“I’ve always been drawn to companies that have the ability to reinvent themselves and remain relevant to the changing desires of today’s consumers. I feel that Planet Wings and its recent re-branding by founders…
Planet Wings Enterprises, engages Franchise Growth Solutions, LLC. – Leading Franchise Strategist Gary Occhiogrosso
For Immediate Release March 6th 2017 Contact Brittany Ambrosino (845) 344-8000 ext 25 [email protected]
The Middletown, NY based parent company of Planet Wings is pleased to name Franchise Growth Solutions, LLC. as its outsourced franchise development arm.
Gary Occhiogrosso Founder & Managing Partner of Franchise Growth Solutions said “I’ve always been drawn to companies that have the ability to reinvent themselves and remain relevant to the changing desires of today’s consumers. I feel that Planet Wings and its recent re-branding by founders Franco & Paula Fidanza is exactly the opportunity that we like to have in our Exclusive Membership Client Portfolio” said Occhiogrosso. “As a former franchisee and franchisor, I’ve had the unique experience to see the industry from all angles and I understand that a franchise is a true partnership between both parties. I am excited to offer that experience to a team that’s already committed to growth and has the experience and desire to achieve that goal.”
Occhiogrosso’s involvement in franchising began in 1984 when he left a decade-long career in radio to become a Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee. In addition to operating a successful store, Occhiogrosso created a wholesale baked goods division within his company which supplied donuts and other fresh-baked goods to over 80 point of sale accounts while concurrently serving on Dunkin’ Donuts’ franchisee advisory council and advertising committee. Occhiogrosso continued his involvement in franchising in 1989 by opening a gourmet confection and gift basket shop and working with the franchisor to develop additional units. He followed up its success in 1991 with GPM Consulting Inc., a New York-based franchise and brand development firm which successfully developed several national franchise brands including Ranch*1 – a chicken concept he helped grow into a 50-restaurant chain with commitments for an additional 200 units. In 2000 Occhiogrosso moved on to become president of Desert Moon Fresh Mexican Grille and then in 2009 as president of TRUFOODS, LLC a multi-brand franchisor. He exited that role in 2016 to launch Franchise Growth Solutions, LLC. a membership only Strategic Planning and Franchise Sales & Development firm. Occhiogrosso is also an Adjunct Instructor at New York University on the topic of Restaurant Concept Development, Entrepreneurship & Franchising, as well as the host of “The Small Business & Franchise Show” broadcast over New York City radio station; AM970.
Occhiogrosso isn’t the only enthusiastic party regarding this engagement: “One look at Gary’s resume and the work Franchise Growth Solutions has done proves Franchise Growth Solutions is perfect for this job,” said Franco Fidanza. “As we continue to grow through franchising and new corporate units, I’m sure that Gary’s industry knowledge and expertise will lend themselves to Planet Wings continued success.”
For more information please contact Brittany Ambrosino (845) 344-8000 ext 25 [email protected]