After graduating from the University of Michigan in 1990, John Rotche began his career in franchising at the Ann Arbor-based pizza giant, Domino’s®. Rotche started at the store level where he began delivering pizzas and quickly advanced into a management role. Rotche directed the operations for hundreds of Domino’s Pizza stores in a multi-state region and was then promoted to a corporate area field trainer position.
Rotche went on to be recognized as Domino’s Pizza’s World Wide Trainer of the Year. After Domino’s Pizza sold to Bain Capital, Rotche accepted a senior level position with Krispy Kreme Doughnuts® and helped lead the brand’s expansion throughout the Midwest. While at Krispy Kreme, Rotche purchased a small, one-van air duct cleaning business as a passive investment from a family member. Soon after purchasing Rotche saw the impact this small business could have on improving the indoor air quality for children suffering from asthma, as demonstrated by his own two-year-old son. Rotche decided to resign from corporate America with the plan to take this small company (DUCTZ) national.
Within three years, Rotche grew DUCTZ to be the nation’s largest air duct cleaning business with 175 offices before selling the business to the billion-dollar restoration giant, Belfor Property Restoration. Two years after selling DUCTZ, Rotche’s entrepreneurial spirit struck again and he recognized another opportunity within the fragmented space of restaurant kitchen exhaust cleaning, so he created his next company, HOODZ.
HOODZ quickly became the nation’s largest within its category, growing to roughly 150 locations in less than two years.
In April of 2012, Rotche accepted the position as both President and Partner of TITLE Boxing Club International. Today, TITLE Boxing Club, is currently one of the fastest growing group fitness companies in America with more than 500 clubs under development nationwide and in Mexico. John is currently the Chief Executive Officer of TITLE Boxing Club International.
In 2015 Rotche launched Franworth where he serves as its CEO and Managing Director. Rotche was recognized in 2007 by Crain’s Detroit Business as one of the Top 40 Executives under the age of 40. In 2011, Rotche was honored with the Entrepreneur of the Year award from the International Franchise Association (IFA), joining the ranks of Fred DeLuca (Subway®), J. Willard Marriott (Marriott® hotels), Tom Monaghan (Domino’s Pizza®), and Frank Carney (Pizza Hut®) to name a few. Additionally, in 2011 Rotche was honored with the Entrepreneurship award from his Alma Mater the University of Michigan. Rotche was also the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Business Leader Award from Northwood University.
As a franchise executive Rotche is often featured on Fox News and Bloomberg. He is also a columnist for Detroit Smart Business, and a frequent public speaker within the franchise industry. Rotche is credited for creating FranShip, the mentoring program for the IFA that provides franchisees and franchisors the opportunity to share best practices plus strategic positioning and advice from some of the franchise industry’s premier leaders.