WEST PALM BEACH, FL, March 30, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ — The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, in partnership with the Palm Beach County Business Development Board and the School District of Palm Beach County, recently recognized United Franchise Group™ (UFG) CEO Ray Titus with the “Outstanding Leadership Award” during its Distinguished Alumni and Leadership Awards. This annual program showcases the importance of investing in today’s students as tomorrow’s leaders.

“I have lived in Palm Beach County for more than 35 years and believe it is important to give back to the community in which I live and work,” said Ray Titus, CEO of United Franchise Group. “No matter what you do in life, education is the most important investment a person can make. For me, I am inspired whenever I teach the next generation about franchising and see them open their own business.”

Titus was recognized for his contributions to small business owners in franchising, but also for what he’s done for education by going “above and beyond” and being a mentor in the community.

“Ray’s well-deserved award goes to show that hard work, passion, and a “never give up” attitude really goes a long way,” said James Gavrilos, President and CEO of Education Foundation of Palm Beach County. “Ray has put his time, heart, and soul into his work and family, and his perseverance has paid off. United Franchise Group’s generous investment in our teachers, students, and schools is a win-win for the business community and the future talent growing right here in Palm Beach County and we are extremely grateful.”

Founded in 1984, the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County is dedicated to advancing excellence in Palm Beach County’s public education by increasing public awareness and inspiring community and business support for programs focused on learning, literacy, and leadership. The Education Foundation serves as a conduit for private sector investment and community involvement by creating partnerships between businesses and donors that affect students in the classroom and strengthen cooperation between the private sector and our public schools.

Committed to educating the next generation about franchising, Ray Titus and his family established the Titus Center for Franchising at Palm Beach Atlantic University, the first program in the U.S. to offer a dedicated curriculum based on the principles of franchising a business. To learn more about United Franchise Group, UFG Cares, and the Titus Center for Franchising visit www.UnitedFranchiseGroup.com.

About United Franchise Group
Led by CEO Ray Titus, United Franchise Group™ is home to an affiliated family of brands and consultants including Accurate Franchising Inc.™, FranchiseMart™, Fully Promoted®, Network Lead Exchange™, Preveer® (formerly Resource Operations International), Signarama®, Transworld Business Advisors®, Venture X®, and a food division featuring Jon Smith Subs®, The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill®, and Graze Craze®. With over three decades in the franchising industry and more than 1,600 franchisees throughout the world, United Franchise Group offers unprecedented leadership and solid business opportunities for entrepreneurs.

About the Business Development Board
The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County is the official public/private economic development organization for Palm Beach County and Enterprise Florida. Founded in 1982 as a not-for-profit corporation, our primary purpose is to attract and retain new industry, business investment, high quality jobs and workforce development through corporate relocations, expansions, and international trade. During the past five years, the BDB has assisted companies that have created more than 12,822 direct jobs with average salaries greater than $69,062, resulting in more than $777 million in capital investment to Palm Beach County and an economic impact that exceeds $6.87 billion. The BDB’s highest level investor partners include Carrier, Florida Power & Light, LRP Media Group, Moss Construction, Stiles Nicholson Foundation, Suffolk Construction, Tortoise Properties, and Wexford Capital. Additional information can be found at the BDB’s website, www.BDB.org.

About the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County
The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County is the nexus of Palm Beach County’s public-school system, the private sector, and the community. The Foundation facilitates student achievement by supporting high quality public-education through partnerships, grants, events and public awareness. Established in 1984 by Palm Beach County business leaders, the Education Foundation serves as the philanthropic support organization for K-12 public education and partners closely with the School District of Palm Beach County and the greater business and charitable community to fund programs that close achievement gaps in learning and that create positive, measurable change for students. This is accomplished by using the funding to provide innovative classroom grants as well as providing quality professional development to foster excellence in teaching. Through a unique matching grant program, the Education Foundation works with corporate and private investors to fund innovative projects and curriculum that improve literacy and grade-level performance, increase graduation rates, support STEM and career academies and target support to low-performing students and schools. For more information on the Education Foundation please visit www.educationfoundationPBC.org.

About the Palm Beach County School District
The School District of Palm Beach County is the tenth largest in the nation and the fifth largest in the State of Florida serving more than 197,000 students (this number includes students that attend non-District operated Charter Schools) who speak 146 languages and dialects. As the largest employer in Palm Beach County, the School District has 22,426 employees, including more than 13,080 teachers.

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