Don Fertman, Board Chair
Don Fertman is the Chief Development Officer for Franchise World Headquarters, franchisor of Subway, a position he has held since 2010. In this capacity, he oversees all aspects of the franchise development pipeline, from lead generation to restaurant opening. Don has also functioned as Director of Franchise Sales since 1988. Since joining the franchisor in 1981, Don has seen the company grow from 166 restaurants at the time he began his career to over 40,500 units in 103 countries today.
During his tenure at Subway, Don has functioned as the Public Relations manager, publications editor/writer and company photographer before becoming Franchise Sales Manager and later Director, supervising the sale of over 60,000 franchises for several franchise concepts owned by the Franchisor. Prior to his employment at Subway, Don was affiliated with the company through his previous career as a freelance writer and musician, writing and performing jingles promoting Subway sandwiches nationwide. That career also included his participation in a studio project, “How Pop Can You Get” by The Bats, that yielded an album and video which received national attention, including a “recommended” rating in Billboard Magazine and airplay on HBO. Don received a B.S Degree Cum Laude in Communications from the University of New Haven. He has been a member of both the Domestic and Global Strategic Planning Committees and currently serves on the System Advisory Council and Management Committee at Subway World Headquarters.
Don took his last drink on June 6, 1983. He speaks openly about his journey to recovery and was on the CBS TV show “Undercover Boss” twice where he discussed his alcoholism publicly. He also participated in a documentary about the Recovery Movement, “The Anonymous People”, which has been screened around the country. Last year Don made a trip out to Colorado to see the Denver facility and learn more about The Phoenix. He gave a presentation to the Phoenix staff and told his story about the day he made the decision to quit drinking. Don was able to meet most of the Phoenix staff from all three Chapters and was impressed with the work and mission of The Phoenix. He has since joined the Board and is working closely with the Phoenix Team to establish chapters outside of Colorado. He has also founded Recovery Branches (www.recoverybranches.org) to help those struggling with addiction to find avenues to recovery and to assist the organizations that support them in their expansion efforts.