Breaking the mold

Breaking the mold

Brett Franklin, United States

Brett Franklin, United States

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Breaking the mold

Breaking the mold

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When you get to interact with people from all over the world, all of a sudden the world seems very small.

Brett Franklin

Brett Franklin

United States

Brett Franklin has been an entrepreneur since middle school, when his father and grandfather helped him to establish Artisan Laundromats. The company services laundry machines at several multifamily properties owned by Franklin Companies, a fully integrated housing provider that Brett’s father, Aubra Franklin, founded.

Brett recently joined the wider family business as a development associate, trying to learn as much as he can while drawing on his experiences at the EY NextGen Academy. “When your family has a business, you’re in a very unique situation. You think more about long-term continuity,” Brett says. “That has real potential to bring the family together and find ways to impact the community and add value to the world at large.”

This drive to make a difference informs how Brett looks to “change the paradigm” — what he says is essential for those looking to transform the world. “I think if you can ask ‘Why?’ about everything you’re doing, then eventually you can see how the current structure might not be the best way to do things,” he says.

Brett adds that this form of self-reflection is a key strength of the NextGen Academy, crediting the program with supporting him to find his best path within the family business. “I feel like I can create change in the long term by being involved in my family business and being able to communicate that to my father,” he says.

Lessons like that put the future into perspective. “When you get to interact with people from all over the world, all of a sudden the world seems very small,” Brett says. “You’re able to think much more ‘big picture’ and bring that confidence back to what you’re doing.”

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