What: First program of its kind in Florida. Academic coursework to cover all aspects of franchising, an internship program and opportunities for job shadowing and training at United Franchise Group global headquarters located on Vista Parkway in West Palm Beach.
William M. B. Fleming, Jr, president of Palm Beach Atlantic University
How: $1.5 million commitment from Ray Titus and United Franchise Group (UFG)
When: Fall 2017
Where: Rinker School of Business at Palm Beach Atlantic
Why: Supports the entrepreneurial spirit of PBA and the emphasis on free enterprise. Coursework provides students an introduction to and training in franchising and a launching pad for careers in the industry.
Contact: Palm Beach Atlantic University (561) 803-2000
Ray Titus is the CEO of United Franchise Group and its affiliated companies. 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 1,400 franchisees in more than 80 countries with the brands: franchise industry giant Signarama, the world’s largest sign franchise; EmbroidMe, the world’s largest embroidery & promotional product franchise; SuperGreen Solutions, the one-stop shop for energy efficient products; Transworld Business Advisors, the #1 ranked business brokerage franchise; Experimac, a retail store offering repairs and sales of pre-owned Apple laptops, tablets and phones; Jon Smith Subs, a high quality sandwich dining experience; and Straetus, a home-based business opportunity in the highly lucrative accounts receivable management industry.
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. Franchise Real Estate provides integrated services, from strategic planning to financing to execution, that are creative, cost-effective and responsive to each client’s specific commercial real estate needs.
Ray Titus has been honored for his leadership of United Franchise Group. In 2007, he was awarded the President’s “E” Award from the U.S. Department of Commerce for export excellence, the first franchisor to ever receive that honor. 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 Stitches 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 Franchises” and contributed a chapter 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 Entrepreneur Business Plan Competition, the Young 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 Florida Southern University on a basketball scholarship. A 25 year resident of Palm Beach County, he resides in West Palm Beach with his wife Andrea and their three sons.