Francis is the President of Princeton Medspa Partners, an industry consolidation group; CEO of Acara Partners, a consulting and marketing agency for the aesthetic medical industry; and holds a seat on MedEsthetics Editorial Advisory Board. Francis was recently presented the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ by The Aesthetic Guide, and the ‘Distinguished Partner Award’ by Sciton. He is an experienced public speaker for aesthetic medical industry events and a regular contributor to podcasts and radio broadcasts.
Francis and his wife, Colleen, launched the very first medspa 25 years ago through the merger of their Boston-based spa company and a leading laser company. As a business owner, board member, investor and public speaker, Fran has displayed critical business perspective and an ability to provide visionary leadership. He has extensive experience with acquisitions, start-ups and turnaround businesses.
In 1999, Francis had the vision to create the industry’s first consolidation of day spas, aggregating almost $50M in annual revenue through the acquisition of 24 of the best spas in top U.S. markets; in 2004, Francis launched Acara Partners, the first business consultancy dedicated to the aesthetic medical industry; in 2005, he took the first corporate owned chain of medical spas out of bankruptcy and sold it within 18 months; and in 2015, Acara Partners expanded to include marketing strategy, making it the first full-service business consulting, marketing agency focused on the aesthetic medical industry. During the past 12 months, Francis has played a critical role at Princeton Medspa Partners overseeing the acquisition of over 10 medspas with many more to come this year. Throughout the decades, Francis has worked with more than 350 aesthetic medical practices.
Francis holds a BS degree in Business Administration from Providence College and resides on the Connecticut Shoreline with his wife, Colleen. Outside of work, his passions include healthy cooking, tennis and travel.