International Expansion for Franchisees
A limited number of franchisees seeking aggressive growth have begun to look across borders, affording them the opportunity to participate in fast growing international markets or find new brands to import to the US.
Areas of international franchisee mentorship may be:
• What does it take to be a franchisee across borders
• International growth strategies
• Working with franchisors to buy an international license
• Finding and working with local partners
• Managing international operations
David Barr, Chairman, PMTD Restaurants, LLC
David Barr has operated as both a franchisor and franchisee in domestic and international markets. David currently sits on the board of directors of Mrs. Fields and TCBY, both of which have international franchisees. In addition, David is a limited partner in Domino’s Pizza China. As past CEO of Great American Cookies, David oversaw a franchise system that had franchisees in Guam and was developing a system in Europe when he sold this business on behalf of its shareholders.
Matthew Patinkin Owner, Double P Corporation
Mr. Patinkin has been an executive, consultant and board member for over 30 years, including both public and private companies. He has extensive operating experience in multi-unit retail and specialty food franchising. Matthew currently sits on three boards, participating in all aspects of strategic growth and development. He also sits on the IFA Franchisee Forum, and is active in several committees, including the International Committee. Twenty years ago Mr. Patinkin co-founded Double P Corp, a multi brand franchisee which currently owns and operates almost 70 Auntie Anne's pretzel franchise's in eight states. In 2014 he and his partners signed a Master Franchise Agreement to open a minimum of 40 new Auntie Anne's locations in Canada by 2023...the first new shops are scheduled to open in late 2014 or 2015. Mr. Patinkin graduated from Beloit College in 1979 with a degree in Economics. He is married, has three grown children, and lives in Chicago, IL