Who We Are

During the course of their careers, our franchise consultants have amassed significant experience in international markets outside of the United States.  These engagements typically fall into one of three different areas:

  • U.S. franchisors looking to expand in foreign markets.
  • Foreign franchisors looking to expand into the U.S.
  • Foreign franchisors looking to expand in their own surrounding markets

We bring a wealth of global experience and expertise to the table.

Bios of some of our internationally-experienced franchise consultants.

Mark Siebert, CEO of iFranchise Group, has personally assisted over 30 Fortune 1000 companies and over 200 start-up franchisors. Some of the more prominent companies he has helped include Ace Hardware, Amoco, Armstrong World Industries, Auntie Anne’s Soft Pretzels, Berlitz, BP Oil, Bridgestone/Firestone, Chevron, Circle K, Coldwell Banker, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Guinness, Hallmark, Horizon Pharmacies, IBM, John Deere, Lenscrafters, Line-X, Mobil Oil, National Easter Seals, Philips Van Heusen, Ryder Truck Rental, Shell Oil, Successories, and Texaco.

Mr. Siebert travels extensively to meet with companies considering franchising, and regularly conducts workshops and seminars on franchising in cities around the world. For more than two decades, Mr. Siebert has been actively involved in assisting U.S. franchisors in expanding abroad. His efforts have been responsible for the sale of numerous international licenses. He has also personally supervised the establishment of international consulting practices in Argentina, Chile, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Uruguay, Peru, and the Philippines.

Dave Hood, President of iFranchise Group, has held senior management and consulting positions within the franchising and retailing industries since 1988. Specializing in aggressive growth strategies and implementation, he is an expert in areas of franchise development and implementation, retail management, site selection, international business, and strategic planning.

Mr. Hood directed the franchised expansion of Auntie Anne’s Soft Pretzels, one of the fastest-growing and most highly regarded franchise systems throughout the 1990s. During his tenure at Auntie Anne’s, the company expanded from a start-up concept to an international system comprising 640 retail locations, 320 corporate employees, and systemwide sales of over $200 million. As Vice President of Franchise Development, and later President, Mr. Hood played a key role in the development and implementation of the company’s business development strategies in both the U.S. and international markets.

Mr. Hood has also consulted with a wide range of franchised and non-franchised organizations in the U.S. and abroad, including Armstrong World Industries, Allstate Insurance, Australia Post, Ryder Truck Rental, Bridgestone, Nestlé, El Pollo Loco, Einstein’s Bagels, Oreck, Culligan, Denny’s, the U.S. Navy, Häagen-Dazs, Subway, Cosi, Senior Helpers, Massage Envy, Twentieth Century Fox, and many others.

Jeff Abbott, Senior Consultant, iFranchise Group, has over 25 years of experience in franchising, and has served as an executive both for start-up franchisors and for some of the world’s largest and most successful franchisors. Focused in franchise strategy development, financial analysis, and management execution, Mr. Abbott’s consulting experience encompasses the restaurant, retail, and service segments of franchising.

Mr. Abbott has developed and implemented a new retail market positioning strategy for a multi-billion dollar company, originated the new store marketing and opening strategy, and a franchise inspection program for a new restaurant franchisor, and he has developed the successful franchise market penetration plan for an international firm’s initial entry into the United States market.

Charlie Weeks, Senior Consultant, International, iFranchise Group, provides international franchise and brand development project services for iFranchise Group clients.  With over 30+ years in international business management and development of global franchise systems, his career includes experience in the Restaurant, Foodservice and Franchising Sectors with significant U.S. and non-U.S. franchise systems, including Outback Steakhouse International (OSI Restaurant Partners, LLC), Pizza Hut Intl. (PepsiCo Foodservice International), Popeyes & Churchs (AFC Enterprises), A&W & Long John Silvers (acquired by YUM! Brands), and Europe’s Foster’s Hollywood Restaurants (now owned by the Zena Group, a YUM Brands Franchisee).

Mr. Weeks has lived and/or worked in 24 countries in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, the Americas, and Asia.  He has a long resume of speaking and teaching engagements for the IFA and has taught at the university level in both the U.S. and in Latin America.

Interested in finding out how iFranchise Group can help you with your international franchising efforts? Request more information about our international services or call us at 708-957-2300.