When it comes to understanding the franchise industry, Dr. Ben Litalien offers a unique perspective and much, much more. Dr. Litalien’s franchise experience runs a wide gamut: from major oil company franchise strategies to pioneering new social investment structures which leverage quality franchise concepts for job creation, solving some difficult societal employment problems. Dr. Litalien, who is a professor at University of Maryland, has created two of the most informative and participatory management courses available in the franchise industry. The courses draw on his experience with the latest trends in franchising. The Building Blocks of Franchising course offered industry expert presentations from such notables as Mark Forseth, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of Marriott International, and Andrew Sherman of Jones Day LLP.