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Franchisees for all Global Franchise Group brands; Great American Cookies®, Pretzelmaker®, Marble Slab Creamery®, and Hot Dog on a Stick™ will receive real estate consulting and expertise from Andrew Margolick of ARM Consulting, LLC

ATLANTA – February 16, 2016 – Finding and negotiating the ideal location for your franchise can be intimidating, but Global Franchise Group™ (GFG), the strategic brand management company and franchisor of Great American Cookies®, Pretzelmaker®, Marble Slab Creamery® and Hot Dog on a Stick™, is helping franchisees by offering consulting from Andrew Margolick, a leading expert in lease/renewals for both mall and off-mall release estate.

“Global Franchise Group champions brands and the people who build them and we pride ourselves on offering our franchisees exceptional support and an unparalleled level of service for potential success,” said Tim Linderman, Chief Development Officer for GFG. “Andrew is a great asset to franchisees as they build their businesses. Based on his results and established contacts in commercial real estate, GFG offers Andrew’s consulting services to our franchisees.”

Unlike other franchisors, GFG will cover the cost for its existing and new franchisees to use Margolick to consult on business goals, review and tour potential markets and properties, prepare growth plans, set up broker networks, attend meetings with landlords, and negotiate lease renewals and extensions. Margolick is the president of ARM Consulting, LLC. He is a proven professional in the industry and has wide range of expertise from acquisition and ownership to tenant representation. He has worked on the real estate portfolios of many leading companies in the retail, grocery and restaurant sectors.

“Andrew helped me look at the fine print on my lease and negotiate the extra fees that can really add up,” said Andy Forman, a Marble Slab Creamery franchisee in Lubbock, Texas. “Thanks to Andrew, I knew I was communicating with the right people and I felt more powerful having him in my corner. He saved me time and made me feel confident during the process. Andrew will be an excellent asset to all GFG franchisees.”

“In engaging Andrew Margolick, GFG has gained not only a highly experienced and effective retail real estate professional, but also an individual capable of adding value for store operators, said David Hull, Senior Vice President of Leasing for Jones Lang LaSalle. “Having Andrew, who we have known for more than 15 years, tells me that GFG is serious about their franchisees’ needs. As landlords, we recognize and appreciate that.”

About Global Franchise Group, LLC Visit Global Franchise Group
Global Franchise Group, LLC is a strategic brand management company with a mission of championing franchise brands and the people who build them. The company owns a portfolio of franchise brands that includes five primary quick service restaurant (QSR) franchise concepts: Great American Cookies®, Hot Dog on a Stick™, Marble Slab Creamery®, MaggieMoo’s Ice Cream & Treatery®, and Pretzelmaker®. The brands are managed by GFG Management, LLC, a subsidiary of Global Franchise Group, LLC. Global Franchise Group, LLC is a portfolio company of Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, an independent investment firm, with approximately $7 billion of capital under management and substantial franchise management experience.

Annica Conrad

Annica Conrad
Chief Marketing Officer

Annica has more than 20 years of award-winning marketing experience and has been with GFG for 3 years. She joined the company from Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers where she was Vice President, Brand Development. In this role, Annica was responsible for the rebirth and growth in popularity of the 42-year-old eclectic brand through smart menu design and development, implementation of the Mellow Mushroom loyalty app and creation and rollout of its first online ordering system. Before her time with Mellow Mushroom, Annica was Vice President of Marketing for Mcalister’s Corporation and she spent the early part of her career at a prominent advertising agency in Mobile Alabama. She is graduate of Samford University in Birmingham where she earned her Bachelors in Marketing and MBA in Economics.

Sam Patterson
Chief Financial Officer

Patterson came to Global Franchise Group in April 2020 from FOCUS Brands where he served as Senior Vice President of Accounting. For the last eleven years, he was responsible for leading financials for Cinnabon, Carvel, Schlotzsky’s, Moe’s Southwest Grill, McAlister’s Deli, Auntie Anne’s and Jamba Juice. He directed the organization through the transfer and integration of all accounting back-office functions for Auntie Anne’s from Pennsylvania, McAlister’s Deli from Mississippi, and Jamba Juice from Texas to Atlanta and converted a brand-centric accounting structure into a shared services organization. Before his time with FOCUS, he was Senior Vice President & Corporate Controller for Movie Gallery/Hollywood Video (NASDAQ: MOVI & MVGR), Vice President and Corporate Controller for Republic National Cabinet Corporation, and Corporate Controller for Wolverine Tube, Inc. (NYSE: WLV). He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant, holds a master’s in business administration from Auburn University, and is a graduate of the University of Texas, Tyler.