Dennis Monroe, who received the Special Achievement award in this year’s Franchise Times Dealmakers project (see related article), is featured in the magazine’s April issue, which presents the twelve 2014 award winners. The Dealmakers awards recognize the boldest players driving mergers and acquisitions in franchising. The Lifetime Achievement award honors Dennis’s 30-year career in franchise finance. “I’m always trying to find new, creative financing tools, both on the franchisor side and the franchisee,” Dennis told Franchise Times. Speaking of recent trends in franchise finance, he said, “We’re seeing much more on the securities side, such as private placement, earlier stage IPOs, and particularly I’ve been focusing more on emerging concepts.” “How can I grow our concept? That’s a question I’m asked all the time,” Dennis said of his involvement with business owners. “That’s what I love—is to put together a blueprint for growth.” Read the full 2014 Dealmakers article in Franchise Times.