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National Franchise Sales

The industry leader in franchise business brokerage by successfully assisting franchisees and franchisors in the acquisition and sales of their businesses, since 1978.

Company Background
National Franchise Sales has become the industry leader in franchise business brokerage by successfully assisting franchisees and franchisors in the acquisition and sales of their businesses, since 1978. NFS has facilitated numerous transactions from the sale of a single unit franchise to multi-unit sales involving over 100 units.

Additionally, National Franchise Sales assists in the asset recovery of non or under performing franchise businesses in bankruptcy, foreclosure, or default.

The NFS offices are staffed with over 20 franchise industry professionals. NFS maintains a database of pre-screened qualified buyer?s for single unit purchases, and buyers seeking multiunit acquisitions.

National Franchise Sales has been selling franchises since 1978. During the past 20 + years we have sold hundreds of franchises for both franchisees and franchisors. Throughout the history of National Franchise Sales we have prided ourselves on our ability to accurately appraise the value of franchise units; attract , screen and interview qualified candidates; arrange adequate financing; adamantly adhere to the intricacies of state and federal franchise regulations; perform a "Review of Sale" to ensure that the proper information has been exchanged with all clients; and avail ourselves to the new franchisees and the franchisors for years after the successful conclusion of the transaction.

National Franchise Sales has achieved success over the years because of a strict commitment to focusing on two areas of franchising. These specialties include the transfer of existing franchise units for both franchisees and franchisors and the sale of the new franchise units. We estimate that there are currently 620,000 franchise units in the United States with a large number available for sale at any given time. Few franchisors or franchisees have formal exit programs or even want to deal with the re-sale of their existing franchises that are seeking buyers. Due to our success, National Franchise Sales has built a strong reputation in the franchise industry and has the opportunity to focus on the sale of franchised business opportunities.

Geographic Area Served
National Coverage with offices in
•Newport Beach, CA
•San Diego, CA
•Philadelphia, PA
•St. Petersburg, FL
•Walnut Creek, CA
•Asheville, NC
•St. Paul, MN
•Roseville, CA
•Dallas, TX

Company staff
Jerome J. Thissen President/Principal

Mr. Thissen, President and founder of National Franchise Sales, began his professional career with Northwest Airlines. From the position of staff accountant Mr. Thissen went on to become Manager of project accounting, Director of tariffs, Manager of cargo sales, Director of passenger and cargo sales and eventually Executive Vice President of Sales. Mr. Thissen’s goal was always to develop and manage his own business, so in 1976 Mr. Thissen left Northwest Airlines to acquire several fast food franchises. In doing so, he became acquainted with the intricacies of buying and selling franchises. Shortly thereafter, he was called upon to assist another prospective franchisee in a franchise purchase. This experience catapulted Jerry into the creation on National Franchise Sales in 1978. Over the past 30 years, Mr. Thissen and his staff of industry professionals have assisted in the transfer of hundreds of franchises for franchisees and franchisors. Mr. Thissen has provided Expert Witness testimony and is regarded as an industry leader in the highly specialized field of franchise marketing and resale’s.

In addition to assisting entrepreneurs find, negotiate, qualify and finance franchised business opportunities, Mr. Thissen has used his contacts within the franchise industry to acquire and invest in various franchised businesses.

Mr. Thissen has served lenders and investors as an advisor for transactions, including the acquisition of existing restaurant companies and the establishment of a master franchised business. Mr. Thissen is currently representing several franchisors and lenders in the sale of exiting restaurants.

Mr. Thissen holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Minnesota

Michael J. Ingram Vice President/Principal

Michael Ingram joined National Franchise Sales in 1997 and soon thereafter, became Vice President, and then a full Partner in 2003. During his tenure at NFS, Ingram has advised thousands of buyers and sellers on the resale of franchised businesses while gaining the utmost respect from franchisors across the country.

Michael has considerable experience in asset recovery sales through bankruptcy and foreclosure, helping creditors and franchisors to free themselves from under or non-performing loans or franchise agreements. His asset recovery work creates a solid base wherein a new franchisee can build a solid and successful business.

Prior to joining NFS, Ingram was a successful franchise operator, area developer and multi-unit franchisee of several franchised concepts including Sizzler Restaurants, Pick Up Stix and 1-800-RADIATOR. During this period he developed skills in negotiating leases, developing franchise locations & territories, along with acquisitions & divestitures.

Michael’s education at San Diego State University (with a B.S. degree in Business Management) along with his background and experience has made him a well known and respected professional in the franchise industry.

Michael is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute

Alan F. Gallup Principal

Alan Gallup began his franchise restaurant career in 1971 while attending college. In 1975, Alan bought his first franchise. Over the next few years, Alan acquired numerous additional franchised units, and ultimately became Vice President of Operations and a principal in Crocker’s Restaurants, Inc.

In 1979 Alan joined Galardi Group Inc., the parent company of Wienerschnitzel, Original Hamburger Stand, Chelsea’s Choice, and Dos Tacos. Alan held various positions with responsibilities for all company and franchise operations, R&D, Purchasing, Problem Resolution, and Franchise Sales.

Alan joined National Franchise Sales in 1994 and became full partner in 2003.

In addition to managing the franchise resales of several major food service brands, Alan has considerable experience in asset recovery sales through bankruptcy, foreclosure and receiverships.

Alan is a member of the International Business Brokers Association, a Director on the South County Bank Community Advisory Board, a member of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, California Receivers Forum, American Bankruptcy Institute and a Past President of the Saddleback College Foundation Board of Governors.

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