9Round Franchising, LLC, today announced Kelly Tope as theSr. Director of Franchise Development. Bringing over 25 years of franchising experience to the position, Tope will play an integral part in advancing the development and growth of 9Round and implementing new sales strategies.

“Kelly brings to 9Round a wealth of knowledge from her extensive franchising background, which will help ensure new opportunities for growth,” said Shannon Hudson, founder and CEO of 9Round Franchising. “As 9Round continues to expand and reach new milestones, we are excited to bring on Kelly as a new sales leader to provide expertise on franchising, strategy, and sales.”

Prior to joining 9Round, Tope was instrumental in the development of well-known brands such as Valvoline, Whataburger, The UPS Store, Supercuts, Cost Cutters, Bruegger’s Bagels and Taco John’s. In previous positions, she oversaw franchise development departments, developed new resale and transfer programs for franchising systems, facilitated franchisee recruitment processes, and managed franchise sales, department budgets, and marketing plans.

“It’s a great opportunity to join the 9Round team and be a part of the journey towards continued growth and success that Shannon, Heather and the team have created,” said Tope. “Franchising is unique in that it allows us to change people’s lives in a variety of ways. Our priority is to ensure that our franchisees feel supported in achieving their goals, not only in business but also in their communities.”

About 9Round

Founded in 2008 by professional kickboxer Shannon Hudson and his wife, Heather, 9Round is the world’s largest kicking boxing franchise both in gyms and online that brings kickboxing fitness training to the average person in a 30-minute, trainer-guided, full-body circuit format. The program is developed around a proprietary and copyrighted system of nine challenging workout stations created by Shannon himself. Since the workouts occur on a continuous circuit throughout the day, there are no scheduled class times. Members utilize 9ROUND PULSE, the brand’s wearable heart rate technology, to track effort, heart rate, calories burned and workout time during each 9Round session. In 2020, the brand launched 9RoundNOW, an official app that provides on-demand trainer-led workouts via video instruction by 9Round’s team of professional trainers. Today, there are nearly 700 9Round locations open and operating throughout 41 states and in 17 countries including Canada, Costa Rica, Australia, Guatemala, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mexico, Ecuador, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.


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