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ZorForum gains expertise of two franchising veterans


ZorForum gains expertise of two franchising veterans

The peer sharing and networking platform is bolstering its executive team

The peer sharing and networking platform is bolstering its executive team.

Originally launched to a wider audience back in July of this year, ZorForum is the brainchild of franchising veteran Dave Pazgan, and is designed to be used as a tool for the franchising community to connect, share ideas, and learn from each other’s experiences.

Now, the concept has announced that Graham Chapman of 919 Marketing and Stan Friedman of FRM Solutions and Sensible Franchising have joined as partners, bringing more than 50 years of experience to all ZorForum members.

“ZorForum is a great idea, but one that wouldn’t realize its potential without passionate people excited to spread the word,” said founder Dave Pazgan. “Graham and Stan immediately grasped ZorForum’s power and quickly made moves to build the positive momentum we need to achieve our ambitious goals. We’ve already hosted our first ZorForum meeting and expect to double the attendance at our next meeting later this month. With the three of us working together, I have no doubt ZorForum will quickly become the game-changer all emerging franchisors need to thrive.”

With ZorForum, groups of up to 10 members meet virtually once a month for a half-day information sharing session on the platform; overseen by that group’s specific chair.

The trio hosted the very first ZorForum virtual peer networking meeting on Wednesday, September 23. Designed as a forum-style franchisor peer network encouraging collaboration between entrepreneurs, each attendee had direct access to experienced franchise leaders – like keynote speaker Rebecca Monet of Zorakle Profiles – and other emerging franchisors contending with similar challenges.

“Every successful franchise CEO has a ‘circle of trust’ – the specific people they turn to when they have questions or just want to share ideas,” said Graham Chapman. “ZorForum helps emerging franchisors quickly add critical people to their circle of trust who know what it takes to succeed in the franchising world. I am proud to partner with Dave and Stan because I know all three of us share the same ultimate goal – to help as many entrepreneurs as possible master the franchise business model and get on the fast track to growth and prosperity.”

Backed by a ‘love it or leave it’ guarantee, membership starts at $495 per month, with no required long-term commitment. The organization has a goal to expand to over 100 members by January 2021.

“As soon as Dave began describing ZorForum to me, I could see the ‘a-ha’ magic of the concept – conference roundtables on steroids,” said Stan Friedman. “The best parts of any meeting or conference are the intimate conversations with industry experts and other executives in similar roles struggling with tough challenges. ZorForum offers emerging franchisors daily access to those conversations via dedicated Slack channels while also offering the valuable face-time we all crave with the monthly forum-style meetings. I’m honored to be a ZorForum partner and I’m excited for what’s to come.”

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