After 40 Years I Thought I Was Retiring

After 40 Years I Thought I Was Retiring

I’m retiring from Aaron’s July 1. It was a great run. We awarded more than 900 franchises and created wealth for an exceptional group of franchise owners.

In fact, it’s been a great run for 40 years as a franchisor, franchisee and development manager. Meeting so many talented people in this industry, serving with dedicated professionals on the International Franchise Association’s VetFran committee, and creating my TANNERISMS book—Wisdom from Greg Tanner—were all highlights of a career that I’m very fortunate to have experienced.

As soon as the word of my retirement got out, I began hearing from everyone. It was gratifying. People kept saying: “You’re too passionate about the industry and you have too many ideas to share to leave it all behind.”

My wife, Fran, may have said it best when she reminded me that she “married me for better or for worse, but not lunch every day.”


“Greg you have to much energy to be underfoot,” says Fran.

She’s right. I may be retiring from Aaron’s, but I’m not retiring from franchising. I’ll be at the Multi-Unit Franchising Conference this week in Las Vegas. Come by the Aaron’s booth and let’s talk about the future and how we can help each other build successful franchises and create wealth for the next generation of franchise owners.

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