Richard Sharoff

CEO, Senior Partner

Richard is widely considered an industry expert in restaurants and franchising. He has a long history of success as a multi unit franchisee and restaurant owner, as a franchisor and as a consultant in the fast casual restaurant industry.  

  • President and COO of Vie de France Corporation, a public company with 60+ bakery cafe restaurants.

  • Multi-unit franchisee for Boston Market (owned and operated 18 restaurants)

  • Founder and CEO of MaggieMoo's Ice Cream (franchised chain which he grew to over 125 stores and which was later sold for $16 million).

  • CEO of FranPoint Partners for over 10 years where he helped to launch and execute numerous fast casual franchise concepts.

  • Served as an expert witness in various franchise litigation matters.

  • Owns and operates a successful Mason's Famous Lobster Roll franchise store in Rehoboth Beach, DE.

In addition to his work in the food service industry, Richard has served as a senior officer and board member for three public companies, has extensive M&A and start-up experience, and served as Director of Corporate Planning for a Fortune 50 company. 

 Richard holds MBA and BS degrees from New York University and is Past Vice Chairman of the Baltimore/Washington Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization. He is a frequent speaker and writer on restaurant franchising, a frequent guest lecturer at University of Maryland and Georgetown University, and was a finalist in the Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Maryland  in 2003.