Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

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Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Business Buzz

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Boat club makes Franchise 500

Freedom Boat Club, which bills itself as the nation's oldest and largest boat club and the only franchise model of its kind in North America, has been named for the third time to Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise 500 list for 2015.

It was ranked No. 283 and garnered a full-page article in the publication's January winner's issue. President and CEO John Giglio was interviewed and a photo showed him at the helm of a Freedom Boat Club .

Originally founded in Sarasota and now headquartered in Venice, Freedom Boat Club has 10,000-plus members and nearly 100 club locations in 19 states.

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