On a trade mission, Brockley was included in a meeting with the chief economic adviser from the U.S. Embassy, who helped Americans understand the German business climate. The adviser elaborated on the unemployment rate, state of the economic situation and outlook for various franchising sectors, Brockley said.
In Berlin, Brockley worked with the GFA to follow up on leads and redesign the association’s website to make it easier to navigate. Brockley met with franchisees to learn more about expansion and how it differs in Germany and America.
In Munich, Brockley worked closely with the Bodystreet fitness studios franchise expansion team, calling master franchisees in Tanzania, England and Phoenix. While he was in Germany, Bodystreet celebrated the opening of its 300th studio location. He visited two of Bodystreet’s corporate studios and tested out their product, a 20-minute electrical muscle stimulation workout.
Additionally, Brockley wrote a master licensee questionnaire for a potential Bodystreet master franchisee in Bulgaria. He researched the Florida market as the company continues its U.S. expansion.
Bodystreet founders Emma and Matthias Lehner have visited PBA’s campus, where they’ve spoken to franchising students and professionals at a boot camp. They’ve also hosted students in Bodystreet’s office in Germany as part of a European study tour.
“I learned what it’s like to have a good work ethic from Emma and Matthias,” Brockley said. “It was awesome to have mentors like them.”
Brockley is paying it back, helping them build their brand in the U.S. He will represent Bodystreet at Franchise Expo South in Miami Beach this month.
Given his experience, Brockley is optimistic about his job prospects.
“I’m very thankful for the opportunities that the Titus Center and PBA have given me,” Brockley said. “They really put students in a position to succeed.”
Photo 1: German Franchising Association fellow Paul Brockley, a senior studying marketing, poses for a photo with Titus Center Advisory Board Member Bill Edwards, CEO of Edwards Global Services, at Franchise Expo19 in Frankfurt, Germany.
Photo 2: Second from right, German Franchise Association fellow Paul Brockley, a student in the University's Titus Center for Franchising, poses for a photo with the Bodystreet franchise expansion team at their booth at a franchising expo in Germany. Bodystreet is the world's largest muscular stimulation fitness brand.
Photo 3: German Franchise Association fellow Paul Brockley, a senior studying marketing, poses for a photo with with Bodystreet co-founders Emma and Matthias Lehner and Glenn Curth who sells franchises for Nordsee, a German fast food chain specializing in seafood.