About Ray

ray-titusRay Titus, President of United Franchise Group and its affiliated companies is the son of franchise pioneer Roy Titus, founder of Minuteman Press International, Inc., who along with Ray co-founded SIGNARAMA. The United Franchise Group is the global leader for Entreprenuers, consisting of a number of successful business-to-business brands and franchise development services. The company includes franchise industry giants SIGNARAMA, the world’s largest sign franchise; EmbroidMe, the world’s largest embroidery franchise; Plan Ahead Events, the world’s largest full-service management company; Billboard Connection, the world’s largest out-of-home advertising franchise; and Transworld Business Advisors, a business brokerage and franchise development services firm. UFG also offers a unique range of development services that assist other franchise companies from conception to international expansion.

The talented team behind United Franchise Group, led by President Ray Titus, has over thirty years of franchising experience. Their expertise is proven time and time again in the success of the brands they have worked to create. All five UFG franchise brands have been awarded by Entrepreneur Magazine as the leaders in their industries. SIGNARAMA was honored by the former President of the United States, George W. Bush, with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Presidential “E” Award for Export Excellence, the first franchisor to ever receive this recognition. Through our service companies, World Franchisors and Franchise Greenhouse, we have helped countless franchise systems expand both in the U.S. and around the world. All of this helps to solidify UFG’s position as the world’s leading franchise authority.

Ray has led United Franchise Group’s affiliated companies to phenomenal growth with nearly 1400 units in more than 50 countries. The United Franchise
Group corporate headquarters controls operations for approximately 150 employees in the United States, and Australia and offers exceptional support to the remaining countries around the world. This extraordinary global growth has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Commerce, as well as various franchise and trade organizations.

Because of his continued success, Ray is committed to giving back to both the franchising community and world community with knowledge and resources. Ray is affiliated with many organizations; however, he is primarily involved with the following:

Franchise Education Strategic Advisory Board at NOVA Southeastern University, the Board of Directors for Junior
Achievement of the Palm Beaches, President and Board of Directors of the Franchisor Association of Florida and International Franchise Association
Chairman for CEO/President Forums, (South Florida)

He has spent countless hours and thousands of dollars supporting charities including those within the foundation he established in 2006, United Franchise Group Foundation, which supports The Heath Evans Foundation, Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, and Junior Achievement. In addition, Ray is proud to have a place on the Board of Governors at Northwood University and actively seeks greater involvement.

Ray is an accomplished speaker and has delivered several keynote addresses for other franchises. Ray also has been published in a book entitled, “Inside the Minds: Buying a Franchise,” where Ray and other industry insiders share their vast knowledge on what to look for in a viable franchise. In 2007, Ray was awarded the President’s “E” Award from the U.S. Department of Commerce for export excellence having increased export revenue for the SIGNARAMA brand by 700% in just three years. Also, in 2007 Ray was named Ernst & Young’s Florida Entrepreneur of the Year and the Counselor International Person of the Year. In 2010, he was named to ASI’s Power 50 list, of the industry’s most influential people.

Family values are very important to Ray both at home with his wife of 20 years, Andrea, and his three boys: A.J., Austin and Andrew, and at work where he exemplifies the same loyalty and dedication. The core of his executive team has an average tenure of over 15 years with an overall average tenure of over six years.

Ray Titus is an incredible leader and directly responsible for the continued success of the United Franchise Group as well as the many accomplishments yet to come.