About FMS Franchise Real Estate

FMS Franchise Real Estate is comprised of a team of qualified lending real estate and franchise industry professionals who have both owned franchises and run franchise systems.  Choosing the right real estate for your business, franchisees and new locations plays a critical role in the trajectory and success of your brand, you can be confident that with FMS Franchise Real Estate you will have a 100% commitment to results and a genuine strategic partnership with a team that is in it for the long run with you and be there for you every step of the way as you build your model and establish new locations of your franchise. 

Call 386-562-7000 to get in touch with a Senior Consultant.

Meet Our Management

Meet our team of strategists, professionals, & innovators devoted to helping you and your business succeed! With passion, experience and a creative approach to business, our brokers are on the cutting edge of today's real estate world. Take a moment to learn more about them below!


Ormond Beach, FL – Nick Avena has over 25 years of experience in business development, partnerships and sales to support startup, midmarket and Fortune 1000 companies. Nick is a knowledgeable advisor in numerous industries such as enterprise technology, retail, real estate, and startup enterprises. He holds and has held certification and licenses in Real Estate, Insurance Brokerage, and holds a Series 6 Securities License. Nick is an entrepreneur at heart and having started and run 4 businesses in 4 different industries he is very in tune with what business owners' needs and desires are. Everything from developing and executing the business plan, raising capital for the endeavours (multi-million dollar ventures at times), growing and expanding the business, and everything else involved in starting and running a new business. Nick graduated from Pace University in Pleasantville, NY with a BA in Management Information Systems (MIS).

Vice President

Mr. Feola is an experienced executive with a diverse background in numerous industries. His expertise in helping businesses from startup-to-scale include franchise development, product development, capital raising, funding, sales strategy, revenue generation, business strategy, marketing strategy, financing, accounting, process improvement, leadership, data analysis and deal closure. Mr. Feola has founded and led businesses in the technology, food and consulting industries. He is a true entrepreneur at heart, holding various technology and process patents. His passion for building and scaling businesses led him to franchising, where he helps emerging brands embrace the power of the franchise model. Mr. Feola is committed to providing business leaders with access to the funding they need to grow their businesses and simplifying the lending process.


Atlanta, GA – Chris Conner has been a franchise consultant working with business owners and brands to support growth through franchising since 2001. His experience in the franchise development industry began with a Chicago-based franchise consulting firm where Mr. Conner had the opportunity to work with a variety of successful franchise systems including Jimmy John’s, European Wax Center, 911 Restoration, Smash Burger, Marco’s Pizza, Mad Science Group and other franchise systems where he was able to learn the franchise development process. In 2009, Mr. Conner founded Franchise Marketing Systems (FMS) in Atlanta, Georgia. FMS was developed in order to provide a full-service franchise development solution to new and existing franchisors. FMS provides strategic planning, FDD and Franchise Agreement development, Operations and Training Program development and Marketing Development to bring new brands to market as a franchise, then supports the franchise sales and marketing of the franchise. Today, Mr. Conner oversees the FMS team and works directly with clients to execute the franchise development process with brands globally. Since 2009, FMS has developed over 400 franchise brands and has a team of over 28 franchise consultants. FMS has developed successful franchise brands including Anytime Fitness, Baxter Healthcare, Blimpie, Hungry Howie’s Pizza, Restoration 1, Smash My Trash, Two Men and a Truck along with others. The FMS Team has been able to align with brands and franchise systems with a unified, consistent approach focused on growth, systems and transitioning from company-owned businesses to a scalable franchise system. Mr. Conner holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Management Information Systems from Miami of Ohio University and an MBA in Finance from DePaul University in Chicago. He is married to Alaina Conner and has two children, Ashton and Jameson who make every day exciting and full of adventure.

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