Experience Guides Franchisee in Rugged Northern Colorado

Doug Patterson’s franchising know-how is a culmination of many different experiences: from working on the franchisor side, to teaching the business at the college level, to being a board member with the International Franchise Association. Today, Patterson, with his business partner Cameron Stapleton, has become the largest Dunkin’ franchise group in Colorado, developing the northern…

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For this Florida Franchisee Success is All In The (Extended) Family

If there’s one thread that runs through John Griffey’s success story as a Dunkin’ franchisee, it is family—particularly if you include the extended family he’s developed during his two decades in the business. “It really is a family business,” says Griffey. “Myself and my wife Jean, Jim and Judy Yoakum, the Zepka family in Connecticut,…

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Take Care of the Business, and The Business Will Take Care of You

Neal Angelini reflects on his three decades as a franchisee The year was 1989. Microsoft released its Office suite for the first time, “The Simpsons” made its television debut, George Herbert Walker Bush was inaugurated as the 41st President of the United States and Neal Angelini entered the donut business. Born and raised in Connecticut,…

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Maryland Franchisee Recalls Her Path to Dunkin’ Ownership

As the spectacular tan and orange landscape, the clear blue water and the architectural magnificence of the Hoover Dam sprawled below her, Maria Icaza reflected on the relationships, connections, and commitment to hard work that brought her and her general manager Kaiesha Carter on a helicopter ride and, later that day, to a champagne dinner…

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Hard Work Helps Deo Braga Make Local Connections

For Deo Braga, coming to America meant a fast track to opportunity. As a teenager in the Azores, Braga yearned for more. While attending college and working with his father, Manuel Furtado Braga, he ran a local bar and grocery store the family owned. His uncle, Barry Furtado, was already living in America and running…

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Welcoming Dunkin’ to my Hometown

For seven generations, my family has lived in Evansville, Indiana. My great-great-great-grandfather came here from Ireland in 1828 to start a farm just a mile away from where I live today. He sought the wide open territory to begin life anew in a promising land. From this beginning, the Midwestern values of hard work, hospitality…

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Ed Wolak’s Successful 5-Decade Journey

Ed Wolak was a teen when his mom applied for a job at a Dunkin’ Donuts in Manchester, New Hampshire. “It was a new business to us. No one knew it was a chain,” says Wolak. His mom worked part-time at the location for a few years, and encouraged her daughter to apply. “My sister…

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Maryland Franchisee Made Dunkin’ His Home Port

There’s an old proverb that says, “Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors” – with the logical corollary being that rough going will surely forge good men of the sea. Such could be said for former Merchant Marine Todd LaLumiere, who after a rocky start and a series of subsequent obstacles along the way, has…

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