2017’s Rockstar Franchisees
2017’s Rockstar Franchisees

Who are the people rocking the franchise business model? We researched 30,000 franchisees from over 340 brands to identify franchise owners who embody a special combination of financial success and professional satisfaction.


Each of these outstanding franchisees have achieved rockstar status by setting an admirable example of leadership, business acumen, and contributions to their community.

Meet the Rockstars


Paula Sotir, CarePatrol
Helping others find peace of mind

After the experience of helping her mother navigate the difficult process of finding senior living options, Paula put her 35 years of experience in healthcare, operations, and sales to work with a CarePatrol franchise.


Michael Consoli, Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative
From IT entrepreneur to world traveler

Already a successful small business owner running a computer networking and technology company, Michael fell in love with cruising. He invested in a Cruise Planner franchise to help make others’ travel dreams come true.


Tracy Codd, Expedia CruiseShipCenters
The Rx for big business headaches

As an independent travel operator, Tracy’s had more than her share of headaches. Now as an Expedia CruiseShipCenters she’s able to focus on her commitment to continuous improvement and helping her team achieve their goals.


JD and Candace Asbell, HomeVestors of America
From side business to financial freedom

The Asbells were slowly building a side business buying rental properties while JD was a corporate road warrior. With HomeVestors, they turned their side business into a successful full-time venture that gave them more family time and financial freedom.


Butch Upton, HouseMasters
Putting the system to work

After buying an underperforming HouseMasters business, Butch Upton tapped into the expertise of the franchisee network to learn the tricks of the trade and turn his franchise into a thriving success.

Kevin Hershock, Hungry Howie’s Pizza
Serving up food and community

Feeding his desire to stay in the pizza business and his Michigan community, Hershock opened five units and now encourages staff and managers to make a difference by giving back to local causes.


David Stein, Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services
Helping his franchise family achieve success

Despite operating in one of the smallest markets, David Stein is a top producer. Now as an operator and area developer he trains and coaches fellow franchisees on how to achieve the same level of success.


Ryan Knowles, Two Men And A Truck
Keeping it in the family

Along with his father and brother, Ryan Knowles has gone from a couple of movers and two trucks to operating three franchise units with 37 trucks and 100 team members.


Mike Kirk, U.S. Lawns
The grass really CAN be greener

A 13-year career in accounting and finance sidetracked Mike Kirk’s passion for the green industry, which began mowing yards as a teen. After being downsized from corporate America, he reignited his dream by opening a U.S. Lawns franchise.


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