Franchisee Interview: Anthony Gudrupis from Title Boxing Club

By Don Daszkowski

Posted : March 28, 2019

Category : Editorial

Franchisee Interview: Anthony Gudrupis from Title Boxing Club
Title Boxing Franchisee Shares

My company, the International Franchise Professionals Group ( IFPG) works to connect
hundreds of new franchisees with various franchises each year. We learn
something new from each client we work with. This interview we wanted to
dig deeper into the importance of talking to other franchisees in the
franchise system you are interested in buying, as well as having trusted
advisors to help you along the way.

To help you understand the franchise investigation process and best
questions to ask, we interviewed a franchisee who recently went through
this process.

Meet Anthony Gudrupis from Title Boxing Club.


Q: Anthony, what got you into franchising and what is your background?

From when I was attending college, I would study the people I would
consider mentors, people that I thought were good leaders, as well
as those that had good business acumen. I found myself picking up
on the good traits that I emulated and could use to formulate my
life’s goals. I quickly realized a common theme, they all owned
their own businesses. My background is finance and I really enjoy
what I do, but I’ve always yearned for more out of my life. I had
started to speak to business owners and most were telling me it was
an all-or-nothing game. It wasn’t until I looked in to a resale of
a franchise that I started to give the franchise model a chance. A
long time friend and mentor introduced me to an IFPG Consultant.
This Franchise Consultant introduced me to certain franchises that
would allow me to displace my flexibility into doing something that
I enjoy and am good at while making a decent pay, as well as
breaking in to owning my own business… I was getting the best of
both worlds.


Q: What franchise have you chosen to invest in, and tell us about them?
I chose Title Boxing Club, and will open in Staten Island, NY. TBC is a boutique-style
fitness concept that provides an intense workout, with a discipline
in boxing. Their mantra of "being the best hour of someone’s day"
resonated with me given my high-stress corporate environment and
being able to take out the stress on a bag, all while feeling a
high-end experience. Plus it was all the benefits of a boxing
workout without the contact.


Q: What drew you to the fitness industry?

My passion, and something that I would consider eventually owning,
was unequivocally some form of fitness concept. This is an area of
my life that I’ve been engrained into from a young kid. I was
pretty much open to many concepts, few of which fit the model of
what I was looking for. Fitness means more to me than going to a
gym and working out. It means being in the one place that people go
to take their stresses out, and connect with others doing the same.
It means being involved with like-minded individuals and being part
of that community. Plus, the benefits of fitness itself outweighs
not doing anything fitness-related.


Q: How many franchisees did you speak to before deciding that Title
Boxing was the right fit, and what did you learn from this process?

I spoke to 3 franchisees prior to working with Title Boxing Club.
What I learned out of the process is not all franchisees are
created equal. Some are involved more than others, some you’ll find
have better operations than others, and same may have more
incentives than others. Lastly, and most importantly for me, I
realized I had to find a franchise that I personally felt wanted me
to succeed, because it is in the best interest of both parties to
want more out of the relationship. As an aside, and this may come
to a surprise to some folks, but the franchisor/franchisee
relationship is not one that is automatic. They also have to feel
the same level of confidence from you, in the sense that your
investment with them will prove to be a healthy marriage.


Q: How important was talking to other Title Boxing franchisees? What
questions did you find most helpful during this process?

This is a crucial step. This is where you get to speak to owners of
the franchises themselves. The franchise will generally steer you
in the direction of whom to call – If the receiving end of the
phone are good they will give you the pros and cons of the
business. I personally thought it showed a genuine feel for what
the businesses I was looking in to could possibly look like one day
and the difficulties in getting there. You want to ask a lot of
questions during this phase and speak to as many franchisees as you
can. At this stage, it is similar to starting a new job – You want
to be a sponge and just soak up as much knowledge as possible. It
will allow you to make a decision on whom you want to work with and
whether or not the relationship will work out long term. Some of
the questions I personally found helpful were around advertising,
construction, working with the franchise and their operations. With
regard to advertising, I was looking for strong branding, so what
forms helped their individual clubs the most bring in new business?
You’d be surprised how different the responses can be from one
franchise to the next, let alone from one franchisee to the next in
the same umbrella. With regard to construction, it is always good
to know the hiccups the franchisees have dealt with throughout the
process so you know what to look out for yourself.


Lastly, around working with the franchise themselves. Again, this
is a marriage – You need to know the experience from the owners of
the units themselves and how amenable the franchisors are with
working with them.


Q: What kind of outside assistance did you seek? Did you use a lawyer
or accountant to help make your final decision?

From a personal side, I approached mentors and individuals I
thought would be good to bounce the idea off of as well as get some
feedback. I also think if you’re involved in a marriage or serious
relationship, that your significant other is also in this for the
long haul because you’ll be married to a business now too.


From a professional side, aside from the IFPG Consultant, I was
introduced to someone who could help with the financing aspect, so
going through that process you can get creative with financing
needs if you meet the right folks in the business. Additionally, I
did speak with my attorney for both feedback as well as the
documents surrounding the FDD before signing anything – You learn a
lot if you have an attorney that specializes in franchising.


My accountant is both a personal friend of mine as well as someone
I trust. From the beginning stages of searching for a business, he
was heavily involved from an advisory standpoint as well as
assisting me on many other levels.


One final note… I strongly advise you to find a network of
professional individuals who have your best interests in mind. You
will assist each other for the rest of your lives not out of
necessity, but rather because you want to.


About the author:

Don Daszkowski is the Founder of the International Franchise Professionals Group, also known as IFPG. The IFPG is an internationally recognized group of franchise professionals that includes franchisors, franchise consultants, franchise brokers and other franchise professionals that help potential candidates in the process of buying a franchise. The IFPG offers a training program for entrepreneurs to become Certified Franchise Consultants and earn a significant income selling franchises.