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Executive Team

Ray Titus
CEO

Ray Titus is the CEO of United Franchise Group and its affiliated companies. Mr. Titus is a life-long entrepreneur who began his career with his father, franchising legend Roy Titus, and went on to develop a group of successful brands and franchise development services.

Todd Newton
CFO

Todd Newton was appointed Chief Financial Officer of United Franchise Group in 2008. Based in West Palm Beach, he leads the global finance team, managing all financial aspects of United Franchise Group’s worldwide operations. Prior to joining UFG, Todd was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Management Consulting Group, PLC. In that position, he was responsible for the delivery of results for multi-million dollar consultancy projects across a wide range of industries for Fortune 500 companies. In addition, he served in numerous financial capacities for MCG including Senior Vice President of Finance and Worldwide Director of Internal Audit. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina – Charlotte earning a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a minor in Computer Science.

Brady Lee
COO

Brady Lee has been with the company for more than eight years, with his career starting with working for the Signarama store in Tallahassee. Brady has held a number positions at UFG including Franchise Development in both the U.S. and Australia, Director of Sales for Experimax, Vice President of Franchise Development and Director of Sales in the Australia Corporate Headquarters. Brady is currently the COO of UFG.

Max Taha
CTO

As the Chief Technology Officer, Max Taha directs the company’s online presence and its technology platforms, from websites, networking to franchisee store management and support tools. Max started his career in a Signarama store in Fargo, ND before transitioning in 2011 to the Corporate office in West Palm Beach, FL.

Andy Cagnetta
CEO of Transworld Business Advisors

Andy came down to Florida in 1995. While looking to buy a business, he encountered a company named Transworld Business Brokers. He continued his search for a business but was offered a position at Transworld as an agent. He joined the company and quickly became one of South Florida’s top performers.

Now over thirty-eight years old, Transworld Business Advisors is the number one business brokerage and an international Franchisor through a partnership with United Franchise Group. They have currently over 400 business brokers in the organization and have over 3,000 businesses for sale. They also have 120+ franchisees in the US and several internationally.

Andy is a recognized speaker and trainer in the subject of business sales, valuation, and negotiations. He has taught his self-authored negotiations class to associations, construction companies, media sales teams, government agencies, high school & university students.

His signature charity event “Andy’s Family Pasta Dinner” is in its 16th year and has raised over $1,000,000. He is a father to two. Rachel, Lauren and his wife, Allison are Hollywood residents (Allison since 1970, Andy since 1994).

AJ Titus
President of Signarama

A.J. Titus has a passion for franchising that few share. The son of Ray Titus, the founder and CEO of United Franchise Group, A.J. is no stranger to franchising and Business Development. A.J. is the President of the largest brand at UFG, Signarama, the world’s largest sign and graphics franchise. In this role, A.J. spearheads the growth of Signarama throughout the United States around the world while also developing ways to help current franchise owners expand their businesses. A.J holds an International Business degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University (2014), an MBA from the University of Miami (2017) and is a Certified Franchise Executive (CFE). He resides in West Palm Beach, Florida with his wife Laura.

Jason Anderson
President of VentureX

Rich with franchising, real estate, marketing and technology experience, Jason Anderson leads the Venture X brand.  Jason oversees all aspects of the growth and development of this dynamic business after serving in other leadership roles at United Franchise Group including President of Accurate Franchising and Chief Technology Officer. Jason also has strong real estate management skills which he honed as the founder of Premier Property Marketing Group in Dallas.  It was in that capacity that he was recognized by Forbes Magazine in their coveted “30 Under 30” list which chronicles the brashest entrepreneurs across North America. 

Michael Brugger
President of Fully Promoted

Michael Brugger is the Brand President of Fully Promoted. Mike joined United Franchise Group in 1994 and has been very successful overseeing multiple departments of the company since. In 2000 Mike opened and managed the very first EmbroidMe store in West Palm Beach, FL. Among many other roles, Mike has managed UFG’s marketing , technology, and training departments and has spent the last 5 years as the Vice President of Operations for United Franchise Group. Mike is responsible for leading the Fully Promoted team to help the brand and franchise owners grow profitably.

Austin Titus
President of Emerging Brands

Austin Titus has been with the company for more than five years, with his career starting with working for the Fully Promoted store in Boynton Beach. Being the middle son of CEO, Ray Titus, Austin has grown up in franchising and has a strong passion for it. Most of Austin’s experience is in Franchise Development and Broker Relations. Austin is currently the President of United Franchise Group’s Emerging Brands Division, which includes brands like Network Lead Exchange, SuperGreen Solutions, and Resource Operations International.

Bill Luce
President of Transworld Business Advisors

Bill Luce, President of Transworld Business Advisors has more than 20 years of experience in global sales and executive management. Bill joined United Franchise Group in 1994 as the Director of Franchise Development. During his time in this role, he designed and developed a franchise sales system that included all aspects of advertising, lead generation, software implementation, collateral material, initial prospect contact and management with Regional Vice Presidents.  He continues to strengthen the foundation of the company and ensure the success of Transworld Business Advisors worldwide.  In an industry where businesses are put up for sale, every day and franchising is experiencing explosive growth, the Transworld Business Advisors model is poised for international success.

Tipton Shonkwiler
President AFI

Tipton Shonkwiler is the President of AFI and has been with United Franchise Group for the past 10 years. Tipton has been working in franchising for the past 20 years and has served in various capacities including operations, sales & marketing. In addition, Tipton has been directly involved with assembling and promoting franchise conventions and trade shows for United Franchise Group since joining the organization. Tipton is a Certified Franchise Executive within the International Franchise Association and holds a Franchise MBA from Nova Southeastern University. Tipton is married to his wife Daniela and has three boys: Tipton, Jonathon and Jake.

Jim Butler
President, Restaurant Division

Jim Butler has worked in the franchising industry for almost 30 years. His career in the industry started as the Marketing Representative for Signarama in Farmingdale, NY. He was promoted to Regional Vice President developing over 150 Signarama locations in Arizona and California. Most recently serving as Director of Sales for five years, overseeing the sales for the United Franchise Group brands in the U.S. and Australia. Jim is currently the President of The Great Greek and Jon Smith Subs along with Division Leader and Director of Sales for the Food Division.

Walter Seltzer
President of Emerging Brands

Walter Seltzer is the President of UFG Emerging Brands. Walter has been with United Franchise Group for more than 20 years. He has served as our President of Jon Smith Subs, President of Accurate Franchising, International Vice President overseeing our global operations, country manager for Australia and the UK, Regional Vice President for the Southeast, Director of Training as well as various other positions. Prior to joining United Franchise Group, Walter owned his own sign business in Atlanta, Georgia after graduating with a Bachelor in Finance from Emory University.

Paula Mercer
VP of Shared Services

Paula Mercer is the Vice President of Shared Services for the United Franchise Group. She has been with the company for more than seven years and is responsible for overseeing the internal operations of the organization as well as the new store start-up process. Paula has extensive global travel experience and brings her wealth of knowledge to her position at United Franchise Group. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Liberty University. Paula has one daughter, Emily.

Sarah Griner
Corporate Controller

Sarah Griner serves as Corporate Controller at United Franchise Group. She has been with the company for seven years. She has 14 years of experience in accounting and finance. She graduated with a Master’s in Accounting and Master’s in Business Administration in 2009 from Florida Atlantic University. She is also a Certified Public Accountant since 2009. She lives in South Florida and loves marathon running and traveling.

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