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Ufg Ceo Receives Honors at Palm Beach Atlantic University American Free Enterprise Day

Ufg Ceo Receives Honors at Palm Beach Atlantic University American Free Enterprise Day

Ray Titus, CEO of the local franchise development giant, United Franchise Group (, has been honored today with a companion medal during Palm Beach Atlantic University’s American Free Enterprise Day ceremony. Titus was nominated by previous medal winners and selected by the American Free Enterprise Advisory Board for his community involvement and entrepreneurship.

Titus was one of five companion medalists who include local business leaders, Leonard W. Martling of The Weitz Company, Wallace Sanger of Royal Management and Misty G. Travani and Darline M. Richter of Travani & Richter, P.A. John M. Gregory, managing partner of SJ Strategic Investments, LLC received the 2008 American Free Enterprise Medal.

Titus is the son of franchise pioneer Roy Titus, founder of Minuteman Press International, Inc., who along with Ray co-founded SIGNARAMA in 1987. Titus has since led United Franchise Group to become a $500 million international franchising resource with 1,400 franchise locations in 50 countries and five brands: SIGNARAMA, EmbroidMe, Billboard Connection, FranchiseMart and Plan Ahead Events.

In 2007, Titus was the first franchisor ever to be awarded the "E" Award from the U.S. Department of Commerce for export excellence. President Bush presented him with the award to recognize the increase in export revenue for the SIGNARAMA brand by 700 percent in just three years. Titus also established the United Franchise Group Foundation which supports Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, Junior Achievement and Africa Bridge. He also serves on the Board of Governors at Northwood University and on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches.

In 1980 Palm Beach Atlantic became the first university in the U.S. to establish a course in American Free Enterprise, making it a part of the school’s required curriculum. American Free Enterprise Day began in 1984 to honor the individuals whose hard work and achievement exemplify the best of the American Free enterprise system.

About United Franchise Group:

Headquartered in West Palm Beach, Fla., United Franchise Group ( is a $500 million international franchising resource. Brands include SIGNARAMA, EmbroidMe and Billboard Connection, as well as two new brands -- FranchiseMart, a retail location to research business opportunities before investing; and Plan Ahead Events, a home-based corporate event planning franchise. Additionally, UFG’s continuum of franchise development services helps entrepreneurs grow their businesses domestically and/or globally with Accurate Franchising, Franchise Greenhouse and World Franchisors. Information on franchising opportunities is available at 800-286-8671

About Palm Beach Atlantic University

Palm Beach Atlantic University is a private, independent university offering undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees, with campuses in West Palm Beach and Orlando. The University is dedicated to the integration of Christian principles to prepare students for lifelong learning and leadership. For additional information, visit our Web site:

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