Robert Stidham is president of Franchise Dynamics, a full-service franchise sales outsourcing firm. Based in Chicago, Franchise Dynamics currently represents a number of emerging to large-sized franchisors in a wide variety of categories throughout the United States and worldwide.
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Mr. Stidham is an accomplished franchise sales and business development executive with a proven track record of increasing franchise units, revenue and profitability while gaining market share and expanding brand awareness for both new franchise concepts and established brands. He has held a variety of positions in the franchise industry in franchise development, operations, consulting and as a franchise company president. Mr. Stidham is active in the International Franchise Association (IFA), serving as a member of the International Committee (formerly Global Marketing Committee – GLOMAK) and Research Committee, having previously served as a member of the IFA Membership Committee.
Since 1992, he has been involved with over 2,000 franchised business start-ups, multi-unit, and area development agreements in over 45 countries. Mr. Stidham’s experience includes a variety of franchise categories including business and home services, and retail and food concepts for small franchisors and major companies such a MRI Worldwide, Dunhill Staffing Systems, Oberweis Ice Cream and Harris Research, Inc. (parent company of Chem-Dry and N-Hance Wood Renewal), a Home Depot company.
Mr. Stidham has attended DePaul University for his undergraduate studies and has completed graduate studies at Loyola University Chicago. He is active in the International Franchise Association (IFA), serving as a member of the International Committee, Research Committee and having previously served as a member of the IFA Membership Committee. He was a nominee for the 2013 Ernst and Young ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ (Midwest) Awards.
Mr. Stidham has written about various franchise topics for “Franchising World” magazine and has recently been interviewed for articles appearing in The Wall Street Journal, Franchise Times, Franchise Update and SUCCESS Magazine.