Peter Thomas has a new startup

According to a recent message from Peter Thomas, life’s been a little busy lately. He just got back from scuba diving in Costa Rica and hiking, ATV riding, rapid running and horseback riding in Moab, Utah. And all of this while he’s getting the ball rolling on a new start-up company, Thomas Franchise Solutions. Please see the press release below for full details and join us in wishing Peter well with his new endeavor.


Celebrated Entrepreneur Peter Thomas Launches Thomas Franchise Solutions

(Phoenix, AZ  April 19, 2012) –Peter Thomas is back. After ten years of business semi-retirement in which he focused on social entrepreneurship and shared his philosophy of values-based leadership through The Todd Thomas Institute for Values-Based Leadership, LifePilot, and the Be Great Book,  Thomas has launched a new startup, Thomas Franchise Solutions, whose operations will be governed by the ethics and leadership practices for which Thomas has become known.

Peter Thomas himself came from meager means and describes his childhood home as being raised on a gravel pit.  Originally from England, he arrived in Canada as a young boy with his mother who instilled in him an unshakable foundation of ethics and values that led to his great success, and has taken him to where he is today, from a serial to social entrepreneur living an extraordinary life.

Thomas has been recognized as one of the leading developers and lenders of his time in North America, and has developed billions of dollars in real estate projects, from shopping centers, apartments and condominiums to golf courses. He is the past Chairman and Founder of Century 21 Real Estate Canada Ltd, founded Samoth Capital Corporation (now known as Sterling Centrecorp Inc.), and developed the Four Seasons Resort in Scottsdale, AZ.

In April 2000, after the suicide of his son Todd, Thomas decided to focus his time and energy on social entrepreneurship, and to share his experience and philosophy of values-based living and leadership.  In the last decade, he founded and remains Chairman of LifePilot, and developed the Todd Thomas Institute for Values-Based Leadership at Royal Roads University in Victoria BC, Canada, named in honor of his son. For his work on Values Based Leadership Peter received his Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Royal Roads University.

Successful franchise companies combine an entrepreneurial mindset and drive for growth with the stability of disciplined corporate governance.  TFS aims to invest in franchise companies whose management has a proven track record and have developed a profitable model.

This initial fund is to be capped at $15,000,000.  The fund generally expects to exit its investments in a three- to seven-year time horizon.  The fund will charges an annual management fee of 2% of committed capital and will share investment gains with our LP’s on an 80/20 basis, as is common in investment vehicles of this type.

Similar to Private Equity firms, the TFS fund is able to invest significantly in well-established franchisors to provide predictable continued growth on a large scale, driven by their recurring royalty streams.  Like Venture Capital firms, the TFS fund can also deploy capital for small strategic investments in emerging franchisors – early stage opportunities with maximum growth potential.  We specifically seek companies that have a great proven business model but possibly the owners need capital combined with strategic advice

Our approach to the TFS Fund is based on our understanding of the dynamics of the franchise industry. We always aim to invest in exceptional companies led by expert managers, but we will do so at varying stages of their maturity lifecycle in order to add the high potential returns of early-stage firms to the more stable incomes of long-established companies. In this balanced investment strategy, we will normally invest larger sums in larger, better-established companies, but we will always be alert for attractive opportunities of any size.