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Tom Scarda is the founder of the Franchise Academy, hosts The Franchise Academy Podcast on iTunes and is the author of three books: the number 1 bestseller Franchise Savvy: 6 Strategies Pros Use to Pick a Top Performing Franchise, The Road to Franchise Freedom and The Magic of Choosing Uncertainty.

A self-made small business expert and Certified Franchise Expert, Tom has owned and operated both franchised and non-franchised businesses. Tom was the #1 franchisee of the year in one concept and failed miserably in another franchise concept. The lessons he learned from failure is what makes him such an expert. Named one of the top 50 business leaders on Long Island, Tom has helped over 1500 people figure out if franchising is for them since 2005. He’s been featured in dozens of magazines and newspapers and is a sought-after radio and TV guest.