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.

Matt Cozza

Matt Cozza

Vice President, Finance, Real Estate & Constructio

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.

Garrett Hidalgo

Garrett Hidalgo

Director of Training

As Director of Training for Venture X, Garrett heads the training program and is dedicated to the success of all Venture X franchisees and their support staff. Before becoming Director of Training, Garrett traveled throughout the US getting Venture X franchise locations set up from various stages of pre-launch to Grand Opening.

Garrett has extensive experience in strategic training, startup leadership, and multi-unit management operations. Throughout his career, Garrett has worked for multiple Fortune 500 companies including Enterprise Rent A Car, Dollar Thrifty Auto Group, and Avis Budget Group/Zipcar.

Garrett is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

Rubin Beckner

Rubin Beckner

Director of Membership Sales

During his career, Rubin has helped thousands of companies from all over the world navigate the flexible office space landscape. As Director of Membership Sales for Venture X, Rubin focuses on helping Venture X locations maximize their local sales and marketing strategies.

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.

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.

Frank Young

Frank Young

Finance Manager

As a Finance Manager for Venture X, Frank’s role is to advise franchisees about the lending options available to them and walk them through the entire process of application through funding.

Frank has 30 plus years in the finance industry, most recently as Vice President and Market Leader with a major South Florida bank where he headed up the South Palm Beach County market. He specialized in Business Banking, Commercial Lending and the day-to-day operations. He is a graduate of Adelphi Business School with a major in accounting.

Jon Stafford

Jon Stafford

Franchise Real Estate Manager

As Franchise Real Estate Manager, Jon’s role is to advise franchisees with market analysis, site selection, deal structuring, letter of intent and lease negotiation, brand standards and processes, as well as coordinating the development process.

Jon has over 25 years of experience in commercial real estate developing retail shopping centers, office buildings, medical offices, and outpatient surgery centers for corporations and developers. Over his real estate career, he has completed over 100 real estate transactions for approximately 2,500,000 square feet of commercial real estate. Jon has an MBA from Pennsylvania State University and a degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University.