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A Gifted Greg Tanner Retires—sorta


It’s hard to make longtime franchise sales rep Greg Tanner speechless, but MFV Exposition President/CEO Tom Portesy managed it. MFV, organizers of franchise trade shows, threw a surprise party at the International Franchise Expo’s exhibitors’ party to celebrate Tanner’s retirement from Aaron’s.

Greg Tanner

MFV CEO Tom Portesy reads the inscription on the plaque presented to Greg Tanner in honor of his retirement from Aaron's. Looking on are MFV's Greg Mastandrea and Sheila Fischer.

Invited guests toasted Tanner’s long career, as Portesy awarded him with a plaque noting his varied accomplishments to franchising. The Wall Street Journal also paid tribute.

Franchise Times got into the action by presenting Tanner with his own Franchise Times cover, complete with fake cover lines. Our favorite: “Exposé: Tanner admits to years of faking Southern charm. ‘I’m really a Yankee.’”

It’s hard to say good-by to some people, and Tanner especially, because he’s not going away. The affable sales guru is starting his own consulting company, Tanner Franchise Group, with Dave Kelley, a marketing and advertising executive.

His second wind is not only because he feels he still has a lot to give back to franchising, but because as he says, “My wife said she married me for better or worse, but not for lunch every day.”

His first full day at home, he quipped, his wife looked up from her newspaper at the breakfast table and said, “Are you still here?”

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