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David Omholt

2012_Omholt_large  David Omholt
 
BS 1992, Economics
  Chief Executive Officer, The Entrepreneur Authority LLC
  McKinney, Texas

 

 


David heads the leading franchise brokerage firm in the country along with the Franchise Center of Excellence, a training program which educates franchise consultants on the finer points of franchising.

David founded TEA in 2002 and since then he has consulted and/or brokered for major franchise brands such as AAMCO, Charles Schwab, Denny’s, Great Clips, Potbelly’s, ServPro, as well as hundreds of others in every imaginable industry segment in the US, Canada and Mexico.

Prior to founding The Entrepreneur Authority (TEA), David was an executive with Accenture in their retail industry consulting practice.  During his tenure with Accenture he consulted for many of the Global 500 companies including: Best Buy, Eddie Bauer, GZS-Eurocard, JC Penny, Kroger, Meijer, Radio Shack, Sears Roebuck, Sears Canada, Sears Mexico, Walgreens and others.  Some of his projects received global awards for the breakthrough success and turnaround brought to the client.

David is a frequent speaker at universities, seminars, conferences and talk shows on franchising, entrepreneurship and small business ownerhip.  Members of the International Franchise Association  have called him one of the top franchise consultants in the country.  Uniquely, David has been both a Licensor and Licensee and offers a balanced, real-world perspective on business ownership.

An avid writer, David was a contributing author to Achieving Quality Performance, a book which outlines how improved teamworking, innovation, and quality lead to overall enhanced business performance.  He is often quoted in various publications on franchising trends and matters.  He co-leads research on the franchise industry in conjunction with the University of North Texas, where he sponsored UNT’s David E. Omholt Entrepreneurship Scholarship for aspiring entrepreneurship majors.  He also writes a quarterly column in “The Franchise Handbook.”

David was recently awarded the Emerging Voice Award from Purdue University.  Additionally, he was recognized in Purdue’s inaugural list of alumni ’40 Under 40’.  He serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Liberal Arts.  

David also earned a CFE (Certified Franchise Executive) designation, the highest accreditation in his Industry, and completed both the Franchise Management Certificate program at the University of Texas at El Paso and the Fast Track M.B.A. in Franchise Management at the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship at NOVA Southeastern University.

He is married with 3 daughters and his family is very active in the United Methodist Church and with international mission projects.



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