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Ray Titus

Ray Titus

CEO

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.

Tipton Shonkwiler

Tipton Shonkwiler

Accurate Franchising Inc. President & Managing Director of Consulting Division, UFG

Tipton Shonkwiler is the Brand President for Accurate Franchising and also the President UFG Consulting Division. Tipton has been with United Franchise Group for more than 20 years. He has been working in the franchise industry for the past 30 years and has served in various capacities including franchise development, sales and marketing, international master license sales, international brand development, along with having the direct responsibility for the day to day operations for several UFG brands throughout his career. Tipton is a Certified Franchise Executive within the International Franchise Association and holds a Franchise MBA from Nova Southeastern University. Originally from Ohio, Tipton now resides with his wife and 3 kids in Palm Beach County, FL.

MICHAEL WHITE

MICHAEL WHITE

Chief Development Officer

Michael’s passion for franchising and United Franchise Group began in 2000 while working as a marketing representative for a local Signarama franchise location. Since then, he has held a number of positions within the organization, from Regional Vice President to Director of Sales.

As the President of Venture X, Michael focuses on marketing and development efforts of the brand, domestically and internationally.A graduate of Furman University, Michael lives in North Carolina with his family of 5 and offices out of the Venture X in Durham.

Austin Titus

Austin Titus

President of Network Lead Exchange & Franvestco

It is fitting that Austin Titus has a passion for helping people achieve the American Dream since his family is steeped in a rich tradition of entrepreneurship. His grandfather, Roy Titus, was the founder of Minute Man Press and his father, Ray Titus founded Signarama and United Franchise Group (UFG), known as the global leader for entrepreneurs.

While attending Florida Atlantic University studying business, Austin gained hands on experience working for Signarama and Fully Promoted franchise owners. After college he began working at United Franchise Group headquarters in the Franchise Development department, eventually becoming director of the department and also Director of Broker Relations, positions he held for four years.

Austin’s experience in development was instrumental in the creation of United Franchise Group’s Emerging Brands division where he served as president and contributed to the growth of several brands, eventually leading to his appointment as President of Network Lead Exchange (NLX) in 2019.

His contributions to growth and dedication to the success of emerging brands culminated in his additional appointment in 2022 to FranVestCo, a franchise service that identifies and invests in promising new concepts. As President of FranVestCo, Austin is responsible for strategically identifying and cultivating top performing brands, influencing the future evolution of United Franchise Group.

Mike Landis

Mike Landis

Regional Vice President – AFI

Mike Landis is the Sales Support Coordinator for Accurate Franchising Inc. Previous to his current position with AFI, he worked with several of United Franchise Group’s Emerging Brands including Network Lead Exchange & Resource Operations International. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Florida Atlantic University. Mike is married to his wife, Brittany, and they currently reside in South, FL. He inherently understands that the franchisee is the single most valuable asset an organization can have, and is driven by the unrelenting pursuit of franchisee success & satisfaction.

JASON JACOBSON

JASON JACOBSON

Client Relationship Manager

Jason Jacobson has been with United Franchise Group since 2014 in a variety of capacities with the company, and most recently transitioned over to Accurate Franchising in early 2021. He is responsible for project managing the entire development process for our clients, to include Strategic Planning, legal document creation, operations assistance and Sales and Marketing. He takes great pride in helping our clients develop their businesses into a lucrative and profitable franchise concept. He is originally from Islip, NY and now lives locally in West Palm Beach, FL with his wife, Jill, daughter Emma, and twin sons Pearce and Dylan.
Greg Waidmann

Greg Waidmann

Client Relations Manager

Greg Waidmann has 3 years of experience with United Franchise Group.
He has worked with Preveer Business Consultants as Operations Advisor, and is now Client Relations Manager with Accurate Franchising Inc.
He is responsible for project managing the development process for clients, including strategic planning, FDD and Agreement creation, operations assistance as well as sales and marketing. Greg takes pride in getting to know his clients and their businesses, so he can deliver an exceptional and profitable experience. He is originally from Ohio and now lives in Boynton Beach Fl with his wife Valerie. He has 5 children, including 4 daughters and 1 son.

Nadeen Retzler

Nadeen Retzler

Sales Support Coordinator

Nadeen Retzler has been with United Franchise Group since 2008, with her career starting as the Director of First Impressions. Nadeen has held numerous positions at UFG including Communications Specialist, Franchise Development Representative, Executive Assistant and UFG Global Coordinator. She has been working with our Master License Partners around the world and takes great pride in assisting them with a “What Ever It Takes” attitude. Nadeen enjoys cruising and spending time with her family.
Chad Palmer

Chad Palmer

Vice President of Digital Marketing

Chad Palmer has been with United Franchise Group since 2018 and has held roles as VP of Digital Marketing and VP of Franchise Development. He brings to AFI over 20+ years of Digital Marketing expertise in both franchising and multi-location businesses. Often featured as a guest panelist or as a podcast guest speaking on the latest trends in marketing, Chad is regarded as an industry expert and is a valuable resource for AFI clients. He has a passion for helping entrepreneurs turn their dreams into reality. He also heads our Extended Support Program which is designed to give emerging brands the support they need most to succeed and grow.

Meagan Corey

Meagan Corey

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Meagan Corey began her career with United Franchise Group as the Director of First Impressions, starting her transition to Accurate Franchising Inc. in 2021. She is responsible for developing the marketing plan and collateral for each of our clients to advertise their unique franchise concept. She has an enthusiasm for design and helping our clients—and our brand—present themselves with passion. After attending Northern Vermont and Rockford Universities for Graphic Design & Marketing, Meagan moved from Connecticut to Port St. Lucie, FL.
Diego Verd

Diego Verd

AFI Sales & Marketing Representative

Diego Verd is the Sales & Marketing Representative for Accurate Franchising Inc and is also the Sales Representative for Latin American and the Caribbean. He has been with the company since 2018, with his career starting as a Franchise Development Representative. Diego is originally from the Dominican Republic and moved to West Palm Beach, FL to get his bachelor’s degree in Finance.

Lincoln Baker

Lincoln Baker

Development & Marketing Representative

Lincoln Baker is a Development & Marketing Representative for Accurate Franchising Inc. He started with United Franchise Group in 2021 as a Franchise Development Representative. Lincoln is originally from Kentucky. He has also lived in California and currently resides in South Florida. He is a graduate of the University of Florida where he majored in Political Science and minored in Communications Studies. Lincoln enjoys working with entrepreneurs who are looking to own their own business and do so through acquiring a proven franchise business model.

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Accurate Franchising consultants provide strategic planning, sales support/training, marketing, operations, legal, financing and real estate assistance – all designed to help business owners grow. To provide the personalized and time-intensive consultation required, Accurate Franchising currently limits the program to five clients at a time.