Advisory Board

The RIFC Advisory Board is comprised of franchise industry leaders who provide strategic advice and support to the center. Board members exemplify and uphold the research and education mission of franchise pioneer and visionary William Rosenberg, Founder of Dunkin’ Donuts.

Name Position Company
Grant Benson, CFE Sr. Vice President Global Franchising and Business Development Dunkin' Brands  
Marc Blumenthal Founder and Executive Director Social Ventures Foundation
William "Bill" Edwards, CFE CEO and Global Advisor Edwards Global
Peter Holt CEO  The Joint Chiropractic
Bret Lowell Partner DLA Piper
Ned Lyerly  CEO CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc.
Ann Rosenberg President and Director William Rosenberg Family Foundation, Inc.
Michelle Monroe Rowan, CFE President and COO Franchise Business Review
Michael Seid Managing Director MSA Worldwide
Galen Welsch Co-Founder and CEO JIBU
Ann Marie Wemmlinger

Senior Vice President, U.S and Canada Topline Franchise Services and Support

Marriott International

Past Members

Name Position Company
William Rosenberg Founder Dunkin' Donuts
Ronald E. Harrison, CFE Senior Vice President (Retired) PepsiCo
Kevin Kearney Founder and President Kevinns LLC
Jim McKenna, CFE President McKenna Associates, Corp.
John Motta President Dunkin' Donuts Multi-Unit Franchisee
Yoshino Nakajima Founding President YN Global Inc.
Robert E. Naser Chairman Robert E. Naser Real Estate
Udo Schlentrich, PhD. Former Director Rosenberg International Franchise Center (RIFC)
Leonard Swartz, CFE

Past Chairman

IFA Educat

George Zografos CEO Z Donut Co.

Executive Board 

Name Position Company
Dr. Lucy Gilson  Dean Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics
Dr. E. Hachemi Aliouche  Director Rosenberg International Franchise Center, and Rosenberg Chair in Franchising