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Mike Cardamone has been named regional director of FranNet of Maryland.

FranNet assists people interested in exploring self-employment as a career option through franchised business ownership.

In his new position, Cardamone will work with clients in Montgomery, Prince George’s, Charles, St. Mary’s and Calvert counties and Washington, D.C.

Cardamone, whose office is in Waldorf, knows firsthand about franchise ownership from being a client of FranNet starting in 1999. He owns Huntington Learning Center sites in Waldorf and Gambrills.

His experience in buying franchises over the past 14 years gives his FranNet clients greater insights into navigating the process, a news release from FranNet states.

Prior to his involvement in Huntington Learning Center, Cardamone owned Reliant Services, a commercial property management company. He also spent 25 years in management at Montgomery Ward, serving as operations manager at the Laurel and Hyattsville stores and general manager of the distribution centers in Landover and Brandywine.

Cardamone has been a member of the Charles County Board of Education Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee since 2006 and served as president from 2009 to 2012.

A Laurel native, he also has been active with the Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad as an EMT since 1976. Cardamone is past chairman of the LVFD board of directors and a life member.

Cardamone, a Port Tobacco resident, holds a bachelor’s in business and management from the University of Maryland, College Park.

“Anyone thinking of starting a business should talk to a franchise expert to get the facts, tips and advice to make the right decision for themselves, their family and their goals. There are 3,100 franchise opportunities available, so making the right choice is critical,” Cardamone said in the release. “As regional director of FranNet of Maryland, I will serve as a client’s strategic adviser throughout the process to be certain they are making a selection on fact and not speculation and to ensure they will be in a business that truly makes sense to them.”