Rick Del Sontro

How to Avoid Four Common Mistakes: Franchising Advice from Rick Del Sontro

Rick Del Sontro offers expert advice on franchising, including what investors are looking for and common struggles to avoid in starting up a business. As founder of a company that was named to the Inc. 5000 List of the Fastest-Growing private companies for six consecutive years, Del Sontro knows what it takes to drive success.

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Rick Del Sontro grew Zippy Shell from a start-up concept to one of the fastest-growing moving and storage franchise businesses in the country. Zippy Shell was named to the Inc. 5000 List of Fastest-Growing private companies for six consecutive years. Del Sontro’s interest in franchising began during his time in executive roles at Century 21. Today, Del Sontro is CEO and Partner of ZGrowth Partners, a consulting firm that works with brands to build world-class franchise systems.

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Million Dollar Monday features real successful people with real useful advice for entrepreneurs and people with big dreams. This series is hosted by Greg Muzzillo who many years ago started his own company called Proforma with a small investment of $200 and a lot of big dreams. Thanks to solid advice from some real successful people, Proforma is now a $500 million leader in the printing and promotional products industry with over 600 franchise offices throughout North America. Today, Muzzillo’s big dream is to help aspiring business owners and sales professionals reach their big dreams.

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Greg Muzzillo started Proforma as an industry distributor in 1978. The company grew quickly and in the early 1980s Proforma was recognized for three consecutive years on Inc. magazine’s list of the 500 fastest-growing companies in North America. In the late 1980’s Proforma introduced its membership program to empower distributors to retain their business ownership and independence, and to share in sales and marketing resources, purchasing power with industry suppliers, one back office including all billing, accounting, vendor payments, cash flow, computer systems and more. Today Proforma has over 600 Members and is the $500 Million leader in the Promotional Products and Print Industry. Proforma’s record breaking success includes having 18 of its Affiliates named to Inc. Magazine’s 2020 list of the 5,000 fastest-growing companies and 193 Affiliates achieving its Million/Multi-Million Dollar Club with sales up to $38 million.