Ken LeBlanc has successfully challenged an established industry, and selflessly shares his passion for helping others build a business through his activities with organizations such as the Canadian Youth Business Foundation. The President and CEO of PropertyGuys.com has been in the business of building his own business since his student days. Now, 20 years later, he has leveraged his drive and vision into the largest real estate marketing franchising network in Canada.
What inspired you to join the CFE program?
I chose the Certified Franchise Executive program to expand my knowledge in franchising, gain a respected certification, build a strong network, and lead with my company, PropertyGuys.com, with proven practices. It’s an opportunity to enhance my expertise and contribute to the success of the franchise industry.
What does having your CFE Designation mean to you?
The CFE program is important to me as it shows my commitment to professional growth in franchising. It’s about continuous learning, staying current, and improving skills. It’s more than a certification; it represents my passion, expertise, and dedication. I’m confident that the program opens doors for my company, increase my industry involvement, and valuable connections along the way.
What has been the most challenging part of obtaining your designation?
Balancing the CFE program with work, family, and personal commitments was challenging. It required time, energy, effective time management, discipline, and sacrifice. Despite the challenges, the journey was rewarding and worthwhile.
Do you have any advice for current CFE participants or those looking to get started?
Here are my top 5 pieces of advice for current or potential CFE participants:
Stay organized and set clear goals.
Put theory into practice with real-world experiences.
Keep up with industry trends and regulations.
Network actively within the franchise community.
Embrace lifelong learning even after the program. “The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” – B.B. King