Our Franchise Consultants & Franchise Lawyers

At FranSource, we are committed to providing the highest levels of franchise development assistance and support with honesty and integrity. Since 1997, our franchise consultants and franchise lawyers have assisted companies throughout the U.S. in developing and operating successful franchise companies. If you are considering franchising your business, we invite you to contact us to schedule a free consultation. In addition to sharing information about the franchise development process and our services, our franchise consultants and franchise lawyers can assist you in determining if franchising your business is the best method of expansion for your business.

Stephen Vandegrift

Co-Founder and President

Mr. Vandegrift has more than 25 years experience in franchising. Having operated businesses early in his career as both a franchisor and franchisee, the advice and guidance he provides clients comes from practical real-world experience. For startup franchisors, Mr. Vandegrift’s comprehensive understanding of the franchise relationship ensures that every aspect of the franchise operation is properly established. Working in conjunction with our senior franchise attorneys and consultants, he is personally involved in the development of each client’s franchise operation. Mr. Vandegrift also advises existing franchisors, providing advice and guidance that help them achieve higher levels of success, In this capacity, he has been responsible for generating millions of dollars in franchise fees, royalties and product sales for our clients.

Bob Scofield

Senior Advisor, Restaurant/Retail Operations & Training

Mr. Scofield is a veteran of the restaurant industry with over 30 years of hands-on experience in all phases of restaurant development and operations. In addition to personally developing over 15 restaurant concepts, he has advised and worked with many national chains, including General Mills, Marriott Corporation, TGI Fridays and Specialty Restaurant Corp. His expertise includes an emphasis on revenue building and cost controls through the use of proven technology systems. Bob’s understanding of every aspect of a food and beverage operation allows him to fully analyze our clients’ existing operation and provide valuable insights and suggestions that improve operational efficiencies. His experience and extensive knowledge enables FranSource to advise clients in developing successful franchise operations in the restaurant and food industry.

Ashley Dumont

Senior Advisor, Franchise Operations & Training

Ms. Dumont previously worked in the insurance and investment industries, managing actuarial projects and providing client support to national and international companies. In her position as an Actuarial Analyst at The Hartford and Charles Schwab, Ms. Dumont gained an intricate understanding of client service and project management best practices and their role in producing successful outcomes for clients. Ms. Dumont was previously employed by FranSource during her college years and was adept at mastering increasing responsibilities. Her talent and organization skills eventually led to Ms. Dumont serving as a project manager in the development of comprehensive franchise operations documentation and training programs for our clients. Ms. Dumont received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics & Statistics with a minor in Actuarial Science from Miami University (Ohio).

Joseph McClellan

Senior Consultant – Business Development

Mr. McClellan has played an integral role in franchising for more than 35 years. A former speaker for the IFA annual convention, Mr. McClellan is well known for his franchise sales seminars and training programs for franchisors and franchisees. His techniques in the art and science of franchise qualification and sales are used by many national franchise companies. Mr. McClellan has been instrumental in developing successful franchises in the restaurant, communication, entertainment, real estate, weight loss and residential service industries. Mr. McClellan’s extensive franchise knowledge and experience benefits all aspects of our clients’ franchise operations.

Scott Vandegrift

Senior Consultant – Retail/eCommerce

Mr. Vandegrift is a veteran of the retail and e-commerce industries with nearly 20 years experience in operations, customer service, project management, training and development, quality management, knowledge management and strategic development. As Senior Product Manager for an international retail clothing franchise, his responsibilities included developing solid technology and process road maps for various domains including customer service, operations, fulfillment, order management, payment processing and gift card solutions. Mr. Vandegrift utilizes project management best practices to build business cases around technology capital investments and is fluent in Agile project methodology. Mr. Vandegrift received his Bachelors in Business Management from Cedarville University and his MBA in Business Management and Change Leadership from Keller Graduate School of Management.

John Landolfi

Senior Consultant – Franchise Sales & Operations

Mr. Landolfi has more than 25 years of experience in consulting and management, with an extensive background in franchise sales and operations. For more than 18 years, Mr. Landolfi supported both the franchisor and franchisee sides of franchise operations through his role with Coverall Cleaning Concepts. In addition, based on his numerous awards and honors for establishing successful regional offices, Mr. Landolfi was the first Coverall employee to be awarded the opportunity to become a master franchisee. In this role, he was instrumental in creating hundreds of successful franchise owners through his innovative training programs, enhanced customer service techniques and development of new opportunities for franchisees. Mr. Landolfi received his B.S. degree from Montclair State University.

Keith Kanouse

Franchise Lawyer

Mr. Kanouse is an experienced franchise lawyer having specialized in the areas of franchise, business opportunity and distribution law for over 30 years. Mr. Kanouse received his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Management from Bradley University, magna cum laude and his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School, magna cum laude. Mr. Kanouse is a partner in the firm of Kanouse & Walker, P.A.. and a past member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers, as well as founding Chair of the AAFD’s Fair Franchising Standards Committee. He is also a founding member and a Past Chair of the Franchise Law Committee of The Florida Bar. Taking his experience as a franchise lawyer and his many years of providing franchise legal services, Mr. Kanouse has authored three books: Understanding a Franchise Offering Circular & Negotiating a Franchise Agreement; Negotiating a Business Lease; and Selecting the Best Entity to Own and Operate Your Business; and co-authored two others: Franchise Law and Practice; and Franchising 101.

Russell Kinsey

Franchise Lawyer

Russell Kinsey, principal of The Kinsey Law Office, is not a traditional franchise lawyer. He started his own law firm, The Kinsey Law Office, out of law school to work with entrepreneurs and emerging business owners navigating the corporate landscape while developing their businesses. Russell is a small business owner himself and understands the unique pressures of business ownership on a small business and has developed his practice to meet their needs. With a Master of Laws in Intellectual Property, Russell isn’t your typical franchise attorney either. Specializing in corporate, franchising, and trademark law, The Kinsey Law Office provides comprehensive franchise legal services and has worked with over 100 franchisors to develop their franchise concepts.

Scott Sandrock

Franchise Lawyer

Mr. Sandrock is an experienced franchise lawyer and has provided franchise legal services to franchisors and franchisees since 1978. A partner in the firm of Brennan, Manna & Diamond, LLC, Mr. Sandrock has acted as general counsel for retail and commercial nationwide franchise systems. He received his Juris Doctorate Degree with honors in law from The Ohio State University College of Law, and his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from The University of Notre Dame. Based on his extensive franchise and license experience, Mr. Sandrock has been selected as an arbitrator by the American Arbitration Association in franchise-related disputes. He is also admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Sandrock is a frequent lecturer and author on franchise and business opportunity issues.

Dennis Fox

Chief Counsel

Mr. Fox received his Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude from Walsh University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Akron School of Law. He was admitted to the Ohio State Bar in 1971 and has practiced corporate and business law for over 35 years. As a non-active Certified Public Accountant licensed with the State of Ohio, Mr. Fox brings an added level of competence to our clients. Mr. Fox is a member of the Ohio State and Stark County Bar Associations and a member of the Corporate Law Sections of the Ohio State and Stark County Bar Associations. His extensive business background and practical experience as a principal in Lesh, Casner & Miller, L.P.A. greatly enhance our ability to provide quality franchise legal services and sound business advice to clients.

Sharon L. Toerek

Intellectual Property Attorney

Ms. Toerek, principal of Toerek Law, focuses her legal practice on intellectual property law and advises our clients regarding trademark and copyright registrations, protection of trade secrets, and other intellectual property issues. Ms. Toerek’s experience in the areas of brand protection and trademarks extends to our clients in the retail, e-commerce, advertising, marketing, creative services, manufacturing and service industries throughout the United States and abroad. Ms. Toerek has chaired the Intellectual Property Section of the Cleveland Bar Association and has conducted numerous presentations on intellectual property law topics before the Cleveland Bar Association, American Advertising Federation (AAF) Cleveland, the Independent Practitioner’s Group, the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) Akron, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Cleveland, and the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Council of Small Enterprises (COSE).

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