Franchise Wire Magazine, December, 2021

Article (Link)

“The Franchise Industry Says Goodbye to 2020 and Hello 2021”
While it has been an extremely challenging year, the pandemic has positioned 2021 to be great for franchising and for people seeking new opportunities. John shares his thoughts on the challenges with COVID in 2020 and what is to come in 2021.

Upsize Magazine, January, 2020

Roundtable / Article (Link)

Entrepreneurs often feel alone on an island when dealing with the pressures and problems they encounter running their businesses. But there usually are a number of resources they can turn to for help — including others like themselves. For many reasons, from the altruistic desire to give back to the need to put a few more dollars in their pockets, current and former business owners are willing sit on informal boards of advisers or, in some cases, more formal boards of directors. They’re a resource that too often goes untapped, says John Francis, founder and CEO of Next Level Franchise.

Modern Business Podcast, July 2018

Interview (Link)

John was invited to join Ryan Hicks of the Modern Business Podcast to talk about all things franchising: where the industry is today, where it’s going and how franchisees can maximize the success of their investment. Please listen to the full interview, and learn more about the nuts and bolts of setting up an advisory board (as well as the origin of my nickname “Johnny Franchise”).

Social Geek Radio by Jack Monson, February 2018 

What is an Advisory Board And Why Do You Need One? (Link)

John Francis, aka “Johnny Franchise” calls himself a Reluctant Consultant. The Franchise industry calls him one of the best advisors and super-connectors a CEO could know! On this episode, John speaks with host Jack Monson about the benefits of an advisory board, how to select them, and how to get the most value out of your advisors.

Franchise Times, February 2016 

Up your franchise game with a board (Link)

If your franchise system doesn’t have a board, you’re missing out on a critical opportunity to develop your business’s (and people’s) credibility and inspire confidence throughout the organization.

From helping you sell new franchise units to positioning your organization for future growth opportunities, a well-structured board has the potential to add practical value to many areas of your franchise.

Companies interested in establishing a board generally have two options: they can establish a board of directors or an advisory board. Larger organizations can use both.

Franchise Times, January 2016 

Metaphorical Franchising (Link)

At this week’s Franchise Forward event held in the Twin Cities, a great panel of franchise experts delved into a variety of topics impacting the industry, while host John W. Francis used his keynote address to compare multi-unit franchising to the life cycle of people. It was an interesting approach.

Executive Chat – with Rebecca Patt, from Wray Executive Search, April 2018

 Article (Link)

John sat down with the Senior Vice President of Development at Wray Executive Search, Rebecca Patt. Rebecca asked him to discuss both the current state of franchising and his role as the founder of Fathers Eve for her monthly Executive Chat column. A big thank you to Rebecca for taking the time to speak with John about two of my biggest passions: franchising and fatherhood!

Beyond The Uniform #129, November 2017  

Podcast (Link)

Podcast Beyond The Uniform #129 – Veterans & Franchises (John W. Francis, aka “Johnny Franchise”)

Veterans / Business / Entrepreneurship / Franchising


FRANTOPIA Presenter: How To Make The Most Of Your Franchise System, 2013 

Event (Link)

Owning a franchise can be as challenging as it is exciting, which is why Frantopia brings together franchise owners from all over the world to share their stories and connect with each other. Frantopia also seeks to provide quality resources and access to best practices to facilitate franchisee growth.


All of our franchise owners found the information and your professionally relaxed presentation style beneficial.


President & CEO, Live 2 B Healthy Senior Fitness

John’s personal experience growing up in the franchise hair care business, as well as his later involvement with other franchises and businesses, gives him a unique insight into our business.  He has excellent business judgement, and his involvement in other franchise systems is valuable in that he can share some non-confidential best practices with us.


CEO & Founder, Sport Clips

John has been a Mentor over the last year for us through the IFA mentor program. Over the year, John has been a huge help to us as an emerging Franchise to get our business going. He has give us a lot of ideas and has connected us to a number of people that we have needed. John is a great guy with a wealth of knowledge and is very well connected in the franchise world.


VP of Franchising/Co-Founder, Spring Touch Lawn & Pest Control

I was listening to a FBR (Franchise Business Review) webinar and was very impressed with John’s discussion of how to handle a struggling Franchisee (I actually used his strategy recently with success). I looked him up to learn more about his background, realized we both live in the Twin Cities, and contacted him about a personal meeting – which he graciously accepted. We met yesterday and I once again was impressed with his knowledge of the Franchise Industry, and am so grateful for his time and the “nuggets” he shared. I will continue to use these through the rest of my career. I highly recommend you too learn more about “Johnny Franchise” and follow his blogs – great stuff.


International Franchise Business Manager, Front Burner Brands, Inc.