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FRANCHISE SALES EXPERTS & FRANCHISING CONSULTANTS

In learning about Rhino7, you’ll begin to understand that once we commit to you and your business, we mean business. Whether you need à la carte services or comprehensive support, we become a seamless part of your team. Our team has more than 100 years of experience in franchise development, franchise sales, franchise operations and everything you need to help grow and operate your franchise. We believe accessibility and responsiveness are critical tenets to running a successful business – not just in the beginning but also throughout the life of a business relationship. We have an excellent reputation among the significant networks of franchise consultants and brokers – a reputation earned by doing our homework, providing excellent service, and working our hearts out for our franchisor clients.

OUR TEAM

Meet the most experienced franchise sales, franchise development and franchise consulting team in America.

Doug Schadle

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder

John J. Cohen, Jr.

President & Co-Founder

Rita Perkins de Groot

Operations Director

Jim Wollman

VP Franchise Development

Joe Schadle

VP Franchise Development

Madelynn Menke

Operations Assistant

Kristen Garman

Operations Assistant

Kevin Pelles

Consultant Relations Director

Kelly Pattillo

Director of Real Estate & Construction

Devin Papenheim

Construction Project Manager

Jeremy Siegel

Construction Project Manager

Kaleigh Kriegel

Construction Project Manager

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Matt Wagner

Franchise Development Manager

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Bryce Mc Glothlin

Franchise Development Manager

Terrance Roberts

Franchise Development Manager

Tom Moore

Franchise Development Manager

Scott Neilson

Franchise Development Manager

Angie Shaw

Franchise Development Manager

Max Schmitz

Franchise Development Manager

Frank Dunne

Franchise Development Manager

Randy Blue

Franchise Development Manager

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Laura Morales

Franchise Development Manager

We have an introductory call to get to know each other.

We call to review your Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD).

We visit you on-site to learn more about your business.

We decide to work together to grow your brand.

Steps for
Working Together

We have an introductory call to get to know each other.

We call to review your Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD).

We visit you on-site to learn more about your business.

We decide to work together to grow your brand.

BUILDING BLOCKS FOR SUCCESS

  • Rhino 7 serves as a consultant/advisor to Franchisor on all aspects of being Franchisor
  • FDD (Franchise Disclosure Document) development, enhancements & consulting
  • Strategy and creation of Franchise Sales and Franchise Marketing Systems
  • Build Educational Portal for prospects on Franchise (detailed website for prospects education only)
  • Handle closings of Approved Franchisees
  • Discovery Day & Virtual Discover Day coordination and implementation
  • Territory Mapping of every market in the USA
  • Real Estate site search and construction management solutions
  • Franchisor chart of Accounts for Bookkeeping System
  • Franchisee chart of Accounts System
  • Operations Manual implementation  
  • Software needs assistance
  • Ongoing consulting 

What Makes Us Different

At Rhino7, we become your strategic partner, working hard every day to deliver the best opportunity for you to grow and succeed.

To ensure a great partnership, we both perform extensive due diligence to ensure we’re a good fit to represent your brand.

We have a winning track record of taking on an extraordinarily complicated startup process and making it work for you.

We have a deep bench of nationwide connections throughout the franchise industry ready to help Rhino7 sell your franchise.

We’ve already learned all the pitfalls that come with growing a franchise so that you can avoid any costly mistakes and loss of time.

OUR BROCHURE

Take a deeper dive to learn how to take your existing or new franchising concept to market and set you up for your best chance at success.

Download Our Brochure

Take a deeper dive to learn how we can take your existing or new franchising concept to market and set you up for your best chance at success.

Doug has been in franchisor development and sales for more than 20 years. Having co-founded Rhino7 in 1999, he has an extensive background in:

  • Franchise brand infrastructure and development systems
  • Franchise consultant/broker lead development and cultivation
  • Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) assistance
  • Franchisor operational systems for franchisees
  • Franchisor growth strategies and territory development
  • Franchise sales systems and management
  • Creating franchisor brand growth

Doug graduated from Western Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering with a concentration in marketing. He grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and now resides in Cary, North Carolina. He is married to Kris Schadle and has two children, Joe and Alexandra (Alex).

In addition to starting several successful companies (including Rhino7), John has held top-level positions in franchise sales in large organizations. He has also been extensively involved in the training and John is a franchise industry veteran of more than 15 years. He has held positions ranging from entrepreneur to senior level executive, all of which has given him a unique insight and perspective in building, operating and growing successful brands. In 1999 he co-founded Rhino7 to assist franchise start-ups, as well as existing franchises, to develop and grow their brands.

In addition to starting several successful companies, John has held top-level positions in franchise sales in large organizations. He has also been extensively involved in the training and professional development of franchise consultants for more than 10 years.

Rita has been the Operations Director and Franchise Coordinator for Rhino7 for 20+ years. Her primary responsibility is to keep procedures and policies running smoothly for all aspects of the franchising process. She relates and works closely with franchisors, consultant networks, prospective franchisees, and the office staff to give them the support needed to make their experience with Rhino7 pleasant and productive.

Rita wears many hats while also handling IT support and accounts receivable/payable. She manages and creates territory mapping for franchisors to help them grow throughout the U.S.

Rita has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a master’s in Curriculum & Instruction. Before starting in the franchising industry, she was an elementary school teacher for 11 years. She enjoys travel, horseback riding, hiking, yoga, and spending time with her family and friends in her leisure time.

Jim is an expert in the small business franchising industry. In the last 28 years, he’s introduced and grown 14 different franchise brands & start-ups into national systems with 1,300+ new units coast-to-coast.

Jim has assisted small business owners in expanding their empires and diversifying their investments. When those business owners were ready to realize their salable assets, he’s coached them on how to sell & maximize their results. He has been involved in the sale of more than 300+ established small retail and hospitality businesses.

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Stout, with a degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management, Jim managed food & beverage operations and national account convention sales for Marriott Corp in the Mid-West and South-West region for 7 years.

Jim has a long-standing passion for helping entrepreneurs to build income and grow equity for their family’s future.

Born & raised in the Western Metro of the Twin Cities, Jim lives with his wife, Shelly, and their 4 kids in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

Joe has been working with Rhino 7 for years. Joe grew up in a franchise household where his father, Doug, was constantly working with him on the world of franchising.

Joe graduated from Western Carolina University, where he majored in Entrepreneurship. In his time away from the office, Joe lives in Raleigh, NC, where he enjoys anything to do with cars, playing adult league hockey, or Canadian fishing.

After working in various administrative positions, Madelynn joined Rhino 7 as part of the Operations team.  Originally born in Iowa, she moved to Texas at a young age. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

After graduating, Madelynn moved to North Carolina with Peaches, her rescue dog. She enjoys dance, painting, traveling, and going to thrift stores in her leisure time.

Kristen came to Rhino7 with a diverse background in sales, management, and animal handling. Originally from Maine, she graduated from St. Andrews University, located in Laurinburg, NC, with a B.A in Business Management. While new to the franchise industry, her work experience includes outside sales, dog training, marketing, transportation, and logistics. Notably, she is an Army veteran and loved living in South Korea during her service. 

 

As a single mother, Kristen spends her limited free time relaxing with her two tuxedo cats, Oliver and Ladybug. A nerd at heart, she loves sci-fi, fantasy, board games, and PC gaming. Kristen is very passionate about mental health awareness and is currently writing her memoir in an effort to help others who are struggling. She currently resides in Holly Springs, NC with her son, William. 

Kevin is starting his career in franchising after his recent graduation from The University of North Carolina Wilmington with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration/ Management and Leadership with an earned cum laude distinction. Because of his family background in management and franchising, Rhino 7 is the perfect home for Kevin to strive in the workforce. Kevin is originally from Tampa, FL but moved to North Carolina in 2007.

He recently rescued a kitten and a ball python, his only pets. Kevin loves to play video games outside of work and is an EDM DJ who plays dubstep music.

Kelly joined Rhino 7 after leading the Construction Department of one of the country’s fastest-growing franchises. Before joining the franchising industry, she served as a logistics officer in the US Army. Kelly holds dual master’s degrees in Forestry and Environmental Management.

She enjoys reading, outdoor fitness, traveling to new places, and puzzles of all sorts.

Devin joins Rhino7 with a background in commercial construction, where he worked with one of the Nation’s largest general contractors in a diverse client market. Devin graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Building Sciences specializing in construction management. While Attending App State, he helped the football team win four Sunbelt conference championships. Originally from Florida, he now resides in Raleigh, NC, where he enjoys being physically active outdoors and exploring with his rescue dog, Vail.

In 2014, Jeremy started commercial construction with a company whose projects ranged from restaurants to large-scale healthcare facilities. He continued working for this company for two years before venturing out on his own to focus on custom luxury residential homes. In 2011, he graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and now resides in Carmel, IN. When he isn’t hard at work or relaxing at home with his fiancé, Kenna, or their two dogs – Sawyer & Sully – Jeremy enjoys traveling abroad or just spending time outdoors, skiing, or hiking around the city.

Kaleigh joins Rhino7 with a background in construction project management in multiple disciplines, including project management experience with one of the nation’s top general contractors. Kaleigh completed her degree at Mississippi State University in Building Science and hoped to inspire young girls to pursue careers in construction. Kaleigh is a member of the Order of the Eastern Stars and the American Legion, in which she has held multiple executive positions. You can find Kaleigh training for her pilot’s license or hanging out with her Great Pyrenees named Grinchy in her free time.

Matthew has spent nearly a decade in the franchise industry, developing startup and legacy food and service-based brands, both domestically and internationally. His vast experience in development, real estate and operations on the franchisor and franchisee side allows him to truly understand the needs and wants of entrepreneurs. He has a passion for helping people make their business ownership dreams come true.  

 

Matthew resides in Central Pennsylvania along with his wife, four children and dog. He enjoys time with his family and sports.

Bryce brings several years of franchise industry & development experience to the Rhino7 team. He previously worked in franchisor operations & software support before his career as a Franchise Development Manager. This experience quickly developed Bryce’s passion for building strong relationships with aspiring entrepreneurs, guiding them towards the right opportunity to achieve success in business ownership through franchising opportunities. 

Bryce graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A in Economics, and currently resides in Charlotte, NC. Outside of work, Bryce can usually be found amongst friends, enjoying live music and concerts, or working on his golf game. He’s also an avid football, basketball, and baseball fan and loves to travel and visit family.  

Terrance brings several years of franchise development experience to the Rhino7 team. Before finding his passion of helping entrepreneurs find their dream through franchising, Terrance spent 10+ years in the non-profit sector. He was an Executive Director for two organizations. One of the organizations he helped build from the ground up.

Terrance graduated from Brockport State College, in Rochester, NY. When not in the office, Terrance can usually be found amongst friends and family in Buffalo, NY. Terrance is an avid Buffalo sports fan as well as a high school basketball coach. He has three children and two grand-children.

Tom brings a unique perspective to the franchise industry. He previously held CEO, COO, and other senior executive positions in marketing, sales, and finance. His specialty was to assist companies in turn-around situations or to help departments of companies increase overall productivity. His broad-based experiences helped him consistently create winning results.

He is also an experienced entrepreneur who launched and developed a variety of companies and partnerships. In fact, in addition to being a Development Manager for Storm Guard, he purchased 4 Storm Guard territories in the Denver area. As such, he has a good handle on the very profitable Storm Guard business model.

Some of Tom’s previous positions and experiences include:

  • President of CFS Financial Services, regional financial planning, and investment firm
  • COO of U.S. operations for Crown America Life Insurance Company
  • Founder and President of The Walden Institute, an executive management, consulting, and coaching company
  • Founder and President of Vequity Corporation, an Internet advertising company that utilized a Patent-Pending business model
  • Senior VP for Sonsio, Inc., the largest U.S. and Canadian Warranty Administration Company for Tires, Wheels, and Auto Repairs

As a seasoned executive, entrepreneur, and business coach, Tom can assist potential franchise business owners with the critical due diligence process related to starting a business and choosing the best fit for their talents, skills, and ambitions.

Tom is personable and straightforward, with a strong belief in exercising common sense. He genuinely enjoys helping people succeed and is committed to ensuring that a potential franchisee and a franchisor are excellent choices for each other – and that they will enjoy a long-term, profitable and fulfilling business relationship.

Tom lives in Denver and enjoys spending time with his wife, Kathy, and their large family. He is also actively engaged with his church, where he works extensively with young single adults.

Scott attended Brigham Young University (Business Department) on a football scholarship 1976-79.   He started his business career with a company called American International Marketing as a financial consultant.  He quickly realized that he was more comfortable working in the sales industry and moved to Phoenix, AZ, in 1984. There he began working as a Senior Account Manager for a direct mail franchise called American Advertising Distributors.  In 1991, he moved over to a different direct mail franchise called Money Mailer, where he won the National Trainer of the Year Award.  In March of 2000, he was introduced to Great Clips, the largest haircare brand globally, where he spent the last 18 years and was responsible for bringing over 350 new franchisees into the Great Clips system. All in all, he has been involved in the franchising industry for the past 34 years.

Scott has a great understanding of what elements make a good franchise opportunity and understand what “best practices” need to be implemented to navigate various pitfalls.

Scott has six children, 15 grandchildren, and is actively involved in church, currently working with about 280 single young adults.

Angie brings over 18 years of franchising experience to Rhino7. She has been a franchise owner helping coach and match individuals into business ownership. As VP of Sales, she has awarded over 200 franchises in the food, service, fitness, and beauty industries. Before franchising, she spent 18 years as a corporate leader in the Fashion Industries. She holds a BS Degree from The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC.
Angie lives in NY with her husband and teenage son. Our passions are skiing, golf, scouting, and many volunteer efforts through our church.

Born and raised in Northern Virginia, Max graduated from Virginia Tech and went into broadcast sales and management but was always an entrepreneur at heart. In 1997, he started a sales and marketing consultancy with clients ranging from top ten market radio broadcasting groups to 100 + location franchisors, ranging from restaurants to fitness and beauty. During that period, he also purchased and operated several franchises. Working both on the franchisor and franchisee side of business, he saw a need to be filled helping would be entrepreneurs realize their dreams of business ownership. So he started Smart Franchise Finders in 2011. Through Smart Franchise Finders, hundreds of entrepreneurs have discovered new opportunities, started new businesses, and achieved the dream of working for themselves.

Max has been an entrepreneur for 25 years and continues to enjoy helping entrepreneurs find the right business. He splits his time between the Annapolis, Maryland area and southern Florida, where he enjoys boating and the outdoors.  

Frank is a seasoned franchise veteran, with deep experience as a (1) franchise broker / matchmaker, (2) franchise development professional / recruiter, and (3) multi-unit franchisee. This 360 expertise helps him relate with candidate franchisees – who can benefit from his knowledge of all facets of becoming a franchisee and finding the right-fitting franchise. He has received training across many areas within the franchise industry, 

possesses an MBA, as well as a depth of professional expertise in sales and marketing.  

Randy has been in the franchise industry for 30 years now, responsible for all the key departments: Franchise Operations; Financial; Sales/Marketing at the center level; Real Estate; Business Management to franchisee’s profitability; and has spent the last 14 years handling franchise development (over 600+ franchise units awarded worldwide). This is his strong passion, and complete focus on the franchising model, from top-line revenue accountability to bottom-line success. What is most important to Randy, is the franchisee’s success, as he was also a franchisee at one time in his career. The franchise companies he has help grow through these years include: Sir Speedy, AlphaGraphics, Quiznos, Kahala Brands – 14 QSR brands, Mathnasium, and a few start-ups in recent years. His vast experience in International franchise expansion includes: Master and Area Development Agreements from minimum

20 units to well over 200+ in North and South America, the Far East, the Middle East, and Europe. In addition, single and multiple unit franchise plans domestically. His specialty and expertise the last 7 years is developing start-up and new, emerging franchise brands from ground zero to maturity. 

With over ten years’ experience with service-based businesses and start-ups, Laura is passionate about helping buyers find the right product for their needs. A true student of sales, she studies strategy and technique, and has coached many to become better sales people. She even enjoys cold-calling and prospecting!

 

A native of Guatemala City, she grew up in South Carolina. Laura has always enjoyed setting seemingly-impossible goals — and often reaching or exceeding them. Ten years after moving to America and learning English, she graduated top of her class at university and was valedictorian, a feat she attributes to the mental discipline honed by committing to volunteering hundreds of hours to charities while a struggling student. 

 

Her free time is spent learning, averaging fifty-two books per year. She lives with her family in Raleigh, NC and often travels to fun and exciting locales where her Wire Fox Terrier pup Jackie plays frisbee.

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