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Early McDonald's Franchisee Lists 2 Manhattan Apartments for $18.5M

Irwin Kruger, an early McDonald's franchisee with locations in Manhattan, has listed his long-held 4,500 square foot Manhattan penthouse plus a six-room unit on the first floor of the same building at an asking price of $18.5 million. The penthouse was listed in May for the same price, removed on December 3, then quickly relisted on December 8 at yet again the same price, but with the bonus of the first-floor apartment.

Mike Nabors Shares His Business Journey at Small Town Meeting

Mike and Karin Nabors founded Neighbor’s Mill in their small town 18 years ago. The cafe/bakery now has two nearby franchise locations, making the company, which now includes their children, a franchisor. Prior to that the couple were Dairy Queen franchisees, which Mike says taught them a lot about running a successful restaurant.

Wing Zone Aids Injured Son of Franchisee with Dec 6 Free Wings Day

Wing Zone, Sheppard AFB, TX
Wing Zone, Sheppard AFB, TX / photo by Danny Webb, USAF

Ben Abercrombie, the son of Marty Abercrombie, a Wing Zone franchise owner with restaurants in Alabama, will figure prominently in the company's free wings day on Wednesday, December 6. Ben, 18, was severely injured in his first football game for Harvard, which was played against the University of Rhode Island at Rhode Island on September 16. He is quadriplegic and has respiratory difficulties as a result of his injuries.

Q&A with Best Western Hotels CEO David Kong

David Kong has been Best Western Hotels & Resorts' CEO & president since 2004. In this new video he answers a few "Off the Cuff" questions from Hotel Business.



Who Is Daniel Schwartz?

Son of a Long Island dentist, RBI CEO Daniel Schwartz, 36, grew interested in private equity buyouts as a student at Cornell University, from which he graduated with a BSc in Applied Economics and Management. He joined 3G International, the Brazilian conglomerate that owns the majority of RBI, at age 24. RBI in turn owns Burger King, Tim Hortons and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, which have more than 20,000 restaurants in over 100 countries.

Culver's Co-Founder on the Importance of the Right People and a Passion for the Business

Craig Culver, co-founder of Culver's, along with his wife Lea and parents George and Ruth, gave a keynote talk in the firm's home state of Wisconsin last Wednesday about how the family came to make their living in the restaurant business. Stressed in his narration of achieving a successful business was the importance of the right people and a passion for one's work.

Richard A. Solomon Passes Away

Franchisee attorney Richard A. Solomon passed away at home on May 19, 2017 from cardiac arrest. Born in Brooklyn, New York on December 14, 1937, Solomon was taken in by a Catholic orphanage and was later adopted by a Jewish family in Charleston, South Carolina.

In Memoriam of Richard Solomon

One of the great pleasures of being a franchise lawyer is meeting great lawyers, and great people all across the country. Richard Solomon of Texas has been at the top of my list for many years, and so it is with sadness I learned Richard passed away,  peacefully, on May 19.

Anecdotes from Richard Solomon's Life

Richard was a larger-than-life figure out of a movie. In a time and place when discrimination was the norm, Richard was different. Left on the steps of a Catholic orphanage, he was taken in by the Sisters and retained an affection for nuns the rest of his life.

Keith Miller and Ronald Gardner to Receive the AAFD Chairman’s Award at 2017 Total Quality Franchising Awards Banquet

The American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD) will honor Keith Miller, Chairman of the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA), and nationally recognized attorney Ronald K. Gardner Jr. with the Total Quality Franchising Chairman’s Award for Distinguished Service to the Franchising Community.