About Us

Meet The Team

William Loftus
Chairman, Co-CEO

William Loftus brings over 32 years of experience in executive management, operations, and the founding of advanced, innovative, software solution providers. He is a nationally recognized author, technologist, and entrepreneur.

Mr. Loftus is CEO and Managing Director of Gestalt Holdings, an angel investment firm. Recently, he was a Managing Director of Accenture, where he ran several diamond accounts, and focused on innovation. Prior to that, he was CEO of several startups, two of which he sold, and one he helped take public. He started his career working in R&D at Unisys on several contracts for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Mr. Loftus co-authored numerous papers, IEEE standards, and the best-selling textbook, Java Software Solutions, currently used in hundreds of universities worldwide to teach computer science using Java, and has been translated into Korean, Chinese, and Italian.

His distinctions include being named an IEEE Fellow, IEEE National Engineering Manager of the Year, Special Achievement Award from DARPA, E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year award, St. Thomas of Villanova Alumni Medal, Walter M. Aikman Entrepreneur of the Year, recognition by the City of Philadelphia as one of the “40 most accomplished individuals under 40 years old” in 1999, among many others. His academic achievements include a BS in Computer Science and an MS in Computer Science from Villanova University.

Ed Samane
Co-CEO and President

Ed Samane, serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in franchising and a strong background in sales, marketing, customer service management, operations, and business development.

He is recognized as an expert with a proven track record in planning, launching, and growing successful businesses and franchises nationally.

Coupled with exceptional relationship management skills, a solid background in core business functions including leadership, training and development, marketing/sales, customer service, operations, and project management, Samane is a dynamic leader and mentor who builds team cohesion and inspires individuals to strive toward higher levels of achievement.

Ed Samane is a self-confident, powerful strategist who is able to map creative business visions, transform and empower organizations with tools, technologies, and training to achieve a company’s overall objectives.

Stuart Barnes
Vice President of Operations

Stuart Barnes has over a decade of experience in building, managing and operating franchise systems. Prior to entering the franchise industry, he worked in financial services for both The Vanguard Group and Transamerica Corporation. His roles at Vanguard included managing institutional 401(k) relationships and developing new mutual funds for Vanguard investors. At Transamerica, he worked in Strategic Planning and Analysis as a manager responsible for researching and identifying new industries and markets for the firms distribution finance business.

Skilled in strategic analysis, team building and business operations, Stuart’s detail-oriented approach has helped him bring visions, both his own and those of others, to fruition. Stuart holds a BA in Political Science and Economics from Principia College and an MBA from The Kellogg School at Northwestern University.

Dan Brunell
Partner and Broker Mentor

Dan Brunell has over 30 years of talent acquisition experience. Serving in the front line to executive management roles in the staffing industry, Dan has worked in both public and private organizations in sales, operations, and administration. He is experienced in start-up and turnaround strategies and has started multiple businesses including two home care franchises. He is President of Dearborn West, LLC – a specialized consulting firm that recruits talent for top franchise systems throughout North America.

For almost two decades, Dan has been a leader in establishing best practices and ethical guidelines for the franchise brokerage industry. He has developed franchise broker training programs for multiple broker networks and has personally trained hundreds of brokers. He has authored books on brokering and franchise selection as well. Dan is passionate about matching talent to opportunities and ensuring that every franchise broker is equipped to excel in this exciting space.

Alec Elmore
Chief Technology Officer

Alec is the founder and President of OpenGate Consulting, a Philadelphia-based IT and Management Consulting firm. With twenty-plus years of hands-on experience in operational improvements, technology implementation, project management, and strategic planning, he is adept at working with diverse groups and leading executives through challenging change initiatives.

Prior to OpenGate, Alec was VP of Product Strategy for Prescient Systems, a supply chain software company. Alec also worked as a Manager for the Business Consulting practice of Arthur Andersen with a focus on ERP and Supply Chain. Alec is a graduate of Dickinson College.

Judimarie Thomas
Vice President of Marketing & Administration

Judimarie Thomas is a corporate communications & marketing communications executive, with over 20 years of experience, and a track record of success, mainly but not exclusively in the healthcare and financial services markets. Judimarie is passionate about and effective at collaborating with clients to tell their stories and to problem solve through communications & marketing strategies.
Judimarie served as Director of Communications at Independence Blue Cross from 2006 through 2018. Prior to that she was second vice president, corporate communications at Lincoln Financial Group. In each role she served as a guardian of the brand and as a trusted advisor and PR coach to the CEO and other C-Suite executives. Judimarie also worked as a consultant in a crisis communications firm in New York after earning her B.S in Communications from Rutgers University.

Doug Schadle
Franchising Advisor

Doug is the CEO of Rhino 7 Franchise development. He has successfully grown franchisors in many types of industries. He is an expert in franchise sales and working with franchise broker networks. He acts as a strategic advisor to FranSave, assuring that FranSave the company follows the best practices in franchise consulting and recruiting.

Thomas J. Kent, Jr.
Legal Advisor

Tom is a franchise law attorney at Saxton & Stump. Tom’s specialties include franchising, licensing, and distribution; mergers and acquisitions; and counseling U.S. and international franchise and distribution companies on matters including the implementation of growth and exit strategies, state and federal compliance matters, employment and tax matters, enforcement of franchise agreements. Tom has positioned growth oriented companies to franchise their concept; negotiated transactions in the areas of joint ventures, private placements, financing, mergers, and reorganization. Tom is also legal advisor to FranSave and insures that the company and its consultants follow the industry’s highest legal standards for franchise compliance.

Jason Henshaw
Director of Franchise Recruitment

Jason Henshaw is a certified franchise professional with experience in both franchise development and operational strategies. This multi-faceted background has enabled him to provide a unique philosophy on sales, marketing, customer service, and relationship management. His talents have been recognized by his peers and the industry alike with accolades from
Entrepreneur Magazine, Franchise Business Review, and The International Franchise Association.
His work has been instrumental in growing emerging and mature multi-billion dollar organizations. Where he has participated in building systems and teams, as well as the M&A process. For nearly 20 years, Jason has strived to grow both professionally and personally in order to provide his teams and clients with the best possible service and guidance available to them. Jason has built his career around relationships, and will always bring the highest level of integrity and experience to every brand we work with.

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