When people ask how we became one of the most successful weight loss franchises in the country, we give them the honest answer — it’s all thanks to our franchisees. While our patented weight loss program and signature menus certainly don’t hurt, we know that the real backbone of each and every Medi-Weightloss® is the dedicated franchisees and medical professionals who work tirelessly to give our patients the best experience possible.
So when Kurtis Freidag of Peoria, Illinois was asked to sit down with us for an interview about how and why he got started in the Medi-Weightloss® family, he jumped at the chance to share his story and insight. Below are a few highlights from his interview:
Q: What is your background?
A: “I studied business entrepreneurship at Bradley University, and got hooked up with a gentleman in Peoria, Illinois and started running a group of his companies. We got a chain of multiple Dairy Queens and [I] was in a healthcare consulting company called Kepple Healthcare Consulting.”
Q: As a multi-franchise owner, what is it about franchising that appeals to you?
A: “The fact that most things are turn-key. You’ve had a group of other successful individuals figure out a business model, figure out how to have it operate and you’re learning from their best practices… To me, a franchise is about exploring and letting someone else make the mistakes so you don’t have to make those mistakes on your own.”
Q: What was it, in particular, that made you decide to open a Medi-Weightloss® clinic, and now what made you decide to open a second clinic?
A: “The market is huge. We were looking for something to diversify into… and obviously you travel around and you see obesity is a huge epidemic. The reason we’re getting the second one is, quite honestly, because we’ve had some financial success with the first one.”
Q: As a semi-absentee owner, how easy is it to run a Medi-Weightloss® franchise, and how much time do you spend on a weekly basis?
A: “...[In] every business, you have to be present… the employees [are] the biggest spectrum to that...But if a clinic is running well it’s easy to be an absentee owner because there are so many reports inside [the] EMR system...Through using reports [you can] have a good understanding of what your clinic is doing when you’re not there...”
To watch and listen to the full interview, head over to our testimonial page!