Our Members

Save Local Businesses is a coalition dedicated to protecting and strengthening all sectors of small business, in particular the franchise business model, which is now under attack by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), an unelected regulatory body of five Washington bureaucrats.


Dexter & Djenane Bartholomew

Holmdel, New Jersey
Golden Corral

The couple has been married for 17 years and sponsors several community youth organizations in New Jersey.

“We’re proud that our restaurants provide families a quality and economical dining experience while also spurring economic growth in their communities. If the NLRB expands the definition of joint employer, we would lose our autonomy and our ability to make decisions that are best for our business.”

Stephen Bienko

Fairfield, New Jersey
College Hunks Hauling Junk

Stephen is a multi-unit franchisee of College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving, with territory locations in New Jersey, Ohio, Tennessee and Florida. He currently employs more than 70 people year round, and more than 100 during peak season. Bienko concentrates on “career growth” hiring for those just completing high school, community college and four-year institutions.

“I am proud to be an entrepreneur and an active member of my community. Owning a local business has allowed me the opportunity to provide jobs and help stimulate the local economy.”

Herv Breault

Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Philly Pretzel Factory

Herv Breault is a co-owner of three Philly Pretzel Factory franchises in the Shippensburg and Lebanon, PA, areas and employs about 20 people.

“As a retired veteran, I know the importance of service. Owning my own small business is a great opportunity for those who have served to return to the civilian workforce, and I would hate to see it undermined by the NLRB.”

Lani Dolifka

Brighton, Colorado
Watermill Express

Lani Dolifka is the franchisor of Watermill Express and has operations in ten states.

“We provide our customers with an important service – and we also participate in the community by supplying water to local events. The joint employer issue is a concern.”

Steve Duprey

Concord, New Hampshire
Choice Hotels

Steve Duprey is the owner of The Duprey Companies, a group of companies engaged in real estate management, development and the hospitality business.  Among those companies are a Choice Hotels Comfort Inn, a Courtyard by Marriott, Marriott Residence Inn, and a Fairfield Inn by Marriott. His hotel companies employ more than 200 associates and have received numerous awards for service excellence and community leadership. Most recently his companies created and funded a job training program for newly resettled refugees from Nepal who have been relocated to central New Hampshire.

“This is not a partisan issue. It is practical matter about how local businesses work. I benefit from the brand name and marketing of a global brand and retain the power to still run my business the way I want. Changing joint employer would take away my independence.”

Clint Ehlers

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Clint Ehlers of Eagleville, PA employs 18 people at  two FASTSIGNS locations, which provide custom signs, banners, displays and other graphics to businesses and individuals.

“I bought a FASTSIGNS franchise so that I could run my own business, not so I could be part of someone else’s. It is a lot of work and responsibility but I am passionate about being a small business owner which allows me freedoms I would not have if I worked for someone else. Changing the joint employer standard would mean less independence and less control over the business that I have worked so hard to build.”

Mara Fortin

San Diego, California
Nothing Bundt Cakes

Mara was practicing law when she saw a new opportunity and pioneered the successful franchising of Nothing Bundt Cakes.

“I am proud to have been part of starting a successful franchise operation. From a legal, business and cultural perspective, the joint employer standard would be at odds with what it takes for these locally-owned businesses to thrive.

Mariana Huberman

Washington, DC
UPS Store

Mariana has been a business owner since 2005.  She is a mother and a businesswoman who strives to give excellent customer service to her community.

“Joint employer is a huge concern for franchisees like me.  Owning my UPS Store has allowed me to not only bring important services to my neighborhood, but also help others along the way.  It’s critical that the franchise business model is able to stay intact.”

Aslam Khan

Westlake, Texas
Falcon Holdings

Aslam Khan is the CEO of Falcon Holdings and operates stores of brands such as Church’s Chicken, Long John Silver’s and A&W.  He arrived in America in 1987 from rural Pakistan and started as a dishwasher. By 1999, he was CEO and owner of a 97-restaurant enterprise, which has now grown to more than 225 stores in 13 states.

“Being able to operate independently is essential to entrepreneurial success. If the joint employer standard the NLRB is contemplating had been in place I would never have been able to achieve what I have.”

Saunda Kitchen

Santa Rosa, California
Mr. Rooter

Saunda Kitchen is the owner of Mr. Rooter of Sonoma County.

“I have been an enthusiastic promoter of franchising. Eroding the independence I have in running my business will prove much harder to make decisions I need in order to succeed.”

Caroline Moore

Boise, Idaho
BrightStar Care

Caroline Moore had over 15 years in business experience prior to making the decision to own a franchise.  She wanted to make a difference in people’s lives and have professional independence in her own life.

“My staff and I firmly believe that our clients are not cases, but rather family.  After personally experiencing the challenges of finding a trustworthy homecare professional for loved ones, my  business partner, Jacqueline Kite-Powell, and I  knew that BrightStar Care was the right fit for us both to make a difference in the community and also achieve our professional goals.”

Gerald Moore

Greensboro, North Carolina
The Little Gym

Gerald Moore and his family own five The Little Gym franchises in North Raleigh, NC, Greensboro, NC, Knoxville, TN, Farragut, TN, and Mt. Pleasant, SC employing 60 employees.

“If the NLRB expands its definition of joint employer, our family business would no longer be ours; and the last 19 years we’ve spent building our business would be lost.”

Tabbassum Mumtaz

Dallas, Texas
Apex Brands

Tabbassum Mumtaz, owner of Apex Restaurants Management, Inc., is one of the largest Long John Silver’s and KFC and Taco Bell business operators in the country with 152 restaurants in six states.

“After nearly 20 years of being in the franchise business, I have come to appreciate the vital role each local franchise owner plays in making his or her business a success. I am an independent owner. We should not water down my role in my own business.”

Jack & Diane Nicol

Jupiter, Florida
BrightStar Care

Jack and Diane Nicole were recognized for their exceptional work at last year’s BrightStar Care national conference and received the company’s Clinical Excellence Award.

“We believe in the empowerment of franchising.  It has served as such a powerful tool for our family and countless others.  Joint employer threatens the business model that has helped us build successful careers for ourselves and our staff.”

John Noellert

Carson City, Nevada

John channeled a range of business experience and an entrepreneurial spirit into owning and operating FASTSIGNS locations in Nevada.

“To me, at best it [the expanded joint employer standard] would mean less control over my business; at worst it could mean being forced to close my shop, layoff my employees, and less economic activity in my community.”

Matthew Patinkin

Chicago, Illinois
Auntie Anne’s, Red Mango Frozen Yogurt and Jamba Juice

Matthew Patinkin is the co-founder of Double P Corporation which owns and operates Auntie Anne’s Pretzel, Red Mango Frozen Yogurt and Jamba Juice stories in eight states.

“Running a small business means having to make decisions all day long. If there’s confusion about who’s in charge, it creates enormous inefficiencies. It’s simply unworkable.”

John Sims

Richmond, Virginia
Rainbow Station

John Sims is the owner and operator of Rainbow Station at the Boulders, an early education center located in Richmond, Virginia.  He has more than 20 years experience managing recreational facilities and an education degree from Old Dominion University.

“To run a business effectively, you really need a good staff and to train and manage them well. If I knew I was not going to be able to manage my own staff, I might not have gone into business.”

Brooke & Les Wilson

Durham, North Carolina
Two Men and a Truck

Brooke and Les Wilson own seven Two Men and a Truck locations in Georgia, North Carolina, Maryland and Washington, DC.   As multi-unit franchisees for the nation’s largest and fastest-growing franchise moving company, Brooke and Les employ nearly 300 workers, contribute to various local charitable organizations and help more than 22,000 people safely transition to their new home or office each year.

“We take pride in our business. We’ve been able to do what we love and help countless numbers of people along the way. If the NLRB changes the definition of ‘joint employer,’ it will completely change the face of what we’ve worked so hard for.”

John Graham

Birmingham, Alabama
BrightStar Care

John is a former Army captain.  He left a successful pharmaceutical career to help patients in Central Alabama.

“As a veteran and a pharmaceutical professional, I know from personal experience  the challenges of caring for  a loved one who is ill.  I knew that I was called to serve others.  My business has provided my family with endless opportunities, I would really hate to see joint employer take those away.”

Barbara Craigie

Lewiston, Idaho
FASTSIGNS International

Barbara is proud of her successful business that she has worked hard to build and the opportunity to give back to her community.

“I am very concerned about losing control of the day-to-day operations of my business. I am also concerned that my 20-year franchise agreement will change from an opportunity to own my own business to becoming a manager who reports to a corporate entity.”

Tony Frazier

Los Angeles, California
Great American Chicken Corporation 

Tony Frazier is CEO of Great American Chicken Corporation which owns and operates KFC franchise locations across Los Angeles County. Serving our country first in the U.S. Army as an Airborne Ranger, his career  evolved into serving his community through restaurant ownership as a multi-unit KFC franchise owner of more than 70 locations.

“I previously worked on the corporate side of KFC corporation for 17 years, before deciding I wanted to be my own boss and own my own business. I am proud to have been part of a successful franchise operation which now allows me to give back to my community, locally and internationally. A new joint employer definition would mean l could lose the successful business I worked so hard to build.”

John “JD” Draper

Bay View, Michigan
Viridian Group LLC 

John “JD” Draper has over four decades of restaurant experience. Currently, JD is the CEO for Viridian Group LLC, a family owned business, as a multi-unit, multi-state Franchisee Group with Pie Five Pizza Company. Formerly the President of Operations for V&J Holding Companies Inc., one of the largest multi-unit franchise restaurant companies in the United States with over 90 million in sales annually as reported by GE Capital 2012 Chain Restaurant Industry Review.

“As a US Army veteran, business owner and as a restaurant franchisee owner/operator … there is NO ROOM in my business for the NLRB’s attempt to change the Joint Employer standard.”

Partner Organizations


  • Chris Goethe, Acworth, GA
  • Peter Fowler, Vancouver, WA
  • Jim Harris, Houston, TX
  • John Wood, Lexington, KY
  • Gil Ficke, Buena Park, CA
  • Max Soria, Boulder, CO
  • Frooq Shah, Dayton, OH
  • Marc McIntosh, Martinez, GA
  • Todd Peterson,San Jose, CA
  • Cris Digamo, Alexandria, VA
  • Don Larose, Duxbury, MA
  • Beverly Jackson, Manor, NY
  • Scott Thomas, Pensacola, FL
  • Ron Stilwell, Tempe, AZ
  • Jose Merille, Miami, FL
  • Rod Quick, Apopka, FL
  • Anton Werner, Miami, FL
  • Nick Fiello, San Bernadino, CA
  • David Gronewoller, Winston Salem, NC
  • Robert Danielson, Omaha, NE
  • Dean Evans, Chicago, IL
  • Even Kenville, Tempe, AZ
  • Bruce Evans, Las Vegas, NV
  • Tareq Hishmeh, Tucson, AZ
  • Steve Wazny, Fife, WA
  • Bill Pinter, Lincoln, NE
  • Ashley Vaughan, Altamonte Springs, FL
  • Dan Conger, Mission Viejo, CA
  • Marc Colletti, Milwaukee, WI
  • Janet Lee, Hastings, MN
  • Robert Kadnuck, Wheat Ridge, CO
  • Tony Garcia, AMarillo, TX
  • Alfred Robinson, Troy, MI
  • Brian McDonough, Tewksbury, MA
  • Jessica Spence, Glen Allen, OA
  • Darryl Benjamin, Abington, PA
  • Marti Hoffman, Ocoee, FL
  • Steve Hoffman, Ocoee, FL
  • Anthony Bilham, Agoura Hills, CA
  • Edd Davies, Sterling VA
  • Joanne Apeak, Doylestown, PA
  • Sandy Willes, San Jose, CA
  • Lisa Duvall-Allard, Roseville, CA
  • Cynthia Giammarinaro, San Diego, CA
  • Jaime Laurent, Long Beach, CA
  • John Klearman, Escondido, CA
  • Scott Yokley, Sugarland, TX
  • Roxanne Rapske, Carlsbad, CA
  • Kim Hicks, Knoxville, TN
  • Sharon Sylvie, Fort Collins, CO
  • Elanie Lopez, Denver, CO
  • Steve King, China, CA
  • Andrew Bleiman, Northbrook, IL
  • Doug Meyer, Duluth, GA
  • Daniel Ducharme, Detroit, MI
  • Edward Rothschild, Arvada, CO
  • Don DeSmith, Chelsea, MI
  • Eric Ersher, Southfield, MI
  • Meredith Bauer, Minneapolis, MN
  • Stacie Waller, Chagrin Falls, OH
  • Ciara Stockeland, Fargo, ND
  • Brent Tatum, Mt. Pleasant, SC
  • Kyle Roberts, Tampa, FL
  • Michael Nicholas, Plano, TX
  • Eric Stites, Kittery, ME
  • Tom Olesby, Dubuque, IA
  • Michael Barnett, Glen Allen, VA
  • Joe Bourdow, Sst. Petersburg, FL
  • David Schylling, College Park, MD
  • Stephani Kyle, Dallas, TX
  • Paul Segreto, Spring, TX
  • Debra Desrosiers, Auburn, NH
  • Ron Booker, Charlotte, NC
  • Eric Silver, Haltom City, TX
  • Chris Kincade, Nashville, TN
  • Lori High, West Simsbury, CT
  • Kathleen Schneider, Fullerton, CA
  • Ricardo L. Rivera-Bada, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
  • Ann Lilly, Denver, CO
  • Tripp Singer, New York, NY
  • Christiana Logansmith, Millersville, MD
  • Hiawatha Colbert, New York, NY
  • Cheri McEssy, Chicago, IL
  • Jim Flickinger, Wheaton, IL
  • Tristan Kinsley, Nashville, TN
  • John Moore, Kansas City, MO
  • Jeffrey Oddo, Lenexa, KS
  • Colleen Peterson, Bend, OR
  • John Randall, Washington, DC
  • Jania Bailey, Louisville, KY
  • Robert Evans, Slc, UT
  • Wayne Brodnan, Mentor, OH
  • George Eldridge, Washington, DC
  • Martin K Gerbman, Clinton, TN
  • Michelle Haubrich, Hastings, MN
  • Emil Ranakusuma, Annandale, VA
  • Gisela De Armas-Ramirez, Miami, FL
  • Daniel Mormino, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Gary Wolfe, Irvine, CA
  • Aaron Culver, Issaquah, WA
  • Mark Daly, Hastings, MN
  • Jeff Freeman, Portland, OR
  • Danessa Itaya, Alpharetta, GA
  • Michael Seid, West Hartford, CT
  • Ray Jackson, Greenwood, IN
  • Stacy Swift, Denver, CO
  • Kristine Fisher, Highlands Ranch, CO
  • Dave Buzza, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Russ Knopp, Traverse City, MI
  • Mark Cory, Grosse Pointe, MI
  • Amit Mehta, Elmhurst, IL
  • Olga Fraga, Tamarac, FL
  • John Bowen, Mission Viejo, CA
  • Kyle Fowler, West Sacramento, CA
  • Jeremy LaDuque, San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Leonard Fisher, Canfield, OH
  • Gary Rideout, Cottonwood, AZ
  • Gary Price, Dallas, TX
  • Gary Gardner, San Jose, CA
  • John Santaniello, Las Vegas, NV
  • Daniel Fry, Conway, AR
  • Wilson Black, Allentown, PA
  • Steve Buch, Yardley, PA
  • John Francis, Saint Paul, MN
  • John Driedger, Lauderdale by the Sea, FL
  • Brian Boycan, Paradise, PA
  • Sanford Pahk, Flushing, NY
  • Ian Moses, Aliso Viejo, CA
  • R. Scott Sutton, Powder Springs, GA
  • Brian MacKenzie, Inver Grove Heights, MN
  • Marla Topliff, Elgin, IL
  • Brian Lincer, Staten Island, NY
  • Shannon Wilburn, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
  • Anthony Forcellini, Cincinnati, OH
  • Joshua Kristowski, Charleston, SC
  • Todd Fitzgerald, Kingston, NY
  • Shawn Fitzgerald, Wappingers Falls, NY
  • John Jordan, Highlands Ranch, Colorado
  • Shelly Sun, Gurnee, IL
  • Adam Swartz, Carol Stream, IL
  • Dina Dwyer-Owens, Waco, TX
  • Karen Jo Miles, Northridge, CA
  • Jacco de Bruijn, New York, NY
  • Don Stanton, Parkville, MO
  • Kevin Baron, Longwood, FL
  • Jennifer Ensminger, Eugene OR
  • Lori Miller, Portland, OR
  • Todd Clement, Menifee, CA
  • Jeffrey Tews, Madison, WI
  • Tracy Overla, Highland, IN
  • Shannon Klemann, St. Louis Park, MN
  • John L. Kemeny, Jr., Cary, North Carolina
  • Sean Trumbo, Fayetteville, AR
  • Thomas Murphy, Springfield, PA
  • Holly Lin, Rochester, MI
  • Ashley Vaughan, Altamonte Springs, FL
  • Jeffrey Loweenthal, Denver, CO
  • Steve Lamb, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Carol Brauer, Appleton, WI
  • Katherine Ross, Friendswood, TX
  • Bill Goldenberg, Edina, MN
  • Merri Cronk, Austin, TX
  • Robert Harms, Weston, FL
  • Kyle Kohloff, Deerfield Beach, FL
  • Karen Bremer, Atlanta, GA
  • Susan Rather, Madison, WI
  • Tamra Kennedy, Roseville, MN
  • James Guzdziol, Naperville, IL
  • Michael Walton, Chesapeake, VA
  • David Boedker, Northumberland, PA
  • Jack Nicol, Jupiter, FL
  • Lynn Minges, Raleigh, NC
  • Jimmy Weeks, Placentia, CA
  • Paul Knott, Sandy, UT
  • Dawn Abbamondi, Doylestown, PA
  • Danny Farrar, Frederick, MD
  • Greg Marks, Phoenix, AR
  • Dustin Hansen, Sandy, UT
  • James Fuller, Acworth, GA
  • Marilyn Buck, Tallahassee, FL
  • Jim Squire, Roswell, GA
  • Walt Altmann, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Bill Spae, Irving, TX
  • Cory Mitchell, Sandy, UT
  • Angie Masters, Manchester, MO
  • Elissia Defoor, Addison, TX
  • Amy Petersen- Smith, Timinioum, MD
  • Martin Ferrill, Philadelphia, PA
  • Christopher Davenport, Sarasota, FL
  • Kirstin Lotti, Mckinney, TX
  • Jennifer Yiangou, Hastings, MN
  • Mark Glenn, Carrollton, TX
  • Mark Grasser, Richmond, VA
  • David Tuskowski, Stevens Point, WI
  • Mark Kulkis, La Canada Flintridge, CA
  • Kent Craven, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Joelene Calvert, Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Chris Phillips, Wappingers Falls, NY
  • Vicki Stute, Eagan, MN
  • Aundra Lafayette, Brentwood, TN