The Power List 2017: Valerie Daniels-Carter

January 24, 2017

Starting with a single Burger King restaurant in 1982, Valerie Daniels-Carter has built V&J Holdings Inc. into a Milwaukee, Wis.-based multi-concept powerhouse and the largest woman-owned franchise group in the nation.

Daniels-Carter left banking to launch the business with her brother, real estate lawyer John Daniels Jr., and grew it to span 114 restaurants, under brands including Auntie Anne’s, Burger King, Cinnabon, The Coffee Beanery, Häagen-Dazs and more than 60 Pizza Huts. Her company also franchises its own MyOhMy Frozen Yogurt brand and recently signed a deal to develop Captain D’s seafood restaurants.

Daniels-Carter wins through her corporate philosophy of