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Brian Elrod

Brian Elrod

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One sentence version: I’ve built and lead three successful start-ups in the franchise and tech industries.

Slightly longer version: In my early years, I worked for a couple of Fortune 1000 companies where I was heavily involved in internal corporate start-ups, including an international shipping division with Roadway Express, and a parcel home delivery service for Averitt Express/Harte-Hanks Logistics (that partnered with USPS to compete against UPS). After 8 years in the corporate world, I left to start my own ventures.

My first was Educational Outfitters, a retail store focused on school uniforms, corporate wear, and embroidery. Two years in, we decided to franchise Educational Outfitters. We’ve since sold 50+ franchises across the country, over $150 million in school uniforms, and donated over $5 million dollars back to local schools in the process. Educational Outfitters also made the Inc. 500 list of Fastest growing US companies three consecutive years from 2004-07. Our best finish was #298. My second franchise venture, JockSale, focuses on re-selling sporting equipment and outdoor gear. I’ve also launched a tech company called Text Request that is focused on text enabling businesses and organizations. Instead of having to call a business, you can just text them. In 2017 MSN named Text Request the "Which Start-up Your State is Known for Winner". https://www.gobankingrates.com/making-money/startup-state-known/#44

Start-up Scorecard To Date:

Most Successful Start-up: Text Request

Most Ambitious Start-up: SmartParcel, Taking on UPS for Residential Parcel Deliveries!

Most Interesting Start-up: International Shipping, Starting a NVOCC Center in New Orleans

Most Fun Start-up: Text Request, Business Mobile Messaging Platform

Biggest Start-up Failure: JockSale, Many lessons learned, :0

First Successful Start-up: Educational Outfitters

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