Team

Our Senior Consulting Team

There is literally no franchise consulting organization that can match the backgrounds, experience and creativity of our Senior Consulting staff.

Led by our President & Founder, Edward Kushell, our team includes:

EDWARD KUSHELL

Kushell is a former franchisor of over 400 very successful franchises, a franchisee of multiple units in the fast food business, a Past President of the International Franchise Association, a member of the Board of Directors of several known franchise companies and consultant to nearly 1,000 companies either engaged in or contemplating franchising. He has been retained as an Expert Witness in nearly 100 franchise or franchise related cases.

JOHN F. HODGDON

John has been advising companies and individuals on strategic, financial, marketing and operating matters since 1987. His responsibilities include project management, strategic business planning for early stage as well as established franchisors, analysis of organizations on a unit, segment, and consolidated reporting basis, and financial planning and forecasting. He has developed one of the most sophisticated franchisee and franchisor modeling and forecasting templates in the industry and has particular expertise in business valuation methods.

REX WASHBURN

For over 25 years Rex has been providing consulting services to both start up and mature franchise systems. His primary expertise is in the areas of restaurant operations, other hospitality industries, fitness and construction related concepts, to name some. His experience covers the United States, Asia, The Middle East and Europe as well as throughout the United States. He has performed evaluations of existing franchise networks and created conversion plans for dealerships, distributors and other non-franchised networks

CHERI CARROLL

With over 30 years of experience in franchising, Cheri has not only provided consulting to both start-up and mature franchises but as a member of Senior Management for a major restaurant franchisor, she has functioned on both sides of franchising. As a franchise consultant she is an expert in development of franchise business models, operations systems and creation of distinct and functional franchise operations manuals. She has also had considerable experience in franchise development.

JAMES MC PHEE

The last 10 years of Jim’s extensive franchise experience has been as a consultant involved in strategic planning and best practices for mature and early stage franchise companies. He is one of the country’s leading experts in real estate franchising and has held senior management positions with Century 21 Real Estate and has also been CEO of one of the largest franchise networks in personal care services.

ELIZABETHCLARE HUNT

One of the most diversified consultants on our team, ElizabethClare has over 25 years experience in finance, auditing, management and IT.  She began her career as a CPA and was the first woman auditor hired by Arthur Anderson & Co in Los Angeles. Recruited by the White House, she was appointed Deputy Director of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board in Washington D.C. Thereafter she returned to CA, joined MCA, was Vice President of Universal Pictures, a corporate officer of the parent company and responsible for finance of both film and television.

MICHAEL J. KRAWITZ

For over 20 years Michael has been actively involved in franchising as both a consultant and lawyer. He has developed franchise programs, and helped clients exceed sales and growth goals. His expertise includes franchise operations, sales, business development and strategic planning.  As part of the Franchise Consulting Group team he has recently helped complete a franchise evaluation of  one of the most known brands in franchising with over 6500 units in the United States. Michael received his Bachelors and Law Degrees from the University of Illinois.