We Know What It means To Be Supportive
Unlike other franchise support teams you’ll find, Nékter corporate support knows what our Franchise Owners need most… because we’re our own largest Franchise Owner! Over 30 Nékter locations are currently corporately-owned, meaning we have been in the trenches and know firsthand what it’s like to own and operate a Nékter Juice Bar. This intimate understanding of the day-to-day aspects of running a Nékter franchise, along with our “Franchise First” mentality, gives us a unique perspective that has allowed us to perfect our model and provide quick, effective support for all our Franchise Owners. After opening over 30 corporate locations, we have only recently put emphasis on franchise-lead growth. We believe this makes us stronger as a company, since our Owners know they can depend on us to assist them with whatever they need, when they need it.
Meet Your Franchise Support Team
Steve Schulze - Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Steve Founded Nékter in 2010 and has led the company as CEO since inception. He oversees the entire business including company and franchise-owned locations. Steve’s role is to ensure all aspects of the company are running smoothly and has put a world-class team in place to support Franchise Owners in opening their locations and beyond.
Alexis Schulze - Co-Founder and Chief Visionary Officer
Alexis leads Nékter’s research and development efforts. She
works to create new menu items that focus on consumers growing appetite
for plant-based, functional, and nutrient-rich foods that support various
lifestyles and diet preferences. Before Nékter, Alexis had more
than 20 years of experience working with children in both preschool and
elementary school, holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Adolescent
Development, and a Master’s Degree in Cross-Cultural Education. Recently, Alexis authored her first children’s book called Sneaky Spinach with plans to write additional books in this series soon.
Natalie Green - Vice President of Business Operations
Natalie has served as our Vice President of Business Operations since May 2016. Natalie also served as our Controller from December 2014 until April 2016. Natalie manages all department leaders to ensure alignment across all business systems to support the overall Nékter brand.
Jeff Barney - Vice President of Franchising
Jeff oversees Nékter franchising, including our development, sales, point of sale, and training departments. He works with each of these departments to drive innovation and build pre-opening support initiatives from the first interviews through opening day. This includes Discovery Days, new Franchise Owner training, store openings, development processes, and our franchise advisory council.
Corryn Dotson - Director of Training and Development
During build-out, Owners will work with Corryn to schedule in-store and corporate classroom training. Corryn also coordinates with our Regional Training Managers and Franchise Business Consultants on store openings.
Lidia Larson - Director of Construction
Lidia guides our Owners on all things construction-related, from working with our architects and drawing out layout plans to implement the build-out with contractors and ensuring that stores are ready to open.
Zach Anderson - Vice President of Operations
Zach oversees all Nékter Juice Bar operations for both Company-owned and Franchise locations. He supervises the Franchise Business Consultants, our Franchise Marketing Manager, and our Field Marketing Manager, working with all parties to coordinate post-opening support for our franchise locations.
One of the Most Experienced Franchise Support Teams on the Planet
Unlike most Franchise Concepts today, we’re Franchise Owners ourselves! We have opened 40+ corporate-owned franchise locations and used this experience to fine-tune our model and ensure that ongoing improvements in store performance.
An Immensely Rewarding Experience
From the moment I tasted my first acai bowl at Nékter Juice Bar, I was hooked. It’s been an immensely rewarding experience to bring such a high-quality, health-conscious brand focused on innovation, its customers, and employees.” - Andrea Young
Our Numbers Have Been Improving Every Day!- Daniel Hernandez
Helping People Be More Healthy- Carlo Cardenas
Extremely Profitable in a Short Time- Derek Shaw
Serving the Community- Amit Wadhera