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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.
1851: How 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.
1851: Do 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.