Kit is a marketing specialist with over 20 years of experience from the ground up. His resume includes corporations such as Hillenbrand Industries, Service Corp. International and Infinity Broadcasting, showing his experience in advertising, financial services, and manufacturing.
Kit earned an MBA from The American Graduate School of International Management (a.k.a. Thunderbird) in 1994. His fields of study include International Marketing and the Spanish language. He has also completed business studies at the University of London in London, England and language studies in Antigua, Guatemala.
Kit’s entrepreneurial ventures and his experience working for Fortune 500 corporations have given him a unique perspective into the business world.
He is very active outside of work as a volunteer basketball coach for the YMCA, and the Den Leader, asst. Pack Master, and Committee Chair for Cub Scout Pack 847.
Kit is also the host of an industry specific podcast called The Franchise Manual Podcast. Using this vehicle, Kit is creating a resource library for start-up and emerging franchisors, to help them as they travel down the road of franchising. His podcast has been downloaded by listeners across the U.S., as well as 42 countries.
Gary is a Project Manager with FranMan. He has considerable experience in marketing, advertising, public relations, broadcasting, market research, website development, and graphic design. His work experience includes media research and development with Audience Research & Development, as well the position of Director of Marketing Technology for Pilgrim’s Pride where he was responsible for developing and managing their online marketing strategy as well as the creation and management of all of the websites, online newsletters and advertising.
With a diverse blend of experience and a BBA in Marketing from Texas Tech University, Gary makes him a valuable member of the FranMan team.
Rob Vinson is the principal of Vinson Franchise Law Firm in Incline Village, Nevada. He is a franchise lawyer who specializes in representing start-up franchisors and established franchisors all across the U.S. and internationally. His practice is limited to franchise law. Rob is a member of the Texas, California and Nevada bars. He is AV-rated in the Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory (reflecting “very high to preeminent legal ability and very high ethical standards”). Rob has been a member of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising since 1997.
Rob earned his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1987. He was a member of Strasburger & Price LLP law firm in Dallas, Texas from 1987 to 2001, working in diverse areas including litigation, international transactions, international mergers and acquisitions, corporate and franchising. In 1996, he began concentrating his practice on franchise law. He left the firm in 2001 as partner in the Franchise and Distribution Law Practice Group. In 2001, Rob moved to the Silicon Valley in California and began work as a sole practitioner, continuing to specialize in franchise law. In 2003, he moved his practice to Lake Tahoe, and formed Vinson Franchise Law Firm. Over the years, he has worked with Entrepreneur Franchise 100 franchisors, such as 7-Eleven and Coldwell Banker Real Estate, as well as Entrepreneur Franchise 500 franchisors, including Tutoring Club and Shake’s Frozen Custard.
Alicia’s responsibilities in the company include International Development and Spanish manual translation. Alicia earned an MBA from the University of Dallas in Dallas, Texas. She received her Bachelors of Business Administration from ITAM University in Mexico City, Mexico. Her major area of study was International Marketing. Alicia’s experience includes operations with the Mexico National Lottery Commission, public and private bilingual school teaching, and private management consulting in South America.
Yendy Khayat is a committed and ardent entrepreneur with experience in the hospitality industry. She is the Founder and Managing Director of ‘the Franchizery’, a franchise consulting firm, focused on attracting selected franchise concepts in designated sectors through value adding strategies and helping them expand their concepts into new territories. The firm works closely with investment groups and family offices to help them acquire successful concepts and diversify their portfolio of franchises. Yendy has been leading the firm and has been instrumental in setting up the vision, the mission and the general strategy. Yendy spent many years conducting independent consulting work for various parties and entities where most of her work was focused on the hospitality and real estate industries. Before, embarking on her consulting practice, Yendy worked for the Intercontinental Hotel Group.
Yendy graduated from Cesar Ritz Colleges, Switzerland with a Higher Diploma in Hotel Management and a B.A. in Hotel & Restaurant Administration from Washington State University, USA. Yendy completed her MBA from Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University and successfully concluded two Executive Programs from Cornell
University, USA, achieving a Certificate in Hotel Revenue Management and a Certificate in Hotel Real Estate Investment and Asset Management. Yendy is a Certified Franchise Broker (CFB), Florida, USA.
Yendy is a Lebanese and French citizen and is fluent in Arabic, French, English and has a working knowledge of Spanish.