Sarah Van Aken
VP of Franchise Development
Sarah’s remarkable career runs the entrepreneurial gamut. Early on, Sarah launched the residential arm of a commercial real estate and development firm. She excelled in property, but eventually shifted her energy toward a completely different industry. She moved on to spearhead and nurture three successful fashion companies. During this run, she experienced wonderful growth, however the eternal developer, Sarah wanted something more.
She’d ultimately channel her branding, marketing, and design skills to ease onto the greeting cards scene. Once there, she became an absolute force! Sarah collaborated with a former Hallmark CEO to build a $135 million social expression business.
Today with BrandONE, Sarah leverages her business knowledge and teacher’s heart to lead others to the right franchise for them. Sarah – who’s often called on to mentor women in business – subscribes to a pay it forward mindset. She most appreciates the opportunity to evolve brands and individuals who serve the greater good. And when it comes to recruiting high-quality candidates for the brands she represents? Well Sarah regularly shares one mantra: You don’t have to go it alone.