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2022’s Top Franchise Influencers: 65–56

Once again, 1851 Franchise and SeoSamba have teamed up to find the most influential influencers in the franchise world.

Franchising is a big world, and it’s only getting bigger. Still, it’s a community, and a fairly close-knit community at that. Franchisors and franchisees across brands are constantly kept abreast of what their colleagues and competitors are up to, eager to implement best practices and leverage the industry’s best ideas. 

That’s why it’s essential for everyone in the industry to know who’s who. Whether you are buying a franchise, franchising your business, growing your franchise or looking for general information on franchising, tapping into the franchise world’s thriving community is vital to your success.

To that end, 1851 Franchise has teamed up with SeoSamba to bring you a list of the most influential people in franchising. 

Publishing throughout the month of February, this list is not a ranking, but a collection of 175 franchise industry professionals we think you should know. To help you connect, we’ve provided links to each professional’s LinkedIn page where available. So read on, and get busy building your network!

Nancy Bigley

LinkedIn Bio:

An experienced Franchise Operations Executive with a proven track record of increasing revenues and profits through the implementation of growth strategies, business practices, and systems that create a sustainable competitive advantage. 

A high-energy, driven, innovative and problem-solving leader focused on achieving strategic objectives while strengthening franchisee relations and cross-functional teams.

Nick Anthony Zamucen

LinkedIn Bio:

"Nick-Anthony Zamucen" the Founder of Best Option Restoration (B.O.R.) & Bio-One Inc., The only successful franchised crime scene cleaning company. Awarded Top 40 CEO's Under 40 from Business Diversity Magazine 2013. He is also a 3x published author, business strategist, and an award winning serial entrepreneur that has had tremendous success in various business ventures.

Nick-Anthony Zamucen has really changed the game when it comes to the service franchise industry. Simply put, Nick-Anthony is the best in his industry and while many claim to be, he's the only man who has proven results in the business world. His franchised company Bio-One Inc. dominates in 46 different states and continues to grow at an exceptional rate. He plans to launch Bio-One Inc., his crime & trauma scene cleanup franchise, internationally.

Nick-Anthony Zamucen realized that one of his greatest strengths was assisting other people's success through his own experience. A core belief of Nick-Anthony's is "Success breeds Success". For this reason, Nick-Anthony has assembled an elite "success group" based around crime and trauma scene cleanup. He has created bar-none, the most intensive, informative, and educational franchises in the world.

Nick Lopez

LinkedIn Bio:

LIME Painting is the first and only national high-end painting company. LIME is a franchise brand with a social enterprise in LIME Light Outreach, Inc. that gives franchisees a platform to give back to their local community's youth through LIME Light's Four Pillars of Knowledge: Faith, Family, Patriotism, and Prosperity. #GetLIMED

Nicolas Dégéraud

LinkedIn Bio:

Experienced Chief Marketing Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the restaurants industry. Skilled in Marketing Management, Customer Insight, Brand Equity and Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG). Strong marketing professional with a diploma in Marketing from Kedge Business School.

Patrick van den Bossche

LinkedIn Bio:

Experienced CEO with a demonstrated history of building and scaling companies. Skilled in Team Building, Management, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Start-ups, and Leadership. Strong business development professional with a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) focused in Architecture from California State Polytechnic University-Pomona. 

Patti Rother

LinkedIn Bio:

Currently experiencing brain freeze and sticky fingers at frios gourmet pops. 

Talented, driven leader with more than fifteen years of proven results. Broad skill set applicable to retail and consumer industries encompassing operations, franchising, finance, development, sales and marketing. 

Naturally passionate about people and brand development with a tireless view toward problem-solving and growth. 

Fully bilingual in Spanish.

Paul Brown

LinkedIn Bio:

CEO of Inspire Brands, a multi-brand restaurant company whose portfolio includes nearly than 32,000 Arby's, Buffalo Wild Wings, Baskin-Robbins, Dunkin', Jimmy John's, Rusty Taco, and SONIC Drive-In restaurants worldwide.

Paul Pickett

LinkedIn Bio:

I have over 30 years of experience of 'Bringing People and Nature Together" as the VP of Franchise Development for Wild Birds Unlimited, leading the Franchise Development team to grow our franchise system to over 340 stores. Additionally, I manage all of the legal and real estate responsibilities for Wild Birds Unlimited, Inc.

Paul Segreto

LinkedIn Bio:

Throughout my 38-year career as an entrepreneur, senior corporate executive and consultant & coach, my expertise has progressively expanded across franchise, business & restaurant development and brokerage & advisory services. During the past 10+ years, my passion for positively memorable experiences, social media and personal branding has complemented my efforts while also enabling me to help clients develop and improve their organizational culture for the benefit of all stakeholders.

Consulting with both startups and emerging brands since 2001, I continue to focus on brands with distinct points of differentiation, innovation and / or unique end-user proposition. Providing coaching services during this same period, I remain steadfast in helping individuals identify and achieve their entrepreneurial goals. Whether consulting with brands or coaching individuals my objective is to architect & implement comprehensive action plans to accelerate success.

I have achieved professional designations including Certified Franchise Executive, Certified Business Broker and Certified Franchise Broker, I have been recognized as a Top Small Business Influencer by Fit Small Business, as a Top 100 Global Franchise Influencer by SEO Samba and as a Top 100 Champion Small Business Influencer by Small Business Trends and Small Biz Technology. 

Skilled in content, attraction & influencer marketing, I am often requested to advise on integrated marketing campaigns. As well, I am frequently called upon to develop or share content for blogs & publications focused on franchising, small business, restaurants and entrepreneurship. An early adopter of podcasting, I have founded and hosted a number of franchise and small business podcasts including the increasingly popular Franchise Today podcast launched in 2009. Known for a story-telling style, I continue to receive high praise as a guest speaker and presenter for interactive webinars, strategy & business development meetings, workshops and conference panels.

As a final note, in addition to holding C-level positions at several regional and national franchise brands and associations, I've held and continue to be available for interim & fractional senior leadership and advisory board positions.

Pete Lindsey

LinkedIn Bio:

I help franchisors with optimizing their development process, development reporting, website optimization, and lead generation. I have driven teams that have exceeded over 1,400 license awards. The focus is responsible growth for the long run by attracting the right franchisees to your system. Franchise Drivers Inc. Growth with Integrity. 

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