Apex Franchise Development Group INFO
About Apex Franchise Development Group
Seasoned franchise experts started Apex with a desire to help emerging and established concepts bring their business next level. With a passion for people and entrepreneurship, the leaders at Apex share a passion for helping others realize their dreams of becoming business owners.
Apex understands that all franchises aren't created equal, so they work to create a unique plan for each individual client designed with success in mind.
"If our clients don’t succeed, we don’t succeed."
How Apex Can Help
At Apex, we understand each brand needs different support in order to grow their franchise. We offer an array of services designed to help you grow your business:
- Organizational Development
- Franchising Readiness
- Operational Readiness
- Brand Development
- Franchise Development & Sales Strategy
- Business Analytics
Apex's Executive Team
Ryan Rao, Principal
Ryan Rao serves as the Chief Brand Development Officer for Apex Franchise Development Group. He is a passionate and motivated professional who is driven by many things, one of which is entrepreneurship. Ryan is a franchise development expert who has grown multiple emerging concepts to become national and international brands. Ryan’s passion for franchising grew and developed from his entrepreneurial spirit and love of business development. Franchising has allowed him to help individuals realize their dreams of business ownership – permitting them to experience the independence, flexibility, and freedom that comes with being a business owner. Ryan has vast experience in real estate, start-up financing, franchising, franchise development, and brand development. He is an avid franchise blogger with thousands of followers. Ryan also serves as a franchise consultant and is a personal growth advocate.
Randy Stepp, Principal
Randy Stepp is an experienced leader who serves as the Chief Operations Officer for Apex Franchise Development Group. Previously, he served as the Chief Administrative Officer for Romeo’s Pizza Franchise, LLC. Romeo’s Pizza is a domestic and international franchisor. Randy has systematically refined Romeo’s operational systems and processes, making Romeo’s more operationally effective and efficient. As a result, Romeo’s has met its key performance targets, realized revenue growth, and has continued to expand domestically and internationally. While serving as CAO for Romeo’s, Randy also facilitated the development of a highly detailed and actionable strategy that has served as Romeo’s vision for the execution of its core values and for the managed growth of the brand. Randy has also served as a Business and Franchise Development Consultant with Renaissance Leadership Group, LLC, and a Chief Executive Officer for a public entity in which he managed a $100 million budget. Randy’s experience is vast, deep, and built through years of being intimately immersed in business operations and business development as a hands-on leader. Randy has an MBA from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH and is currently pursuing his Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) designation through the International Franchise Association (IFA).
John Gulyas, Principal
John Gulyas is the Chief Development Officer for Apex Franchise Development Group. John is a serial entrepreneur with multiple 7-figure exits and experience in industries ranging from cellular services to waste management to hospitality. John has owned and operated multiple franchise brands over the course of the last 13-years. In addition to owning and operating franchise locations, he consults franchisors on how to successfully develop their brands. His most notable consultation work was with European Wax Center where he provided development consultation, helping them grow the brand from 4 to 640 locations. John’s experience, vast investor network, and business insight led him to co-found Apex Franchise Development Group. He is an investor in multiple franchise concepts. John is a former professional athlete who resides in South Florida with his wife and two daughters.
Ryan Rose, Principal
Ryan not only serves as Chief Executive Officer for Apex Franchise Development Group, but he is also CEO and Principal for Romeo’s Pizza Franchise, LLC, an emerging franchise brand with domestic and international exposure.
Ryan began his career in the financial services industry and spent 14 years assisting entrepreneurs and companies with business strategy, business development, and finance. He invested in his first franchise in 2013. Shortly thereafter, he became committed and passionate about professional growth and development, improving organizational infrastructures, and controlling the destiny of his own business
Ryan’s related interests include active involvement with not-for-profit Economic Development organizations, Chambers of Commerce, Ohio Restaurant Association, National Restaurant Association, and International Franchise Association.
Ryan earned both his undergraduate and graduate degree from Ohio University and is currently pursuing his Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) designation through the International Franchise Association (IFA). Ryan resides in Ohio with his wife, Mia.
Robert Strickland, Principal
Bob is the Chief Finance Officer for Apex Franchise Development Group. Bob is a principal owner of Romeo’s Pizza Franchise, LLC. As a principal, Bob has helped redevelop the Romeo’s brand and position the company for growth. Bob also serves as a Certified Public Accountant and principal within a highly successful accounting firm that provides tax and financial services to a wide array of clients. In addition, Bob is an experienced strategic planning consultant who has successfully led multiple strategic planning events utilizing a structured design approach that incorporates proper formal business planning into the process. Bob has worked with many large and small corporations, helping them to address their business and financial service needs. Bob also owns Family Management Associates, LLC, a business dedicated to helping high net worth families manage, grow and protect assets, transition wealth, provide estate planning options, and more.?