Rick Grossmann


Rick has been involved in the franchise industry since 1994. He franchised his first company and grew it to 49 location in 19 states during the mid to late 1990s. He served as the Chief Executive Officer and primary trainer focusing on franchise owner relations and creating tools and technologies to increase franchisee success.

Rick developed and launched his second franchise organization in 2003. He led this company as the CEO and CMO growing to over 150 locations in less than three years. He developed the high tech/high touch franchise recruiting and sales system.

Both companies achieved ranking in the Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500. During this period Rick served as a business and marketing consultant to small business and multimillion dollar enterprises. He also consulted with franchise owners and prospective franchisees, franchisors and companies seeking to franchise.

Rick had the honor of working with his mentor, Erwin Keup as a contributing Author for the 7th edition of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise Bible published by Entrepreneur Press.

Mr. Grossmann has been chosen as the new Author of Franchise Bible and his 8th Edition was released worldwide in January of 2017.  He currently serves as an executive coach and strategist for multiple franchise clients.

Michael J.Katz

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Michael is a published author, lecturer, and teacher. Michael is a senior partner at Corporon & Katz, a law firm specializing in franchise, business and real estate law located in Centennial, Colorado.

Michael’s firm serves clients across the United States, Canada, and Australia. The firm delivers expertise and excellence with over 34 years of legal experience. The firm’s centralized location and low overhead enables Corporon & Katz to provide a high-level, sophisticated service at reasonable rates.

Mr. Katz is the Co-Author of the 8th edition of Franchise Bible published by Entrepreneur Press.

Carolyn Miller

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Carolyn Miller’s franchise career began in 1984 and includes more than 1,200 new store openings on both the corporate and franchise side with national brands such as McDonald’s, Chipotle, Red Robin, CiCi’s Pizza and Carl’s Jr./Hardees.

Her development and business experience includes real estate, design, architecture, construction, project management, real estate legal, hiring & staff development, marketing, accounting, budgeting and cost controls.

As the Founder of the National Franchise Institute, Carolyn and her team of licensed experts share decades of franchise and development experience with new and emerging brands by focusing on three key areas:

  • Educating new franchise owners about the intricacies involved in leasing space and opening new franchise locations
  • Helping independent entrepreneurs decide if the franchise model is the best growth strategy for a concept they have created
  • Working with franchisors to value engineer new and existing concepts to maximize profitability for themselves and their franchise owners

Carolyn is also the author of the Amazon Bestseller Brick & Mortar Franchise Success: Know The Costs or Pay The Price.