History of a Successful Franchise Business
FPC National (originally F-O-R-T-U-N-E Personnel Consultants) is a leading national executive search franchise network comprised of a family of some 65 independently owned and operated offices. FFC – or F-O-R-T-U-N-E Franchise Corporation - is the entity for franchise sales and support.
FPC was founded in 1959 in New York City by Rudy Schott who is recognized as a pioneer in the executive recruiting industry. He developed many innovations that have become recruiting standards and best practices – including industry and discipline specialization. Schott began franchising FPC offices in 1973.
Today, the company is led by CEO Ron Herzog. Herzog has continued the company’s commitment to the success of its owners. The company takes a long term view that selling franchises is secondary to supporting a healthy franchise network.
In addition, Herzog has kept FPC in the forefront of the industry by adopting and implementing up-to-date technology. This enables the company to make use of the Internet and advanced online marketing techniques to benefit the FPC network.
Throughout its history, FFC has adhered to a strategic decision to be the right size. That means planning its growth to be large enough to provide nationwide impact, while remaining small enough to be personal, flexible and responsive to its family of recruiting offices. This quality is at the heart of many owners’ decisions to join FPC, rather than a competitor.
FFC has always been a family oriented and operated company, first by two generations of the Schott family and currently by two generations of the Herzog family. More than 60% of current FPC offices have had or currently have more than one family member working in the business. Some offices are in the second generation of ownership.
The FPC network is operated with input and guidance from a peer board of FPC owners. The company invests a substantial portion of initial franchise fees in owner and recruiter training and other services to owners to help assure their long term success.
FPC is a member of the International Franchise Association (IFA).