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Client Reviews

WHAT CLIENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT JOHN

As I started planning our annual conference I had a clear vision of what I wanted. I needed someone relatable! The minute I saw John Francis speaking, I knew it was a perfect fit! John took the time to get to know our company, culture, brand and it really showed! His presentation was RELATABLE…ENGAGING & INSPIRING! We had lots of great feedback and we loved that he took the time to join our pre-conference event the night before so he could meet and chat with our franchisees. That’s someone who really cares!
ALYSON LEWIS

Franchise Development, Go Minis

Implementing an Advisory Board has been the best decision!  John helped us through every step of the process, hearing our needs and weaknesses and introducing us to people to fill the needs we had. The value that he brought to the table in terms of knowledge and connections was tremendous – so much so that we asked him to be one of our board members. He is a perfect fit for our organization. John facilitates our quarterly meetings, keeping us on track and helping us get through each agenda item in a timely manner. John is a solution finder and I can’t imagine my advisory board without him. If your brand is entertaining implementing an Advisory Board – please don’t wait…do it today!

SHANNON WILBURN, CFE

Co-Founder & CEO, Just Between Friends Franchise System, Inc.

I could see a shift in our franchisees after just 90 minutes with John Francis. He offered up clear, concise best practices for our franchisees during our annual conference, and he was able to relate to each and every one of them – no matter where they happen to be in their franchisee lifecycle.
TERRENCE GROTH

Chief Operating Officer, Lunchbox Wax

As a successful company that is relatively new in the franchising world, we consider ourselves so fortunate to have found John Francis to tap into his wealth of information and experience. When confronted with an unfamiliar situation, I often find myself thinking, ‘What would John Francis do?’ – I trust his opinion and decision-making in every facet of franchising implicitly.
JAMIE DILLON

VP Marketing, Lunchbox Wax

John Francis is a great communicator and has a wealth of information to offer. John explained the importance of strategic thinking, vision and planning when considering future expansion within a franchise system.  He provided spot-on analysis and explanation. He left our group feeling empowered and ready to take the next steps to grow the brand.

RENEE MALONEY

Co-Owner & CFO, Painting with a Twist

Working with John was a very positive experience. We provided him with an arsenal of information in preparation for our event, which went smoothly in the way of flow and delivery. The crowd, which was a very seasoned group of owners who have “heard it all” over the last 20 years, was very engaged. His approach is very inviting, humble and open minded.

ELLEN GREER

Regional Director, The Maids - New England Region

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

CORY CZEPA

President & CEO, Live 2 B Healthy Senior Fitness

From my early days in franchising straight through today, I have found John to be nothing short of a total class act. He is a wealth of knowledge and information wrapped up in a really kind and caring package. John’s experiences in family business, in being the franchisor and in being a franchisee/area developer certainly put him in a unique position to be able to see eye-to-eye with many in franchising. John is always one of the first to volunteer his time, and his talent. I’m proud to not only know John, but to also call him a friend.

SUSAN E. BETH, CFE

Chief Operating Officer, NRD Capital

John has twice recently been a featured speaker at our events, which targeted a franchisee audience – specifically, helping them strengthen their personal businesses and networks while building a better relationship with their franchisor. The content John discussed made a definite impact on the franchisees in attendance.  Many cited his presentation (and specific segments of it) as being revelatory, whether as new ideas for improving their own business or as reassurance that the issues they’ve encountered are not unique to them and can be overcome.

ERIC STITES

CEO & Managing Director, Franchise Business Review

John is my uber board member. From his franchise experience and his time-management skills to his professionalism and work ethic, it’s very hard to find someone with all these traits. He doesn’t miss a thing.

VAS MANIATIS

Founder & President, Seva Beauty

John is a true professional in every sense. He served as our Keynote Speaker at Seva’s President’s Cabinet Conference in April of 2015. Not only did our Franchise Partners remain engaged by his message throughout the meeting, but they also liked him as a person and enjoyed getting to know him throughout the day. John also collaborated with me on the event for weeks in advance. He made sure that the message he delivered aligned with our company and it’s values.

KARI COMROV-MARTINEZ

Sr. Director of Spa Operations, Seva Beauty

John Francis is about as savvy, experienced and honorable as a business person can be. He loves doing deals and does his darndest to make sure everyone wins when he’s involved. Although John can surprise me in so many ways, the biggest surprises come when this polished, dare I say sophisticated guy starts talking about chain saws or his super heavy-duty brush cutter. The man does love to get outdoors and sweat!

JIM EARLY

Executive / Leadership Coach, Trailblazer Coaching

The “Reluctant Consultant,” John is not afraid to tell you how you can do it easier, simpler, and faster. His time and invaluable advice came at just the right time for me. As a fellow entrepreneur once said “I will pay him back, the only way I know how: By helping out another.” Thank you!

BREANNA FISHER

Head of Business Development , AutoFi

John is a true class-act professional. His wealth of knowledge and passion is tremendously appreciated at Bluewater and I would personally recommend and trust John to successfully navigate any business. A man of high integrity, his deep knowledge in the formation of our advisory board has been instrumental to the strategic navigation of Bluewater.

DEREK KROPP

Blended traditional and digital conversations, Bluewater Media

John is an excellent business professional that genuinely cares about helping and mentoring others whenever possible. John’s business experience, network and skill set formed our Advisory Board that quickly and successfully moved our business strategy light years ahead. I would highly recommend John to any business professional or company that wants to quickly advance their career and/or organization ahead in the market.

JAYSEN HANSEN

Director of Managed Services, The Bernard Group, Inc.

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.

GORDON LOGAN

CEO & Founder, Sport Clips

We have gained an amazing wealth of knowledge and connections from Johnny Franchise. I know of no one who has a better track record with big and small concepts, more experience on all sides of the business, or is more connected in the industry than him.  Could not think higher of the man.

JASON VAN HIERDEN

CEO, VRKADE

Not only is John one of the most knowledgeable people I know in franchising, he’s one of the nicest. He’s helpful, approachable, fun and willing to help. You want him on your team!

MIKE ACCURSO

Franchise Consultant, The Entrepreneur's Source

John and I both sit on the Board of Directors for Spa Central. John brings a tremendous amount of insight and business acumen to the group. He is not afraid to ask tough questions and challenges the shareholders to look at their business from different perspectives to see where the greatest growth potential for them is. I highly recommend anyone looking to add a member to their Board of Directors to consider John.

DAWN KANE

Chief Operating Officer, Hot Dish Advertising

John joined our Board just over ten years ago. His advice has always been just what he thinks and he has never been afraid to share things you may not have wanted to hear but that were true. He has challenged me on many occasions to see an issue from different perspectives. As a business owner with a Board, it only works if you follow their advice especially if it is going against what you had thought before the Board meeting. John is a creative problem solver who inspires you to work through issues based on the facts in front of you. He has always been on my side and his advice is always targeted at helping me achieve my goals both personal and business. Another great thing about John is that he has a vast network of resources that he shares and that has been a tremendous help. He is my close friend and advocate.

CHARLIE SLATER

President / CFO, Spa Central & Water Werks

I have had the privilege of getting to know John over the course of the last 10 years. I have recently gone through the process of franchise investigation and evaluation and called upon John several times for guidance and support. John’s vast experience, knowledge and business ethic proved invaluable for me and my business partners. His insights gave us the solid and confirm-able confidence to make informed and logical business decisions. John is the type of business man all can benefit from working with.

ROBERT SPIRE

Lead Developer, OCSA | OCAPI | OCWV | OCWF

As Chairman of the Board for Textbook Media Press, I have had the privilege of working with John Francis as our Board of Directors for nearly three years. During that time, we have spent countless hours together dealing with a considerable variety of business developments and issues. Specifically, John has been an absolutely incredible asset in helping the Board – as well as our executives team – resolve problems, explore new opportunities, define and develop strategies, fine-tune business plans, dissect financials with care and guidance, and always add sage advice to any consideration we face. In short, John is a terrific professional who has brings exceptional personal skills, wide ranging experience, intellectual capability, and sincere dedication to any organization with which he becomes associated! John is an asset to any Board. I can’t recommend him highly enough…but if all his experience, accomplishments, skills, network, intelligence, and his capability for really working hard aren’t enough – consider the fact that he is a genuinely nice, kind, thoughtful, and really fun person to spend time with! Indeed, John is as much of a facilitator as he is a leader, and his influence and input are highly valued.
HOWARD QUINLAN

Board Chair & Co-Founder, Textbook Media Press

John was selected to participate in the University of Minnesota’s Growth Accelerator Program as a volunteer advisor/mentor to one of the participating business owners, who in this case was a multi-unit franchisee. As program manager, it was a real pleasure and honor to work with John throughout this nine-month engagement. Given his extensive experience as both a franchisor and franchisee, John has a deep and expansive knowledge of the franchise industry, and this uniquely positioned him to deliver tremendous value to the client. In addition, he has a keen understanding of business and strategic growth and has a vast network of professionals that rival anyone that I’ve met. John has been very generous with his time and has openly shared his experiences, ideas and connections with both me and the client. Overall, John is extremely fun to work with and I highly recommend him to anyone seeking a smart, passionate, and committed professional.

JEFF SELTZ

Classical Hatha Yoga Teacher

My Business Partner and I met with John to explore and learn about the different options we have in taking our company; Planet Media Communications and Apartment Living Guide to the next level. John’s 25 plus years in business as a franchisor, franchisee and the numerous boards he sits on, further his wealth of knowledge as it relates to a business consultant. We look forward to our continued partnership and guidance from John in helping us to grow all of our companies.

SCOTT HOLGATE

Enthusiastic Entrepreneur-Connector of Businesses, Planet Media Communications

If you are curious about owning a franchise or becoming a franchisor – John is an invaluable resource. He has lived every experience you could imagine. You will enjoy the conversation.

SCOTT PLUM

Minnesota Sales Institute

John and I are fellow UST grads and I recently reached out to him to tap into his franchise expertise. He couldn’t have been a better connection, his insights on the franchise industry are second to none, and not to mention he’s just genuinely a great guy. If you’re looking for professional consulting advice on the franchise industry, John is your guy — you won’t find anyone with more domain expertise.

CHAD NITSCHKE

Co-Founder & CEO, Bunker Insurance

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.

JOHN WESTLAND, CFE

International Franchise Business Manager , Front Burner Brands, Inc.

I’ve worked with John at many levels over the years and have found him to be a thoughtful strategic thinker with a deep understanding and knowledge of franchising and the franchise relationship. Most recently, John has advised our ownership group and guided us to implement a new system to improve efficiency and accountability in our organization. I can sincerely say John has made a positive difference at PostNet and I would not hesitate for a second in recommending that others use him in a similar role as an advisor or board member.

BRIAN SPINDEL, CFE

Franchise Executive

Johnny Franchise has become one of my most valued voices in the Franchise space. If you have questions, he is always available for a conversation. He gives way more than he gets! I’ve been in this industry for a dozen years and have not met anyone as knowledgeable about franchising and generous with his time than John! Got a question? I guarantee he’s already “been there!”

JACK MONSON

Social Joey CRO, Social Geek podcast host

I’ve known Johnny for over 30 years. His advice and council to me have been priceless. There is no one I would trust more on the topic of franchise business than Johnny.

BRIAN McGEE

CEO, Advangen

I am a big @JohnnyFranchise fan! Johnny has forgotten more than most of us know about franchising. He learned the business from the ground up having been a part of his family’s successful 1,000 unit Cost Cutters franchise system! When you have a conversation with John the knowledge and expertise just flow out of him. Plus – John is just so darned nice! He treats all of us like we are a big deal! Having him lead our Advisory Board is one of the best decisions we ever made! When in doubt, call Johnny Franchise!!

DIANNE BRESEE DAVIS

Event Producer and Franchisor Executive Team, Just Between Friends

I have had the privilege of knowing John for many years. Every time a client of mine has a franchise need, John is my go to guy. He is always generous with his time and his expertise is invaluable. I highly recommend John.

JORGY JORGENSEN

Creative Director, Systems Architect, AGENT41

I had the honor and privilege of working with John Francis and his team on Fathers Eve. Fathers Eve is a remarkable community of dads supporting dads and celebrating fatherhood together and John is the mastermind behind it all. Couldn’t ask for a nicer group built on a foundation of respect, engagement and fun! Fathers Eve is the newest and coolest holiday…I encourage anyone and everyone to join in!

ANNA WILLIAMS

Director, Corporate Engagement, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Oregon

As I continue to grow in my knowledge of the franchise industry, John has been an amazing resource. He attends our retreats and conventions, and really understands our culture. He is able to apply his knowledge and wisdom to better help me and my peers succeed in mentoring franchise owners.

TROY HOPKINS, CBSE

Author, Entrepreneur, & Motivational Speaker, Office Pride Commercial Cleaning

I recently had the pleasure of meeting with John. He is an outstanding, authentic business professional who cares about people and businesses. His networking skills, encouraging dialog and actionable feedback are extremely helpful. I would strongly recommend John to any organization and or business professional looking to grow to their potential.

SARA TAYLOR

Chief Manager/President/Business Consultant

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 given 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.

NATHAN NEWLANDS, CFE

Vice President of Franchising / Co-founder, Spring Touch Lawn & Pest Control

The IFA assigning John Francis to be my mentor is one of the great things that happened to me in my new journey in the franchising world. I have owned NorthStar Moving for 25 years but knew very little about franchising when I first met John. John has been an amazing resource of knowledge and connections. We discuss strategy, planning, growth, fundamentals of creating healthy foundations for our new franchise system, company culture and team building. I truly value our relationship and his mentorship. After 30 plus years in the moving and storage industry and owning a business that has 200 team members working in it at times, I was humbled by the wealth of knowledge that John brought to our relationship as a mentor in an industry that I knew so little about: the franchising industry. I am fortunate and grateful to have him in my corner. I hope I can create some value to him one day as he has been doing for me since I have met him.

RAM KATALAN

Co-founder and President, NorthStar Moving Corporation

John is a well networked and knowledgeable person in the franchising world. He is open to making introductions and educating me on best practices even though we have only met a few times. I appreciate his guidance as we try to establish ourselves in this space.

KRISTINA DAVIS, CFE

Sales Executive, Brand Advantage Group

Two years ago I was looking for someone who had franchise operations experience who could serve as a mentor for me. I found John on several LinkedIn groups we had in common, saw that he was in the Twin Cities, and reached out to ask if he’d be interested in helping me out. John didn’t hesitate, got us hooked up with the IFA FranShip Mentoring program, and has been a faithful mentor and friend ever since. John has incredible experience and insight, is always looking out for my best interests, and has been a tremendous help to me. I learn something new every time we talk, I’ve filled my Kindle with his book recommendations, and I value John’s perspective immensely. Although younger than me, John exemplifies that special teacher that inspires and believes in us, helping to shape our future. Anyone who knows John knows how lucky they are!

MARY FELDMAN, CFE

VP Operations, Mathnasium

John is an excellent panelist or speaker for any franchise related event. We have tapped into his knowledge for a few events and are always impressed with his contribution. He is always well prepared, and has experience from the franchisor executive team, franchisee, and various board positions. His openness and willingness to share best practices and mistakes he has made or seen along the way is extremely valuable. You can’t find better energy, or a person that cares more about the franchise industry and helping business owners get stronger, than you can in John Francis!

MICHELLE MONROE ROWAN, CFE

President & COO, Franchise Business Review