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Lonnie has over 27 years in the franchise industry working with companies such as Super 8 Motels, Ident-A-Kid, and others. Recognized as the pioneer in the mobile computer service franchise sector, Lonnie was the founder of Computer Doctor the first franchise in its sector, and two other technology franchise chains; Expetec Technology Services & InstantFX Web Services. From 2006 - 2009, Lonnie was President and Chief Operations Officer of Ident-A-Kid Services of America.
He is currently CEO of Helgerson Franchise Group, a platform company that owns and operates franchise brands. In addition, Helgerson Franchise Group provides outsourced franchise services for new, emerging, and mature franchise systems.
He is also a frequent speaker and facilitator for the International Franchise Association, Franchisor Association of Florida and many other various franchise and business seminars. He has also served as a member of the Board of Advisors for the Institute of Franchise Management graduate school, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, MN and is a three time graduate of their MBA program for Franchise Management. In 2002, he became a designated CFE (Certified Franchise Executive).
Throughout his career, Lonnie has been featured or written about in many books, magazines, newspapers, TV and radio including USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine, CNBC Squawk Box, Your World with Neil Cavuto and Paul Harvey.