Local team adds another layer of expertise and know-how
Jason Mann bought his first Planet Smoothie location in Central Florida in 1999. Today, he owns three stores and also serves as area developer for the region, which now has 63 locations.
He says Planet Smoothie was an easy choice when he was looking for a business to start. It requires few employees to run a location, and the work atmosphere is fun.
As an Area Developer, Mann operates in the space between Planet Smoothie franchise owners and the experienced team at Kahala Brands, Planet Smoothie’s corporate parent. Kahala’s deep expertise in everything from operations to marketing serves franchise owners well, and Mann says his team’s local presence allows them to leverage those tools even further.
“I am a hybrid between the franchisor and franchisee, so I act as a coach and an information broker, moving data back and forth among franchisees as they need support,” he explains. “My team and I work shoulder to shoulder with potential franchise owners from the first phone call for more information all the way through the investigative process, finding real estate, store development, grand opening and beyond. And when they are ready to retire and sell that asset, we will be there then as well!”
That means Planet Smoothie franchise owners in South Georgia and all across Florida can tap into their regional team for in-store operational support, intensive training for themselves as well as employees, marketing outreach that includes social-media campaigns and a continual online presence, and much more.
Meet the area development team for the state of Florida and South Georgia
Jason Mann is the President of Mann’s Diversified Industries, a 20 year Franchisee of Planet Smoothie currently operating 3 locations in Central Florida. Jason is also President of FSSG, Inc, a Franchise Area Representative for Planet Smoothie, with territories in Florida/South Georgia currently holding 63 locations. Jason and his team oversee all aspects of Franchisee sales and support for Franchisees in the territory. Jason currently serves as a senior advisor on the Franchise Advisory Board.
Edward Henke is the Regional Director of Operations for FSSG Inc. He has worked for Planet Smoothie since 2001. Ed has developed extensive knowledge of all aspects of support while acting as a multi-store manager in Oklahoma and then Florida, and as a Business Consultant at the corporate level. In his current position, Edward is the lead support person for the 50 stores in the Florida/South Georgia territories, handling all aspects of franchisee support and R&D functions.
Angie Holder is the General Manager of the Planet Smoothie Waterford Lakes location in Orlando, Florida. She has worked for the company since 2006, where she started as an Blend Tec. Angie is currently the General Manager at Waterford Lake Planet Smoothie, leading in system wide sales volume. Angie also acts as the lead Instore and store opening trainer, where she trains franchisees on all aspects of operations and direct training for all new locations in Florida and southern Georgia.
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