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CAREER CHANGE: Jose and Lyndsey Pachon, co-owners of Nexus Property Management in Fall River. Jose Pachon was previously a professional poker player, but after being unable to increase his income playing poker locally, he began looking for a career change and developed a business relationship with Nexus founder and CEO Nicholas D’Agnillo, who he met through his poker playing.

Franchisees: Jose and Lyndsey Pachon

Franchisee: Jose and Lyndsey PachonNexus Property Management | 251 South Main St., Fall RiverThe pitch: Nexus Property Management, with a corporate office based in...
CAREER CHANGE: Aurelia Donovan, co-owner of the UPS Store on Mendon Road in Cumberland, at the counter with Thomas Nicholson, associate. Donovan opened the store with members of her family after working in the banking industry for several years. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Franchisee: Aurelia and James Donovan, Irene and Scott Schmitt

Aurelia and James Donovan, Irene and Scott Schmitt UPS Store | 2130 Mendon Road, CumberlandThe pitch: The UPS Store handles packing and shipping of packages,...
MOBILE LOCKSMITH: Joe Carreiro, owner of Pop-a-Lock in Westerly, travels all over the state in his mobile locksmith shop replacing keys and repairing locks for customers.
 / PBN PHOTOS/Brian McDonald

Franchisee: Joe Carreiro

Joe Carreiro | Pop-a-Lock | WesterlyThe pitch: Pop-a-Lock is a 24-hour mobile locksmith service offering assistance from unlocking vehicle doors to residential and commercial...
FROM AGENT TO OWNER: Richard Zompa is the owner of four RE/MAX locations in Rhode Island. He is pictured at the North Providence office, which he purchased in 1992.

Franchisee: Richard Zompa

Richard Zompa RE/MAX | Cumberland, North Providence, North Smithfield, SmithfieldThe pitch: RE/MAX recruits and retains experienced real estate agents. Each of the agents at Zompa’s...
NEW ADVENTURE: Wanting to venture out on their own, Bud and Karen McCann purchased the Allegra Marketing – Print – Mail location in Providence last year. The commercial printer provides mailing services and promotional items as well as creates signs and banners.

Franchisee: Bud and Karen McCann

Bud and Karen McCann Allegra Marketing – Print – Mail | | 102 Waterman St., ProvidenceThe pitch: Allegra Marketing – Print – Mail is a...
SECOND CAREER: Steve Eddleston, who used to work as a computer engineer, turned his passion for jogging into a second career. He now owns 14 Planet Fitness locations in Rhode Island and Bristol County, Mass.

Franchisee: Steve Eddleston

Franchisee: Steve Eddleston Planet Fitness | 14 locations in Rhode Island and Bristol County, Mass.The pitch: Planet Fitness offers a workout environment within a “judgment-free...
BEST DECISION: Liliana V. Dolan, owner of Express Employment Professionals in Warwick, worked as an office manager in a Providence law firm before beginning her own staffing agency and then making it national.

Franchisee: Liliana V. Dolan

Liliana V. Dolan | Express Employment Professionals | 115 Jefferson Blvd., Suite 5, WarwickThe pitch: Express Employment Professionals offers 24-hour service to clients seeking...
GRAND OPENING: DQ Grill and Chill co-owner Will Dailey, left, receives an official certificate from Cranston Mayor Allan Fung celebrating the grand opening of the restaurant. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Franchisee: Will Dailey and Damon Draught

Will Dailey and Damon Draught DQ Grill and Chill | 275 Atwood Ave., CranstonThe pitch: DQ Grill and Chill features hamburgers and sandwiches, as well...
DOUBLE DUTY: Sneha Sabnani is the owner of both Tropical Smoothie Cafe franchises in Rhode Island. She is pictured above at the Thayer Street location in Providence. A third franchise of the fast-casual restaurant is slated to open in Cranston this summer. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Franchisee: Sneha Sabnani

Tropical Smoothie Cafe | 229 Waterman St. and 272 Thayer St., Providence• The pitch: Tropical Smoothie Cafe is a fast-casual restaurant concept inspiring healthier...
NEW MARKET: Chris Apple worked for Chick-fil-A as a team member for 12 years, including as general manager of two restaurants, before joining the company’s leadership-development program and opening his own franchise in Attleboro.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Franchisee: Chris Apple

Chris Apple | Chick-fil-AThe Pitch: Hot, fresh food to be delivered to customers, as well as strong customer service Monday through Saturday – closed...
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