Donald Harrell Army Veteran and Clearwater, FL Franchisee - Big Frog Custom T-Shirts

Donald started his career with Arthur Rutenberg Homes in the Tampa Bay area in the 1980’s. Rutenberg Homes was sold and became part of the largest single family home-building company in America, U.S. Homes. Donald stuck with Arthur Rutenberg after the sale, who then started the first custom-built luxury home franchise opportunity in Florida. Before he left, they had grown to 47 building companies in 55 communities throughout Florida and Georgia. Given an amazing opportunity in 1993, Donald brought Monin Gourmet Flavors from France to the US, starting with four employees. Within 16 years, he built their revenue from zero to over $100 MM annually.

He retired in 2009, then in 2011 he bought the original Big Frog store from the founders that he still operates in Clearwater FL today.

Presenting in the following seminars/workshops:

Friday, June 16, 2017
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Opportunities for Veterans in Franchising

Room: 1B01

Moderated by: Sean Falk, Marine Corps Veteran; Ashland and Owensboro, KY and Jackson, TN Multi-Unit Franchisee, Great American Cookies

Panelists: Grant Springer, Army Veteran and Edgewater, MD Franchisee, Dream Vacations and Donald Harrell, Army Veteran and Clearwater, FL Franchisee, Big Frog Custom T-Shirts

Veterans have a proven track record of success in franchising. Franchises run on systems and offer training and support, just like the military. In franchising, you’re in business “for” yourself, but not “by” yourself. That’s why there are over 70,000 veteran-owned franchise establishments in the United States. Learn from veterans and business leaders in franchising how to get started in this exciting industry.
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