Gaurav Marya (40) is India’s Leading Franchise and Business Growth Expert and a highly successful serial entrepreneur. Today he is widely known for causing the franchise & Small Business revolution in India. Gaurav embarked on his entrepreneurial journey at the young age of 23 after completing his B.E. and gained Business experience in diverse sectors where he created and sold successful commercial enterprises in sectors of mobile phones, career advisory, restaurants to entertainment Business etc. Recognizing his ability to be able to take business to the next level and making it scalable and process driven in a short time, He found “Franchise India “in 1999, which is today regarded as India’s largest integrated Small Business, franchise ,Licensing, retail & real estate solution company. Under Gaurav’ s Leadership, Franchise India has grown exponentially. With a team of 700, 40 offices and outreach in 300 towns and cities, the Group touches more than five million individual entrepreneurs, impacting more than 2,50,000 businesses. The media division organizes 300 conferences and expositions across 100 cities in India, and in the Middle East and Sri Lanka. It publishes 4 magazines, reports and books that have both wide circulation and critical appreciation. It’s franchise business website attracts 264,000 unique hits every month. The consulting, business brokerage and investment support division serves 2,500 brands and over a million investors. Valuable collaborations include a tie-up with Francorp, a leading global franchise consulting companies based in the US and Bradford Licensing LLC, one of the top 20 brand licensing agencies worldwide.
Gaurav is regarded as India’s foremost Business specialist and has consulted over 2000 Large and small corporations in India and international markets in making informed decisions about their Business Growth. He has consulted leading corporates like Reliance, Essar Group, Videocon, Landmark Group, Tata Steel, Unilever India, Levis, 3M, HP, ITC, TVS and Mahindra Retail where he works with CEO’s and Senior Leadership teams to align and chart out growth blueprints. He has also consulted many local and regional businesses all over India, which are today India’s retail and consumer brands .Gaurav is also regularly called upon to advise International Businesses in countries like London, UAE, Kuwait, Jordan, Thailand, Nepal, Sri-Lanka, Bahrain in carving their growth plans.
He is highly admired for his non-conformist operating style, confrontational style of management and aggressive marketing business tactics , which also comes forth in the books he has authored including the Bestseller book in franchising "The Science of Reproducing Success”, in which he has culled his years of experience in franchising and has sold over 20,000 copies. He has also penned “Take Charge” ,a Book on Building entrepreneurial and change mindset for achieving Business Growth and is the highest selling business book on Indian stands today. His third book “ It Takes Two to Tango” gives insights into making a customer connect in Changing India.
He sits on the Boards of several organizations as an Adviser and Director and also been retained by several Private equity funds with an interest to invest in Business Projects. He has chaired several Global Business Forums on Franchising and Retail in India,USA, Australia, Russia, Paris and London. He is regularly quoted by the press in Leading Dailies and Business Journals both in India and overseas. He has guest starred on several television shows on entrepreneurship and franchising.
Shiv Khera, Global motivational Leader and speaker ,once dubbed him as “Father of Indian franchising” in 2004 at one of India’s biggest franchise forum and it is the title which has remained with him ever since. Recognizing that more and more people in India are investing into active businesses and taking on the entrepreneurial path, Gaurav wants to serve this community better. He wants to build Franchise India as a growth specialist helping entrepreneurs, through knowledge and service, on all aspects of buying, setting up and growing a business.
In her second innings with Franchise India, Venus, leads the International Business with FranGlobal. Her earlier role was spearheading Francorp India. Venus brings over 18 years of experience combining International Development, Corporate Consulting, Sales and Entrepreneurship across 45 countries in various sectors. She has spent last decade working with over 4000 SMEs and Fortune 500 companies such as FedEx, Ronald Mc Donald’s House of Charities, Virgin Atlantic, Alcon, 3M, Tata Group, Reliance, Aditya Birla Group, Mahindra & Mahindra, ITC etc. where she has been instrumental in addressing donor relations, fundraising, growth and development issues.
With deep understanding and experience of growth models like: Franchising, Channel Development, Distribution, Licensing, Strategic Alliances, Government policy, Funding, Fund Raising, Brand Development, Sales and Marketing, Venus commands authority when it comes to business growth.
She is also skilled in implementing sustainable and scalable processes, B2B business development, operational excellence, client relations, and mentoring cross-cultural & functional teams with an aim to drive incremental growth towards organizational value and performance. She regularly speaks and moderates business conferences, lectures at Management Colleges and writes for publications. Her passion lies in ‘solving problems and unlocking potential’ both in an enterprise as well as individual entrepreneurial setup.
Spyros is the Managing Partner, Geolystics business integrators and President of Hellenic Institute of Logistics Management a non profit Organization at Athens Greece and founder of Up Greek Logistics taskforce. He is the Board Member of European Logistics Association at Brussels, Executive Committee. He is the Chair of Business Development Committee of European Logistics Association at Brussels. His current location is Athens,Greece.
Spyros has got a BSc in Electrical Engineering and PGD in Manufacturing Management at Technology from Open University UK. He is a former professional basketball player and coach in Greece, but changed early his successful career path with a jump in business. Spyros has extensive Multinational Corporate Management experience and bicultural Leadership for Challenging Business Development, available to directly deliver results in sales and change. He can contribute with his business experience in positions, having special expertise in industrial sales and service focused business, supply chain as well as business transformation and change management. His previous roles cover operations in MD of Sales & Service Company (MD at Toyota Material Handling Greece), Sales, Service, Logistics, Marketing &Communications, Product Management and Strategic Business Planning.
He has special expertise in the Project Sales and services business management with Supply Chain focus, Toyota-way knowledge on lean, TPS and business process management. His leadership positions span individual teams, division management, regional business area management, managing director role, chairman of the board of directors and member of the board of directors. These roles have developed his skills to manage, lead and develop teams and individuals cross functions and cultures. His motto, which is borrowed from his sports background is “get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise” expresses his management style with dedication to simplicity and standardization.
Raj has advised some 40 governments, circa 1,000 companies worldwide. Raj’s role focuses on franchise finance, liaising with UK/European franchise/licensing clients across all sectors, assisting such companies be ready for global market entry, advising on country risk factors and assisting where needed to raise equity/debt finance. Raj is currently adviser to several private equity/corporate finance companies.