFA)
Annual Convention 2020
Big Frog Franchise Group
Franchisee Conference Frog-A-Thon
Sport Clips Haircuts - Franchisor
Board of Directors Meeting
Private Equity and Investor Conference
Multi-Unit Owner Franchise Conference
Las Vegas, Nevada
Driessen Water (Culligan Water Franchisee)
Board of Directors Meeting