Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine Issue IV, 2016 - Page 38

D OM I N A T O R S Reconnect BY KERRY PIPES Beyond the Brand R Rob Branca is a tireless advocate for franchising ob Branca and his extended family of in-laws, siblings, children, and cousins own and operate more than 1,200 Dunkin’ Donuts locations throughout New England and a few expansion markets. This mega franchisee, licensed to practice law, was the family business lawyer before becoming a franchisee, and has relied on that experience to benefit the businesses of his family and fellow franchisees. He and his partners also operate a real estate development and construction company and a manufacturing business. Branca is also a private equity investor, has served as chair of several industry organizations, and plays an active role in his brand. In September, Branca was named a 2016 Franchisee of the Year by the IFA for his “outstanding achievements and NAME: Robert Branca, Jr. TITLE: President and general counsel for Branded Realty Company and Branded Management Group NO. OF UNITS: 85 Dunkin’ Donuts AGE: 53 FAMILY: Wife Lisa and 3 daughters YEARS IN FRANCHISING: 29 YEARS IN CURRENT POSITION: 15 36 MULTI-UNIT FRANCHISEE IS S UE IV, 2016 muf4_profile_branca(36,38,40,42).indd 36 10/6/16 5:06 PM