About Michelle Rowan

Michelle is the president of FBR, vice chair of the International Franchise Association Women's Franchise Committee, and a Certified Franchise Executive. She has facilitated CEO Performance Groups and Executive Networking Groups and is also a mentor of UNH college students. When she is not at work she is usually reading, playing outside, or hanging out with her husband and daughter.
30 04, 2019

The Gender Pay Gap Is Real

FBR’s newly released Franchising@WORK study found that franchise salaries for women are lower than men, especially at the mid-level management and C-Suite levels. The question is why? FBR’s president Michelle Rowan explores some theories that may be contributing factors.

8 03, 2019

Be Notorious: What We Can All Learn from RBG on International Women’s Day

Celebrate International Women's Day with three simple, yet profound ideas gleaned from the legendary Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Franchise Business Review's President and COO, Michelle Rowan, explores lessons learned from the feminist icon, the value of women in her personal life and their role in the industry.

16 01, 2019

5 Tips to Make the Most of the IFA Convention

The International Franchise Association’s (IFA) Convention is THE franchising event of the year. FBR's President, Michelle Rowan, share a few tips she's picked up over the years for making the most of your time there - no matter if you're a seasoned veteran or first time attendee.

2 11, 2018

eBook: The CEO’s Guide to Creating and Maintaining a Positive Culture in Franchising

Despite it's critical importance, culture is frequently overlooked by leadership. This eBook examines the three foundational components of a positive franchise culture—and provides practical advice for franchise leadership teams for creating and maintaining a culture that leads to greater productivity and profitability.

11 10, 2018

6 Simple Things You Can Do to Build Employee Engagement

To retain your top employees - and attract the best new employees - leaders and managers need to set the expectation that meeting the needs of staff, developing their potential, and creating a environment that emphasizes passion and teamwork is of the utmost priority. Fortunately, it’s not hard! These six simple ideas can help you show your employees you care, and increase their enthusiasm and engagement.

13 08, 2018

Development Drought? Tap into a New Well of Qualified Leads

Unemployment rates have dipped to some of the lowest we’ve seen in nearly two decades, which means the stream of franchise candidate leads is slowing to a trickle at the same time many brands are hoping to accelerate development to keep up with customer demand. With franchisors all competing for a limited number of candidates, development teams need to get creative to find new leads. Try some of these out-of-the-box ideas.

27 07, 2018

Franchise Culture as a Foundation for Success

Franchise culture NEEDS to be an operational priority - starting with leadership, but really for everyone in your organization. The challenge is knowing where to start. Join FBR at the IFA Operations Seminar in Tampa this fall to learn the secrets of creating a winning culture from leading franchisors.

3 07, 2018

5 Things You Need to Know When Planning a Survey

Whether this is your first time reaching out to formally measure franchisee satisfaction and feedback, or you’re planning for your annual survey already in place, there are a few simple must-know rules of thumb to help maximize participation and make the most of the data you collect.

31 05, 2018

What All Franchise Brands Can Learn From Food

Perhaps no other franchising sector is as competitive and battle-tested as food. Every year, we release our annual report on the top food franchises based on franchisee satisfaction. The brands in this report have maintained double-digit growth and high franchisee satisfaction through some of the toughest years in franchising history. Franchisors from all types of sectors can learn a lot from what these brands do (and don’t do) to be successful.

3 04, 2018

Development and Operations. Better Together.

Just like peanut butter and jelly, Batman and Robin, yin and yang...operations and development are better together. When they join forces, deals close faster and revenue rises. Register for FBR's Performance Series to hear leading franchisors share practical ideas for achieving alignment between teams.