Veteran franchise executive John Rotche began his career in franchising at Domino’s Pizza, where he spent many years under founder Tom Monaghan.
Domino’s was sold to private equity firm Bain Capital in 1998 (it later went public), but Rotche’s time in the pizza franchise kitchen was up, though he wasn’t done cooking.
He left to serve as chief operations officer at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, but left Krispy Kreme in 2002 to start DUCTZ, a single van air duct cleaning business following a severe respiratory illness of his son. In 2007, Rotche sold DUCTZ to Belfor, a property restoration company and later created the Belfor Franchise Group. Three years ago, he launched a second business, HOODZ Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning. The franchise has more than 150 locations.