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Mike Ilitch Touched Lives with His Philanthropy

After Little Caesars co-founder (with wife Marian) and owner Mike Ilitch's death a week ago today, some lips have apparently been unsealed and stories of his philanthropic side have made their way into the press.

Multiunit Franchisee Atour Eyvazian Named Restaurant Association’s 2017 Convention Chairman

Jack int the Box multiunit franchise owner Atour EyvazianThe National Restaurant Association announced on Tuesday that it has appointed franchisee Atour Eyvazian as its Restaurant Hotel-Motel Show convention chairman for 2017. Eyvazian is a multiunit owner of 107 Jack in the Box restaurants in Houston and San Antonio.

Star Athletes Pursue Franchise Success

The franchising world has long taken notice that star athletes, both active and retired, have signed up as franchisees with various chains. A Black Enterprise article mentions a few well-known athlete franchisees, then focuses on Ricky Jean Francois of the Washington Redskins, beginning with what sparked his interest in franchising in the first place.

Early Pizza Hut Franchisee Howard Wilkins Jr. Dies

Howard Wilkins Jr., 78, who was part of a group of partners that owned 16 Pizza Hut franchised locations in the late '60s and who became the first president of the International Pizza Hut Franchisee Holders Association, passed away on Christmas Eve at his home in Palm Beach, Florida.

Former TGI Fridays Leader Richard Snead, 65, Dies

After battling cancer since at least 2009, Richard Snead, former Carlson Restaurants Worldwide president and CEO, passed away on December 23. At the time Snead was there, Carlson was the parent company of TGI Fridays.

Popeyes CEO Talks about How Being Sacked by KFC Made Her Wiser

A humble CEO describes the ugliest day in her career in the new book Earning It by Joann Lublin, management news editor for The Wall Street Journal. The CEO is Cheryl Bachelder of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, the darling of Wall Street and renown to this journal for her focus on serving franchisees, which includes measuring and lifting a franchise's store profits.

Freddy’s Co-Founder and CEO, Bill Simon, Dies of Cancer

Bill Simon, co-founder, CEO and president of Freddy's Frozen Custard and SteakburgersThe 61-year-old co-founder, president and chief executive officer of Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, William A. Simon, passed away Saturday, December 17 after a protracted battle with cancer. The company was not ready to announce his successor.

Eric Hilton, Former Vice Chairman of Hilton Hotels, Dead at 83

Eric Michael Hilton

Eric Michael Hilton, 83, retired vice chairman of Hilton Hotels Corporation, passed away early on Saturday, December 10, 2016, of natural causes at his home in Las Vegas.

McDonald's Franchisee Who Created Big Mac Dies

Jim Delligatti, 98, one of the first McDonald's franchisees, passed away on Monday, November 28, in Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh. Jim was the creator of the Big Mac. Why was it called the Big Mac? Because, said Jim, the Big Mc didn't seem right.

Ray & Joan: New Book about Ray Kroc and His Philanthropic Wife

Just at the time that many are discovering how fascinating a character Ray Kroc is through the new movie The Founder, a new book has been published. Ray & Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonald's Fortune and the Woman Who Gave It All Away, by Lisa Napoli, is receiving excellent reviews and widespread attention.