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Venture X Team

Ray Titus

Ray Titus

CEO of United Franchise Group

Ray Titus, CEO of United Franchise Group, is a widely recognized leader in the franchise industry. He started the company in 1986 with the Signarama brand in Farmingdale, New York.

Ray has received numerous honors and awards for his leadership at United Franchise Group and in the franchising industry. In addition to recognition for his business acumen, Ray is also an accomplished speaker and author.

Jason Anderson

Jason Anderson

President

Rich with franchising, real estate, marketing, and technology experience, Jason Anderson leads the Venture X brand. Jason oversees all aspects of the growth and development of this dynamic business after serving in other leadership roles at United Franchise Group including President of Accurate Franchising and Chief Technology Officer.

Jason also has strong real estate management skills which he honed as the founder of Premier Property Marketing Group in Dallas. It was in that capacity that he was recognized by Forbes Magazine in their coveted “30 Under 30” list which chronicles the brashest entrepreneurs across North America.

Paula Mercer

Paula Mercer

Vice President of Operations

After serving in several other operational roles within United Franchise Group for more than twelve years and being involved in the development of Venture X from the beginning, Paula became Vice President of Operations for Venture X in 2019.  Paula oversees all aspects related to operations and new building openings for current and future franchise owners. Additionally, she has a strong focus on evaluating and implementing brand initiatives related to operational processes.

Paula has extensive global travel experience and brings her wealth of knowledge to the Venture X brand as it continues to grow domestically and internationally.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in business management from Liberty University.

Matt Cozza

Matt Cozza

Vice President, Development

Matt is a highly knowledgeable and experienced Corporate Real Estate Executive with broad and deep familiarity with a variety of industries for over 30 years. Matt has a proven track record with site selection, construction, and financing for franchises, schools, restaurants, grocers, and pharmacies.

He leads a dynamic team of proven professionals that are determined to exceed expectations and drive value with profitability and has a reputation for performance excellence, leadership, and results.

Christine Pescatore

Christine Pescatore

Director of Marketing

As Director of Marketing, Christine is responsible for working with prospective and active franchisees on all aspects of marketing strategy including digital, public relations, website, etc.

Christine has an extensive background in content marketing, lead generation, and branding. Prior to joining Venture X, Christine held various marketing roles within professional services organizations including Oasis Outsourcing and IBMSECU.

Christine holds an MBA from Florida Atlantic University.

Mark Patek

Mark Patek

Director of Sales

Mark has been with United Franchise Group since 2014 serving in various roles within the company including Regional Vice President, Executive Vice President, and now the Divisional Director of Sales for Venture X. Mark has had extensive experience in the development of Venture X and has been involved with a large number of the new franchisees for Venture X.

Before joining UFG, Mark had a broad background in business. Mark has successfully started two different regional and national companies before selling both to publicly traded companies. Mark graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia (MIZZOU) with a degree in Economics.

Matt Szafaryn

Matt Szafaryn

Director of Franchise Development

As Director of Franchise Development for Venture X, Matt is responsible for assisting in brand growth, both domestically and internationally. Matt started with United Franchise Group in early 2018 and has served in various roles during his tenure, including Franchise Development Representative, Tradeshow Sales Coordinator and Regional Manager for South Florida/international covering Europe, Canada & Africa. 

Matt is a Florida native and graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Hospitality Management and Entrepreneurship.

Rubin Beckner

Rubin Beckner

Director of Operations

During his career, Rubin has helped thousands of companies from all over the world navigate the flexible office space landscape. As Director of Operations for Venture X, Rubin focuses on helping Venture X locations with operations support, training and vendor network setup.

Rubin has over 12 years of Marketing and Sales Management experience, including recent work as a strategy consultant for coworking office operators. As Operator Relations Manager of the Americas for the largest flexible office advisory firm globally, the Instant Group, Rubin managed a portfolio of over 4,500 office center partnerships representing $100s of millions in real estate value throughout North and South America.

Tammy Senter

Tammy Senter

Director of Membership Sales

Tammy is an industry veteran with 15 years of coworking experience in a wide variety of roles all focused on the sales and operations of coworking spaces. While at Regus, she was recognized as a Top Sales Performer for five consecutive years with additional recognitions for highest number of broker deals, highest renewal increases and the CEO award multiple times, to name a few.

As Director of Membership Sales for Venture X, Tammy's focus is working directly with current and future Venture X franchisees to increase occupancy, revenue and profit. More specifically, she works with franchisees on broker relationships, enterprise leads, sales calls, closing memberships and personnel needs.

Amanda Bloom

Amanda Bloom

Purchasing Manager

As the Venture X Purchasing Manager, Amanda is responsible for the purchasing, coordination, and delivery of the Schedule A equipment package. Amanda started as an administrative assistant with United Franchise Group in 2005. She was then promoted into the purchasing department, where she has excelled with the startup of over 10 brands in the United Franchise Group family of businesses.

Amanda’s focus and expertise is acquiring goods and services, coordinating deliveries of many items from multiple vendors, and working with these vendors to establish healthy relationships to get the best pricing for our Schedule A package. She attended Penn State University.

Amanda Hermoso

Amanda Hermoso

Program Director

After serving in several other administrative roles within United Franchise Group for nearly a decade, Amanda became the Program Director for Venture X in 2020. She acts as the central point of contact between franchisees and the corporate office team during the launch process; working with both groups to ensure a successful launch for each franchisee.

Amanda holds a Bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University.