April Luncheon Meeting (04/09/19) – How Franchisors Must Build the Appropriate Infrastructures to Support Multi-Unit Franchisees and Their Organizations
Join us for our next luncheon meeting on April 9 when our panelists:
- Therese Thilgen, Co-Founder, President and Chief Content Officer of Franchise Update Media Group
- Grant Simon, CEO of LSGF Management
- Greg Vojnovic, Chief Development Officer of Inspire Brands
discuss the topic: How Franchisors Must Build the Appropriate Infrastructures to Support Multi-Unit Franchisees and Their Organizations.
3368 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30326
President & Chief Content Officer
Franchise Update Media Group
Therese’s 30 years’ experience in the industry allows Franchise Update Media Group to produce the most highly regarded and popular online sites, magazines and conferences in the franchising industry today.
Grant Simon is the co-founder and CEO of LSGF Management whose current portfolio includes three franchise concepts in over 155 locations and provides more than 1,000 jobs. A serial entrepreneur and multi-unit franchisee, he has over 30 years experience in the retail, food, and service industries. Grant started in franchising in 1993 with a single Great Clips location. Today he operates 54 salons making him the largest Great Clips franchisee in the southeast. He expanded into the food sector in 2008 and currently operates five Smoothie Kings in Georgia. In 2010, he became a T-Mobile Premium Retailer and has 100 locations throughout the Southeast. He has been the Great Clips Atlanta co-op president and served on the marketing advisory review council. Since 2008 he has been an active member of the Multi-Unit Franchising Conference Advisory Board. Most recently, Grant became a mentor for Emory University Start Micro-Entrepreneur accelerator program (Start:ME). Grant received his B.S.B.A. degree from the University of Florida.
Chief Development Officer
Greg Vojnovic serves as Chief Development Officer of Inspire Brands, a multi-brand restaurant company whose portfolio includes more than 8,300 Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, SONIC Drive-In, and Rusty Taco locations worldwide. Prior to Inspire, he served as Chief Development Officer of Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc., where he was responsible for franchise and company development, real estate, construction, design, equipment, and franchisee recruitment. Before Arby’s, he was Chief Development Officer of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, He also held a number of restaurant leadership positions including Vice President of Development at Huddle House and President of Bridgetown Grill Restaurants, which received Hot Concept of the Year recognition from Restaurants & Institutions and Chain Leader magazine and more than 40 “Best of Atlanta” awards. He was also Senior Director of Franchise Development for Denny’s and is an active member of the International Franchise Association (IFA), serves as a Trustee for the IFA Education Foundation and was previously a board member of the VetFran program. Vojnovic is an alumnus of Cornell University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Administration from the Statler School of Hotel Administration.