Ryan has served the franchise community as an accomplished supplier and technology advisor for the past decade. His knowledge in franchising combined with skills in strategy, business development, marketing technology, and uncanny ability to network and build relationships has helped many organizations achieve explosive growth.

Mr. Hicks is the Co-Founder and CEO of Franchise Supplier Network, which aims to connect franchisors with best-fit supplier partners and a vision of being “the epicenter of franchise supplier search and selection.”

Ryan founded Modrn Business Podcast in 2017, publishing over 400 episodes to date, and has one of the largest franchise community audiences in the world. He is an investor and board member in two emerging franchise brands (CPR Construction Cleaning and Appell Line Striping) and is a partner in Franchisors.com.

Ryan is a Certified Franchise Executive, sits on the International Franchise Association’s Marketing Committee, served as a member of IFA’s FranPAC Task Force, and is on a mission to help franchise entrepreneurs connect and grow.