FranNet of Upstate NY - The Empire State's Franchise Consultants


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About Us

FranNet of Upstate New York covers the 55 counties shown in the map. Eight counties in the Western Region, nine counties in the Finger Lakes Region, 13 counties in the Central New York Region, and 25 counties in the Capital and Hudson Valley Region. They are supported by four Franchise Consultants.

Franchise Consultants:

  • Ron Livecchi – Western Region – Beige

  • John Adams – Finger Lakes Region – Yellow

  • Ken Samuelson – Central Region – Green

  • Frank Dunne – Capital and Hudson Valley Region – Grey

Ron Livecchi

Before Ron joined FranNet as a consultant, he was a client. Ron’s entry into franchising came in 2003, when he attended a FranNet seminar. Guided by FranNet’s coaching, Ron learned how to navigate the franchise selection process; after finding a franchised business that could fulfill his goals, he purchased it and managed it successfully for years.
Eventually Ron’s positive experience with FranNet brought him back – this time, as a franchise consultant with unique perspective and insight.

Prior to becoming a franchise owner, Ron worked in the automotive and aerospace industries, holding a variety of progressive positions in engineering, operations, business development, and management. Ron’s corporate career and broad base of business knowledge allow him to uniquely relate to anyone considering a move from the corporate world to the world of franchise ownership.

John Adams

Since 2003 John has facilitated ABCPNG (Always Be Connecting Power Networking Group) in Rochester and has helped hundreds of people find new jobs. “After my first conversation with Ron Livecchi I realized that becoming a Franchise Consultant with FranNet was a logical extension of the work I had done with ABCPNG. FranNet offered me a chance to give people another path in career transition. The response has been incredible and I’m having a blast coaching people through the FranNet process.”

John grew up in Buffalo and Syracuse and has spent his entire professional career, over 35 years, in Rochester. He has a BA from Hamilton College and an MBA from The Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester. With a background in the banking, telecommunications and software industries, most recently as VP of Operations at two software startups, John is well qualified to help clients find a franchise that they will love owning, running and growing.

Ken Samuelson

Ken has 20+ years of experience working in the private sector developing commercial, government and military electronics products. Over the years Ken has worked for companies of various sizes, products and business strategies and has experience developing and managing both small and large scale projects. Ken holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MBA.

Since early in his career Ken had a desire to help people find and start a business. As a Franchise consultant, Ken has a desire to introduce people to the benefits of franchising and discover if franchising is right for them.

Frank Dunne

A Strategic Franchise Advisor with FranNet in New York’s Hudson Valley, New Jersey, and Western MA, Frank Dunne is a seasoned business professional who coaches individuals interested in exploring franchise opportunities. Entrepreneurs, those in career transition, and investors benefit from his 25 years’ insight and experience gained from the services sector in professional services, new media, marketing, and advertising.

Prior to teaming with FranNet, he developed broad expertise, including in change, and risk management – developing the necessary skill sets to help clients navigate through the step-by-step franchise exploration process. Focused on servicing consumer, and B-2-B businesses in various capacities, he has acquired a broad base of business knowledge, with exposure to franchising’s key industry sectors: food, retail, auto, consumer products and B-2-B.

FranNet is among the industry’s most respected leaders in franchise coaching services with more than 25 years of experience and over 100 consultants across North America and Europe. Our goal is to help aspiring entrepreneurs’ dreams of business ownership come true, and to help them make sound business decisions that give them the best opportunities for future success. We are consultants at helping our clients evaluate the various types of business opportunities in the marketplace today.
We work individually in our areas but as a united team to assist our clients with local, trusted, franchise expertise.
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Ron Livecchi

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