Mark Frank
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Human Resource Policy/Guideline
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Frank Apr 17, 2009.

Creative Compensation Programs (Bonus)
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Fast Casual
Consulting, Finding a Job, Franchising, Learning, Making Friends
Personal Quote
An enemy I had whose face I stoutly strove to know. For hard he dogged my steps unseen, wherever I did go. My plans he balked, my aims he foiled; he blocked my onward way. When for some lofty goal I toiled, he grimly said to me "Nay". One night I seized and held him fast, from him the veil did draw. I looked upon his face at last and lo – myself I saw.
Years in the Industry

Mark Frank's Blog

Circumstance has given us lemons, make lemonaid

These are the worst of times for most in our industry; I don’t have to tell anyone that. In the past several months I’ve seen a lot of negativity at a time when we should be experiencing the opposite in terms of outward expression of attitude. I wonder why and yet the answer is relatively clear, managers and owners are afraid. These are times, the likes of which most managers and restaurant operators have never seen and while I could rehash the news, which is mostly bad, you know it anyway;… Continue

Posted on April 1, 2009 at 6:54am — 4 Comments

I feel so sorry for this poor guy

A friend of mine told me a franchisee he knows recently opened a restaurant with 30 seats. This restaurant costs 450K and the owner’s rent is 8K per month. He asked me if I thought this restaurant, with an average per person ticket of $10 could survive? I unhesitatingly answered no.

One does not have to be a financial genius in understanding these numbers simply do not work and yet for some reason this franchisee, with more than likely the aggressive prodding of his franchisor, made… Continue

Posted on March 18, 2009 at 4:36pm — 4 Comments

More government the answer? I think not.

Perhaps it’s me, I understand there are those who will most certainly disagree, an opinion to which they have their right. Yesterday, I saw something that conjured in me the anger I feel as an American. While in route to the store I stopped at a traffic light and in front of me was a new Japanese SUV with a large American flag on the rear lift gate, a US Marine Corp bumper sticker and other pro American stickers on the rear window, including one sticker admonishing me to “buy locally”. I… Continue

Posted on March 12, 2009 at 8:10am — 10 Comments

Don't be stupid, they don't love you

A friend let me know that a mutual friend; someone we both know well, recently closed his franchise business. The particular friend and subject of this post cashed in his company profit sharing account with about 100K net (ten years of service with the company) and borrowed an additional 400K in opening his franchise two years ago. When all this was in the initial phase and only an idea this friend called and since this is the business I’m in asked “what should I do before entering into a… Continue

Posted on March 8, 2009 at 1:08pm — 2 Comments

Becoming a better me

Perhaps you remember the story of the person who goes to the doctor and the doctor upon his examination tells the patient he needs to lose weight, begin physical activity, stop smoking and change self destructive habits. The patient, upon leaving the office murmurs, “quack” and immediately finds another doctor.

There are many managers who in essence do the same thing. I speak from personal experience, in my early career I was like that, I worked hard, too hard, which is precisely the… Continue

Posted on March 1, 2009 at 6:42am

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At 11:48am on August 3, 2009,
Alyson Mar, RD
Hi Mark,

Thanks for the connection. I look forward to reading your blogs and your insights on here.

At 7:18pm on April 28, 2009, Bill Baumgartner said…
Hello Mark,

see my comment to the comment you made on the blog post,
"Management Challenges Become A Daily Routine."
At 6:35pm on April 8, 2009, Dave&Tammy said…
Thanks for the welcome Mark. We look forward to learning from you! Dave & Tammy
At 4:41am on March 30, 2009, Dani said…
Thanks for the great feedback, and thanks for reading!
At 8:23pm on March 24, 2009,
Elle Kunnos
Thank you for the welcome Mark-
best/ Kunnos
At 7:20pm on March 16, 2009,
Thank you for your comments.

At 2:02pm on March 6, 2009, Craig Priebe said…
Hi Mark
Today is the Deadline!
Here's an opportunity- won't take but a moment and it's fun...
- go here-
-and vote for #F06 Cherry Almond Truffles - vote only once and pass it on to all of your friends
I am a finalist in a big video recipe contest and I need your votes to win
deadline is Friday March 6
Craig Priebe
"Grilled Pizzas & Piadinas"
At 12:18pm on February 24, 2009,
Lawrin D. Rosen
Thanks Mark. Sorry it took me so long to 'enlist'. I was just going through all of my e mails for a house cleaning.
At 8:50am on January 4, 2009, Andy Swingley said…
Waiting for the next latest and greatest blog from you. Do you post anywhere else or have your own blog page?
At 4:45pm on December 19, 2008, Bill Baumgartner said…
Hi Mark,

I just wanted to send a quick note of thanks for adding me to your list of contacts.

I hope you have a peaceful and joyous Christmas Season.

Thank you again,

Hamilton, Ohio




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