|From left, Ray Titus, CEO of United Franchise Group; Kelly Smallridge, president and CEO of the Business Development Board; Bill Fleming, president of Palm Beach Atlantic University; and Jared Reuter, PBA alumnus and brand manager of VentureX announced the Titus Franchising Center at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Photo credit: Capehart|
Palm Beach Atlantic University today announced it has received a major financial commitment that will give students an introduction to and training in franchising and a launching pad for careers in the industry. The program would be the first of its kind in Florida.
William M. B. Fleming, Jr., Palm Beach Atlantic’s president, announced the $1.5 million commitment from Ray Titus, CEO of United Franchise Group to establish the Titus Franchising Center at the University. Beginning in fall 2017, the Center will offer academic coursework in the Rinker School of Business to cover all aspects of franchising, an internship program and opportunities for job shadowing and training at United Franchise Group (UFG) global headquarters located on Vista Parkway in West Palm Beach.
“Franchising captures the entrepreneurial spirit of Marshall E. “Doc” Rinker, the business pioneer who founded Rinker Materials and the namesake of our business school,” President Fleming said this morning at the Business Development Board offices in West Palm Beach. “The Titus Franchising Center characterizes that spirit and the ideals of free enterprise that are foundational principles of Palm Beach Atlantic University.”
“United Franchise Group is investing in Palm Beach Atlantic University with the creation of the Titus Franchising Center to educate and promote the importance of this business sector as a viable and global career opportunity for students,” said Ray Titus, CEO, United Franchise Group. “Our company and key employees will be involved in every aspect of the Center’s operations. It became obvious to me that we wanted to expand and cement our relationship with PBA for a few reasons: our son A.J. graduated with an International Business degree, we founded the JJ’s Entrepreneur’s Business plan contest, UFG has hired some great alumni, and the University’s Christian values also match my family’s values. UFG looks forward to hiring many future PBA graduates who, with the opening of this Center, will come to us already trained in the world of franchising!”
Led by CEO Ray Titus, United Franchise Group is the Global Leader for Entrepreneurs and offers a broad range of industry leading franchise opportunities and development services with 30 years of experience and 1,400 franchise locations in over 80 countries. Brands include Signarama, EmbroidMe, Transworld Business Advisors, SuperGreen Solutions, Experimac, Straetus, Jon Smith Subs and VentureX. World Headquarters in West Palm Beach, Florida. To learn more, visit www.unitedfranchisegroup.com or call (561) 640-5570.