President of Signarama Among Top Young Leaders in South Florida
Forty of the region’s most entrepreneurial and influential young leaders from Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade counties were honored for their outstanding success and contributions to the community at the South Florida Business Journal’s annual “40 Under 40” recognition luncheon on August 3 at Jungle Island on Watson Island in Miami. Among the honorees was A.J. Titus, president of West Palm Beach-based Signarama, the world’s largest signage company, and a brand member of United Franchise Group (UFG). Named president less than a year ago, Titus succeeded Jim Tatem who held the position for 10 years and is now president of UFG. Titus is a third-generation family president, following in the footsteps of his father Ray, and grandfather Roy, co-founders of Signarama, a company with 800 locations in 60 countries—including Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. The honoree literally grew up in the family business, gaining in-depth knowledge as well as a close perspective of the brand’s needs and the needs of franchisees it serves around the world. With the “ground-up” knowledge of operations, Titus is attracting franchisees that are young, driven, and possess the entrepreneurial spirit—men and women that want to create scalable, profitable businesses. “This is a remarkable group of talented honorees, and to be chosen with them for recognition by the South Florida Business Journal is a distinct honor,” said Titus. “Each person chosen is a reflection of what I would call a new wave of entrepreneurs, as they each bring a diverse set of skills and knowledge to the ever-evolving marketplace.” Signarama, the world’s largest sign company, offers branding and messaging solutions as well as comprehensive sign and graphic services ranging from business and digital signs to vehicle wraps. The company also provides advertising and marketing services for customers to achieve optimal exposure. “I learned about every phase of the company’s operations, from selling signs to marketing and advertising,” remarked Titus. “By attending trade shows and conventions over the years, I really gained a true understanding of customer service needs, and what it takes to maintain our brand as an industry leader.” Those selected for the “40 Under 40” award were vetted from hundreds of nominations, and names of the honorees were unveiled in installments beginning June 22. The award luncheon took place in the Treetops Ballroom at Jungle Island on Watson Island in Miami on Friday, August 3.
Founder and President of Experimac, Jim Muir, is currently in New York for the 2018 International Franchise Expo. He had the incredible opportunity of being interviewed by Cheryl Casone on Fox News (Fox & Friends) and Fox Business this morning as part of a spotlight on companies hiring for the summer!
You can watch the full interviews here:
Multiple Franchises Enter New Markets and International Expansion is Underway
West Palm Beach, FL (RestaurantNews.com) Nearly six months into the year, Jon Smith Subs is turning heads within the hospitality industry with its aggressive expansion into new markets. Locations now under construction—or opening soon—will be in the cities of Fort Worth and Spring, Texas; Las Vegas, Nevada; Richmond, Virginia; and Port St. Lucie, and Miramar, Florida. The most recent location to open was in Miami, Florida, and imminent openings are scheduled for Pembroke Pines, Florida, and Springfield, Ohio.
The Jon Smith Subs international expansion is now firmly underway with Master License Partner agreements in place for United Kingdom, Portugal, South Africa, and Columbia. In 2018, the brand expects to target other international locations for expansion in strategic locations around the globe, including Australia.
“We are exceptionally proud of the rate in which we’ve entered new local markets this calendar year, but we’re also extremely proud of our targeted international expansion,” said Scott Stuck, brand president at Jon Smith Subs. “By expanding into South America, Australia and Europe, the Jon Smith Sub brand is growing fast, and presents a great revenue-making opportunity for anyone that wants to become a franchise owner.”
Jon Smith Subs, part of the United Franchise Group affiliated companies and brands, meets the fast-growing fast-casual food concept with an array of appealing dishes. Known for its marinated sirloin steak subs, other great options include marinated grilled chicken subs, specialties from the grill, giant deli subs, salads, numerous side options and a kids’ menu that includes a combo meal with a choice of turkey, ham, meatball, cheeseburger or grilled cheese. “Without a doubt, our expansion success is centric to the quality of our food and menu options,” said Stuck.
About Jon Smith Subs
The first Jon Smith sub shop opened in 1988 in Palm Beach County, FL with a commitment to serving the absolute highest-quality overstuffed, marinated grilled sirloin steak and real chicken breast subs. Jon Smith Subs has locations in South and Central Florida as well as Ohio, Nevada, Texas, and California—soon in Australia. Jon Smith Subs specializes in freshness, preparing all the ingredients for every sub on-site daily. Its sirloin steak and chicken breast subs are trimmed, sliced, seasoned, marinated, and grilled to order, various catering options are available, and its Plenti-Full Sub platters come as individually wrapped four-inch and six-inch subs.
About United Franchise Group
Led by CEO Ray Titus, United Franchise Group is home to a variety of internationally recognized brands including Signarama, Fully Promoted, Experimac, Jon Smith Subs, Venture X, SuperGreen Solutions, Transworld Business Advisors, and The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill. With over three decades in the franchising industry and more than 1600 franchisees throughout the world, United Franchise Group offers unprecedented leadership and solid business opportunities for entrepreneurs.
UFG is the Recipient of Coveted “E” Award Honored For Export Opportunities
WEST PALM BEACH, FL – May 21, 2018 – It was announced today by U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, that United Franchise Group, a South Florida-based company with more than 1,600 franchises in over 80 countries, is the recipient of the coveted President’s “E” Award for Exports. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition that any United States entity can receive for its significant contributions to the expansion of U.S. exports.
“United Franchise Group has demonstrated a sustained commitment to export expansion, and the ‘E’ Awards Committee was very impressed with United Franchise Group’s sales of U.S. franchises in 17 foreign markets. The company’s development of export opportunities for its vendors was also particularly notable. United Franchise Group’s achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs,” said Secretary Ross in a congratulatory letter to the company announcing its selection.
The United Franchise Group is home to a variety of internationally recognized brands throughout the world. It is well recognized as a company that offers entrepreneurs solid business opportunities, provides them with excellent resources, and continually displays unprecedented leadership to help franchisees achieve their goals.
“We are extremely proud and honored to receive this prestigious award,” said Ray Titus, Chief Executive Officer. “Exporting is a very important and vital part of our sales, and buyers and consumers in foreign markets want quality products made in the United States. We have a passion to help people build and grow their own business, both domestically and internationally.”
In 2006, United Franchise Group’s Signarama brand, the world’s largest sign franchise, with 800 locations, became the first ever franchise to be recognized with the prestigious “E” Award.
In total, Secretary Ross honored 43 U.S. companies and organizations from across the country with the President’s “E” Award for their roles in strengthening the U.S. economy by sharing American ingenuity outside of our borders.
Companies are nominated for the “E” Awards through the U.S. Commercial Service, part of the Department’s International Trade Administration. With offices across the United States and in embassies and consulates around the world, The International Trade Administration lends its expertise at every stage of the exporting process by promoting and facilitating exports and investment into the United States; administering Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duties orders; and removing, reducing, or preventing foreign trade barriers.
U.S. exports totaled $2.33 trillion in 2017, accounting for 12 percent of U.S. gross domestic product. Exports supported an estimated 10.7 million jobs nationwide in 2016, according to the most recent statistics from the International Trade Administration.
About the “E” Awards
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed an executive order reviving the World War II “E” symbol of excellence to honor and provide recognition to America’s exporters. A criterion for the award is based on four years of successive export growth in one or more international markets. For more information about the “E” Awards and the benefits of exporting, visit www.export.gov.
About United Franchise Group
“The Global Leader for Entrepreneurs.” United Franchise Group is a group of affiliated companies and brands. Led by CEO Ray Titus, United Franchise Group is home to a variety of internationally recognized brands including Signarama, Fully Promoted, Experimac, Jon Smith Subs, Venture X, Accurate Franchising, SuperGreen Solutions, Transworld Business Advisors and The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill. With over three decades in the franchising industry and more than 1600 franchisees throughout the world, United Franchise Group offers unprecedented leadership and solid business opportunities for entrepreneurs. Visit www.UnitedFranchiseGroup.com for franchising opportunities.
WEST PALM BEACH, FL, April 18, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ — SuperGreen Solutions® (SGS), the world’s leading provider of sustainability advisory services and renewable energy solutions for customers across the globe, invites the global business community to commit to becoming certified as sustainable this Earth Day, April 22.
“Becoming a certified sustainable business has never been easier or more profitable,” says David Goodman, president of SuperGreen Solutions. “Historically, only the large multinationals could consider the cost and time associated with becoming a certified sustainable business. But, today, with the SuperGreen Solutions Green Compass Sustainability program, small and mid-sized businesses can become certified as sustainable and can promote that status to their audiences (employees, vendors, customers, prospects, community and governments). This differentiates the company from its competition. Many smaller companies, serving as vendors to larger companies, have struggled when tasked by their clients to ‘Get Greener’. We are their solution. Many landlords, looking to monetize sustainability and engage tenants, have struggled with the traditional building-centric sustainability options. We are their solution. Many tenants, who do not own their own buildings, but want to pursue becoming a certified sustainable business, do not know where to start. We are their solution. Many companies, trying to reach younger consumers, do not know how to make their product/service appealing to that group. We are their solution. In point of fact, it is smart business for any company to pursue the Green Compass Sustainability award, as it has a positive impact on reducing costs, improving productivity and employee morale, creating competitive differentiation and helping the company become a recognized market leader.”
Earth Day draws focus to environmentally-conscious efforts to improve human behavior regarding the stewardship of the earth. Businesses also have financial responsibilities. Becoming a certified sustainable business and Green Compass Sustainability award winner satisfies the financial requirements while also establishing the company as a proactive corporate citizen.
SGS provides a comprehensive, four-point Green Compass Sustainability Certification process, which takes the client through a sustainability certification and promotes the client’s accomplishments to its audiences. SGS believes that true sustainability incorporates a recognized and accepted process and a third-party review/certification. SGS also believes, consistent with many industry reports, that once a business is certified as sustainable….and promotes same…the market will reward that business for its positive corporate citizenship.
The overall program generates four benefits to the client: reduced costs; improved operational performance and employee morale; competitive differentiation, leading to revenue enhancement; and establishment as a market leader.
To learn about SGS’ Green Compass Sustainability award process and how you can start making a difference this Earth Day, visit www.SuperGreenSolutions.com.
About SuperGreen Solutions
SuperGreen Solutions, with 80 operations in 18 countries, is the world’s leading sustainability advisor. It is the premier local business partner for driving revenue and lowering costs through green initiatives; offering a comprehensive sustainability certification by assessing, leading, implementing, procuring and installing all materials and operational updates needed for the green certification. SuperGreen Solutions also provides a public relations toolkit to the business to promote their newly certified GREEN status.
About United Franchise Group
“The Global Leader for Entrepreneurs.” United Franchise Group is a group of affiliated companies and brands. Led by CEO Ray Titus, United Franchise Group is home to a variety of internationally recognized brands including Signarama, Fully Promoted, Experimac, Jon Smith Subs, Venture X, SuperGreen Solutions, Transworld Business Advisors and The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill. With over three decades in the franchising industry and more than 1400 franchisees throughout the world, United Franchise Group offers unprecedented leadership and solid business opportunities for entrepreneurs.
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