John Francis

Strategic Operating Partner

  • 30+ years of senior-level management and operations experience, principally in the franchise industry
  • Various senior leadership and Vice President positions with his family business, The Barbers / Cost Cutters; Positions included international development, franchise sales, real estate, marketing, credit and strategy
  • Assisted with The Barbers NASDAQ qualifications and growth as publicly traded enterprise and eventual merger sale to Regis Corp
  • Area franchisee of PostNet in Minnesota and Wisconsin, including multi-unit franchisee operation
  • Active member of the IFA for many years, including serving two terms on the board of directors and various committees
  • Numerous awards during his career, including “Outstanding Achievement-Team Player” from PostNet in 2002,  Minneapolis Business Journal’s “40 under 40” in 2003, “Presidents Award” from the PostNet Franchise System for 2003 and 2005, and the “Leadership” Award from PostNet in 2006, IFA Franchisee of The Year in 2008
  • Serving on multiple boards of directors and advisory boards, primarily in franchise industry
  • Bachelor of Arts in business administration and finance, University of St. Thomas
  • Married with two daughters living in Saint Paul, Minnesota