The Titus Center for Franchising Adds 12 New Members to its Advisory Board


Board is integral in supporting franchise education through mentorship, internships, career opportunities and more

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WEST PALM BEACH, FL (April 10, 2024) Twelve new member companies representing 17 individual members recently joined The Titus Center for Franchising Advisory Board at Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Advisory Board now consists of 81 companies and 119 franchise executives, making it one of the most impressive franchise networks nationally.

“We’re gratified by the ongoing interest in our educational program at the Titus Center,” commented Dr. John P. Hayes, CFE, founding chair of Titus Center for Franchising. “With over 60 students currently pursuing our Concentration in Franchising, we rely on our Advisory Board for various forms of support, including financial assistance, internships, mentoring, educational content, and potential career opportunities.”

Advisory Board membership is open to companies and franchise executives that want to support franchise education. The board meets twice annually on the PBA campus in West Palm Beach. The spring Advisory Board events are set for April 16-17. Information is available at

Companies and individuals joining the Advisory Board this spring include:

  • Cynthia Brown, Northwestern Mutual
  • Bron Launsby, SlickCity
  • Michele Marquis, Floyd Consulting
  • Kate Volman, Floyd Consulting
  • Josh York, GymGuyz
  • Landy Randolph, RAAMP.COM
  • Jeffrey Leach, Vendasta
  • Chris Deianni, Vendasta
  • Monica Tapia-Mularski, Season 2 Consign
  • Erika Schrieber, Season 2 Consign
  • Keith Gerson, Gerson Advisory Services
  • John Brice, BBSI
  • Jack Johnson, The Franchise Insiders
  • Jill Johnson, The Franchise Insiders
  • Kristopher Stuart, Bloomin’ Blinds
  • Kelsey Stuart, Bloomin’ Blinds
  • Carey Gille, Franchise Fastlane

In addition to the new member companies, eight existing member companies appointed new representatives:

  • Islam Tawfik, Franchisely
  • Larry Strain, Retro Fitness
  • Drew Alfano, Retro Fitness
  • Steve Miller, TBC
  • Rodney Woodstock, TBC
  • Leslie Frazer, Happy & Healthy
  • Jason Anderson, Vast Coworking Group (UFG)
  • Matt Ritter, Fish Consulting

For more information on the Titus Center for Franchising, visit

About The Titus Center for Franchising

Founded in 2017, the Titus Center for Franchising is housed in the Rinker School of Business at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, FL. Students complete 12 credit hours to earn a concentration in franchising as part of a bachelor’s degree. The center was endowed by franchisor Ray Titus, founder and CEO of United Franchise Group, who gave the university a $1.5 million gift. The center is dedicated to educating people about franchising and preparing them to become employees of franchise companies, franchisees and franchisors. Dr. John P. Hayes is the director.

For more information, contact:

Lauren Moore, BizCom Associates

815-207-1446 |

About Palm Beach Atlantic University 

Palm Beach Atlantic University, founded in 1968, is a private, Christian university, offering 55 undergraduate
degrees, numerous graduate degrees and professional degrees in nursing and pharmacy, with a 29-acre
campus in West Palm Beach and an Orlando campus. The University is dedicated to the integration of
Christian principles to prepare students for learning, leadership and service. Sailfish athletes compete in 18
NCAA Division II and Sunshine State Conference varsity sports. The 78-acre Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker
Athletic Campus provides facilities for training and hosting intercollegiate sports. As a Christ-first university,
PBA affirms the values that have built American society, including religious liberty and the free enterprise