No. 10: David Rutkauskas
Founder, Beautiful Brands Intl.
Any baker will tell you that to get a great bun, you need a great oven. In the case of fast casual concepts, Beautiful Brands has proved quite the oven indeed. Rutkauskas and his wife, Camille, founded Camille's Sidewalk Café in 1996, and since then have launched or helped franchise 11 additional brands with more on the way.
In 2011, BBI sold a record 370 franchises and master franchise agreements. In 2011, Rutkauskas started his own blog about leadership and business issues, titled appropriately enough, "Life is Beautiful." And in 2012, he has plans to launch his first book and his own talk show.