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Franchising Over 30 Years!

Tipton Shonkwiler Promoted to President of Plan Ahead Events

Shonkwiler Recognized for Years of Dedication and Leader in Franchising Industry


West Palm Beach, FL (May 16, 2012) – Plan Ahead Events, the world’s largest full-service event management company, is pleased to announce the promotion of Tipton Shonkwiler to President of Plan Ahead Events. Shonkwiler joined United Franchise Group in 2002 as a Director of Business Development. In his new role as President, Shonkwiler will be responsible for the overall global growth and development of the brand.

Shonkwiler has been working in the franchising industry for the past 20 years and has served in various capacities including operations, sales and marketing. In addition, Shonkwiler has been directly involved with assembling and promoting franchise conventions and tradeshows for United Franchise Group, since joining the organization. Shonkwiler is a Certified Franchise Executive within the International Franchise Association and holds a Franchise MBA from Nova Southeastern University.

“It is my honor to promote Tipton to President of Plan Ahead Events,” said Ray Titus, CEO of United Franchise Group. “For the past several years Tipton has played a key role in elevating Plan Ahead Events to the next level and his dedication to the company has been remarkable.”

Plan Ahead Events is the world’s largest full-service meetings and event management company, servicing clientele worldwide. It provides full-service management and planning for meetings, conventions, trade shows, special events and incentive travel. The company is part of a successful system of business-to-business franchise brands and development services under the United Franchise Group. Since its inception in 2007, Plan Ahead Events has grown to more than 80 locations across the U.S., Canada, Australia, Spain and Mexico.

About Plan Ahead Events:
Plan Ahead Events is the first home-based franchise in the corporate meetings and events industry. It provides full-service management and planning for meetings, conventions, trade shows, special events and incentive travel. For more information visit the Plan Ahead website at

About the United Franchise Group (UFG):
The United Franchise Group consists of a number of award-winning business-to-business brands and franchise development services including some of the world’s largest industry-leading names. The experts at UFG have used their over 25 years of franchising experience to grow the franchising giant into a $500 million dollar success story with approx. 1400 franchise locations in 50 countries. The company includes franchise industry giants SIGNARAMA, the world’s largest sign franchise; EmbroidMe, the world’s largest embroidery franchise; Billboard Connection, an incredibly successful out-of-home advertising franchise; Transworld Business Advisors, for people to research business opportunities before investing and Plan Ahead Events, a home-based corporate event planning franchise.


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