The United Franchise Group consists of a number of successful business-to-business brands and franchise development services. The company includes franchise industry giants Signarama, the world’s largest sign franchise; EmbroidMe, the world’s largest embroidery franchise; Plan Ahead Events, the world’s largest full-service management company, and Billboard Connection, the world’s largest out-of-home advertising franchise. UFG also offers a unique range of development services that assist other franchise companies from conception to international expansion.

 

Ray TitusRay Titus

CEO, United Franchise Group and Signarama Founder

Ray Titus, President of United Franchise Group and its affiliated companies is the son of franchise pioneer Roy Titus who along with Ray co-founded Signarama.

 

"JT" Jim Tatem

President

Jim is the President of Signarama. He is one of the company's first employees and started his company career by running the pilot Signarama store in 1986. Jim was instrumental in creating and running the early training classes, store set-ups, research and development and field support programs for Signarama. Over the years, Jim has managed several departments in the company and has been influential with the organization's global expansion and support programs. In addition to his active involvement in the International Franchise Association, Jim is a member of the International Sign Association, Digital Print Imaging Association, Rotary - West Palm Beach Chapter and is currently working on a book series titled "How To: Life".

 

David BaxterDavid Baxter

Chief Operating Officer

David is the Chief Operating Officer for United Franchise Group. He’s primarily responsible for establishing and implementing systems to execute the organization’s strategic plan. He develops goals and systems to track progress toward those goals. David is also instrumental in coaching staff to achieve their goals and serves as a thought partner with the brand Presidents and executives concerning operational efficiency and business opportunities. David’s background includes more than 30 years of experience in operations, sales and acquisitions from start-up companies to multi-million dollar enterprises. He is a former business owner with proven successes in creating opportunities for revenue and corporate growth. David is originally from Rochester, NY and currently resides in South Florida.

 

Todd NewtonTodd Newton

Chief Financial Officer

David is the Chief Operating Officer for United Franchise Group. He’s primarily responsible for establishing and implementing systems to execute the organization’s strategic plan. He develops goals and systems to track progress toward those goals. David is also instrumental in coaching staff to achieve their goals and serves as a thought partner with the brand Presidents and executives concerning operational efficiency and business opportunities. David’s background includes more than 30 years of experience in operations, sales and acquisitions from start-up companies to multi-million dollar enterprises. He is a former business owner with proven successes in creating opportunities for revenue and corporate growth. David is originally from Rochester, NY and currently resides in South Florida.

 

David CaryDavid Cary

General Counsel

Dave is General Counsel for United Franchise Group, where he handles all legal matters for the companies of United Franchise Group. Prior to joining the company in 2001, Dave worked for 19 years in a Detroit law firm as an associate and then partner. He also worked as legal counsel and chief assistant to the Lee County (FL) Tax Collector for four years. Dave is a member of the Board of Directors and Secretary for Franchisors Association of Florida. He holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan.

 

Tony FoleyTony Foley

Vice President of Global Sales

Tony is President of World Franchisor an affiliated brand of United Franchise Group. He assists franchise organizations effectively penetrate global markets. Tony started with the company in 1987 and has had a number of roles prior to his position with World Franchisor. In addition to being honored by UFG with the prestigious “Rock” award for exemplary service, Tony has been awarded Certified Franchise Executive status by the International Franchise Association. He has a degree in Business Administration from the University of Miami.

 

Paul GranaroliPaul Granaroli

Vice President of Operations

Paul Granaroli is the Vice President of Operations at Signarama Corporate. He has been in the Sign Industry since 1989 and has worked in all facets of the Sign Industry from fabrication and installation to sales and marketing. Paul started working for Signarama in 1992 as a Field Support Representative. Since then he has held the positions of Training Instructor, Director of Training and Vendor & Operations Director. Paul currently oversees all of the Training, Operations and Support for the company.

 

Erin CrawfordErin Crawford

Vice President of Marketing & Development

Erin Crawford a business development professional with experience in marketing, event planning, sales, public relations, and project management. She currently serves as the Director of Franchise Development at United Franchise Group and is responsible for the growth and development for Signarama, EmbroidMe, Billboard Connection, Plan Ahead Events, and Transworld Business Advisors. She develops and executes strategies for the domestic growth of franchise sales and seeks the highest level of new candidates to continuously strengthen and grow each brand with successful franchisees.

Prior to engaging her role at UFG in March of 2011, she worked in marketing, public relations, and business development. She played an integral role during the franchising process of an independent and successful start-up construction-based company in West Palm Beach, FL. Previous career experience also includes marketing for Chick-fil-A and business development for a local non-profit museum. Erin holds an MBA from the University of Florida and a Bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from Florida Atlantic University.