The Power List 2017: Greg Flynn

January 24, 2017

Over a 17-year career, Greg Flynn built the nation’s largest franchisee empire: Flynn Restaurant Group LP, a business that spans the country with three different brands — Applebee’s, Panera Bread and Taco Bell.

With so many restaurant chains selling locations, franchisees have become increasingly powerful in the business of selling food to customers. And Flynn is foremost among them.

This year, he was the first franchisee to ever win Nation’s Restaurant News’ prestigious Operator of the Year award.

Flynn started the business with the acquisition of eight Applebee’s locations in Seattle in the late 1990s. Today, it has more