Tag: COO

How to Find the Right Franchisees, According to D1 Training’s COO

As an NCAA Division 1 athlete at the United States Military Academy, Dan Murphy quickly learned the value of a strong team — for success, and for his own sanity: “West Point can be stressful, and the soccer team became my respite.” After graduating and serving in the Army, he was craving that community when he discovered D1 Training, at the time a small gym in Nashville focusing on group training programs and coaching, started by fellow former D1 athlete Will Bartholomew. Murphy jumped at the chance to join the brand, and 15 years later, he is COO of the fast-growing franchise with nearly 50 locations and 150 more in development. That early lesson from his military days still holds true as D1 scales: There’s strength in numbers. 

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Was the plan always to franchise D1?


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Importance of MSMEs in driving India’s growth, role of digital infra and way forward, explains Mastercard’s South Asia COO Vikas Varma

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Realising the immense potential that India’s Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) have, Modi government has laid special focus on the sector. Even under Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Package and Mission, MSMEs are in the spotlight. And, the role of MSMEs become even more important in this trying times of Covid-19 pandemic amid Modi government’s ‘Vocal For Local’ campaign. Vikas Varma, COO – South Asia, Mastercard, in an exclusive interview to Zee Business Online explains the importance of MSMEs in driving India’s growth, the role of digital infra and the way forward. Here are edited excerpts:- 

What is the importance of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in driving India’s growth in digital payments? 

India has over 63 million Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) that employ around 114 million people and contribute nearly 35 percent of the country’s GDP. By the sheer volume and value add

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