Franchising Students Forge Connections at California Convention


PBA senior Mitchell Nolan, Christian Horn and Spencer Clark, a PBA sophomore, pose for a photo at the Titus Center for Franchising's booth at the International Franchise Association convention.Through the generosity of United Franchise Group, SuperGreen Solutions and the International Franchise Association, Palm Beach Atlantic University students Mitchell Nolan and Trevor Brands flew to San Diego for the association’s annual franchising convention, a great opportunity for business development and personal growth.

“This convention is the most significant event for franchising worldwide,” said Titus Chair for Franchise Leadership Dr. John Hayes. “We are very fortunate to be included in the convention as participants and exhibitors and to give our students this access.”

Nolan and Brands spent the week promoting the Titus Center, networking themselves and meeting with founders, CEOs and business executives across a wide-range of fields. They even played a round of golf at the scenic Torrey Pines course.

Nolan, a senior international business major from Clearwater, Florida, reconnected with familiar faces from a franchising conference he attended last semester. He said the opportunity to strengthen previous connections reaffirmed his love for “the tight-knit community and family environment of the franchising industry.”

Nolan will return to PBA in the fall, entering the MBA program to continue pursuing a career in franchising. “The Titus Center has been influential to me as a student and I am very grateful for it,” he said.

Brands, a senior management major from Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania, interns at Super Green Solutions under the leadership of Aaron Rose, who was Hayes’ first franchising student at PBA.

“When I started my internship,” said Brands, “I did not expect the experiences I got through attending the IFA convention. I learned valuable information from the sessions, met with a lot of companies and set myself up for a possible job in the future."

He added, “I enjoyed learning the successful paths of other franchisors, while helping to spread the word about what PBA has done with its franchising program and how it will continue to grow.”

Photo: PBA senior Mitchell Nolan, Christian Horn and PBA sophomore Spencer Clark pose for a photo at the Titus Center for Franchising's booth at the International Franchise Association convention.