Ryan’s passion for the franchise business model started with his first exposure at 8 years old. He has been a franchise supplier for almost a decade and is also a franchisee and franchisor. His knowledge in franchising combined with skills in sales, business development, b2b marketing, social media, podcasting, operational technology, recruiting, and uncanny ability to network and build relationships has helped all businesses he touches achieve explosive growth.
Upon graduating college he became a founding member of iConnect POS (now FranPOS) and grew the customer base to over 10,000 devices installed worldwide before exiting the business. Mr. Hicks consulted Solink Corporation on their go to market strategy in the franchise sector and helped gain significant distribution into major franchise brands, which helped the company raise over $20M in funding and become the market leader in their sector.
In 2018 Ryan joined Rallio as an equity partner and business development officer. The social media technology and services company experienced massive growth, landing on the Inc. 5000 in 2020 and getting named a top franchise marketing supplier by Entrepreneur Magazine 3 years in a row.
Ryan is the Founder and Executive Producer of Modrn Business Podcast, which has one of the largest franchise community audiences in the world— publishing over 215 episodes since January of 2018.
Amidst the COVID 19 pandemic, Mr. Hicks Co-Founded Safe From Spread Franchising after having been one of the first survivors of the virus in Texas. The brand has awarded 61 franchise territories in 11 states in just 8 months in its first year of franchising, and is focused on becoming the premier franchise brand in the sanitization and disinfecting category in the world.