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John Francis, aka “Johnny Franchise”

The Franchise Lifecycle Expert | How To Get The Most Out Of Your Franchise

With over 25 years in the franchise industry, John Francis has worked as a franchisor, franchisee, multi-unit operator, area developer, and supplier. In this time, he has experienced a wide range of successes – and challenges – that enable him to quickly connect to franchisees and relate to their unique situations. John takes the time to learn about your system and your current situation and includes customized content into the presentation. John’s presentations are loaded with first-hand experiences that will open the eyes of your franchisees to help them see what they don’t see and move towards a future of deliberate growth. His relaxed style, combined with a no-nonsense, “tell it like it is” approach, makes it possible for him to deliver real value while staying engaged with his audience.

They Call Me Johnny Franchise

Travels From:

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

Fee Range:

$5,000 – $10,000

Favorite Food:

Tacos and Burritos

John Francis' Bio

John has a LIFETIME of experience in franchising. His exposure to franchising began when he was just a child in his family’s hair salon system, “The Barbers,” which was the 1,000-plus unit, publicly traded and international organization that franchised the brands Cost Cutters, City Looks and We Care Hair. He later joined the family business, playing a major role in the integration and merger of The Barbers into Regis Corporation in 1999.

With more than twenty-five years of hands-on experience in the franchise industry, John Francis has served as a franchisee, franchisor, investor and Board Member for organizations such as Sport Clips, Cost Cutters, Inner Circle, Office Pride, Seva Beauty, Big Frog T-Shirts, PostNet and the International Franchise Association.

Today, John shares his perspective and expertise as a consultant, advisor, and keynote speaker to help franchise systems and professionals “see what they don’t see” and achieve their highest levels of success. You can’t tell John a franchise situation he hasn’t lived or experienced – that experience will help your system!


Partial Client List:

  • Assisted Living Locators
  • Big Frog
  • Cost Cutters
  • Franchise Business REVIEW
  • Live 2B Healthy
  • Office Pride
  • Painting with a Twist
  • PostNet
  • Seva Beauty
  • Sport Clips
  • The International Franchise Association
  • The Maids
  • 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. I can’t say enough about John Francis. His wealth of franchise experience is blended with a genuine, heartfelt desire to support those around him. The entire process, even the backend dialogue, and discovery before he actually came to present to our franchisees was a positive, content-rich experience.

    Jamie Dillon, VP Marketing Lunchbox Wax
  • 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
  • John does his homework! He combines his vast experience with a refreshing amount of curiosity about our specific franchise - to create a resonant presentation. He's personable and professional, knowledgeable and approachable.

    Carrie Morgan, VP Culture & Leadership Lunchbox Wax
  • 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
  • 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 judgment, 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, Inc.
  • 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 its values.

    Kari Comrov-Martinez, Sr. Director of Spa Operations SEVA Beauty
  • 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, Co-Founder & President PostNet
  • John Francis spoke at our Area Developers meeting and they were instantly impressed with his credibility and experiences. He was well prepared and did a lot of homework on our organization and needs so he could maximize his value. We have already seen good results as our AD’s are more focused than ever. John hit a home run for Office Pride.

    Todd Hopkins, President and CEO Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services
  • We were very pleased with our virtual conference and John did not disappoint! With the time allotted, he was spot-on with what he provided to our attendees. What I really liked was the attendees who engaged in the pre-conference program video series, participating in asking questions and getting more out of it. His stories tied in great with his message and impact. It was a job well done! Standing ovation!

    Angela Olea Assisted Living Locators/CEO

John Francis' Keynotes

The Franchisee Lifecycle

In this dynamic presentation, John Francis will help your franchisees understand the lifecycle and growth stages of being a franchisee, and the wide range of techniques and resources available to them so they can maximize their business’ potential and achieve their highest levels of success.

  • John delivers a “blast of reality” to franchisees
  • Franchisees will know and better understand the choices they have and will become more clear on how to implement them
  • Understand what it means to be a better franchisee and how to do it
  • Leverage the value of the system + brand, benefits of being a franchisee
  • Take responsibility for the success of their business as an owner
  • John offers Franchisees the perspective to see what they don’t see, including choices they make, the value of the brand and franchising, and landmines they can avoid along the path to success…
  • Franchisees will see where they’ve been, and recognize where they are, and see where they can go – creating more deliberate growth
  • They’ll learn how to speed it up, do it faster, with less drama and less pain and suffering!

1. Clarity on what to do next, in any situation
2. Tools and techniques for owners to use to move forward
3. Ways to reduce anxiety and stress as they grow and mature
4. A better understanding of the value of being in a franchise system
5. Find points of leverage to break-through to the next level

This presentation is fully customizable to both the audience and challenges of the organization. This can include tailored content for area developers, mature franchises and systems in either early-growth or fast-growth stages.

In preparation for the event, John will work closely with Franchisor Leadership to ensure the presentation is as closely aligned with the organization’s needs and goals as possible.

How to Get More from Your Franchise

Ideas from John to help franchisees leverage the value of being a franchisee, and how to gain from the relationships and opportunities unique to franchising. Ideas and techniques to leverage the value of franchising to its fullest extent to create improved results for franchisees.

Franchise Peer Groups

The what, why, when and how to build this support program inside of your franchise brand, one of the ‘secret weapons’  for any franchise brand to improve itself and boost performance from the inside out.

Franchise Advisory Councils

The what, why, when and how to build this internal asset for a franchise brand to provide value through meaningful franchisee engagement and understanding, which develops value in multiple ways, another ‘best practice’ for successful franchising.

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