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As the founder of Blue MauMau, Don launched the Blue MauMau franchise community after many franchise buyers and owners spoke with him about wanting access to independent franchise news and honest dialog with top experts. There was a need for authentic news, as opposed to franchising propaganda, and a desire to interact with a wide source of informed people. That was something that the Internet as a publishing venue does especially well. Hence, the birth of Blue MauMau, the web's premier franchise community and source of independent franchise news.
Hobbies: Don grew up in Hawaii and Florida, where his parents owned, closed down, owned another, and then closed again a family scuba shop. (No one said that running a small business was easy.) So it is no surprise that he is a scuba instructor with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors. He enjoys photography, the challenge of speaking Asian languages, listening to great jazz and good food.
Here's my professional background in five words:
Publishing, print, consumer goods, franchising.
Once upon a time Don did the big business thing, burying his inward entrepreneur for the privilege and honor of being a small cog in the bigger wheel. He had a career in running global operations for such multinationals as trade publisher Global Sources Media as well as for consultant and time manager Franklin Covey. He was responsible for training corporate officers and executives on running large business units at the Fluor Corporation, a giant civil engineering firm, and Nike.
Don has been a franchise executive for a number of years, having led global field operations and franchise development for an international quick print chain. He occasionally consults franchise systems on strategy and maximizing performance.
Through the Snexus Company, Don's focus is on gathering leadership and funding to launch innovative start-up businesses with brand appeal.
Schooling? Yep. Did that. Besides having a jumble of letters in his last name, Mr. Sniegowski has a few more associated with his schooling. He has a B.S. in Finance (ranked 8th in the nation) and a B.A. in Chinese at BYU; studied at UCLA, and obtained an MBA on the other side of town at USC's elite IBEAR program at the Marshall School of Business.
Lots of letters.