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Valerie Daniels-Carter, Founder of the Largest Woman Owned Franchise Business and Part Owner of an NBA Team

Valerie Daniels-Carter is a part owner of the NBA team The Milwaukee Bucks, and is both president and CEO of  V&J Holdings.

V&J Holdings is the largest franchise company owned by a woman, the largest minority owner of Pizza Hut franchise stores, and one of the largest franchising companies in the country, period.

It owns over 40 Burger King restaurants, and over 60 Pizza Hut locations, along with other franchises such as MyYoMy Frozen Yogurt, Auntie Anne’s Soft Pretzels, and Captain D’s Seafood along with other real estate properties.

How it all started

This franchise and real estate empire all started with Valerie Daniels-Carter and John Daniels Jr. back in 1982 with just one Burger King franchise. Valerie Daniels-Carter was working as a banker when she decided to start her own business. She had to raise over $1 million to buy the rights to a Burger King restaurant and to build the restaurant itself.

Her late husband Jeffrey pitched in by giving her a savings account that he filled up with checks from his second job. It took a lot of sacrifice and shrewd decision making to get the first franchise off of the ground, but the effort paid off. By 1998, she already had over 30 Burger Kings and 60 Pizza Hut locations.

Valerie Daniels-Carter says she did this to challenge the old status quo in franchising. She wants to help other African American women have a chance to own their own franchising companies as well.

She frequently gives motivational talks, using her own life experience, business experience, and sheer determination as a way to inspire and encourage others who look like her and come from similar backgrounds to aspire to accomplish more than they ever dreamed of.


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She Owns Two 7-Elevens and is Achieving Record Sales With a Black Owned Wine Brand

Alyson Rae Lawson is the CEO of RaeLawson Enterprise LLC, franchisee/operator of two 7-Eleven convenience stores (with gas stations) located right across from each other in Arlington, TX.

In this interview we discuss:

  1. Becoming a franchise owner vs starting a business from scratch.
  2. How and why she uses her platform to be a positive influence in her community.
  3. The amazing response from selling a Black-owned Wine brand in one of her stores. (1100 bottles in two days)

…and more!

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Tony O. Lawson


Related: Black Owned 7-Eleven Sold Over 100 Cases of a Black Owned Wine Brand Three Days

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This Black Owned 7-Eleven Sold Over 100 Cases of a Black Owned Wine Brand Three Days

Alyson Rae Lawson is the CEO of RaeLawson Enterprise LLC, franchisee/operator of two 7-Eleven convenience stores (with gas stations) located right across from each other in Arlington, TX.

One of her locations recently started stocking the “Black Girl Magic” collection from McBride Sisters, the largest Black owned wine company in the country.

The results have been phenomenal!

Black owned 7- Eleven
Alyson Rae Lawson

“It kind of blew out of the water,” Lawson told Fox 4 News. “I think my last order of the entire McBride collection was 80 cases.”

Robin McBride confirmed Lawson has become the highest volume selling retailer of their brand in the country.

“I don’t know that we’ve seen an account quite like this before,” Robin said. “But her for a 7-Eleven, they brought in 10 cases of Black Girl Magic and they sold out the first day. The next day, they brought in 30 cases and they sold out that day. Then 70 cases and it’s sold out immediately. She said I can’t even keep these in stock.”

“It started with the Black Girl Magic collection and that sold like crazy,” Lawson said. “Then once I bought out all of the warehouses in Texas, I said why don’t I get the rest of the McBride’s in stock until I get more Black Girl Magic.”

Across the miles, the two Black woman-owned companies feel something special helping one another.

“As soon as we’re able to move around, we are going to get on the first thing smoking to go hug her neck and congratulate her,” Robin said.

“It’s really about helping each other,” Lawson said.

Lawson is very social media savvy. That’s how she keeps her customers up-to-date on when they can expect each shipment the McBride Sisters Wine to arrive.


Lawson owns both of the 7-Eleven gas stations on the corner of Matlock and I-20. Currently, the McBride Sister’s wine is only stocked at the Shell Station.

RaeHive 7-Eleven
100 E I-20
Arlington, TX 76018


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Fast Food Millionaire Ulysses Bridgeman could strike deal to buy Sports Illustrated

There is buzz that former NBA star Ulysses “Junior” Bridgeman is closing in on a deal to buy Sports Illustrated from Meredith.

If a deal comes to pass, Bridgeman will have beaten out a group headed by Joshua Pollack that includes Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, motivational speaker Tony Robbins and Hollywood producer Peter Guber, who is a part-owner of the Golden State Warriors.

Ulysses Bridgeman
Ulysses Bridgeman Photo Credit: Andrew Hancock

The Pollack group was also trying to put together a package to buy Fortune and Money, which Meredith is seeking to divest before year’s end.

In his NBA career, Bridgeman embraced a role as “super sub” for the Milwaukee Bucks, eventually playing in 711 games, more than any player in franchise history.

But he credits his time as head of the National Basketball Players Association for giving him his business schooling.

Ulysses Bridgeman
BOSTON – 1983: Junior Bridgeman #2 of the Milwaukee Bucks (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)

In his post-playing days, Bridgeman started acquiring and operating Wendy’s and Chili’s franchises, which he sold for $400 million in 2016.

He is now the owner of Heartland Coca Cola Bottling Co., with distribution in Kansas, Missouri and Illinois.

Bridgeman may be teaming up with an even deeper-pocketed partner in Canadian billionaire Larry Tanenbaum and his family’s Toronto-based investment arm, the Kilmer Group.

They recently purchased Coca-Cola Refreshments Canada from the Coca-Cola Co. Terms of that deal were not disclosed, but the Globe and Mail estimated it as an $800 million deal.

Tanenbuam, said to be worth C$1.5 billion, is huge in Toronto sports and media holdings. He’s chairman and part owner of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and played a big role in bringing the NBA’s Raptors to Toronto, where he is also a part owner. Kilmer owns the Scotiabank Arena, where both teams play. And to round out the roster, he’s involved in ownership of the soccer team Toronto FC.

Bridgeman did not return calls seeking comment. Kilmer Group is insisting its only deal with Bridgeman is the recent Coca-Cola agreement.

Meredith declined to comment.

Source: NY Post