Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine Issue III, 2017 - Page 16

2017 MVP AWARDS BY HELEN BOND A Couple of Winners Husband-and-wife team make business a family affair T odd and Audra Fetter, winners of the 2017 MVP Influencer Award for a Husband & Wife Team, have always had a team approach to marriage, but the decision to become hands-on franchisees has changed the playing field for communi- cating as a couple. “Knowing when to drop the business discussion and become plain ol’ husband and wife has meant learning how to have open and candid conversations, without the emotional additions,” says Todd Fet- ter. “It’s hard, but so very important to have candid discussions.” Fetter was looking for an investment that could include his wife and five children when he launched his franchise quest. The Fetters, huge wings and sports fans, found the perfect family fit with Buffalo Wings & Rings, based in nearby Cincinnati. With eight restaurants now open in Ohio and South Dakota, Fetter says the secret to working in business as hus- band and wife is knowing your roles: he focuses on site selection, financing, and NAME: Todd and Audra Fetter TITLE: Franchisees NO. OF UNITS: 8 Buffalo Wings & Rings AGE: 51 and 50 FAMILY: Daughter Kyla (30) works in the surgery center at the hospital; son Kellen (29) is head of operations at the Lima store; son Keaton (26) handles the farming (all the corn and bean planting and most of the harvesting, and hog farms); son Kieran (23) is regional manager of the Columbus store; and Hubertine (14) is the daughter we adopted from Africa YEARS IN FRANCHISING: 4 YEARS IN CURRENT POSITION: 4 14 MULTI-UNIT FRANCHISEE IS S UE III, 2017