Leslie Kuban is a recognized authority on the franchising business model. In this first segment she shared her firm, FranNet’s approach toward matching franchise candidates with the best franchise opportunity. Also, Leslie describes several franchise businesses beyond the typical fast-food companies we commonly associate with the franchising business model.
A FranNet consultant since 1999, Leslie provides education and support to individuals who are interested in owning franchised businesses. Leslie has helped more than 240 people make the transition from corporate life to business ownership, and she credits her personal experience as a franchise owner with giving her the perspective to help clients find the quality of life they want.
Upon graduating from Vanderbilt University, Leslie had already operated family-owned franchises, and she became a franchise owner herself in 1996. As the operating partner of a Mail Boxes Etc. franchise, Leslie joined the local support team to assist other MBE franchise owners successfully run their businesses. Leslie continues as a franchise owner today as a FranNet franchisee.
According to Leslie, “My role is to provide education on the franchise industry and help you find the right solution to reach your goals. My services are no cost and help you understand the pros and cons of owning a business.”
Leslie received the FranNet Consultant of the Year awards in 2002 and 2004; the FranNet Top Gun Award in 2007; and the Commitment to Excellence award in 2009.
Leslie is the VP of Membership for the Atlanta chapter of the Association of Career Professionals International (ACPI). Leslie has served as VP of PR, VP of Education, and President of her Toastmasters Club.
When she’s not helping clients find their ideal businesses, Leslie is an active sponsor of the Atlanta Humane Society and Literacy Volunteers of America. She enjoys reading, salsa dancing, knitting, running, and socializing with friends and family.
Leslie graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BA in Communications Studies. She also attended the University of Leeds in Leeds, England as part of her course of study.