June 17, 2021 – ClearPath Solutions, an Irvine, CA-based executive search firm focused on the restaurant and retail industry, has launched ClearPath Franchise Match. “A firm dedicated to serving the franchise industry, ClearPath Franchise Match connects high-growth brands with well-capitalized, proven and operationally savvy franchisees,” the search firm said. ClearPath Solutions partners with founders, brands, family offices and private equity firms to match them with executive talent. ClearPath Franchise Match is a natural evolution of the ClearPath Solutions brand. Since its founding in 2011 by Helen Lao, ClearPath Solutions has placed more than 1,000 executives in the retail, consumer, and restaurant industries across the U.S. According to Ms. Lao, the new division is an opportunity to continue to build the business’ team based upon the trusted relationships earned within the industry.
“Finding qualified, growth-oriented franchisees who bring the experience required for success is one of the biggest challenges for franchisors,” she said. “We partner with great brands that are seeking to grow through franchising. Our strong relationships within the industry allow us to match franchisees who are looking to expand and diversify their portfolios. We pride ourselves in making the right match and finding the right partners for all.”
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“Clearly 2020 showed us all that we can’t predict the future, but we can focus on finding the right leaders and partners to help build the strongest and most capable team around us to help navigate the future, and that’s what we’re here for,” said Ms. Lao.
Bringing together decades of expertise with highly respected names within the franchise industry, the ClearPath Franchise Match team will act as an extension of a brand’s existing franchise development team. “Utilizing their perspective and insights, the ClearPath team intends to blend old-school wisdom with new-school strategy to zero in on just the right match for each client,” Ms. Lao said.
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ClearPath Solutions focuses on restaurants and retail. The firm said it prides itself on assigning a full team to every search, as opposed to just one recruiter. Its specialties include executive search, recruitment, coaching and training, and human resource consulting.
After 15 years in corporate HR, Ms. Lao had a vision for a better way to find talent and balance being a mom. ClearPath’s first hires were all stay-at-home-moms who were professionals in their pasts, and looking for ways to contribute. “We’ve worked with hundreds of the nation’s top retailers, restaurants, and franchises,” she said. “And we continue to innovate on how to make executive recruiting more efficient and effective for companies of all sizes and stages.”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media