Nov. 8, 2017 – United Franchise Group (UFG) is pleased to announce the dedication ceremony for the new Titus Center for Franchising at Palm Beach Atlantic University, in West Palm Beach, FL.The event will be held on Nov. 15 at the university’s Rinker School of Business, which is located at 901 South Flagler Drive. The Center will be officially dedicated by Robert Cresanti, President and CEO of the International Franchise Association, at 10:00 a.m.
Last year, UFG’s CEO, Ray Titus, made a $1.5 million endowment to fund the Titus Center for Franchising, which enables the university’s business management students to elect a concentration in franchising. Students who are looking to one day own and operate their own business can be educated and trained in franchising and entrepreneurship at the Center, which is part of the university’s Rinker School of Business.
Veteran franchise practitioner and educator, Dr. John P. Hayes, will serve as director of the center and as a professor in the Rinker School of Business. Hayes is responsible for the development and implementation of the franchise curriculum. As the first of its kind in Florida, the Center’s academic coursework will include internship programs and training opportunities at UFG’s headquarters in West Palm Beach. UFG‘s 50,000 square foot headquarters includes mock stores where franchisees can train in real-life learning labs, gaining valuable experience about owning, operating, and working for a franchise business.
“The Titus Center for Franchising is an opportunity to help create future experts in the franchising industry,” said Titus. “Through this center, we’re passing valuable knowledge and experience on to the next generation of professional franchisees. I expect many graduates to eventually become employees in the UFG family of companies and even own their own franchise.”
UFG is a global leader in entrepreneurship, with over 1,400 franchise locations spanning 80 countries, including the brands Signarama, Jon Smith Subs, Fully Promoted, Transworld Business Associates, Experimac, Accurate Franchising, SuperGreen Solutions, Venture X and Paramount Tax. Titus has been interested in the franchise business since he was a child, and launched Signarama when he was 23. Franchising is truly a family business for Titus. His father began the Minuteman Press International Inc. franchise in 1972, and all three of Titus’ children work at UFG.
Palm Beach Atlantic University offers over 50 degree programs. The franchising concentration is part of the university’s Bachelor of Science in Management program.