As the VP of Franchising and Business Development at WingsUp! Restaurants, Goran creates and leads the implementation of development strategies, goals, and tactics that result in the growth of existing franchise markets and entry into new and underdeveloped markets. With over 10 years of experience in this role, he has successfully recruited pools of qualified franchise candidates, provided critical input into the budget for the franchise development unit, and provided recommendations for prioritized new markets to target for growth.
Goran has a diverse educational background, with a diploma in Business Administration and Management from McMaster University and an Ontario Real Estate License from OREA. He also has over 12 years of experience in real estate and franchise development, site selection, and lease negotiation in the restaurant and food service industry. Goran possesses excellent interpersonal, communication, and negotiation skills and the ability to develop mutually beneficial internal and external relationships. His mission is to promote the company and the franchise concept, and to support and empower the franchisees to achieve their goals.
What inspired you to join the CFE program?
CFE program gave me opportunity to strength my knowledge about franchise industry, from franchise low, operational part, marketing, finance, leadership and much more.
What does having your CFE Designation mean to you?
The biggest satisfactions was attending IFA and CFA conferences and network events, with the same minded people from all over the world, and learning about their success stories and challenges they are facing.
What has been the most challenging part of obtaining your designation?
If you enjoy what you do it is not hard, and I really didn’t notice anything hard during CFE journey.
Do you have any advice for current CFE participants or those looking to get started?
If you are in franchising and have a plan to be in franchise industry, I would recommend to anyone to go for CFE program.