Franchise Adviser

Dave McDougall

David McDougall is the CEO of Franintell, Inc., providing C level expertise & solutions to emerging and midsized companies that require assistance in establishing a franchise system and/or fix problems that have emerged within the current business model. Areas of focus include franchise development, international expansion, operations optimization, finance and capital formation.

Dave most recently was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Back Yard Burgers, Inc., a better burger restaurant company based in Nashville, TN. After joining the company in 2013, McDougall led the successful turnaround of the brand through improved financial performance, franchise relations and return to the brands roots, “great tasting food.” This in turn led to the company attracting a new owner and the sale of the company in July of 2017. Dave’s background includes more than 35 years of food and franchise leadership specializing in operations, development and international business.

In his free time, Dave enjoys jogging, playing tennis, working in the yard, and college football saturdays. A Seattle native, Dave now resides in Atlanta with his wife Cheryl.


  • International Franchise Association – Certified Franchise Executive (CFE)

  • Center for Creative Leadership – Leadership Development Program

  • University of Washington – Executive Management Program

Professional Affiliations

  • Southeast Franchise Forum (SEFF)

  • Society of Fellows for the Culinary Institute of America


University of Washington