Justin Scotto of We Sell Restaurants Awarded Franchisee of the Year by International Franchise Association

March 17, 2023

PALM COAST, Fla. March 17, 2023 – The International Franchise Association (IFA) named Justin Scotto, owner of We Sell Restaurants in North and South Carolina, as a 2023 Franchisee of the Year. Scotto was honored at the 63rd IFA Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, for being an outstanding franchise establishment owner-operator.

“Franchisee of the Year recipients represent the best in franchising,” said Matthew Haller, president and CEO of the International Franchise Association. “This is the highest honor IFA awards to individual franchisees, and local business owners like Justin Scotto exemplify the power of franchising and its positive contributions to communities around the world.”

The Franchisee of the Year Award, sponsored by IFA’s partner Paychex, recognizes leading franchise owners from IFA member brands whose outstanding performance and contributions help protect, enhance, and promote the franchise business model. Nominated by their parent company, individuals are selected for their service to their communities, fostering a strong and vibrant workforce, opening the doors for career growth and entrepreneurship, and supporting their fellow franchisees.

We Sell Restaurants is the nation's leading and only business broker franchise focused on restaurants. With more restaurants sold across 45 states than any other firm in the country, We Sell Restaurants is the leader in business brokerage specializing in restaurants. 

Justin Scotto is the multi-unit franchise partner for the Charlotte, NC Region, and Columbia, Spartanburg, and Greenville, SC area. Scotto has more than 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry, starting out as a busboy as a young teenage and working countless other jobs in the industry throughout the years. Scotto developed and operated 12 fast casual restaurants with Firehouse Subs, and it was when he was in the process of selling his own locations that he discovered We Sell Restaurants. Since opening his own We Sell Restaurants locations, he has been able to continue to aid the restaurant industry he knows so well.

“With his commitment to providing an amazing service and experience to his customers across many communities, Scotto has made the purchasing and selling process for countless restaurant owners seamless,” said Robin Gagnon, CEO and co-founder of We Sell Restaurants, “He has an understanding first-hand of how important the transition of ownership is for both the current owners and the entrepreneur stepping up. With this restaurant background, he has been able to broker deals and help people realize their dreams, all while growing his franchise business. He is a rising star in our industry, as we continue to hear praises from the many people he has helped.” 

There are approximately 800,000 franchised businesses across the U.S., providing over 8.4 million direct jobs and generating over $800 billion in economic output. According to Oxford Economics, franchising on average provides higher wages and better benefits than non-franchised businesses, as well as greater entrepreneurial opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, and other underrepresented communities. 

About We Sell Restaurants

We Sell Restaurants is the nation’s largest business broker franchise focused exclusively on the sale of restaurants, with 20 years of experience in helping buy, sell and lease hospitality locations. We Sell Restaurants and its franchisees have sold thousands of restaurants across the country and maintain a listing inventory of more than $200 million online at their powerhouse restaurant for sale marketplace, including independent and restaurant franchises for sale. We Sell Restaurants is offering franchise opportunities for their brand in select market areas.   For more information, visit www.wesellrestaurants.com.

About the International Franchise Association
Celebrating over 60 years of excellence, education, and advocacy, the International Franchise Association (IFA) is the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. IFA works through its government relations and public policy, media relations, and educational programs to protect, enhance and promote franchising and the approximately 790,492 franchise establishments that support nearly 8.4 million direct jobs, $825.4 billion of economic output for the U.S. economy, and almost 3 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). IFA members include franchise companies in over 300 different business format categories, individual franchisees, and companies that support the industry in marketing, law, technology, and business development.