Young Ones to Watch:Liberty Harper

BY 1851
February 6th, 2013

By 1851 Magazine   

Founded 1952
Started Franchising 1990
Startup Costs $504K-881K
Locations/Territories  126

Liberty Harper

Age: 32

Director of Marketing, Fatburger

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Liberty Harper has done it all. She has been a franchisee, a franchisor, a consultant, an Internet TV show host and a development member for a marketing brand. Now guess her age. Harper is 32 years old, but has built a portfolio that would make some of the franchise community’s influencers jealous. Despite accomplishing so much so fast, Harper refuses to sit still. The entrepreneur in her still craves making a difference in people’s lives by relying on a blend of experience that encompasses success and failure.

1851How did you get started in your career?

LH: When I was 18 my parents asked me to help them open a Curves gym as a franchisee. After a second location a year later we built both locations then sold them. After managing the gyms for the new owners I created a business plan for my own little gym, which I opened 6 months later. Within two years it was a franchise (Liberty Fitness) of 65 locations. It was sold in 2004 and I resigned from the company in 2007.

Since then I have been consulting with various franchise systems mostly focused in training and marketing. In 2009, I joined Aviatech (a full service marketing and advertising agency) of which I was a client with Liberty Fitness, with a focus to bring them new business while still consulting.

1851: Why do you love what you do?

LH: I’m passionate about helping people grow their business and love the franchise community.

1851Do you feel young people are well-represented in business? Do they have the opportunity to make it these days?  

LH: Younger businessmen and women are by far a minority in the franchise industry.

Liberty Harper has been featured extensively on 1851, most recently sharing her thoughts regarding Fatburger’s continued international expansion.

Fatburger was also featured on Fast Food Mania, which can be viewed below: