Our Story

Franchise recruiting and placement has been a part of Doug Kushell’s life his whole life. His father founded the industry and also created the iconic names ZEEs and ZORs, that are still widely used today.

After growing up going to IFA conferences with his father and uncle, it was no surprise when, in 1984, Doug founded Franchise Search to follow in his family’s footsteps – and the rest is history – a very successful history rooted in unparalleled knowledge, expertise, and wisdom. That’s why national and global clients rely on Franchise Search.

Putting great people in great places

We work exclusively within the franchise industry placing top talent in some of the most critical roles, including, President, CEO, COO, Sales, Operations, Training, Marketing & Advertising, Legal, Finance, Real Estate, Construction, and International Development. Our database of talent is beyond compare, as is our level of client service. Most recruiters have a “just in time” mentality. Their client has an immediate need and the recruiter fills it. But we believe that people are the most important part of any franchise, so we keep our eyes and ears open for our clients, filling their pipelines as we identify talent that would be great for their business. Franchise Search isn’t a service. We’re a trusted partner who is always there for you to bounce ideas off of and to offer guidance. Additionally, our team is extremely insightful and gets to know what makes the talent we represent tick. That’s critical because finding candidates that fit the position criteria is only the beginning. Equally as important, they have to be a strong fit for the company’s culture, strategies, and goals, too. It’s a total package that we are dedicated to delivering consistently.

We’re up-to-speed and down-to-earth

We approach our work with one goal – to help you meet yours. We do one thing and we do it best. Whether you’re a ZOR or a prospective hire, you have our commitment that we will always work in your best interest.


Doug Kushell has received numerous honors and distinctions throughout his career. Here are a few of the highlights:
  • Entrepreneur Magazine Top 40 entrepreneurs under the age of 40 – for his vision and evolution of the employment industry
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Young Entrepreneurs Network
  • Member of the International Franchise Association, and Council of Franchise Suppliers
  • Published articles and interviews in esteemed publications, including: The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Newsday, Crain’s, Entrepreneur, Success, Franchising World, and Franchise Times