Full Name
Gary Prenevost
Job Title
President
Company
FranNet of Southern Ontario
Speaker Bio
Gary is a passionate entrepreneur and life-long learner; as a calculated risk taker who thrives on creating opportunity for others, he is constantly redefining his comfort zone while helping others to redefine their comfort zones and unlock their “golden shackles” that had previously held them back from achieving and overachieving their financial and lifestyle goals.

A strong communicator - Gary has an acute ability to guide clients through multiple thought exploration tracks; gain alignment/consensus, and provide structured coaching toward achievement of desired outcomes.

A strategist - Gary has the ability to look at the landscape from several perspectives; identify opportunities and challenges, then collaborate with stakeholders to develop and implement action plans.

An engaging educator - Gary delivers content from fresh, relevant perspectives and provides platforms to enable application of new knowledge in targeted areas.

An author – Gary has published over 240 articles on entrepreneurship, franchise ownership and industry trends. His book on how to achieve next-level growth and top performance in franchise ownership will be published in late 2022. For this book, he has done extensive research with top-performing franchisees whose profitability ranged from mid-six-figures to mid-seven-figures annually. He’s also interviewed numerous franchisor CEOs for this critical subject.

Industry Leadership
As a multiple-term member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Franchise Association (CFA), Gary is able to stay abreast of leading trends in the franchise industry. He has served on numerous committees and is a frequent thought leadership contributor. He is a regular speaker at CFA events including franchise shows, online webinars and annual conferences. He has appeared on regional and national TV/radio shows, and is a sought-after media source.

Gary enjoys mentoring young entrepreneurs and business leaders; he is also a volunteer mentor for emerging franchisors for the Canadian Franchise Association. He is co-chair of FranNet’s Franchise Advisory Committee and also serves on FranNet’s the Board of Directors.

Skills and Expertise
Gary’s 30+ years of experience in the Canadian franchising industry makes him an industry-leading and much sought-after consultant for people that are considering franchise ownership. Having been on every side of the franchise business table, he has bought single, multi-unit and master franchises for himself, brought US franchise concepts to Canada, helped companies to become franchisors, and coached hundreds of entrepreneurs. Gary and his team at FranNet have helped over 2,000 prospective franchisee clients to fully explore their self-employment options.

Connecting great people with proven and viable franchise businesses is Gary’s mission. To achieve this goal, Gary is a multi-unit franchisee with FranNet (www.FranNet.com/gprenevost) – a consulting company that helps people who are considering self-employment as a career option. As the FranNet franchisee and franchise matchmaking consultant for Southern Ontario and Eastern Canada, Gary:
· helps his clients gain acute clarity on all aspects of their ideal business model and helps them get a sense of which types of franchises best fit their financial/risk profile
· helps identify and introduce specific franchises that are most likely to help them meet or exceed their financial goals while also allowing them to have the work/life balance they desire
· most importantly, Gary guides his clients through an in-depth research process for the companies they are considering, including coaching them on who to talk to and providing the right questions to ask to ensure that they have as much information as possible to make an informed and defensible YES or NO decision.
Since franchising enjoys significantly higher success rates than start-from-scratch businesses, it offers one of the best ways of becoming a successful entrepreneur. Through FranNet, Gary works with dozens of franchisors; his services are always at no cost to the prospective franchise buyer because he gets paid by the franchisors, similar to an executive recruiting model.
Personal Interests
Gary’s other personal passions are time with his family, reading, business writing, gourmet cooking, gardening, global adventure travel. Outdoor adventures including skiing, hiking, canoeing/kayaking, fly-fishing and survival training round out the list. Gary shares that one of his most memorable vacations was walking the Camino de Santiago.

KULA Yoga teacher training 2008 – 2009: 200-hour yoga instructor training

Georgetown Aikido 1995 – 2000: martial arts. While he is no longer able to practice the martial art of Aikido due to injury, Gary still applies the teachings and disciplines of this sport in his business and personal life.
Gary Prenevost