Franchise Leaders Launch Unique ‘ZorForum’ Franchisor Peer Network

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Exponential Shared Learning Platform for Modern Day Franchise Founders and CEOs

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ZorForum is my opportunity to give back to the franchising community that has afforded me so much, and I am looking forward to building a robust community that helps to guide the next generation of franchisors achieve personal and professional excellence.

ZorForum, the franchisor peer network designed to foster collaboration between entrepreneurs, has launched as a valuable new resource for executives of growing and established franchises to engage in peer sharing and networking.

ZorForum is the brainchild of Dave Pazgan, former President of 101 Mobility, a leading accessibility solutions franchise, and Founder and CEO of Thrive Brands, a franchising consultancy agency. What started as a monthly meeting of the minds in 2013, the final version of ZorForum took shape as the group grew and focused on the challenges and opportunities of its members.

“After building 101 Mobility to over 80 locations, I decided it was time to give back,” said Pazgan. “So, with the encouragement of my group members, I founded ZorForum, a community built specifically for franchisors and the unique challenges they face. I derived so much value from my participation in the group that I want to bring the platform to the franchisor community so that others can get the same benefit.”

The need for shared learning and leadership development among leaders of growing businesses is at an all-time high, and franchisors are particularly affected as they lead national organizations in a rapidly changing business environment.

Groups of up to 10 members meet virtually once a month for a half-day information sharing and networking forum that is overseen by the group’s Chair. The Chair for each group is an experienced franchise executive of an established franchisor and is responsible for recruiting, moderating and supporting their individual group. Members can also receive one-on-one coaching if required.

Omar Soliman, CEO and Co-Founder of one of the fastest-growing moving businesses in the United States, College HUNKS Hauling Junk & Moving, has been one of the biggest supporters of ZorForum since its inception, having found value and support in the forum himself.

“The forum has truly been a huge part of our success as a brand and a company,” says Soliman. “It’s also been instrumental to my growth as a leader, especially as someone involved in franchising. It’s always amazed me that something like this didn’t already exist because it’s much needed.”

While, conceptually, similar peer sharing groups are available for many industries, there was no equivalent for executives within franchising before ZorForum. Member-specific benefits like dedicated and moderated Slack channels for individual groups and access to a catalog of recommended franchising contacts and vendors help members ensure they’re on the right track with their franchise.

Unlike industry conferences that typically occur once a year, ZorForum enables emerging franchisors to regularly learn best practices and overcome their unique challenges in a confidential, accessible and supportive forum format.

As a result of his experience as a forum participant over the past seven years, Pazgan is confident in the initial and long-term value provided by ZorForum for the franchising community, and has his sights set on aggressive growth and expanded reach in the near future.

“I get a lot of calls from newer franchisors who are unsure of their position within the industry and how to best navigate it,” Pazgan says. “ZorForum is my opportunity to give back to the franchising community that has afforded me so much, and I am looking forward to building a robust community that helps to guide the next generation of franchisors achieve personal and professional excellence.”

Backed by a “love it or leave it” guarantee, membership starts at $495 per month, with no required long-term commitment.

For more information about ZorForum, please go to https://www.zorforum.org/.

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About ZorForum
Originally conceived as a meeting of the minds executive group in 2013, Dave Pazgan has turned ZorForum into a leading peer sharing and networking platform for executives of franchise businesses. Members are afforded unparalleled access to the best practices and the brightest minds within the franchising industry through regular meetings and dedicated communication platforms.

ZorForum currently has an active group of franchisor executives from across the United States and Puerto Rico enrolled in monthly virtual meetings. Through expansive recruitment efforts, ZorForum plans to expand to over 100 members by January 2021.

For more information about ZorForum, please go to https://www.zorforum.org/.

For information about becoming a member, please go to https://www.zorforum.org/become-a-member.

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