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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. 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.


Meet the most experienced team of franchise experts in America.

Doug Schadle

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder

John J. Cohen, Jr.

President & Co-Founder

Rita Perkins de Groot

Operations Director

David Hines

Consultant Relations Manager

Jim Wollman

VP Franchise Development

Joe Schadle

VP Franchise Development

Donna Comeau

Operations Assistant

Madelynn Menke

Operations Assistant

Kevin Pelles

Consultant Relations Liaison

Kelly Pattillo

Director of Real Estate & Construction

Devin Papenheim

Construction Project Manager

Jeremy Siegel

Construction Project Manager

Kaleigh Kriegel

Construction Project Manager

Rich Clasby

Franchise Development Manager

Tom Moore

Franchise Development Manager

Kevin O’Neil

Franchise Development Manager

Scott Neilson

Franchise Development Manager

Angie Shaw

Franchise Development Manager

Max Schmitz

Franchise Development Manager

Frank Dunne

Franchise Development Manager

Bobby Ullman

Franchise Development Manager

Terrance Roberts

Franchise Development Manager

Stephanie Sumner

Marketing Director

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.


  • 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.


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.

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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.

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.

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 18 years since (YEAR). 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 supports Rhino7 as an Internet lead specialist, handling IT support and accounts receivable/payable. She also manages and creates territory mapping for franchisors to empower them with the optimum growth potential 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.

David has been doing Consultant Relations for Rhino7 since 2008. He works closely with franchise consultants and educates them on the franchise brands that Rhino7 represents. His relationship with the consultant community provides an avenue for franchise consultants to clearly understand the franchise systems, providing them with the information they need to share with their clients. His additional responsibilities include lead management, technology updates, and IT support.

David graduated from Western Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration & Law. He enjoys exercising, Duke basketball, recreational sports, and spending time with friends and family.

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.

Donna joins the Rhino7 team as the new Sales Support/Operations Assistant. Her Administrative background in the Financial, Software, and Research & Development industries, provided opportunities to sharpen her skills and knowledge by work closely with all branches of each business.

Being raised in a small family business, Donna knows the importance of customer service and support to her fellow co-workers, which she refers to as her “internal clients”.

Donna attended Northeastern University, Boston, and hopes to complete her degree over the next few years. She took time off from college to focus on being a full-time, working single mom.

Outside of work, Donna enjoys cooking, baking, gardening, bicycle riding and hopes to someday gather up the nerve to go up in a Hot Air Balloon. Now that she is an empty nester, Donna is looking forward to re-engaging in past hobbies, as well as start some new ones.

“Never put off what you can learn today, as you just might need it tomorrow” – dc

Madelynn is starting her career in franchising after working in various administrative positions. 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 ballet, listening to audiobooks, traveling, and going to thrift stores in her leisure time.

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 2004, 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.

Rich brings more than 30 years of franchise industry experience to Rhino7. He has served as a franchise owner, franchise executive, and Franchise Development Manager. He has grown his own franchises as well as helped others to grow their franchise brands. Rich enjoys helping others achieve success. “I find that celebrating others accomplishments makes me very happy”. A graduate of Cornell Universities’s School of Hotel Administration, Rich truly embodies its motto of “Life is Service”.

Rich lives in California with his wife where he enjoys traveling in his RV, hiking, swimming, and other fitness pursuits.

Rich volunteers at several local homeless shelters as well as a local animal rescue clinic.

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.

Kevin has over 20 years of experience in franchise sales.  He has sold over 300 hotel franchises for 15 different brands in 38 states.  As a franchise consultant, he helped connect entrepreneurs and investors to find the best franchise to meet their goals.  Kevin has owned two small businesses.  One as a franchisee and one as an independent.  Kevin has experience reviewing Franchise Disclosure Documents, determining feasibility, and vetting applicants for brands.

“I know what it’s like to change careers, start and run a small business, work commission only, obtain bank loans, hire and fire employees, review financials, buy and sell businesses, and I’ve lost sleep at night over all of the above.  I want to use my experience to help people own a business they can love or get rich owning.  Ideally, they do both.”

Kevin graduated from Tufts University with a BS in Civil Engineering and received his MBA in Finance from the University of Colorado, Boulder.  Kevin and his wife live in Charleston, SC, and are raising two teenage boys.  In his free time, he still enjoys playing hockey as well as traveling with his family.

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.  

Bobby has been in franchise development and sales for more than 15 years. Prior to that, he worked in financial services setting up businesses for brokerage firms, mutual funds and hedge funds. He has extensive experience in

· Business and franchise development

· Franchise consulting

· Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) assistance

· Franchise growth territory development

· Franchise sales

· Creating franchisor brand growth

Bobby graduated from the University of Cincinnati with an MBA. He spends his free time working on cars and playing music.

Stephanie comes to Rhino 7 with over 20 years of experience in the marketing field. She is a demonstrated results-oriented professional, capable of facilitating multiple projects in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment. Her background includes attaining and surpassing corporate goals by developing and monitoring various marketing strategies that align with established company objectives. She is an expert in preparing and delivering presentations, analyzing results, and influencing decisions. She gives outstanding customer service and has exemplary communication skills, with the ability to build strong working partnerships.

Stephanie has spent most of her career working with Fortune 500 Companies building relationships with several national brands over the years, including Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, Subway, and many more.

When she is not working, she likes to go to the beach and paddleboard. She is also an avid weightlifter and Crossfitter. She loves helping her local community with fundraisers and community projects. She is married and has two pre-teen children that keep her constantly on the go.

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