Early on Mike saw the benefits of being in charge of your career and owning a business. He loves boating, and he understands the value and benefits of being the captain of your ship both on the water and in your career. His over 15 years of franchise development experience, 27 years of management experience, 35 years of sales experience, and 23 years of self-employment make him one knowledgeable skipper.
Mike’s hard work and determination was recognized early in his career when he was the youngest employee promoted to branch manager of a finance company. His drive and pursuit of excellence did not stop there. He went on to work for several franchisors in sales, management, and ownership roles. These experiences taught him a lot about what to look for in a franchisor in terms of training and support. Most recently Mike spent over ten years in franchise development for franchisors, setting numerous records and ultimately leading over 200 people to becoming franchisees. He enjoyed working with diverse candidates, young and old, who had different goals and levels of comfort with business ownership.
Choosing a new career in franchising can be intimidating, and because he was once a franchisee, Mike knows how to respond to concerns. Concerns are valid and real and he wants to ensure candidates make the best choice, one they will be happy with one, five, and ten plus years down the road. He also knows the thrill of owning a business, and he wants to harness that excitement and energy in his candidates to find a franchisor that fits their strengths, weaknesses, and preferences in order to set them on the best road to success.
As an independent consultant with FranChoice, Mike uses his widespread knowledge and experience to advise candidates on nationwide franchise opportunities. He resides in St. Louis, Missouri with his wife and son.
Mike is throwing you a lifeline. Join him as you navigate franchisor waters, and he will help you set sail on your lifelong dream of business ownership. You can reach Mike at MCarnahan@FranChoice.com or 636-294-9100.
Who We Are
Founded in 2000 by Jeff Elgin, FranChoice is the premier franchise consulting company in the United States. FranChoice matches would-be entrepreneurs with a franchise opportunity that best matches their needs, skills and interests. Our Mission Statement is “Helping People Realize Their Dreams” and our consultants are the best in the industry at helping people find the perfect business for them.
What we do
FranChoice helps people realize their dreams of business ownership. People come to us who are interested in becoming a franchise owner but don’t know where to start. Sometimes our candidates have tried to do their own research, and have become overwhelmed by it and are looking for expert guidance. There are thousands of franchise companies in existence and trying to find the perfect fit can be confusing and frustrating. That’s where our industry expert consultants come in.
How We Do It
We get to know our candidates and take them through a very thorough consultation process. Our consultants gain an in-depth understanding of the candidate’s goals for business ownership, their desired role in the business and all kinds of details relating to the characteristics the business must have to meet their needs.