By Ray Titus
The Challenge: Become a Better Person
Best Selling Author
Ray Titus is the CEO of United Franchise Group, a group of affiliated companies and brands. Mr. Titus is a life-long entrepreneur who began his career with his father, franchising legend Roy Titus, and went on to develop a group of successful brands and franchise development services. The company has over 1,600 franchisees in more than 80 countries with the brands: Franchise industry giant Signarama, the world’s largest sign franchise; Fully Promoted, a branded products & marketing services company; Transworld Business Advisors, the #1 ranked business brokerage franchise; Experimax, a retail store offering repairs and sales of pre-owned laptops, tablets and phones; Jon Smith Subs, a high quality sandwich dining experience; Venture X, a shared workspace and private membership office space for today’s innovative professionals and entrepreneurs; The Great Greek, a unique fast-casual franchise opportunity in the super-hot Mediterranean and Greek food category; Graze Craze, offering graze-style charcuterie boards and boxes for any event; ROI (Resource Operations International), the experts in outsourcing and consulting services for small and medium-sized businesses; Accurate Franchising Inc., the only franchise development consulting firm that actually operates its own franchise brands; and Network Lead Exchange, a first-of-its-kind online network of local business. Network Lead Exchange offers chapter members the flexibility and convenience of passing leads virtually, integrating networking into their daily routine.
In April of 2016, United Franchise Group and Ray Titus committed $1.5 million dollars toward the creation of the Titus Franchising Center at Palm Beach Atlantic University for students who aim to own and operate their own businesses through franchising.
United Franchise Group also offers a unique range of development services that assist other franchise companies from conception to international expansion. Among those, Franchise Real Estate, a full-service commercial real estate brokerage and consultant firm with a track record of delivering superior results. Accurate Franchising is the only known Franchise Consulting company that actually owns and operates franchise brands, with over 1,600+ locations in 80+ countries. As the world’s leading franchise consulting, development, sales & training company, AFI only accepts a limited number of clients per year, consulting in all areas of franchising.
Ray Titus has been honored for his leadership of United Franchise Group. In 2018, UFG was the recipient of the coveted President’s “E” Award for Exports. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition that any United States entity can receive for its significant contributions to the expansion of U.S. exports. In 2006, United Franchise Group’s Signarama brand, the world’s largest sign franchise, with 800 locations, became the first ever franchise to be recognized with the prestigious “E” Award. That same year, Ray was named Ernst & Young’s Florida Entrepreneur of the Year and the Counselor International Person of the Year. In 2008, he received the American Free Enterprise Medal from Palm Beach Atlantic University. In 2010, Ray was named to ASI’s Power 50 list, of the industry’s most influential people, and was honored with the Sun-Sentinel Excalibur Award. In 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014 he was named in Stiches magazine “Power 75” list of most influential people. Ray is an accomplished speaker and has delivered several keynote addresses for other franchises and spoke at the 2015 World Leaders Conference. He has been published in a book entitled, “Inside the Minds: Buying a Franchise” and contributed to the book “12 Amazing Franchise Opportunities for 2015.”
Ray and United Franchise Group believe corporate philanthropy and community involvement are important elements to a well-rounded business. The company and employees actively support charitable organizations and professional associations both locally and globally through donations of time, talent, and monetary contributions. Organizations include: Palm Beach Atlantic University through the J.J.’s Entrepreneurs Academy, LifeNet4Families, Junior Achievement, Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches and the International Franchise Association.
Ray attended St. John Fisher and Florida Southern College on basketball scholarships. A 25-year resident of Palm Beach County, he resides in West Palm Beach with his wife Andrea and their three sons, A.J. and his wife Laura, Austin and his wife Allie, and Andrew.