April 2018

West Palm Beach, Florida – Nearly four dozen franchising experts have answered the call to serve on the advisory board of the Titus Center for Franchising, a Presidential Center of Excellence at Palm Beach Atlantic University. The board held its inaugural meeting on the Palm Beach Atlantic campus March 27 and 28, 2018.

The Titus Center for Franchising at Palm Beach Atlantic University held the first meeting of its newly formed advisory board in March at the West Palm Beach, Florida, campus. Among those present for the inaugural event were, from left United Franchise Group CEO Ray Titus, Aziz Hashim, one of the top 10 influential people in the food service industry and a former chairman of the International Franchise Association, and Dr. John Hayes, director of the Titus Center.
                                                                                                                                                                                 Photo credit: Elizabeth Burks, Palm Beach Atlantic University

Housed within the prestigious Marshall E. Rinker Sr. School of Business, the Titus Center offers coursework leading to a bachelor’s degree in business with a concentration in franchising. The only academic center of its kind in Florida, the Titus Center facilitates internships, job shadowing and training at area franchises.

The Titus Center’s incoming advisory board includes franchisors, franchisees and franchise suppliers from the United States and Canada. Each member has been chosen for his or her ability to offer ideas, tools and resources to fulfill the center’s mission to become a top choice for students seeking franchise education internationally.

During their two-year terms, advisory board members will attend steering meetings, evaluate Titus Center programming, speak to undergraduate students, and advocate for the program. They also will have the opportunity to participate in Titus Center Mastermind events dedicated to collecting knowledge and solving business challenges.

The Titus Center was established through an endowment from United Franchise Group CEO Ray Titus. His son, A.J. Titus, is a Palm Beach Atlantic graduate and executive vice president of United Franchise Group. Both men will serve on the board.

Other confirmed Advisory Board members are:

Jason Anderson, president of Accurate Franchising, Inc.; Cheryl Babcock, entrepreneurship faculty in the H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University; Carolyn Bolton, chief of staff at Dental Fix; Paul Bosley, managing member of Health Club Experts; Alan Burger, attorney at McDonald Hopkins; Kieth Burley, senior manager of franchise marketing at TBC Corp.; Sally Chester, owner of Team Chester; Daniel Collins, President/Chief Development Officer of I Heart Mac and Cheese; John Diep, regional director of Enterprise Florida, Inc.; Dan Dubell, franchisee at Legacy Ventures Network/Fully Promoted; and Doug Dwyer, president/chief stewarding officer at Dream Maker Bath & Kitchen.

Kathryn Dye, international trade specialist at U.S. Commercial Service; Bill Edwards, chief operating officer of Edwards Global Services; Monica Feid, president of BizCom Associates; Sheila Fischer, group show director at MFV Expositions; Lorne Fisher, founder of FISH Consulting; Tony Foley, United Franchise Group; William Fowler, partner & COO of Xpresso Delight; John W. Francis, founder of Next Level Franchise; Stan Friedman, president of FRM Solutions; Paul Frost, commercial service officer at U.S. Commercial Service; Tim Gannon, founder of Bolay; and Barbara Garcia, director of HR franchise division at TBC Corp.

Gary Gardner, owner of Franchise Update Media; Keith Gerson, president/chief customer advocate at FranConnect; Tim Goering, franchisee at Sandler Sales Associates; Branden Grimshaw, founder/CEO of Endurance Capital, Inc.; Mary Heitman, president of IFA; Gerry Henley, executive vice president of Office Pride; Cory Hibbard, director of operations at Transworld Business Advisors; Terri Hoskins, TBC Corp.; Ken Hutcheson, president of U.S. Lawns; Madison Jobe, chief development officer of Wingstop; and Robert Jones, international managing director at Edwards Global Services.

Jill Klein, general counsel at United Franchise Group; Bill Luce, president of Transworld Business Advisors; Rob Morris, franchisee at Chick-Fil-A; Jeff Panella, CEO of Green Home Solutions; Tom Portesy, president of MFV Expositions; Thomas Scott, CEO of Brand Journalists; Geoff Seiber, CEO of FranFund; Michael Stone, president of CertaPro Painters; A.J. Titus, president of Signarama; Ray Titus, founder and CEO of United Franchise Group; Therese Thilgen, president of Franchise Update Media; Lenny Valentino, vice president of franchise development at TBC Corp.; Tony Valle, founder/CEO of NextGen/ElmPerform; Scott White, CEO of BizCom PR; and Christy Wilson-Delk, speaker/writer/educator at Christy Wilson Delk Enterprises, LLC.

Dr. John P. Hayes serves as director of the Titus Center. For more information, contact the Titus Center at www.pba.edu/titus-center.

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