We help franchisors discover best fit supplier partners for their business & reduce their risk when doing so.
At Franchise Supplier Network, we help emerging, regional, and national franchise organizations discover and connect with the perfect supplier partners for their specific needs and goals. Using our 80 years of collective experience in franchising, and our highly cultivated knowledge base and expert network, we identify the “best fit” partners to drive enterprise value and business outcomes.
As your trusted advisors we can assist with supplier audits, recommendations, ideation sessions, and strategic guidance on effective implementation. We achieve this through our proven 4 step discovery and support process. The FSN Promise is aligned towards creating a better future for franchising, increased profitability and franchise business ownership.
Our services are forever free for franchisors because of our membership based model which gives proven franchise suppliers a dedicated platform to promote their services and contribute content and education within our community and media channels.
Ryan has served the franchise community as an accomplished supplier and trusted technology advisor for the past decade. His knowledge in franchising combined with skills in strategy, business development, marketing technology, operational technology, and uncanny ability to network and build relationships has helped organizations achieve explosive growth.
Upon graduating college Ryan became a founding member of iConnect POS (now FranPOS) and grew the customer base to over 10,000 locations worldwide. In 2018 Ryan joined Rallio as an equity partner and business development officer. The social media technology company has experienced massive growth with his leadership, landing on the Inc. 5000 list and being named a top franchise marketing supplier by Entrepreneur Magazine 5 years in a row.
Ryan is the Founder and Executive Producer of Modrn Business Podcast, which boasts one of the largest franchise community audiences in the world— publishing over 355 episodes since January of 2018.
Amidst the COVID 19 pandemic, Mr. Hicks invested in Safe From Spread Franchising which grew to over 30 franchise territories in 9 states before its merger with CPR Construction Cleaning USA. Ryan is a Certified Franchise Executive, a member of IFA’s FranPAC Task Force, and is on a mission as the Co Founder and Managing Director of FSN to unlock extreme value for franchisors and franchise suppliers looking to grow.
Zack Fishman is a life-long franchise geek who has been involved in the space since he could walk (literally). Ranging from franchise development to digital marketing to public relations, Zack has devoted his life and his young professional career to understanding all facets of the franchise industry. Currently, Zack is the Chief Growth Officer for Fishman PR, the world’s foremost PR firm specializing in franchising and Franchise Elevator, the world’s preeminent emerging brands PR firm. In his spare time, Zack is also the Co-Founder of Franchise YoungConference, the only conference servicing Millennial/Gen-Z franchise executives and is Co-Producer of Modrn Business Podcast, an award-winning podcast focusing on showing franchising’s most exciting entrepreneurs and intrapreneuers.
Brad Fishman is CEO of Fishman Public Relations, the premiere national agency specializing in PR and content marketing services for franchise brands. He also founded Franchise Elevator, a fast-growing specialty PR agency serving emerging franchise brands. On a global level, Brad also operates Fishman Canada, a PR firm providing lead generation and consumer PR for franchise brands in Canada, as well as co-founding Rev PR, a leading franchise PR firm in the United Kingdom. Brad has spent nearly 30 years helping hundreds of franchisors raise awareness of their brand among consumers and expand their franchise systems through lead generation PR and content marketing.
Outside of his day-to-day responsibilities, Brad also sits on the board of directors of many franchise organizations and franchise suppliers such as Franchise Payments Network, FranFund, myfrii, Tootl and previously served on the Board of Directors of FranChoice. Brad is the past chairman of the International Franchise Association’s Supplier Forum, a past member of the IFA’s board and executive board and serves on the IFA’s Membership Committee. Brad is also the co-founder of franchise conferences like Franchise Springboard, Franchise UnConference and Franchise SunConference.
In private practice since 1989, Lane Fisher currently represents more than 200 franchised brands in business transactions and complex franchise litigation. Lane is the Past Chairman of the International Franchise Association’s Supplier Forum, a past member of the IFA’s board/executive board and serves on the IFA’s Membership Committee.
Fisher is a frequent speaker at franchise conferences and has written extensively on many aspects of franchising. Fisher has been identified both as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer by Philadelphia Magazine and a Legal Eagle by Franchise Times for every consecutive year since 2004. Since 2010, Fisher has earned the distinction of “Awesome Attorney” in Suburban Life Magazine. FisherZucker was also designated awarded as a top franchise law firm servicing the Entrepreneur Franchise 500 from 2018-2022.
To give back to the franchising community, Fisher is also the co-founder of franchise conferences like Franchise Springboard, Franchise UnConference and Franchise SunConference.
Dean is a technology sales executive with over 20 years of experience providing platforms and solutions to businesses across all industries. Having transitioned into the world of franchising for the last 8 years, he brings his experience, and consultative sales approach to both emerging and established franchisors. Specific to franchising, Dean holds a CFE and lead both the sales and business development efforts for FranchiseBlast, before joining FranConnect. Dean’s experience as a sales professional in high-growth environments brings a refreshing and new take on technology in the franchising context. This applies not only to technology requirements, but to the implementation of software to help grow your business, optimize its operations, and identify key areas for franchisors to focus on as they expand and grow.
Based in Ottawa, Canada, Dean loves technology of all kinds. He enjoys seeing how a simple conversation can transform into a strong relationship. He likes the powerful and positive effect a “best of breed” solution can have on franchise businesses.