President – The Franchise Doctor
The Franchise Doctor is a service offered by Andover Franchising, Inc, an Atlanta, Georgia consulting firm. We believe that the better informed a buyer is, the greater the probability he or she will choose the right franchise for his or her needs. Our exclusive FranchiseFit Entrepreneurial Surveys and our book, Insiders’ Secrets to Buying a Franchise help people find a franchised business that makes good use of their talents and skills.
Andover Franchising also develops franchising programs for companies with a proven record of success. We begin with a feasibility study, develop fee and royalty structures, assist in developing the Franchise Disclosure Document and License Agreement, write training manuals and train you and your staff to sell franchises. Our clients report that we offer more thorough services at more competitive prices than others in the field.
Jim Deitz is the President and founder of The Franchise Doctor. His entire work history has been closely involved with entrepreneurship.
In 1991, Jim’s company narrowed its focus to offering franchise development services and selling franchises for a number of national companies. In 1996, Andover Franchising began a website call “The Franchise Doctor” which has helped thousands of potential franchise buyers around the world gain better insight into the advantages of franchising.
Jim is a member of the Board of Directors of the Southeast Franchise Forum, and speaks regularly at the University of Georgia, Kennesaw State University, Georgia State University, the Georgia Association of Business Brokers, the International Business Brokers’ Association, and the Southeast Franchise Forum.
Jim has been praised by his clients and peers for working tirelessly to ensure that buyers and sellers understand the benefits and risks of the franchise relationship and base their decisions accordingly. In 1999, he helped develop the FranchiseFit Entrepreneurial Survey to assist buyers in discovering their innate behavioral traits and learning how these predict success. Jim then helps prospect match their profile with different franchise offerings to ensure that they achieve their true potential–operating a business that they love. The Franchise Doctor’s website has received recognition for its educational content, monthly newsletters, franchise reviews and franchise system recommendations.
In ’81, Jim began his indoctrination into franchising when he joined a franchised business brokerage office selling small businesses. After a short time, Jim was named Regional Manager for the franchisor and traveled the Southeast training agents in 50 independently owned franchises. In 1987, he co-founded The Andover Group, a franchisor of business brokerage offices in Atlanta.
Vice President – The Franchise Doctor
Joe McCord joined Andover Franchising in the Fall of 2008. Joe’s franchising career began with Domino’s Pizza in 1981 as a Regional Controller. A few years later Joe transitioned from financial management into operations and was promoted to Regional Director overseeing the franchise and corporate operations in four states in the Southeast. In 1986, Joe was promoted to Regional Vice President of the Southeast covering 11 states, 700 franchise stores and 400 corporate stores generating $500,000,000 in annual sales.
While serving as Regional Vice President, Joe was also the managing partner in a 7-store franchise of Domino’s Pizza based in Florida. The franchise partnership was the second highest volume franchise in the State of Florida.
Joe has been involved as an owner in several small businesses relating to software, real estate development, international trade and consulting. In 1994, Joe joined the Board of Directors in a small regional food franchisor and later became the Executive Vice President. Joe served as Vice President with the regional franchisor until July 2008.
Joe is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Restaurant Association. He is currently Co-Chair of the Multi-Unit/Franchise Roundtable of the Georgia Restaurant Association. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Southeast Franchise Forum and has been a speaker for the International Franchise association at their annual conventions and regional roundtables and the Southeast Franchise Forum.
For more information on The Franchise Doctor, please call (800) 220-8256. If you are in Georgia, you can reach us at (770) 587-2538.
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