Jim brings more than 25 years of experience of diverse franchising background to his role as a franchise consultant. From executive-level experience with franchisors to working with start-up companies to owning his own franchise, he has helped hundreds of people live the American Dream of business ownership.
Jim graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in Business Administration, with emphasis on marketing, franchising, and entrepreneurship. As a student, he began his career at the International Center for Franchise Studies and learned firsthand what a winning franchise formula can offer to potential business owners.
After graduating, he began his career with HobbyTown USA. While there, he had the opportunity to work in nearly every area of the home office as the company grew from a dozen locations to well over one hundred-twenty franchise units. He held a variety of positions within the company, including a variety of roles from franchise recruitment to marketing to operations, as well as developing processes and procedures for franchise owners. He also worked on a variety of written communications for franchisees, and compiled the company’s operations and training manuals. He then spent two years at a franchise development firm which assisted a variety of start-up franchisors. He also worked with franchisors on their overall marketing strategies and franchise recruitment efforts.
In 1999, Jim put his experience and knowledge to work and started his own franchise consulting firm. He became heavily involved with a leading ladies fitness franchise, and was instrumental in recruitment during the years when the company went from twenty units to over three hundred franchise units. He worked with the home office to develop internal processes and systems to help transition new franchise owners into the franchise system. He and his wife also owned and operated a franchise of their own. Since 2004, Jim has worked primarily with individuals interested in business ownership, using his extensive background to help candidates find the best franchise and business opportunities nationwide.