Marisa doesn’t just talk the talk; she walks the walk as well! Marisa is a seasoned franchise and business executive/entrepreneur with over 25 years of business experience in a variety of roles and different global business and franchise concepts. Marisa has an extensive background in management, sales, marketing, business development and virtually every aspect of operations. And it’s that experience that makes her uniquely qualified to guide you on choosing the ideal franchise for you!
Marisa’s initial franchise experience started with her owning and operating a The Body Shop franchise immediately after graduating from Ryerson University having completed her studies in Business Management. From there, Marisa launched a home-based gift shop and basket business shortly after her daughter was born and grew it from a concept into a million dollar business in the early ’90’s! Utilizing her experience, Marisa has worked with a diverse group of franchisors at a senior level to manage the support and growth of the franchisees. Some of the concepts she was involved with include Franchise Bancorp; Two Men and a Truck and Tutor Doctor. In between all of this, Marisa launched yet another franchise – U Weight Loss – and successfully ran this for 3 years before selling it for a substantial profit. Marisa was instrumental in building up every aspect of her businesses to ensure that each of them garnered top dollar.
Marisa’s diverse experience and entrepreneurial spirit gives her immediate credibility with both franchisors and franchisees alike – having worked in both roles herself. As VP of Operations for Tutor Doctor she wore many hats working with all divisions to assist the organization with its growth. From launching a team of field consultants to internal call centre and overseeing global and regional conferences, Marisa was immersed in all facets in the franchise industry. Marisa is a dynamic and charismatic leader who applies sound and practical business knowledge and experience in the areas of operations development, strategic business planning, roll-out strategies, P&L optimization, development strategies, sales, marketing, and franchisee support.
Marisa is a Certified Franchise Executive (C.F.E.) and demonstrates her commitment to lifelong learning and ongoing pursuit of franchising on a daily basis. As an independent consultant with The Franchise Consulting Company, Marisa uses her extensive franchising and business experience to help individuals evaluate different franchise opportunities across the globe. Marisa has traveled globally in supporting franchisees and the issues facing franchisees in making their franchise into a successful business and truly understands the diversity of individuals and cultures. For Marisa, it’s about listening and being able to provide learning and sound business practices. Marisa is grateful for the amazing experiences and people that she’s met through franchising and states: “I’ve been able to realize my dreams and helping others pursue theirs gives me the greatest pleasure”.
Marisa is a graduate of Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada where she lives with her husband and their dog and cat. They lead an active lifestyle that includes travel, family, cooking and renovating her “new” home.