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SeoSamba's Top 100 Franchise Influencers

SeoSamba's Top 100 Franchise Influencers

SeoSamba teamed up with 1851 to identify the Top 100 Global Influencers in Franchising. A list that includes the most influential characters in the franchise world, whose voices count more than most across various channels from traditional to social media.

Top Franchise Influencers

2022 influencer of franchising



SeoSamba and 1851's Top 175 Franchise Influencers

In 2022, we have received so many nominations that we decided to expand the Top 100 Global Influencers in Franchising list to include 175 names! It includes the most influential characters in the franchise world, in most cases, these people are franchise superstars who have turned local operations into world-leading business powerhouses, using their enduring success as springboards to global fame.
The list is completed by more hush-hush personalities, and dealmakers who seldom appear in public limelight, yet have nonetheless achieved undisputed recognition among franchise specialists, and insiders.
Top Franchise Influencers
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Aaron Chaitovsky

Aaron has been a key leader during critical periods in recent times regarding the franchise business model, including major changes promulgated by regulators, such as FASB and NASAA. His accounting expertise, combined with over 40 years of experience working with franchisors and franchisees, has prepared him to make significant contributions to the preservation and growth of the business model. He is the founder and co-chair of Citrin Cooperman's Franchise Accounting and Consulting Practice; immediate past chair of IFA Supplier Forum; past member of IFA Executive Board of Directors; member of IFA FASB task force; member of the IFA budget and Finance Committee; ember of IFA steering committee on Franchising in the Social Sector; member of IFA membership Committee Task Force; FranPac Max donor; past instructor for NASAA examiners; frequent lecturer and speaker regarding all things franchising.

Aaron-Michael Sapp

Aaron-Michael is a commercial litigator and trial lawyer. He has been lead counsel on numerous matters in state and federal courts across the country and in arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association and JAMS. Aaron-Michael handles a wide range of franchise disputes, including defending against franchisee-initiated claims (individual, consolidated, and class actions); prosecuting franchisor-initiated claims (franchisee abandonment, enforcement of restrictive covenants, violations of trademark and unfair competition laws); and handling disputes with third-parties (tortious interference, misappropriation of trade secrets).  Aaron-Michael has also litigated matters involving beer distribution rights and regularly advises suppliers and wholesalers on issues arising under various states’ beer distribution statutes. Aaron-Michael similarly advises his clients on matters arising under state franchise statutes and relationship laws, such as termination and nonrenewal.

Before joining Cheng Cohen, Aaron-Michael practiced at a large law firm, where he worked on a broad range of complex commercial matters and investigations.


Alesia Visconti

As the CEO and President of FranServe Inc, the world's largest franchise consulting & expansion organization, and the CEO and Publisher of Franchise Dictionary Magazine, a digital and print publication, Alesia provides vision and leadership to two extraordinary franchise industry organizations. She has 20+ years experience as a CEO & President, driving organizational development and taking companies to the next level, both domestically and internationally. An author, professional speaker, and entrepreneur, her motto in life is “Work hard, play hard, help others, repeat.”

A savvy entrepreneur, Alesia acquired the struggling start up publication, Franchise Dictionary Magazine shortly after it was formed, and turned it around in record time. The magazine is now one of the leading sources of information that potential franchise owners turn to for information and advice. It receives praises and accolades by experts throughout the franchise industry.

Highly active in the International Franchise Association (IFA), Alesia is on the Board of the Diversity Institute, the VetFran Committee, the Legal Legislative Committee, and the IFA Membership Committee. She travels to Washington DC every year to speak with legislators on the laws impacting franchising and small business ownership. She is also a member of the Franchise Action Network (FAN).

Alesia is passionate about the franchise industry as well as ensuring people have the opportunity to take control of their future and find career bliss. To that end she never loses sight of her mission: to help others achieve their dreams of business ownership through franchising!


Alex Porter

As a Certified Franchise Executive, Alex Porter has been a key leader in franchising and franchising marketing for more than 15 years. As the CEO of Location3, a digital agency that specializes in franchise marketing, he has led the bootstrapped organization to annual gross revenues of nearly $50 million in 2021 with a franchisor partner roster that includes more than 40 brands. He has served on the International Franchise Association’s membership, convention and marketing and innovation committees over the past five years and continues to help support the mission of franchising through a number of business and charitable initiatives annually. As a result of his leadership throughout the pandemic in fostering a strong team culture despite a remote work environment, Location3 has also been recognized as a top workplace by Built In Colorado for the second straight year.

Ali Kraus

Experienced Director Of Event Management with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. Skilled in Event Management, Corporate Events, Special Events, Event Planning, and Meeting Planning. Strong operations professional with a Bachelor of Applied Science - BASc focused on Elementary Education & Special Education from Towson University.

Alicia Miller

Alicia Miller is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Catalyst Insight Group. She supports franchise organizations facing growth, disruption or transformation challenges, and helps them accelerate their businesses. She is also responsible for business development and buy-side M&A advisory services at the firm, including the sourcing, origination and evaluation of investment opportunities for platform operators, private equity, and family office partners.

Ms. Miller is a recognized thought-leader in franchising, serving as an advisor to franchisor leadership, private equity and family office investors, sector influencers, suppliers and franchisees. She currently serves on the board of the International Franchise Association’s certification program, promoting franchising best practices and regulatory compliance. She also serves on the board of Women’s Campaign International and is a director and campaign chair of a regional board of the American Cancer Society. Previously, Ms. Miller was a multi-unit franchisee, led global go-to-market at a $9.5B consumer electronics firm, led sales and marketing for a $750M direct sales company, and held a number of sales and operations leadership roles at firms in the telecommunications and artificial intelligence sectors, ranging from pre-IPO start-ups to large public companies.

Alicia holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and an MS from the University of Maryland. She graduated from Smith College, with a BA in Economics and Government, and earned a Graduate Certificate in Administration & Management from Harvard University as well as a Graduate Certificate in Franchise Management from Georgetown University. Alicia is a Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor™ (CM&AA), a Certified Franchise Executive™ (CFE), and is Directorship Certified™ by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD.CD).


Alysia Heun

Results-driven Operations & Marketing leader with over 10 years’ experience and substantial success in directing initiatives to support franchise operations at diverse global locations to ensure brand success. Provides strong leadership, implements strategies to ensure the achievement of corporate objectives, and inspires high-performing teams to success. Cultivates trusted relationships with key stakeholders, successfully manages multiple projects concurrently, and is committed to customer service and operational excellence.

Amy Cheng

Amy concentrates her practice in domestic and international commercial transactions, general corporate, and franchise, licensing and distribution law. She represents franchisors on the structuring and operation of their franchise programs through all phases of development. She also represents non-U.S. based franchisors expanding into the U.S. market. Amy has extensive experience in structuring and drafting agreements for complex franchise, licensing and distribution relationships and in regulatory compliance. Her experience includes advising clients in connection with complex issues arising from the ownership of multiple brands, non-traditional opportunities, system restructuring and brand acquisition. Amy also has extensive experience in representing private equity firms in connection with their acquisitions of franchise companies.

Amy represents clients of all sizes, from start-ups to mature companies with multi-national operations. Representative clients include leaders in the restaurant, retail and home services industries. With her broad range of experience, Amy essentially acts as general counsel to her clients, collaboratively maturing their businesses from infancy to prominence within their various industries.

Amy’s commercial transactional practice includes counseling clients on mergers and acquisitions, complex commercial relationships, structuring, and drafting contracts for business transactions; while her general corporate practice includes corporate formation, strategic business alliances and joint ventures. Amy’s unique combination of corporate and franchise experience provides franchisors with comprehensive legal services to expand their franchise systems. Her experience includes representing franchisors in a myriad of industries to acquire and sell franchise companies of all sizes.

Before forming Cheng Cohen LLC, Amy was a partner with DLA Piper US LLP and its predecessor firms.


Andrea Bailey-Brown

Hi! I am Andrea! I have owned five different Jiffy Lube franchises and now I help franchise and business owners to grow sales and increase profit in their business.

As a franchise consultant, I help entrepreneurs to buy, build, and scale their business.

The tool I use to help increase profit in companies is The Bailey Brown Methodology-The 6 Pillars of Profit. It is a framework to help you find profitability in your products and services, clarify your perspective, discover your positioning in the marketplace, identify your ideal audience, and learn the key metrics that affect profitability and cash flow.

A little more about me:

I am a former teacher turn award-winning entrepreneur. I bought my first business when I was in my third year of University when the store I was working at came up for sale.

After I completed University, I graduated with a French major and German minor. I decided to get a J.O.B as a teacher. Although I enjoyed it, I missed the challenge of being an entrepreneur.

In 2008, I went into direct sales with a jewelry company called Silpada. This time, I built a team of 450 people and became one of only four Directors in Canada.

I went back to complete my Masters in Business (MBA) and was given the Entrepreneur in Residence award.

My mission is to help entrepreneurs to become financially independent through their business. I would love to connect with you here on LinkedIn!


Andrii Kawaii

Our company helps people solve complicated problems in a simple and sustainable way.

I really care about the environment, and I carry that dedication through in the choices that my company makes. We prioritize the environment when choosing materials to complete your job, and always use the most innovative technologies and products available. We help you choose biodegradable/hospital-grade materials that solve your problem quickly and safely, and help you feel good about your commitment to the planet.

When I'm not working with customers or franchise owners, I enjoy yoga, running, spirituality and sustainable choices.


Angela Cote

Angela Coté is the founder and CEO of Angela Coté Inc. Also known as AC Inc. Also known as the brand that improves franchise system performance - while having fun!

The main focus at AC Inc. is providing franchisors the tools, resources, and expertise that leads to a more profitable, successful franchise system. We do this through our signature strategy: The AC Method, a clear, actionable framework for franchise success.

Angela’s experience in franchising is over 25 years in the making. Growing up with the successful Canadian brand M&M Food Market, her unique background gives her a wealth of experiential wisdom that has helped formulate the signature AC Method for franchise growth.

Angela is passionate about creating actionable solutions and collaborative environments (like the infamous AC Roundtables) that serve the franchise community. Her bold, yet authentic, approach inspires the people around her to play bigger, achieve greatness, and GO BE AWESOME.


Angela firmly believes that franchising is a PEOPLE game and not an OPERATIONAL one. Dig in and get clear on WHO you are looking for, WHERE to find them, and HOW to properly vet them to optimize the odds of success.


Tightening unit economics, improving support systems and communication strategies, and ensuring you have the right infrastructure in place. The AC team is committed to optimizing your franchisee engagement and profitability using a simple, actionable approach.


Maybe you’ve got one location and you’re just killing it. And now you’ve decided it’s time for you to franchise. Well, odds are, you’re probably not ready. Franchising is no easy task. You need buckets of money, processes nailed down, and so much more. Let the AC team jump in and jump-start your dream business.


April Porter

As an award-winning entrepreneur with a proven record of success in growth strategy through lead generation, sales training, and employee performance, I have experienced first-hand the joy of building a business that creates a dream life.

I am fulfilling my mission of teaching franchisees how to fill the gap between the franchise model and the executive-level know-how needed to increase revenues, build a reliable team, and scale to multiple locations.

When I started as a first-time business owner, I was overwhelmed with the magnitude of responsibilities in areas that I was unfamiliar with (marketing, sales, employee development and financial management), so I fully immersed myself in learning how executives think, strategize, and execute.

My approach to franchise ownership created explosive growth. We expanded to four locations in record time by cultivating a team of employees personally invested in exceeding expectations and maximizing performance. We used a strategic plan to motivate and empower everyone to drive toward the mission of reaching our BHAG, allowing me to delegate the daily operational tasks and become an absentee owner.

With a passion for mentoring Franchisees, Entrepreneurs, and Small Business Owners, I began teaching the formula to multi-unit success – an evolution from an employee role inside the business into an Entrepreneur overseeing growth and expansion.

I love finding ways to simplify business ownership by breaking down concepts into easy-to-implement, step-by-step processes and introducing out-of-the-box strategies that separate my clients from their competitors.

As a 3x winner of St. Louis’ Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies, an AAFD Trailblazer Award recipient, and an International Best-Selling Author, I am the go-to specialist for optimizing the systems that make delegation possible, implementing marketing and sales strategies with a high ROI, developing an elite team, and scaling to multiple franchise units.

As a former trial attorney and Judge, I understand franchise agreements and teach franchisees to think and act like CEOs within the brand standards of the franchise model they love, setting me apart from other coaches.

I believe that franchising provides an awesome business model that benefits from a franchisee proficient in leadership, marketing, sales, and financial management skills, with a growth mindset.

I am dedicated to mentoring franchisees that want to enjoy life, enhance their impact on the world and crush the competition.


Ashley Mitchell

Recovering perfectionist who values authentic people and meaningful relationships over most things in life.

Comprehensive understanding of brand management, marketing strategy, public relations, franchise marketing, team management and development, event marketing, promotions, market research and social media.

Proven availability to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines and separate budgets. Knack for developing holistic strategies while also ensuring execution of details.


Ashley Xu

Managing Director at GreenTree Hospitality Group (NYSE: GHG). Former Estée Lauder Strategic Initiatives Chief of Staff (ELC) and Associate at Boston Consulting Group (BCG) interested in the strategy and translation of impact in the beauty, fashion, and hospitality industries. Prior BCG experience includes projects across consumer goods, industrial goods, and social impact. Economics major from the University of Chicago with a curiosity for the intersection of business and design.

Barbara Moran-Goodrich

Barb is CEO and Co-founded of Moran Family of Brands. With over 130 franchise Brands; Mr. Transmission, Milex Complete Car Care, Alta Mere Automotive Outfitters and Smartview Window Solutions in 24 states and now expanding internationally.

Barb currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the IFA – International Franchise Association, as well as a previous term from 2006 through February 2012. She has also been an active member of several committees, focusing on franchise relations, franchise mentorship and women’s mentorship. Currently Barbara serves as Chair to a mentorship program, Franship and is past-chair of the Franchise Relations Committee for the IFA. In 2014 Barbara was honored as the recipient of the Bonny LeVine Award by the IFA for her support and mentorship of others.

Barb has authored articles on the subject of Developing Positive Relationships with your Franchisees, The Role of Mentoring to Improve the Franchisor-Franchisee Relationship, Succession Planning and Transfer, Developing Goals, Networking and Marketing go Hand in Hand and Franchisee Award Programs that Motivate. She has been featured in Wall Street Journal, Crain’s Business, Franchise Times,, Window Film Magazine, Franchise Update and Gears Magazine and has been a contributor on Fox Business Network, America’s Nightly Scoreboard and MSNBC, Closing Bell.

Specialties: • Setting Corporate Vision & Strategic/Operational Planning• Reorganization & Turnaround Management• Partnerships• Acquisitions/Assimilation• Legal Analysis & Strategic Planning• Development of Operational & Structural Processes• Negotiating Franchise Contracts• Cost Reduction/Containment & Profit Optimization• National Market Penetration & Pricing Strategies• Ensuring Compliance Optimization within System • Forecasting & Budgeting (Operating & Capital)


Blake Smith

Whether your business is newer or has been in your marketplace for many years, you have the same goals which are to grow your business. Seasonal businesses are often challenged with keeping a consistent flow of work all year. Growing your business is greatly impacted by seasonality:

  • Need to keep your staff working year around?
  • Looking to increase your revenue and business profits?
  • Want to cross sell to your existing customers?

We have a solution for you. Christmas Decor* was developed out of necessity: Quality Lawn Care (Lubbock, TX) had the need to fill an off-season void and provide year-round work for employees. Christmas lighting was a service people really wanted to buy, and were therefore willing to pay good money to receive.

As the pioneers of the holiday and event decorating industry, we have developed a program that is "consumer friendly"--which gives you a variety of decorating options for your home or business and the ability to add on over time. We also offer complete takedown and storage services for your convenience!

Upon learning the secrets of this business, Christmas Decor became the company's single largest profit center. It enabled the entire operation to grow over 500% in only five years because Christmas Decor generated three things most important in growing a business: Keeping Key Personnel, Growing Your Customer Base and Good Cash Flow. We believe Christmas Decor can offer you these same opportunities.

  • Keep good people all year
  • Offset fixed overhead
  • Utilize vehicles and other assets year round
  • Cross sell to existing customers
  • Expand your customer base
  • Offer a higher margin service
  • Reduce Unemployment Rates
  • Opportunity for personal growth

Bob Fish and Mike McFall

Bob’s LinkedIn Bio:

I would personally like to change the lives of 1 million people in a positive multi-generational way.

We all exist to love people, and support them in building a life they love.

Our company is in a quest to change and improve workplace culture in America.

I began life as part of a family that lived in many places in the United States and Europe, by the age of 17 when I started college at Michigan State University, we had moved 13 times. I put myself through MSU by working at a local family style pancake house restaurant. By the time I graduated I was the General Manger of that restaurant and two years later, after helping them grow from 1 to four locations I owned the third one. I took a year off, and created with my co-founder Mike McFall the concept BIGGBY COFFEE*. we started with one locations in 1995, added a second in 1997, and started franchising in 1999. Today we are 100% franchised and have 250 units open in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Kentucky, South Carolina, Florida, and Texas.

Mike’s LinkedIn Bio:

Born and raised in Michigan, Mike began his journey with BIGGBY COFFEE as a minimum-wage barista at the original store in East Lansing in 1996. Over the span of 23 years, with business partner Bob Fish, he has helped create one of the great specialty coffee brands in America.

Today Mike is co-CEO with Bob, and BIGGBY has over 250 stores open throughout the Midwest. The company is in high growth mode, selling tens of thousands of cups of coffee each day. Mike is proud to say that BIGGBY is a healthy, awesome, thriving organization.

He is also the author of Grind, a book which focuses on early stage businesses and how to establish positive cash flow. If Mike’s business philosophy can be distilled down to its essence, it would be this: Be brave. Be humble. Be aware. Be yourself. Be aggressive and conquer the world.

Grind was released on August 6, 2019, and is now available online and in bookstores.


Brent Dowling

Growing a franchise company of just a few units into an industry leading organization requires the precise combination of marketing, sales and organizational strategy. Simply put, it requires a team of industry experts who are willing to get into this competitive world and fight for market share. At RainTree, we love the fight. We are a team of seasoned professionals with a track-record of growing promising young franchise companies into industry giants, reigniting growth for mature franchise brands and setting both up for successful acquisitions.

Brian Schnell

Brian Schnell is passionate about franchising and product distribution and has devoted more than 30 years to finding practical and often creative solutions for clients. He represents franchisors with headquarters based across the United States and abroad. Brian is committed to focusing on what matters most and making a difference in working with franchisors on their challenges and opportunities.

Brian Petranick

As the President and CEO of the global Right at Home* brand, Brian Petranick continues to position this organization as the leading provider of in-home care for seniors and those living with disabilities. Along with providing a strategic vision for the Franchise and Corporate Owned System, he is focused on expanding services that make care in the home environment a solution for all by leveraging strategic partnerships, technology, and innovative ways to engage clients.

Throughout his decades in the healthcare industry and at Right at Home, Brian saw the immense challenges that people, especially seniors and those with disabilities face when receiving care outside the walls of hospitals and other healthcare institutions. With an understanding of all aspects of the care continuum and the global aging process, he is dedicated to inspiring franchisees and their caregivers to live the Right at Home mission: To improve the quality of life for those we serve. Those insights and experiences have helped him grow the Right at Home Franchise System from a single operating office in Fremont, Nebraska, to over 700 locations that span eight countries.

Brian is passionate about the organization’s commitment to delivering the right care to those who want to maintain their independence, health, and overall wellness, no matter where they are in their aging journey. He is also committed to those who deliver care, creating a caregiver community, and growing the company’s global network to serve as many communities across the globe as possible.

Brian frequently serves as an expert on a broad range of topics focused on the aging journey and its impacts on all segments of life, small business entrepreneurship, leadership development, and advocacy within the home care industry. In recent years, he has presented at numerous international conferences and events, and appeared on national media outlets, including Fox & Friends on Fox News, Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family, and The Weather Channel. He also serves on the board of directors for the Home Care Association of America and the Home Care 100, as well as various other boards, steering committees, and task forces within the industry.


Catherine Monson

Catherine Monson is the CEO at Propelled Brands. She has a strong background in management and business leadership, as well as more than 25 years of franchising and digital printing experience.

Known for her motivational and accountability-led management style, Catherine believes in consistent communication and a two-way relationship with franchisees. It is with great passion that she leads Propelled Brands, the Corporate Umbrella for FASTSIGNS, NerdsToGo, MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza.

Catherine appeared on the two-time Emmy Award-nominated reality series, “Undercover Boss”, in May of 2012 as the CEO of FASTSIGNS. The show follows high-level corporate executives as they slip anonymously into the rank-and-file of their own company to examine the inner workings of their organization.

A strong advocate for small business enterprise and franchising, Catherine also spends much of her time and energy serving as the Chair for the International Franchise Association (IFA), the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchises worldwide. Through her service with the IFA, Catherine works to help further the IFA’s mission of protecting and promoting franchising through government relations, public relations and educational programs.


Cathy Morse

With more than 20 years experience in the window covering industry, I've been able to help entrepreneurs all across North America realize their dream of owning and operating their own Made in the Shade Blinds & More franchise. I'm able to draw from not only more than two decades of experience, but also established business partnerships and a reputation of excellent service among my clientele and dealers.

My vision was to teach others how to successfully establish and operate their own window covering business as a home based model. As a result, we created a franchise program that would enable those who were seeking a rewarding business opportunity in the window covering industry to do so at a low, one-time, entry fee. With comprehensive and ongoing training, lifetime support, an outstanding marketing team with a wealth of resources, and a proven business model, we prepare our franchisees for ongoing success.

Our company-owned San Antonio business (both in window coverings and flooring) continues to exceed expectations as a multi-million dollar business and receive rave reviews from hundreds of happy clients. All of our Made in the Shade clients across North America are able to benefit from the most competitive prices because of our national buying power.

Call us at Made in the Shade Blinds & More for name brand, high quality products and the best window covering shopping experience you will ever have. We promise outstanding service way beyond the sale. Our design consultations and estimates are always free and we gladly bring the showroom to you or your client. Along with our residential end user, our client base consists of commercial businesses, Realtors, brokers, builders, architects, designers, mortgage companies, military installations, schools, apartment complexes, office buildings...the list goes on and on.

Find out more (or locate a dealer near you) at:, or our franchise web site:


Chad Knudson

Chad Knudson and his wife Brooke started one of the first healthy fast food drive-thrus in the US in 2007. Now, 15 years later, they have grown to six units in the Arizona valley, and the brand is ready to grow into additional states with area developers. It's a feel-good brand, offering healthy fast food and drinks to the community as well as healthy wages and tips within a fun atmosphere and plenty of profits for owners.

Chad Zani

Passionate and visionary, Chad has created and driven highly successful B2B and DTC businesses for over 20 years, including the founding of multi-million dollar ASX listed Ezeatm Ltd.

Chad has an exceptional ability to identify business and industry opportunities; craft and maintain cutting edge and highly effective sales and marketing strategies; and maintain excellent relationships with B2B customers, suppliers and high-value, loyal staff members.

Most recently in the USA, Chad has applied his knowledge and experience to help transform the Detail Garage retail store netowrk and brand from $2.5M in sales from 4 stores in 2017 to 84 stores and $45M in sales in 2021.


Charles Internicola

The Internicola Law Firm is a national franchise only law firm that provides emerging and growing brands with the legal support they need, resources to grow, and strategies to win at franchising.

Charlie Chase

Mr. Chase resides in Villanova, PA and he is the President and CEO of FirstService Brands, Inc. Prior to his role as CEO, Mr. Chase served as the President of the Consumer Franchises of The Franchise Company and prior to that he was CEO of CertaPro Group.

Throughout his 29 years with FirstService Brands he has held numerous roles, starting as a Franchise owner in 1982 at College Pro Painters. Believing that there was an opportunity to create a successful and significant full time painting company, in 1992 he became the founding President/CEO of CertaPro Painters. Mr. Chase has a B.A. Honors in Economics from Queens University, Ontario, Canada.


Charlie Morrison

Charlie Morrison has served as our Chief Executive Officer since June 2012, and as Chairman of our board of directors since March 2017. Prior to joining Wingstop, Charlie was Chief Executive Officer of Rave Restaurant Group, a publicly traded international pizza chain, from January 2007 to June 2012. Charlie has also held multiple senior leadership positions during his more than 20 years of restaurant experience, including serving as President of Steak & Ale and The Tavern Restaurants for Metromedia Restaurant Group, as well as various management positions at Kinko’s, Boston Market and Pizza Hut.

Chris Elliott

Since my arrival EBITDA has grown 285%. We have implemented extensive menu and marketing enhancements as well as food quality and operational improvements that have driven positive comp sales for 9 of the past 11 years. Our comp growth rates have exceeded both industry and category performance in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021. Average Unit volumes have grown $600,000. We have developed a new Beef O Brady's prototype and new locations are significantly out performing legacy units. In June of 2012, we acquired The Brass Tap ( a Premium Craft Beer Bar) as an additional growth vehicle. We have grown The Brass Tap from 3 locations to 42 and have 64 additional committed openings in the pipeline. We have two exciting concepts to offer potential franchise owners and an excellent management team to support them.

Member of FSC Franchise Co., LLC., (ex member Backyard Burgers LLC,) Board Of Directors and Co-Chair of Strategic planning for Carrollwood Day School Board Of Trustees, Fellow of The Culinary Institute of America.


Craig Dunaway

Being an influential leader is really getting individuals to follow a cause for the greater good of the brand and not simply fulfilling personal goals. In 2021, Craig set out to work closely with franchisees and supplier partners to ensure Penn Station was becoming a leading brand that could provide greater success during COVID for supplier partners and franchisees, and at the same time, give back to the community. Craig’s efforts contributed greatly to all three groups. Craig engages conflict head on and addresses problems as they arise quickly and swiftly. The ability to do this in 2021 cogently and without emotion led the Penn Station brand to a new level of success.

Daniel DeLeon

Daniel D. DeLeon is an accomplished entrepreneur with a stellar record of success.

Voted as one of the most Influential Restaurant CEOs in the country by Nation’s Restaurant News 2020 & 2021, Rising Restaurant Stars by FSR Magazine, Power List CEOs by Nation's Restaurant News and Mover & Shaker Of The Year by; based on his 14 years of entrepreneurship experience. Daniel excels in franchising, start-ups, business development, management, operations and leadership. He has proudly grown six local and diverse businesses from the ground up. He has owned and operated multiple franchise concepts and has excelled in the restaurant industry. Mr. DeLeon has a strong and diverse history of multi-unit franchise restaurant ownership and operations across multiple concepts. As well as, Franchisor representative experience with Restaurant Brands International. As CEO, DeLeon has developed, perfected and grown Grumpy’s Restaurant to the successful fan favorite it is today. In addition, he has successfully developed and launched Grumpy’s Restaurant Franchise Program. He is a collaborative and visionary leader with a documented record of guiding business development, growth, profitability and overall success by strong operations and continued leadership.


Danielle Wright

Started my career in Commercial Real Estate Development as a landlord, land acquisition specialist, and leasing agent for major retailers throughout Florida. When the real estate market took a turn in 2008/09/10, I had to rethink my future. Out of that crash, I was offered a role with a major QSR Franchise business and started my path into franchise development. I pride myself in helping brands recruit and educate potential franchise partners in business ownership. This industry has also given me the opportunity to own a franchise (or two). Looking forward to connecting and working together on your next big adventure.

David Cuttillo

I am the CEO of Infinity Health Advisors, doing business as BeBalanced Hormone Weight Loss Centers*. I have over 30 years experience in sales and sales management, as well as a history of successful business ventures. I was the National Sales Director of a start-up firm in Philadelphia (ReminderMedia) for 8 years, playing a key role in them becoming the 2nd fastest growing company in Philadelphia (awarded by Philly’s Top 100), and staying in the top 100 for several years. 

Working directly with me, franchisees can expect the personable excellence of walking through a seamless opportunity to launch their own BeBalanced Center, and expert guidance to grow their business.


David Barr

David Barr is a dynamic thought leader and strategic operating executive with significant experience in accelerating growth and transformation, with specific industry experience in franchising, retail, multi-unit operations, and mergers & acquisitions.

David currently serves on a variety of boards of directors of public and private companies, both domestically and internationally, including Franworth, Capriotti's, Domino's Pizza China, Chicken Salad Chick and BrightStar (home health care). David has served on numerous boards during his career, many of which he has been the Chairman, with a focus toward achieving clear strategic objectives that ultimately create shareholder value.

In addition, utilizing his own private equity, Barr is Chairman of PMTD Restaurants and Affiliates, the owner and operator of 39 KFC and Taco Bell restaurants, as well as 4 Capriotti's Sandwich Shops. Barr has also invested in various commercial real estate projects in Georgia and Alabama and various small private equity ventures along side the private equity firms for which he works. 

Barr resides in the metropolitan Atlanta area. 


David Celaya

I started my career as a loan officer with a small real estate group in 2008, eventually launching a real estate sales career after working with network-leading Realty Executives brokers in San Diego, California.

By 2011, after demonstrating mastery of our in-house technology tools and training with a local franchisee, I was invited to join the Realty Executives International team as the head trainer for the Pacific Region. My role eventually grew to reach the entire network through my work in Franchise Services and Training.

Since 2015, I've taken on greater responsibility and leadership, translating the needs of our Broker/Owners and Executives into the development of our tools and training. My passion for technology, combined with my experience in the field, has allowed me to see product and franchise development through the eyes of a real estate broker/agent.

As Vice President, I oversee Franchise Sales and Training and Development; leading the Realty Executives network into the future of marketing and technology.


David Savitsky

With over 43 years of experience and 65-plus territories in the U.S., ATC Healthcare is the established leader in healthcare staffing franchises nationwide. As the COVID-19 pandemic has remained a consistent threat since March 2020, ATC Healthcare, under the leadership of CEO David Savitsky, has turned its attention to keeping communities safe and healthy. At the start of the pandemic, Savitsky established ATC Testing & Screening, a resource to provide rapid and lab-based PCR COVID-19 tests. When the vaccines became available, ATC Healthcare offered its services to staff clinics with qualified professionals to distribute the vaccine in the communities that they serve. David Savitsky is an influencer in the franchise community, as he and ATC Healthcare have become a resource to those in need, keeping them healthy throughout the pandemic.

Dawn Mucci

I am a social entrepreneur and visionary who loves to make great things happen with great people. I believe creativity, passion and collaboration are the keys to success. Together with my team we turned my lousy personal experience with a common human condition into a multi-award winning, multi-million-dollar franchise concept and product distribution company. I am the founder of Lice, The Global Lice Network and most recently the Canada's Top Mayor Award Program. 

I am looking to elevate positive change. I am open, willing and able to share my creativity, ingenuity, gifts and talents to serve others and make this world a better place. 

I AM an entrepreneur, multi-award-winning franchisor and spokesperson for Lice and founder of Canada’s Top Mayor Award. I AM passionate about Canada, community, business, franchising and creating opportunity for others. I love to make things happen and give back to my country and community and have volunteered on the board of directors for the Canadian franchise Association, Innisfil Chamber of Commerce, Simcoe County Children's Aid Foundation and serve on several committees. I care about supporting and advocating for children, social issues, the environment, mental health and democracy. My real-world and lived experience in business has given me a unique perspective and a creative enthusiasm which I share through my writing and other professional and creative endeavors. I AM truly passionate about collaboration, marketing, and creating opportunities to support community and social causes Canadians care about. 


Derrick Ableman

Derrick has dedicated himself at Northeast Color to learning everything about the franchise industry. By learning so much, he has been able to fully understand the needs and wants of franchisors and franchisees alike. Understanding them has been crucial the value he brings to the industry. His connections, relationships and partnerships have grown exponentially in the past year. He is truly a powerful influencer. 

Don Daszkowski

Don Daszkowski is a serial internet entrepreneur and current Founding Member of the International Franchise Professionals Group (IFPG) and Co-Founder of Education Workers Group. Previously, Don founded Business Mart, Inc., which was acquired by Internet Brands, Inc. in 2009 and which was acquired by CoutureCandy, Inc. In 2006.

Douglas Downer

We have helped launch and support over 60 Franchise Brands in Australia in the past four years.

In 2021 we got recognized as the best franchise consulting firm in the World, that's something we are very proud of and humbled by the clients that allow us to help them realize their dreams.

In 2018, 2019 and 2020, I helped franchise businesses grow on average by over 200% and non franchised businesses grow by more than 50%, which is 15 times the Australian average.

I am proud to have worked with and helped well over 1000 small business owners in my career.

An experienced Business Developer with an impressive 20+ year senior management history in developing and leading businesses within the Retail, Hospitality and Franchising sectors. Specializing in SME Business Development and Growth, Coaching and Facilitating, Operations, Recruitment, Training, Supply Chain, Marketing and all aspects of Franchising.

A franchising expert having worked in both start-up and established networks, delivering significant comparable and new business growth with significant improvements in profitability and operational standards. As a senior leader, I was responsible for the establishment of three new franchise systems including all aspects from strategy through to implementation and then management of 8 successful franchise systems.

In the past 12 months I have helped launch and grow over 20 Franchise brands in Australia, and over 30 franchise brands in the past two years, working with the founder to systemize, strategize and implement a growth strategy through franchising. I remain working with all of these businesses as their trusted business advisor.

I have started, owned and operated six successful SME Businesses, so I know what being a business owner is all about. I recently sold the Master Franchise of The Alternative Board franchise after establishing, operating and owning the master franchise of TAB for 5 years. I have remained as a franchisee of TAB and as the Founder and Lead consultant for Franchise Ready I provide support to both emerging and existing franchisors.

I have consulted with and improved a large number of SME businesses across a wide portfolio of industries - including Finance & Accounting firms, Recruitment agencies, Manufacturing, Wholesale, Retail, Property and Hospitality businesses.


Drew McWilliams

President & Co-Founder of Ivybrook Academy and Franchise Realty Partners. My passion is growing the Ivybrook brand by helping new franchise owners through the start-up process while setting them up for success. Ivybrook Academies can be found in 13 US states, Internationally in China, and much, much more to come!

Eduardo Abadía

Experience with Franchise Institutions around the world. Representing the Spanish Franchise Association since 1996 in different countries, and responsible for the Spanish Pavilions Deal.

Edward Logan

Edward Logan grew up in franchising and now leads the largest franchise dedicated to men's and boys' haircare, Sport Clips* Haircuts. He was named president and CEO in 2020 and diligently oversees the franchise founded by his father, Gordon Logan, an IFA Hall of Famer. After working with Deloitte Consulting, Logan officially joined Sport Clips Haircuts in 2010 and spent 11 years working his way up in the system from overseeing one store, then infrastructure for company stores, and in operations overseeing the development of services/procedures that were designed to replicate throughout the franchise system easily and successfully. He's been an active part of the franchise's growth from 700 stores in 2010 to its current 1,900 locations.

Logan is known for implementing franchising's best practices and leading the company through the pandemic -- communicating early and often with key stakeholders, including surveying clients and actively involving franchisees. He's planning for the future of the franchise by actively engaging the system's Team Leader Advisory Council (TLAC) and Area Developer Advisory Council (ADAC), putting emphasis on recruitment and training and innovative technology and services. He also plans to keep philanthropy a priority at the national level and for local stores. Sport Clips recently presented a $1.55 million dollar check to the VFW Foundation for Help A Hero Scholarships for veterans and service members.


Erik Van Horn

I became a franchisee because I wanted...FREEDOM

I wanted the freedom to control where and how I spent my time and effort - to have a lifestyle business

I didn't have anybody in my immediate circle who could truly help me figure out what to do

So I had to expand my circle.

I started to seek out other top-performing franchisees and entrepreneurs. Sometimes I had to pay money just to get in the same room as those people, but let me tell you - IT WAS WORTH IT EVERY PENNY.

Quickly, whether the lessons were taught or caught, I started to learn:

  • How to hire A-players who can run the day to day operations for me
  • How to network in and outside of franchising, to learn from the brightest minds in marketing, sales, tax strategy, investing, etc.
  • How to build to my franchises to sell from day one

And that's why I started the Franchise Tribe...

I wanted to create a mastermind where ambitious, growth-minded franchisees could...

  1. Belong to a community of peers who are committed to helping each other win
  2. Leverage my network of experts to access quick solutions, strategic investments, and best practices.
  3. Learn how to shortcut the path to success without sacrificing your lifestyle

As a father of three daughters, I am a family man first and design my life around the things that are most important to me.


Erik Herrmann

Investment professional with over 15 years experience in evaluating, executing, and managing private equity & credit investments across multiple industries, but with a focus in the consumer products, retail/restaurant, and franchise sectors.

Fernando López de Castilla

  • Founding Partner, GNF Worldwide
  • Managing Partner, X Capital Group
  • Global Director, Franchise Bible Coach (Entrepreneur)
  • Certified Franchise Executive (CFE), ICFE
  • Experto en Private Equity & Venture Capital, Harvard Business School
  • Experto en Negotiation, Harvard Law School
  • Experto en Alternative Investments, CAIA Associaton
  • Graduado en Negocios, The University of Texas
  • Ambassador and Committee Member, International Franchise Association (IFA)
  • Member and Institutional Ally, Asociación Española de Franquiciadores (AEF)
  • President, American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Franchise Committee
  • Ambassador and Member, Renaissance Executive Forums (REF)
  • International Director, World Franchise Associates (WFA)
  • Ranked #3 Top 100 Global Franchise Influencers 
  • Author, "La Biblia de las Franquicias" (Planeta, 2019)

Florence Soubeyran

  • Gold Ribbon for Franchising in the “Partners” category awarded by the French Franchise Federation and the Ministry of Economy and Finance in November 2019.
  • Won the 2nd Banque Populaire Hackathon in December 2015.
  • Silver Franchise Ribbon awarded by the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Digital and the French Franchise Federation in November 2015.
  • Member of the Jury of the Enseignes d'Or for the 23rd and 24th editions.

Gary Occhiogrosso

Creative and bold marketing and sales approach to lead growth for National brands. Strong cross-functional business acumen complemented by a decisive, interactive and motivational leadership style.

Speaker and Member of International Franchise Association. Board Member of several emerging franchise, advertising and chain retail companies. 

  • Co-Founded Strike Ent, Inc 1984
  • Founder United Foods 1988
  • Founder GPM Consulting- CSS Business Network 1990
  • Co-Launched Ranch *1 Franchise, Inc 1992
  • Founder GPM Advertising 1993
  • Created & Co-Founded website: 2006
  • Founder Franchise Growth Solutions, LLC 2016

Geo Concepcion

Geovannie Concepcion left Famous Dave’s* and became The Greene Turtle’s president and CEO in May 2019 after helping steer the Minnesota-based barbecue franchise through three of its most difficult years—and less than a year before the biggest challenge in the industry’s history landed on the desk of every restaurant exec as the pandemic unfolded.

An amateur boxer used to dodging punches, Concepcion already had his hands full in his early days on the job at The Greene Turtle, updating the brand back when off-premises sales were a nice-to-have rather than the critical lifeline they became during the pandemic. The young CEO is a former hedge fund trader with a deep real estate background, which came into play as his management team rethought the brand’s menu, customer experience and ongoing store template.


Gigi Schweikert

“Inspirational, encouraging and real,” that’s what audiences and readers across the country have to say about Gigi Schweikert, an internationally known expert on early childhood education, parenting and work-life issues. Known for her humor and practical messages, Gigi is a popular keynote speaker for education conferences, corporations, women’s events, and parenting seminars. Gigi is the best-selling author of 18 books including the best-selling Winning Ways series and Prime Times: A Handbook for Excellence in Infant and Toddlers Programs.

During her thirty years of experience, Gigi directed the United Nations Early Childhood Program in New York City and developed the Johnson & Johnson System of Family Centers. Gigi is CEO of Lightbridge Franchise Company. Gigi also hosted the television show, “Today’s Family.” Gigi has four children, one in Los Angeles, one in Seattle, and two in Boulder.


Glenn Lunde

Over 15 years in successful Chief Concept/Marketing Officer roles leading consumer-facing retail companies of various sizes through turn-around situations, rapid market expansion and accelerated revenue growth. A continuous learner with the ability to partner across all functions in the organization. I am inspired by the opportunity to champion company culture, develop cohesive teams, and drive profitable growth for all stakeholders. 

Consistent track record of elevating brand engagement and stature with award-winning innovation and compelling communications across all marketing channels. Proven competency to design each aspect of the customer experience both inside and outside the four walls to increase guest transactions and satisfaction levels. Strong research, operations and financial acumen, in addition to leadership roles in the culinary, supply chain, and quality assurance functions have enabled out-of-the-box ideas to become powerful realities. 


Greg and Vera Muzzillo

Greg and Vera Muzzillo are influential leaders who have helped over 600 franchisees accomplish their dreams through building their own businesses. Greg Muzzillo founded Proforma in 1978, and today the company is a $500 million global franchise leader in the promotional products and printing distribution industry. Over the past 5 years, more than 50 Proforma Franchise Owners have been named to Inc. Magazine’s list of 5000 Fastest Growing Companies. Greg and Vera are dedicated to the success of our Franchise Owners. Today, over 300 Franchise Owners have reached annual sales ranging from $1 million up to $34 million. In addition to supporting the dreams’ of our Franchise Owners, they also promote entrepreneurship through the community. They judge business competitions at Notre Dame and University of Florida, Vera serves on the board of our industry association, PPAI, and Greg is host of Million Dollar Monday, a podcast that offers advice to aspiring entrepreneurs and all people with big dreams. Greg & Vera have empowered many people and are truly changing lives.

Guillermo Perales

Guillermo Perales began his journey into the world of franchise ownership with a single store and an ambitious dream in 1997. Crediting a combination of “luck, hard work, and a constant quest to expand”, his Sun Holdings’ portfolio today features over 1200 locations that employ over 27,000 people, serves 100 million meals a year, and generates revenue of over $1 billion dollars a year. His impressive acquisitions have positioned Perales as the third-largest franchise group in the United States by Mega 99, and is among the 101 most influential Latinos. 

Perales’ tremendous success in restaurant operations, real estate, and general management are all rooted in his commitment to education. He graduated with high honors from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey as a CPA before moving to the United States and earning his MBA from Texas A&M University. The meteoric company growth that seemed to follow for Perales often has industry peers and colleagues calling him a “rock star” in the franchise realm. Yet, Perales remains deeply grounded and passionate about the importance of sharing his leadership and experience with new generations of entrepreneurs, especially those in the Latino business community. 


Heather Hudson

Heather “The Hero” Hudson, COO and Co-founder of 9Round, is a black belt in Shotokan Karate, and avid fitness competitor. Growing up with a fervor for health and fitness, her newfound passion of helping others realize their fitness goals are never too high.

Heather is fully involved with the company’s day-to-day operations with a strong focus on marketing, compliance, and the development of scalable systems for 9Round owners. Heather is a mother of two herself and especially enjoys supporting women through their fitness and business journeys. 

Heather lives by the belief that "man becomes what he thinks about most," so keeping a proper mindset is key to leading a happy, successful life.


Iric Wexler

My franchising career began in the restaurant industry. I played management and leadership roles in startups and mature international brands. While my expertise was operational I was most excited by growth through franchising; the balance of ever-evolving operational systems and the entrepreneurial drive of a business owner. Through a mutual business associate and personal friend, I was introduced to The Cleaning Authority in the fall of 2002. TCA’s business model WOWED me. I joined their team in early 2003, ultimately becoming the Chief Development Officer. After a couple of years away from TCA (2013-2014) focusing on other projects (part of Oasis Senior Advisors founding team), I rejoined TCA and we formed Authority Brands as the parent of TCA. We subsequently acquired Homewatch Caregivers, America’s Swimming Pools, and Mosquito Squad, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, One Hour HVAC and Mr. Sparky, each mature business combining for more than $1.6 Billion in consumer revenue. After 16 years, and upon a second PE flip, I exited. 

After some "time off" as a Franchisor, I joined Premium Service Brands and spent 2021 as the CDO, while PBS saw tremendous growth from 5 to 9 Home Service Brands servicing 1,000 territories. Moving into 2022 my role is as PSBs’s Ambassador within the Franchise Industry. 

Like many people reading this, my professional motivation comes from the same foundation as my personal inspiration, my family. I have 3 amazing (young adult) children and live in Annapolis, MD.


Jack Child

Jack Child established G-FORCE Parking Lot striping in 2018 quickly scaling to 31 locations with more slated to come on soon. As a Veteran himself, Jack developed the brand to be exclusive to Veterans as he had a clear understanding of their sense of hard work, leadership and organizational abilities that would help them become the optimal franchisee candidates. Borrowing from the successful growth of G-FORCE, Jack developed an opportunity to put more Veterans in business by introducing three new Veteran-Exclusive brands to mirror the success of G-FORCE for 2022. MACH ONE Epoxy Floors, FIELD OPS Sport Markings and PAINT CORPS House Painting together with G-FORCE Parking Lot Striping are poised to have exponential growth this year all under a new marketing arm called Veteran Service Brands. Together with low franchise fees, large territories and negotiated discounts on equipment, Jack can focus his passion of getting more Veterans into business.

Jaime Sanchez

Helping people has always driven me to strive for more. After working for more than 4 years working in corporate immigration law and having successfully worked with over 120+ foreign investors, I came to the realization that many foreign investors were failing and doing the same mistakes over and over again, additionally many of my clients always felt lost and frustrated when starting their new life in the USA. This is when I felt I needed to do something about it. 

I started "Interlink | Franchise & Business Consulting", in order to help and directly assist foreign investors in picking the right franchise and business for their needs. 


Jake Rankin

Without realizing it, franchising and senior care has been a career-long path that I was destined to be on.  Early in my career, I interned with the SBA helping small business owners achieve their goals of ownership and success laid the groundwork for my passion of helping others.  I was always involved with organizations that helped others.  It wasn’t until a conversation with my uncle, who is in the health care industry, that I decided to start a career that sent me on a path of passion that allowed me to make a difference. So, in 2005, got I got my start in health care when I started working as a caregiver and case manager for a senior care agency in Boise, Id. and in 2010 Jake became a Certified Senior Advisor® and in 2020 I became a Certified Franchise Executive. Then one day I was forced to experience something no one wants to experience. My mother had been battling health issues for years and it became more serious. As she lay unconscious in the ICU, I was forced to make extremely difficult decisions, alone and with little help. I found myself struggling to get enough information from the medical staff to understand, plan, and figure out what to do next. One would think being in the industry at this point for almost a decade, receiving my Certified Senior Advisor certification and spending countless hours helping other families in the same situation, I would be ahead of the game and be prepared for this. But, as we all know, nothing is as easy as it seems. Besides having to make extremely difficult life and death decisions for my mother, the biggest frustration was the lack of support I got from the health care staff. Leading up to this, even for someone with a background like mine, trying to find resources and navigating the healthcare system was intensely frustrating and confusing. It angered me and made me truly understand what my clients were going through. It was this experience that pushed me to be even more dedicated to helping as many people as I could. In order for me to start this new journey, however, it meant a change. I was working for large corporations that seemed more interested in making money than helping those we were serving. I decided that the only way for me to make a difference was to start my own company. And in 2013 Talem Home Care was launched.  Franchising was a way for me to combine my two passions, helping entrepreneurs and working in senior care.  Additionally, franchising allows us to reach out to more and more people, helping those who struggle to navigate the complexities of caring for our elderly. At Talem Home Care & Placement Services, we empower, our clients, employees, and community to gain greater control of their future as we lead them to achieve their goal of experiencing the full joy of living. Through education, advocation, mutual respect, and shared decision making, Talem Home Care & Placement services will serve as a central point of coordination providing information and resources to those lives we touch, in an effort to assist others in gaining the self-efficacy needed to affect a positive change.

Jam Hashmi

An entrepreneur with an extensive background in franchising and interests in multiple online business channels, Jamshaid (Jam) Hashmi has played an instrumental role in the franchise development and success of a renowned international franchise company. 

He owns and operates a Digital Marketing Agency that works with the Franchise Industry, ClickTecs, a Google Adwords Certified Partner specializing in Search Engine and Social Media Marketing as well as Website and Mobile Application development. He is also the co-founder and CEO of FranchiseSoft, a franchise management software company that provides modules for Franchise Sales CRM, Franchisee Management, Onboarding, Franchisee Training through a Learning Management System, Franchisee Support and Financial Royalty Reporting.

A sought-after public speaker, Jam has been the featured keynote at many franchise conferences and international summits. He regularly trains ‘C’ Level Executives and supports both new and seasoned business owners on SEO, Social Media, Mobile Marketing, Mobile Apps, Brand Reputation Management and Conversion & Measurement through web analytics. 

When he’s not scaling the heights of the Internet world, Jam ‘unwinds’ on extreme thrill-seeking adventures from the jungles of the Amazon to the highest summits. His passions include working with NGOs on humanitarian missions to areas around the world affected by disasters and poverty.


Jania Bailey

Executive Leader with over 30 years of experience in the banking and franchise industries. 

Hired as President and COO of FranNet in 2006. Promoted to CEO in 2014. Accomplishments include converting the company to a franchise model and establishing national relationships with several key organizations such as SCORE, ASBDC, and BNI.

Over 8 years and in several different managerial capacities with Fantastic Sams International, a haircare franchise.

Served as the regional manager for Fantastic Sams. Oversaw operational support and development for franchisees in a five-state region. 

Eighteen years in the Banking Industry in the commercial lending and business development areas and 3 years as a National Speaker, Consultant and Trainer.

Key-note speaker at several National and International events for organizations on topics including Change Management, Leadership Excellence, Team Building, Customer Service, Communication Skills and Strategic Planning. 

Author of a book that was published in 1995, “Thriving – The Journey to Success in the Business World”.

Served 6 years on the IFA Executive Board, 6 years on IFA Supplier Forum Board, currently the IFA Membership Committee Chair, and has been active as a mentor for new Franchisors through the IFA FranShip program.

Specialties: *Finance, Franchising, Leadership, Public Speaking, Change Management, Team building, Performance Coaching, Customer Service Excellence and Management Training.


Jason McReynolds

After years in the franchise business, I started Fran Metrics to help support franchisors and franchisees. 

There is a great benefit for both franchisors and franchisees to boost unit-level economics by leveraging the knowledge of KPI trends and benchmarking. I am devoted to making this process simple while keeping franchisees engaged.


Jack Monson

Connector: My goal is to connect you with your next partner, client, or colleague. Building on our relationships is the best way to grow your personal brand or business, and storytelling is the best tool to achieve your relationship and brand goals. 

Marketing, Advertising, Franchising Leader: I host a podcast series with over 1 million downloads dedicated to marketing and franchising leadership. I’ve worked with industry CEOs and CMOs for 14+ years helping them grow their influence and businesses. 

Voiceovers and Production: I create and produce branded podcasts for top franchise and business leaders to share their stories with engaged audiences. I provide voiceovers for many large national brands’ advertising. 

Specialties: New Business Development, Franchise Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Storytelling, Marketing Consulting, Content Marketing, Brand Journalism, Marketing & Sales Management, Public Relations, Public Speaking, Emcee, Announcer, Radio, Broadcasting, Voice Overs, Podcasting.


Jay Bandy

As President of Goliath Consulting Group, Jay bridges the areas of business strategy, restaurant operations, startups, brand strategy, menu development, marketing, supply chain, and restaurant development. He has a combined 30 plus years experience working among these disciplines with large multi-national brands and independent restaurants. 

At Goliath Consulting Group, Jay is responsible for working with all members of the Goliath team to deliver results that exceed client expectations. An expert in understanding how the components of restaurant operating systems tie together; he will make sure that the team maximizes the opportunity for growing sales, profit and unit growth based on each client's vision.

Prior to his current role, Jay was the McDonald's Atlanta region project lead for the implementation of the McCafe beverage line and was a member of the region leadership team. During his career, Jay has opened over 200 restaurants; developed supply chain systems and restaurant operating systems; trained area developers, franchisees and staff on franchise and restaurant development, marketing and operations.

Jay holds a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Louisville. He has earned the CFM certification from the International Food Service Executives Association and is a Graduate of McDonald's Hamburger University.


Jeff Crivello

Famous Dave's of America Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BBQ Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:BBQ). Famous Dave’s was founded by “Famous Dave” Anderson, whose passion for BBQ led him on a 25-year cross-country trek to find the best regional BBQ recipes in the country before opening the first Famous Dave's in Hayward, Wisconsin. As of November 5, 2020 Famous Dave’s has 117 locations in 31 states and two countries, including 29 company-owned and 98 franchise-operated restaurants. Famous Dave’s is known for its on-premise real pit smokers, scratch-recipe cooking, and 700 national and regional awards for everything from best ribs to best barbecue sauce to best cookbook. Famous Dave’s offers a wide variety of BBQ favorites, including its signature award-winning St. Louis-Style Ribs, Texas Beef Brisket, Georgia Chopped Pork and Country-Roasted Chicken. Each seasoning blend was personally developed by Dave himself, after years of research and development, to bring flavorful and authentic BBQ to his Guests. Scratch-recipes round out the menu with delicious items that include Famous Dave’s award-winning Corn Bread Muffins and Dave’s Famous Bread Pudding.

Jeff Stokes

Over 25+ years experience providing strategic leadership in the health and wellness industry at both early and late-stage development, franchising, corporate wellness, medical fitness, diet & weight loss, and club acquisitions. History of service excellence and people-centered leadership style, with a refined ability to develop teams to support enterprise-level systems. Sincere commitment to improving the quality of life for others while enhancing bottom-line profitability for fitness organizations globally.

Jen Olson

Experienced Development Executive with a demonstrated history of working in the Franchising industry. Skilled in Business Planning, Sales, Management, Business Development, and Marketing Strategy. Strong business development professional with a Bachelor's degree focused in Business Administration and Management, General from Michigan State University. 

Jeremy Hassell

City Cave creates spaces for you to escape from the overstimulation and stress of life. Following a journey of health with Float therapy, infrared saunas, massage and healthcare professionals.

Jocelyn Olive

Buffalo Grill is an American-themed steakhouse chain headquartered in Montrouge, France. Outlets are primarily sited in retail parks and medium-sized city outskirt locations.

Buffalo Grill is France's largest themed restaurant chain (as measured by sales and locations) with 360 locations in 3 countries (France, Switzerland and Spain). The majority of the locations are in France.

Buffalo Grill serves about 31 million meals per year and reached over €557 million of sales in 2017. Buffalo Grill has been chosen as the favorite restaurant brand by the French three times, most recently in 2018. The award is based on a study by Ernst & Young in which a panel of 8,500 consumers chose Buffalo Grill as the best brand.


Joe Caruso

Joe is a successful long-time influencer in franchising. His willingness to assist and educate others, participate in franchise-related events and continued efforts to create and innovate processes for success uniquely qualifies Joe for this nomination.

Joe Mathews

As CEO of Franchise Performance Group, Mathews is a thought leader and top consultant specializing in franchise sales and lead generation. He is author or co-author of five books on franchising: ”Future of Franchising,” How to Create a Franchise Sales Breakthrough. Guaranteed." "Street Smart Franchising," "Franchise Sales Tipping Point," and "Developing Peak Performing Franchisees.” Mathews has written or been quoted in 90 articles featured in Wall St Journal, USA Today, Entrepreneur, Inc, Working Woman, Business Week and numerous newspapers, books, and journals. 

John Francis

Johnny has been around franchising his entire life. He’s been a franchisor, franchisee, supplier, owner, buyer, seller, board member, speaker, coach, advisor and more to more than 50 brands. 

John Goldasich

Managing Director with Arlington Capital Advisors, a boutique investment bank specializing in middle-market mergers & acquisitions, recapitalizations and equity raises. Our firm advises buy-side and sell-side companies, $30 million - $1.5 billion in value, across multiple industries but with considerable experience and focus within all consumer sectors (consumer products, consumer services, craft beer, restaurants, franchising, education, direct-to-consumer, fitness and healthcare services).

John Hayes

I teach franchising to: college students who seek a career in franchising; people who want to buy a franchise; business owners who want to franchise a business; and Certified Franchise Executives. I'm an Amazon #1 best-selling author of several books covering business, marketing, franchising and biography. Frequent speaker at franchise conferences internationally; advisor to franchisors and prospective franchisees

John Motta

Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the food & beverages industry. Strong business development professional skilled in Catering, Soccer, Budgeting, Food & Beverage, and Market Planning.

Jon Ostenson

Jon is a consultant, owner/investor, author, and international speaker specializing in the area of non-food franchising. He draws on his experience as both the president of an Inc. 500 franchise system and as a multi-brand franchisee in serving his consulting clients that are looking to explore business ownership opportunities. 

Jon serves as CEO of FranBridge Consulting where he helps clients understand all aspects of non-food franchising in the process of introducing them to opportunities from the over 300 high growth brands that he represents. Additionally, Jon oversees FranBridge Capital where he and his partners own 18 territories across 5 property service franchises.

Jon is the author of 'The Franchise Path' and is a frequent contributor and thought leader for publications on the topic of franchising and franchise investments. Prior to FranBridge, Jon was the President of ShelfGenie, a national franchise system with 200 locations. 

Prior to ShelfGenie, Jon was the Vice President of Sales for Carter’s Inc., responsible for over $350M in annual sales. Jon began his career as a Consultant with Accenture, often working Internationally on behalf of clients.

Jon received a BBA in Finance, magna cum laude, from the University of Georgia's Honors Program in 2002 and returned to Athens 3 years later to earn his MBA. In 2014, the UGA Alumni Association selected Jon as a recipient of its “40 Under 40” recognition.

Jon and his wife have three young children and are active in the community. Jon sits on the Board of Directors for Growing Leaders, Inc. and serves as a mentor through several non-profit organizations.


Jonathan Weathington

As a Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the retail and restaurant industry, my desire focuses around bringing out the absolute best results in my teammates and co-workers. With a combination of analytical thinking, servant leadership, and true cultural dependency, we work together to achieve real results. A proven systems developer and implementer, as well as an empiricist, my goal revolves around never losing status as a trusted advisor to colleagues and customers. 

Julian Chong

Do you have an established business and want to grow? Franchising your business could be the answer. 

Franchising offers a multitude of benefits both to the franchisor and franchisees. With over 35+ years owning and operating its own brands, Accurate Franchising Inc is uniquely positioned to assist you through the Franchise Development process both here in Australia as well as in the US.


Julie Selby

Julie is the Founder and CEO of Board & Brush Creative Studio. Board & Brush Creative Studio is the original and fastest-growing DIY franchise in the nation and was ranked 39th out of 150 of the Top Fastest Growing Franchises for 2019 in the March issue of Entrepreneur Magazine. 

Board & Brush Creative Studio is a place for creating fun and unique wood decor projects from scratch. Our instructor-led classes guide customers through the entire creative process, from raw materials to final product all in a fun environment with friends and family. We take the latest trends, create unique designs, and combine them with modern techniques to create a timeless, wall-worthy piece that will be the envy of your guests.


Justin M. Klein

Justin M. Klein is one of the leading franchise and business attorneys in the United States. Chambers USA describes Justin as: "one of the top lawyers" in the United States; “a very passionate lawyer”, “very strong, savvy and efficient”, “a big picture guy”. He is one of only 138 lawyers from throughout the United States and 323 attorneys worldwide named to the International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers. He is recognized in the ‘Legal Eagle’ Hall of Fame as one of the nation’s leading franchise attorneys by the Franchise Times, and has been designated a New Leader of the Bar, one of the top 40 lawyers under 40 years of age, by the New Jersey Law Journal. He is also a New Jersey Super Lawyer. 

As a founding partner of the nationally recognized firm of Marks & Klein, LLP, Justin’s practice focuses on all aspects of the franchise relationship: from negotiation, acquisition and expansion, to dispute resolution. Justin has served as lead counsel in many of the most prominent franchise matters and has quarterbacked hundreds of millions of dollars of franchise M&A transactions, both domestically and internationally, in franchise systems large and small. Justin also counsels businesses on methods of expansion through franchising, licensing, intellectual property issues and enforcement, formation of strategic partnerships and other methods of distribution. 

Justin also helps business owners protect the wealth they have amassed by implementing effective estate planning, wealth management, asset protection and business succession strategies. 

Justin is the current co-chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association Franchise Section and is a former chair of the New York State Bar Association Franchise Section.


Katrina Mitchell

Hi! Katrina Mitchell here, Chief Match Maker & Founder of Franchise Speakers. 

As you can imagine, we have transformed our business in the last 10 months moving from leaders in the LIVE franchise speaker arena to specialists in creating engaging and provocative experiences for franchisees & franchisors via VIRTUAL and Livestream delivery. 

As the ONLY speakers bureau in the world to focus exclusively on franchising, we are the industry go-to experts.

For more than 12 years, we have helped over 350 brands find relevant, timely, and topical speakers, trainers, emcees and entertainers. And while EVERYONE is new to the world of virtual engagement, here are the 3 most common challenges that have emerged overnight: 

 1. How do I know if a presenter has the skills to deliver effectively in the virtual world? 

 2. Where do I find talent who will understand our brand, and support us with relevant tools that we can apply now? 

 3. We have limited funds right now, how can I get this all done in the most cost-effective way? 

We help you solve these challenges by: 

 ? SAVING TIME & ENERGY by presenting targeted, vetted, & carefully curated speakers 

 ? MITIGATING RISK by taking care of all speakers details & providing experienced back up 

 should things go sideways 

 ? SAVING RESOURCES WITH OUR FREE SERVICE - our commission is earned from placing 

 our speaker partners with a great new client 

I believe that each of us can create immeasurable waves of positive influence by how we show up in the world every day. My personal code and our professional culture is based on the values of Kindness, Respect, Integrity, Communication, Trust, Fun, and Love. 

Helping franchise business owners not only survive but THRIVE is our passion. 

We know the franchise world. It’s all we do. 


Katy Richardson

Founder and CEO of NEIGHBORHOOD barre, a barre franchise with 21 locations throughout the southeast. Currently offering franchises throughout the United States, concentrating in the Southeast and East Coast!

Keith Dziki

Skilled in the art of team development, Keith has more than 15 years of experience in business development and operations in a variety of industries. As the Executive Director of Development, he builds and maintains relationships with key personal at Verizon Wireless and prospective Wireless Zone® franchisees, providing expertise in operational management, lead generation and the recruitment of entrepreneurs. Known for his ethical and high energy approach, Keith’s history of outstanding business building and proven interpersonal skills allows him to effectively communicate with entrepreneurs and educate them on their suitability for the franchise. 

Keith Miller

Keith Miller founded Franchisee Advocacy Consulting to fill a void. Franchise owners, as a class, are the largest investors in the franchise industry. However, franchisees also have the weakest voice with legislators, regulators, and leaders in the franchise industry. This gap, of investor size versus voice, means franchisees have little leverage over how policies directly impact the businesses they have invested in, especially policies that are unique to the franchise industry. Like it or not, special interest groups rule the political landscape. Franchisee Advocacy Consulting will assist franchisees, franchisee groups, and franchisee associations to better engage franchisees in gaining a stronger voice and become a special interest group to be reckoned with. Franchisee Advocacy Consulting only represents franchise owners, working towards their goals. We will not be conflicted by representing other interest groups or claiming we can equally represent all stakeholders in the franchise industry, because we know that is not possible.

Kevin Wilson

With over 25 years of experience in business that has included time as a consultant, entrepreneur, executive of a large company and venture capital investor, I found my passion lies in leading a strong team of people to create a great company. Today this passion is being realized every day as the CEO of Buzz Franchise Brands, a multi-brand franchising company with the well recognized brands, Pool Scouts* (, Home Clean Heroes* (, The British Swim School ( and previously included Mosquito Joe* ( After just six years, Mosquito Joe grew to 290+ open locations with a further 60 under development. In 2016, Pool Scouts was launched with the intention of professionalizing the pool cleaning and maintenance industry and now has several locations open across the country. Home Clean Heroes offers a new and fresh look for residential home cleaning. This company began franchising in 2019. Our most recent company, The British Swim School, the leader in swim lessons for children, was acquired in April of 2019, and has over 100 locations across 22 states. 

Kyla Dufresne

We're Foxy Box, an undeniably cool and talented Wax Bar Franchise. We're on a mission to inspire and empower women to celebrate their uniqueness and rock what they've got. Our team of talented Vagicians is committed to dispelling the discomfort of hair removal by cultivating an environment that leaves women feeling powerful and energized. Armed with our superior waxing methods and some clever distraction techniques, we aim to empower our clients to feel foxy from head to tail.

From our humble beginnings in 2012, we have developed into a dynamic company operating out of three foxy locations. Under the tutelage of our fearless leader Kyla, our industrious team has perfected the art of the Brazilian.


Kyle Squillario

We are a lower middle-market private equity firm focused on investments / buyouts in the United States, Israel and Europe. We partner with business owners, entrepreneurs, and operators to build businesses with enduring value.

We are funded by the founders of Susquehanna International Group ("SIG"), one of the world’s largest privately-held financial services firms. Founded in 1987, SIG is still owned and operated by its founders. We are proud to be backed by the entrepreneurs who led one of the biggest bootstrapped success stories in history.


Larisa Walega

Resourceful, innovative decision maker and problem solver who enjoys challenges and thrives in a creative environment, adept at bringing ideas to reality. Well-organized, profit-minded team player and leader - function under pressure with good conformity to deadlines, accuracy and budgets. Articulate, persuasive communicator with excellent written and verbal skills, strong experience developing productive relationships with all levels of media, corporate, community and consumer interests.

Lauren Sieler

I was the kid who would separate her Easter, Halloween, and Christmas candy by their distinctive colors, sizes and brands before eating them. I would let my imagination get the better of me – playing "Mountain" on the basement stairs and scaring myself, believing that zombie "Thriller" Michael Jackson was under my bed and going to get me.

Growing up, attending SLU and entering the work force, I learned how to put my imagination into action, and apply it to my work. As a visual communications professional, I have been able to use my creativity in my everyday life: designing advertisements, posters and invitations; creating advertising and public relation campaigns; writing blog posts, press releases and design briefs. Along the way, my education and experiences have given me the chance to craft my journalism skills in the world of photography as well.

I have a craving for discovery, a knack for solving problems and a desire to help others. With that in mind, I throw myself into my work. I am 100-percent dedicated to a job from beginning to end, so the products I produce not only reflect my creative sensibility and my meticulous work ethic; it actually raises the bar of what is expected and what can be delivered.

I look forward to working for a company where I can be challenged, expand my knowledge, express my creativity and make a difference for those around me, those who count on me and, maybe in some way, those who do not know me but benefit from my efforts.


Lauren Wanamaker

Lauren Wanamaker is a franchise development professional with an extensive range of expertise. Her early career was centered on marketing planning, brand development/management and media relations and ultimately led to franchise development. She enjoys working with prospective candidates to help them find the best solution for their future

Leslie Johnson

Have you EVER thought about:

  • Being your own boss?
  • Leaving a legacy for your family?
  • Having your own business but didn’t want to leave the security of your job until the business could replace your current salary?
  • Looking for a business but it was difficult to figure out what the truth was?

You’re not alone. Not only have most of my clients been there, but so have I and so has my husband. I did the corporate path, the long hours, global travel, never really unplugging even on vacation – don’t get me wrong, I learned a lot during those years, but I always believed I was meant to be my own boss. I think I get that from my grandmother who was always looking for the next business adventure - from real estate investments to owning a video store and everything in between - she was definitely a serial entrepreneur. Even at the young age of 93, she was sharp as a tack and always talking about business. She sadly passed in 2020 - she will be greatly missed. 

I have over 16 years of franchise experience, devoting my time, skills, knowledge, and tools to a lot of people. Many of whom purchased a franchise and truthfully a number who didn’t, because we determined through the process that it was not the right path for them. 

My candidates come from all different backgrounds, degrees of professional experience and levels of liquidity. They all have one common desire – to find an opportunity to grow a business that would provide them an income (primary or residual) and end up with an asset they could sell.

I have access to hundreds of franchises. However, a good franchise for one person doesn’t mean it would be a good franchise for someone else. I get to know and understand the unique situation and needs of all my candidates, so that I can match them with brands that meet those criteria. I don’t sell franchises. I provide the path to explore them efficiently and effectively. I’m here to help YOU make an informed decision.


Liane Caruso

As a seasoned marketing professional, I have worked in a variety of industries and specialize in different tactics as marketing and advertising have evolved over the last 20 years. 

I have had the pleasure of working primarily with franchise brands for the last 10 years and I understand the unique intricacies involved working with and marketing for franchisor and franchisee. I am fascinated by the psychology behind marketing and social media and what makes people click (literally click – like, comment, share, engage) in both B2B and B2C environments. I have the unique ability to think both strategically and creatively and I thrive on connecting the dots for clients to envision the bigger picture. To that end, I realized there was a gap in executive leadership in emerging and mid-sized brands to accomplish comprehensive strategic marketing planning, marketing and sales alignment, and initiatives that produce real results with strong ROI. Recently, I launched helloCMO a franchise marketing consultancy that is dedicated to fractional CMO or outsourced CMO engagements for franchise brands and suppliers. 

I am actively involved in:

  • Women's Franchise Committee - International Franchise Association
  • Women Franchise Network Tampa Bay
  • USF Digital Marketing Certificate Program 
  • International Franchise Association, CFE Certified 

Linda Hentges-Nyman

Linda Hentges-Nyman is the Chief Operations Officer (COO) and co-founder of FCBB as well as an active Business Broker. Linda also holds a license in the States of Nevada and California. Since 1994, Linda Hentges-Nyman has sold businesses and set up the operating systems for the company and incorporated what was formerly Nevada First Business Brokers with co-founder Jeffrey D. Nyman. Linda Hentges-Nyman also directs the creation and implementation of systems for franchisees, manages operations, employee training, and staff hiring at FCBB.

Linda has been in Business Brokerage since 1994 and has held a license since 1987. As a Managing Broker and practicing Business Broker, Linda has been a trusted advisor for business sales and acquisitions for nearly 30 years. As such, Linda has significant knowledge regarding small to medium size business transactions across a variety of industries with transaction sizes from approximately $50,000 to $35 million. Industries include B2B Services, Healthcare Services, Distribution, Construction, Manufacturing, Wholesale, HVAC, Medical Billing, E-Commerce, Property Management, Practice Sales and more!

Linda serves as an industry educator and as a Business Broker training instructor for FCU (First Choice University), She has co-authored state-mandated testing for Business Brokers and served as a member of the State Business Broker Association. Two words...Experience Counts!


Lisa Welko


With 20 years of business ownership experience and over 15 years of franchise experience plus hundreds of happy clients, I help talented professionals find the right franchise opportunity for their passion and lifestyle. 


I have access to over 900 business opportunities. My system will jumpstart your success in finding the right business fit. I WILL save you time, money, and potentially from making a devastating mistake. I get to know the people I work with, not only to assist in finding them a brand but first to determine whether business ownership makes sense. By understanding a person’s background, skill set, and history we get a good understanding of which business models fit the client. 


I’ve worked with corporate executives and budding entrepreneurs from all walks of life who were looking for the opportunity to create a business that would yield residual incomes and an asset they could sell.

Bonus Fun Facts

  • Married to my High School Sweetheart - Started Dating in 1987
  • Still waterski (slalom) at least 1x a year (usually with my Dad - he's 70!)
  • I love to golf - (I'm terrible, so it makes no sense why I enjoy it so!)

Marcos Moura

Marcos Moura is co-owner and Chief Development Officer of Amada Franchise Inc., a brand dedicated to enriching the lives of our rapidly aging population. 

Recognition for Amada Senior Care: 

  • Top 10 Best New Franchises to Invest In" by Entrepreneur Magazine 
  • #245 on Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise 500 Ranking
  • Inc. 5000 fasted growing companies. 

In 2020, Marcos was the recipient of the "Two Comma Club C" award by Clickfunnels co-founder Russel Brunson for grossing over $100MM. 

Marcos frequently speaks about how to target your ideal audience, leveraging social media, and business growth at Franchising and Marketing events. 

Marcos has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs find and start businesses that allow them to live life on their terms and do work that is meaningful to them, their families, and their communities. 

He holds an MBA from the University of Southern California (USC) and works and lives in San Clemente, CA, with his wife and three boys. 


Maria Turco

Maria Parrella Turco is a fitness industry expert, speaker, writer, consultant, turnaround specialist and entrepreneur. Her skillsets and experience include strategic planning & execution, leading high-performance teams, building & maintaining strategic partnerships, raising investment capital, and creating sales & operational implementation strategies.

Parrella-Turco has served as the co-owner of numerous gyms and studios throughout New York and New Jersey including Eclipse Fitness Sports and Wellness and she established the first Crunch Fitness Franchise and went on to become a multi-unit operator. In addition, she’s founded several companies including fitRewards, New Paradigm Partners, Salubrity, Honor Yoga, one of the nation’s fastest-growing, high-quality yoga franchises. Parrella-Turco’s companies have generated revenues in excess of 10 million. 

She has been featured on the cover of Club Insider, Mindful Studio Magazine and Club Solutions Magazine. She serves as the Chair of Honor Yoga and the Honor Yoga Foundation, a non-profit that offers yoga to those who can’t access mainstream yoga due to physical, mental, social or economic challenges. Most recently she serves as the founder and CEO of MyFitPod a Business in a Box Solutions that offers education, marketing and technology for Independent Fitness and Wellness professionals to serve the aging population.


Mark Mele

Leadership experience building and guiding franchise brands. Mele has achieved the Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) designation from the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives (ICFE) through the International Franchise Association. 

An accomplished corporate franchise sales and development strategist, his vision and expertise in business performance have driven notable franchise brands such as Paris Baguette America, Century 21 Real Estate Corporation, Country Inns & Suites by Carlson, Retro Fitness, Kumon North America and Huntington Learning Centers. Mele has achieved exciting company turnarounds and is recognized for his success in growing franchise brands. 

In addition to Mark Mele’s exceptional track record in franchise development, he is also known for his ability to create and implement positive change in the areas of franchise operations and franchisee support. His franchise achievements have been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc. Magazine, as well as other business media. Mele is a member of the International Franchise Association (IFA) and is actively involved in an advisory capacity with start-up franchise companies.


Mary Ann O'Connell

A franchise generalist with over 30 years of experience as a franchisee, franchisor and franchise consultant.

Specialties: General franchise operations, training and documentation. Write, edit and maintain franchise operations brand standards manuals. Strategic planning. Feasibility studies. Operations reviews.

Currently on the Board of Directors of the International Franchise Association (IFA), First Vice Chair of the Supplier Forum Advisory Board and Chairman of the Membership Committee.

Was the inaugural franchisee for Money Mailer, Inc. developing sales and marketing methods used by entire franchise system.

Served as VP - Franchise Support Services of Money Mailer in the US, Canada and Chile. Included P&L responsibility, training design and implementation, new product roll out, franchise support, customer service and conference and event planning.

Served as Director of Operations for AIM Mail Centers. Revamped training program, manuals and unit-level economics, franchise relations.

Regional Director of Great Clips*, Inc. Launched the Southern California markets of the LA and San Diego DMAs and oversaw operations in NV, AZ and UT. Included P&L responsibility, training and support of franchisees, franchise sales and leasing approvals and oversight.

President of FranWise®, a full-service franchise consulting firm that launches new franchise concepts, creates franchise operations manuals and helps emerging brands optimize their operations and franchise relations.


Mary Jane DeJaager

I am a uniquely gifted business professional with exemplary Director Level, Multi-District Leader, Sales, Marketing, Change Leadership, and Operational skills. Unquestioned ability to articulate compelling vision and common purpose, strategically placing talent in critical positions, and creating environments and initiatives that rally people around core goals and organizational mission. I successfully develop profitable B2B and B2C product strategies, execution of strategic business plans to exceed goals, while leading successful multi-site branch operations. While always maintaining a sharp eye to improve operational efficiencies and cost controls across the organization.

I successfully create marketing plans for specific local demographics, while managing projects to adapt national campaigns and services to fit local needs. Driven to retain and reward customer-focused managers and employees to generate a high percentage of repeat and referral sales.

I deliver a methodical and passionate approach to recruit, hire, train, manage, and mentor a knowledgeable, attentive staff to achieve goals. Through this I have earned steady promotions into positions requiring extensive brand building, sales team management, bold people leadership, and customer relationship skills that all results in high success for the brand and our team.


Mary Kennedy Thompson

Franchising executive specializing in high-growth service franchises focused on the customer experience and strong financial metrics.

Specialties: Franchising, high-growth businesses, customer experience training, brand strategy, strategic planning, and coaching business leaders. 


Mary Pang

As a Funding Consultant at FranFund, I help people get the funding they need to start or grow their business. 

I understand the uncertainty that can come with a new venture, so I make it a priority to educate and communicate during every step of the process so clients can move forward with confidence.


Matt Friedman

Growing up, I was a competitive person in every aspect, whether it was sports, education or trying to date the best-looking girl. When I reached the age of figuring out what I wanted to do with my career, I viewed business as an extension of that.

I didn't necessarily know what business I wanted to be in. I had no restaurant experience. But I was smart enough to understand what the demand was in the market, and I wanted to fill a void with something I thought could really work.

I think that starting out as a restaurant entrepreneur is as challenging as it gets, especially when you’re working independently. When we expanded to six company-owned stores, that was another learning experience—and a humbling one.

Franchising is an amazing business model, but it can be challenging. Everyone thinks they want to be a franchisor, but you have to be more than just an entrepreneur. You have to be a leader. You have to be a great communicator. You have to be a coach. You have to have thick skin. I've been in this business for 25 years, but each year my knowledge base continues to grow.


Matt Stanton

Matt Stanton is Partner and Chief Growth Officer for Mici Handcrafted Italian. Mici is a Denver-Born fast casual concept serving pizza, pasta, and salads made using family recipes and natural ingredients. Mici is now growing nationwide through a combination of franchise and corporate owned restaurants and will launch the Phoenix, Dallas, and Detroit markets in 2022.

Matt has 10+ years of retail and consumer industry experience, having served as Chief Development Officer for leading beauty and wellness franchisor WellBiz Brands, Inc. - the manager of Drybar*, Elements Massage*, Amazing Lash*, LunchboxWax, and Fitness Together. Matt also led growth for the restaurant chains Smashburger and Taco Bueno Restaurants. Prior to these roles, he was a Consultant with Bain & Company in Dallas.


Megan Allen

As a Colorado native who is truly proud of my state, I am excited to round out her career, becoming a Franchisee myself with the FranNet team support and grow my clients by helping them fulfill their own business ownership dreams.

I am also a super fan of the franchise industry and love to consult and help Franchisors grow their brand with the best practices and incredible vendors I have worked with spanning my 30-Year Career.

On a personal note, I am a Stepmother to two great young ladies, Marley -18, and Maya – 13 and live in Centennial, Colorado with my husband, Mike (and furbabies Jack a Puggle and Yadi the Golden). I enjoy volunteering regularly for numerous charities and am extremely passionate about giving back to my community.


Melissa Pang

75% of the adult population in the US has a desire to be self-sufficient – of that 75%, only 5% are actively reaching out to franchise brands to learn more. What about that other 95%? 

Enter The Entrepreneur’s Source

We are a coaching referral organization that has been helping to empower people’s personal and professional dreams for 35 years. 

We work with franchise brands who are ready to move out of the “dino-zor” era of selling and convincing to buy and instead move into a space of Education, Awareness, and Discovery. Because of our coaching methodology, 95% of our clients go into a business they would have admittedly never looked at or would have prematurely dismissed.


Micah Logan

I am a dynamic entrepreneur, business owner and speaker who has built a diversified, profitable health and fitness enterprise. From humble beginnings, I have nurtured a multi-service, multi-location, award-winning company with a value proposition focused on high quality client service. I leverage my leadership, communications and motivational skills to ensure that my customers are satisfied and my employees are high-performing and engaged. I am also a trusted consultant to small business owners--relying on the competencies I have developed throughout my career to help them level up. 

My world view is that people who have limited opportunities are an emerging market and I work passionately in many forums to set them up for success and activate their potential. I am focused on creating opportunities through a variety of forums including:

National speaking engagements include (Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Hopewell Inc., Blue Cross Blue Shield, J. Jill, UPS, Fitness Business Association, Mindbody BOLD Conference

I lead with honesty and integrity in all that I do.


Michael Browning

Michael Browning is the CEO and Founder of Unleashed Brands, a platform company that houses the world’s best franchise brands to help kids Learn, Play and Grow. 

Browning launched Unleashed in 2021 after noticing a void in the market for parents looking for a trusted resource for kid’s activities. The growing portfolio currently includes Urban Air Adventure Park, Snapology and The Little Gym.

In 2011, Browning launched Urban Air Adventure Park, the world’s preeminent family indoor adventure park, that has since served more than 20 million kids annually and generated $500 million+ of annual systemwide revenue. Browning believes that every guest to come through the doors of Urban Air has a story and the company’s mission is to enhance the story through engaging atmospheres that leverage the combination of lighting, sound, attractions and a guest-centric staff.

A young entrepreneur, Browning was named a rising star by the Dallas Business Journal in their Annual “40 Under 40” list in 2021. Urban Air has also ranked as No. 1 for the past three years in the annual Franchise 500 list put out by Entrepreneur Magazine. The company was also ranked on the Franchise Times Top 200+ list, an exclusive annual ranking of the 500 largest franchises.

Starting in childhood, those who watched Browning’s passion for business recognized an innate ability and vision that would help him overcome obstacles and push him to succeed. It was this passion and determination combined with his ability to turn what is “typical” upside down is what has driven his success in creating companies. Browning’s first company he founded was Phoebos Partners, a healthcare consulting firm which developed the nation’s most innovative marketing analytics software which determined the factors leading to success in healthcare marketing.

Having spent years as an entrepreneur, Browning leads the team with true insight into the challenges that new businesses face and he doggedly pushes the team to look for new ways to overcome obstacles and break down barriers to achieving success.


Michael Haith

Michael has an almost 30-year career successfully building multiple, Inc. 500, global franchise brands. Consulting, serving on Boards, investing and building companies, he has vast experience identifying, and franchising strong food and beverage concepts. 

In 2013, he discovered Teriyaki Madness. A small, seven-unit regional chain with delicious and healthy food, a simple business model, a raving fan base and most importantly, the best margins he'd ever seen in his years in the restaurant industry. 

He sold all of his current business interests in 2015 to acquire and focus on Teriyaki Madness and what is quickly becoming a recognized success story in the fast casual restaurant industry. Quality, fresh, customizable ingredients made-to-order with large portions of delicious, healthy bowls of fresh vegetables, all-natural grilled chicken and beef, with homemade sauces and served over Calrose rice or noodles.

He has assembled a team of seasoned, fast-casual professionals to build the processes and systems to aggressively and intelligently help franchisees expand TMAD on a global scale. Currently more than 95 teriyaki shops with another 40 to open in 2021 throughout North America. TMAD has great momentum into the next decade as satisfied franchisees expand rapidly into additional shops.

The TMAD franchise community is aggressively expanding, adding additional units while inviting and supporting new franchisees to expand the brand awareness across the globe. 


Michael Mudd

We build sustainable brands by providing franchisors with tools and expertise to create breakthroughs in franchise development.

Michael Webster

Who do you know who wants to create their Branded Community on LinkedIn, using LinkedIn's new product -- Pages?

Pages is not just for big companies any more. Small & Medium sized businesses like yours can create their own Branded Community for: franchise recruiting, in market events, tourism destinations, journalism, book audiences, and almost anything which was an audience of readers & talkers.

An experienced community manager on LinkedIn can make that happen for your company -- creating your branded community. Build up your reach naturally & then take advantage of LinkedIn's ability to deliver your message to the right person and at the right time by sponsoring your messaging.

We have been building community on LinkedIn since 2010 & we’ll show you the way to get your community going. A couple of no-cost consultations will have you on your way. (No cost as in no money; not as in you do no work.)


Michelle Rowan

Since 2005, FBR has helped more than 1100 franchise brands to better understand franchisee, employee and candidate satisfaction, and improve performance:

 • WE HELP FRANCHISES ACHIEVE PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES with actionable data to improve satisfaction, strengthen their brand, and increase revenue. Find out more:

 • WE BRING TRANSPARENCY TO THE FRANCHISE INDUSTRY by offering the leading forum for franchisees to rate their brand & empowering prospective franchisees with satisfaction research in our guides and via


Nader Masadeh

As CEO of Buffalo Wings & Rings**, Nader Masadeh strives to spread his passion for providing the best “club level” sports restaurant and bar experience in the industry to all levels of the franchise system.

As evidenced when he went undercover during the season premiere of Undercover Boss’s 7th season, Masadeh believes in a servant-leadership philosophy, which he has used to guide the corporate team and has ingrained into the franchise system. Buffalo Wings & Rings has enjoyed 20 consecutive quarters of positive same store sales growth under Masadeh’s leadership, with 13 percent growth of year-over-year annual unit volume since 2006. In 2015, the brand reached a record high AUV of $2 million and the brand projects reaching 120 locations by 2028. By establishing a franchise support model that is second-to-none in the industry, Buffalo Wings & Rings has provided the tools for nearly half of single-unit franchisees who have entered the system to expand to multi-unit ownership.

Masadeh was born into a family of restaurant owners and managers. After earning a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Cincinnati, Masadeh earned his MBA in international business and negotiations from Xavier University. But his family’s businesses instilled a passion for the restaurant industry which led to his purchase of Buffalo Wings & Rings in 2005 with business partners Philip Schram (Chief Development Officer) and Haytham David (International CEO).

Upon purchase of the company, Masadeh helped engineer a revival of the brand, making improvements to all elements of the Buffalo Wings & Rings experience including a chef-inspired menu, redesigned restaurant model that appeals more to families, and a focus on increasing the efficiency of the brand’s operations. Masadeh’s goal is to make Buffalo Wings & Rings a household name in even more markets in the U.S.


Nancy Bigley

An experienced Franchise Operations Executive with a proven track record of increasing revenues and profits through the implementation of growth strategies, business practices, and systems that create a sustainable competitive advantage. 

A high-energy, driven, innovative and problem-solving leader focused on achieving strategic objectives while strengthening franchisee relations and cross-functional teams.


Nick Anthony Zamucen

"Nick-Anthony Zamucen" the Founder of Best Option Restoration (B.O.R.) & Bio-One Inc., The only successful franchised crime scene cleaning company. Awarded Top 40 CEO's Under 40 from Business Diversity Magazine 2013. He is also a 3x published author, business strategist, and an award winning serial entrepreneur that has had tremendous success in various business ventures.

Nick-Anthony Zamucen has really changed the game when it comes to the service franchise industry. Simply put, Nick-Anthony is the best in his industry and while many claim to be, he's the only man who has proven results in the business world. His franchised company Bio-One Inc. dominates in 46 different states and continues to grow at an exceptional rate. He plans to launch Bio-One Inc., his crime & trauma scene cleanup franchise, internationally.

Nick-Anthony Zamucen realized that one of his greatest strengths was assisting other people's success through his own experience. A core belief of Nick-Anthony's is "Success breeds Success". For this reason, Nick-Anthony has assembled an elite "success group" based around crime and trauma scene cleanup. He has created bar-none, the most intensive, informative, and educational franchises in the world.


Nick Lopez

LIME Painting is the first and only national high-end painting company. LIME is a franchise brand with a social enterprise in LIME Light Outreach, Inc. that gives franchisees a platform to give back to their local community's youth through LIME Light's Four Pillars of Knowledge: Faith, Family, Patriotism, and Prosperity. #GetLIMED

Nicolas Dégéraud

Experienced Chief Marketing Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the restaurants industry. Skilled in Marketing Management, Customer Insight, Brand Equity and Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG). Strong marketing professional with a diploma in Marketing from Kedge Business School.

Patrick van den Bossche

Experienced CEO with a demonstrated history of building and scaling companies. Skilled in Team Building, Management, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Start-ups, and Leadership. Strong business development professional with a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) focused in Architecture from California State Polytechnic University-Pomona. 

Patti Rother

Currently experiencing brain freeze and sticky fingers at frios gourmet pops. 

Talented, driven leader with more than fifteen years of proven results. Broad skill set applicable to retail and consumer industries encompassing operations, franchising, finance, development, sales and marketing. 

Naturally passionate about people and brand development with a tireless view toward problem-solving and growth. 

Fully bilingual in Spanish.


Paul Brown

CEO of Inspire Brands, a multi-brand restaurant company whose portfolio includes nearly than 32,000 Arby's, Buffalo Wild Wings, Baskin-Robbins, Dunkin', Jimmy John's, Rusty Taco, and SONIC Drive-In restaurants worldwide.

Paul Pickett

I have over 30 years of experience of 'Bringing People and Nature Together" as the VP of Franchise Development for Wild Birds Unlimited, leading the Franchise Development team to grow our franchise system to over 340 stores. Additionally, I manage all of the legal and real estate responsibilities for Wild Birds Unlimited, Inc.

Paul Segreto

Throughout my 38-year career as an entrepreneur, senior corporate executive and consultant & coach, my expertise has progressively expanded across franchise, business & restaurant development and brokerage & advisory services. During the past 10+ years, my passion for positively memorable experiences, social media and personal branding has complemented my efforts while also enabling me to help clients develop and improve their organizational culture for the benefit of all stakeholders.

Consulting with both startups and emerging brands since 2001, I continue to focus on brands with distinct points of differentiation, innovation and / or unique end-user proposition. Providing coaching services during this same period, I remain steadfast in helping individuals identify and achieve their entrepreneurial goals. Whether consulting with brands or coaching individuals my objective is to architect & implement comprehensive action plans to accelerate success.

I have achieved professional designations including Certified Franchise Executive, Certified Business Broker and Certified Franchise Broker, I have been recognized as a Top Small Business Influencer by Fit Small Business, as a Top 100 Global Franchise Influencer by SEO Samba and as a Top 100 Champion Small Business Influencer by Small Business Trends and Small Biz Technology. 

Skilled in content, attraction & influencer marketing, I am often requested to advise on integrated marketing campaigns. As well, I am frequently called upon to develop or share content for blogs & publications focused on franchising, small business, restaurants and entrepreneurship. An early adopter of podcasting, I have founded and hosted a number of franchise and small business podcasts including the increasingly popular Franchise Today podcast launched in 2009. Known for a story-telling style, I continue to receive high praise as a guest speaker and presenter for interactive webinars, strategy & business development meetings, workshops and conference panels.

As a final note, in addition to holding C-level positions at several regional and national franchise brands and associations, I've held and continue to be available for interim & fractional senior leadership and advisory board positions.


Pete Lindsey

I help franchisors with optimizing their development process, development reporting, website optimization, and lead generation. I have driven teams that have exceeded over 1,400 license awards. The focus is responsible growth for the long run by attracting the right franchisees to your system. Franchise Drivers Inc. Growth with Integrity. 

Peter Cancro

Peter Cancro is CEO of Jersey Mike's Franchise Systems Inc., overseeing more than 2,000 locations open and under development. Despite the title, Peter still jumps behind the counter to test his skills and demonstrate his passion for the product and the customer. He tries to instill that passion in every store he enters and with every franchisee he meets.

Peter Holt

Peter D. Holt has been active in the franchise community helping iconic companies such as Mail Boxes Etc. (now The UPS Store), Tasti D Lite and Planet Smoothie manage their franchise systems in both domestic and overseas markets for more than 30 years. Most recently was appointed Chief Executive Officer of The Joint, the largest franchised network of Chiropractic clinics in the world with over 400 clinics system-wide. The Joint is a publicly traded company on NASDAQ (JYNT) based in Scottsdale, AZ. Previously, he was President and Chief Executive Officer for Tasti D-Lite, LLC a Brentwood, Tennessee-based company. While at Tasti D Lite he transformed the NYC-based licensed outlets into a complete business format franchise system. Additionally, he led the acquisition of Planet Smoothie by Tasti D Lite in 2011 and its integration into the Tasti D Lite business. In June 2015 the company was acquired by Kahala Brands.

Mr. Holt earned a Master of Arts degree from the University of London and completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Washington, where he graduated cum laude.

He has written and lectured extensively on the subject of franchising. He currently serves as an advisory board member for Stage Six, which builds and supports impactful and sustainable social businesses that are using the franchise model to rapidly and dramatically scale in emerging markets around the world. From 2014 to 2016 he served on the Board of Directors of PASMO, the Guatemalan board managed by the Washington DC-based NGO offering health care services through franchising. He served on the IFA Board of Directors from 2013 to 2015. He served as Chairman on the International Affairs Network (IAN) of the IFA from 1998 to 2007 and was Chairman of the Global Marketing Group (GLOMAK) from 1998 to 2007, which advises IFA on all its international franchise activities.


Pip Wilkins

A confident, dynamic and resourceful Chief Executive who enjoys helping others to expand their skills. Proven ability to initiate, develop and launch new initiatives for the greater good of the franchise industry. Passionate about standards and ensuring people have the right information to make the right decisions.

Randy Shacka

Moving people forward is my primary focus. Driving our brand forward and bringing value through franchise relationships, executing upon our vision and helping provide a world-class customer experience.

Rebecca Monet

Zorakle Profiles provides assessment tools to the franchise space. Our SpotOn! meta-analysis provides insight no singular profile, survey, algorithm or assessment can. Our SpotOn! science determines franchisee-franchisor compatibility and predicts performance. 

Richard Davies

Having started my journey in franchising in 1997 and what a journey it has been.  The relationships and friendships built during that time has enabled myself to develop but also improve and evolve the products and solutions we can offer to franchisors, suppliers and franchisees worldwide. 

We started out as one magazine back in 1997  and look at the portfolio we have grown that is now truly worldwide and growing.

Our aim was to provide a platform and a voice to promote franchising and education to a wider audience and we continue to do that. 


Richard Knight

USA Nina Challenge has created a blueprint for a successful business that increases children's wellbeing and positively impacts the community.  The unique, progressive training system challenges children to overcome obstacles, one at a time.  The level system and extensive curriculum keep children from ages 4-17 engaged for years, creating customers for life.  Community support and interaction is a key pillar of the business that creates opportunities to work with other community-based organizations and charities.

Rick Grossmann

Rick has been involved in the franchise industry since 1994. He franchised his first company and grew it to 49 locations in 19 states during the mid to late 1990s. He served as the Chief Executive Officer and primary trainer focusing on franchise owner relations and creating tools and technologies to increase franchisee success.

Rick developed and launched his second franchise organization in 2003. He led this company as the CEO and CMO growing to over 150 locations in less than three years. He developed the high-tech/high-touch franchise recruiting and sales system.

Both companies achieved ranking on Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 List. During this period Rick served as a business and marketing consultant to small businesses and multimillion-dollar enterprises. He also consulted with franchise owners and prospective franchisees, franchisors, and companies seeking to franchise around the world..

Rick is the author of Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise Bible series and his 9th Edition was released worldwide in April of 2021. He also is a contributing author to Entrepreneur Magazine and other industry publications on the subject of franchising and business.

He currently heads up the Entrepreneur Franchise Advisors program, serves as an executive coach and strategist for multiple franchise clients and is the co-host of the Franchise Bible Coach Radio Podcast with Rick and Rob.


Rita Patel

I am a passionate and innovative marketing executive and I let curiosity lead me toward innovative solutions to marketing’s complex challenges. As a CPG and retail expert, I have a knack for launching new brands and taking established ones to new heights. I take pride in having built amazing teams and implementing award winning marketing campaigns around the world. My work at Wrigley took me to Barcelona, Spain where I was part of the marketing and product development team. During my time at MillerCoors, I helped launch the Peroni beer brand in Australia and managed the brand strategy and equity for Coors Light when it overtook the competition for the #2 spot in market-share. While at Target, I launched the Good & Gather and Everspring brands, among others, by building a new capability for the organization leveraging consumer insights and a strong understanding of brand purpose. With drive and an empathetic leadership style, I motivate high performing teams to deliver transformational results. Diversity of thought, integrity and purpose are my guiding values. Along with having worked on major marketing campaigns both domestically and abroad, family, community and culture influence my thinking. I’m a proud native of Chicago currently living in Atlanta, Georgia with my husband and daughter.

Robert Branca

Dunkin’ Brands is home to two of the world’s most recognized, beloved franchises:

Dunkin' and Baskin-Robbins

Both brands share the same vision: deliver high quality food and beverages quickly, affordably and conveniently in a welcoming environment.


Robert Bruski

I move mountains. I make things happen. When I feel like I can't go any further, I dig deeper, try harder, and be more awesome… true story. 


Having studied economics at Wilfrid Laurier University, I quickly learned the value of efficiency and education. I further completed a variety of courses in financial engineering from Columbia University and financial modeling from The CFA Institute.


I took my passion for value investing, strong research skills, and analytical prowess, and applied them to the Canadian financial sector. While mastering fund accounting, risk & valuation, client relationship management, and even system architecture, I was exposed to some of the best mentors and company builders in the industry. This is where I became astoundingly proficient at seeing what makes and keeps a great company.


I've taken my experience and paired it with an innate sense of creativity and ingenuity, and applied this mix to the wonderful world of entrepreneurship. I've been accelerating progress and redefining industries to breed success across a variety of companies since.


Growth Strategy, Management Consulting, Business Development, Executive Coaching, Investment Analysis, Statement Analysis, Accounting Conventions, Business Registration, Business Startup, Client Relationship Management, Efficiency Planning, Franchising


You'll notice that if you work with me you can count on outstanding performance driven by high-energy, intellectual curiosity, and project ownership, all while striving for relentless high-quality results and first-class relationships.


Robin Gagnon

If you are looking for a service based franchise brand built on a strong concept, demonstrated earnings and full training, contact me about We Sell Restaurants. We are a business brokerage firm specializing in restaurants nationwide. Our listing inventory exceeds $200 million across 45 states. Our branded systemic franchise process for buying and selling restaurants capitalizes on the demand for restaurant industry experts. Contact me today.

 Robin Gagnon | 888.814.8226 | | 

As a franchisor, you may need my services and a checkup on your franchise resale process if.... 

  • Your Development Team is Handling Resales
  • Your Deals are Negotiated Internally
  • Opinions of Value are offered by the Brand
  • Your Franchisees up for Renewal are Closing instead of transferring
  • Resale Prices are Low
  • You have Limited Resale Candidates or they Don't Qualify 
  • You have no Internal Dedicated Resources to Transfers 

As the nation’s most successful Restaurant Broker and co-founder of We Sell Restaurants, I have a database of 100,000 qualified buyers looking for restaurant resales. We sell more restaurants than anyone else. PERIOD. 

Selling a restaurant is a complicated process with many moving parts including attorneys, franchisors, landlords and lenders. We have developed the expertise, the tools, the lending connections and unmatched technology to shorten the sales cycle and bring more buyers to the table. 

If you are ready to address your restaurant resale strategy or just want some tips to avoid legal pitfalls, I would ask you to contact me today and let’s have a quick 5 – 10 minute call and see if I can help. 


Ron Silberstein

Professional experience includes managing partner of a high-growth CPA firm that specialized in audits of public companies and franchise companies, and 4 1/2 years as CFO and Chief Administrative Officer of a group of companies with a public parent. The group included a large franchisor, manufacturing companies, wholesale distributors, and a dot com - e-commerce company. 

I am a Certified Franchise Executive and a CPA. Experienced and proactive. I am a co-founder and principal of Bud's Place Franchising, LLC - a franchisor of social cannabis consumption lounges that provide high quality food and beverage, entertainment, and accessories in an upscale atmosphere - High.Quality.Fun. Am also working with a select group of clients that need a consultant that has expertise in operations and/or finance/accounting/auditing. 

Recent successes include helping a client settle a $450,000 state sales tax obligation for $30,000, as well as initiating discussions with the client's lender and successfully getting the bank to increase the client's line of credit from $350,000 to $700,000 - with a reduced interest rate. Also helped reduce payables from $1,100,000 to $250,000 and improve client's credit rating. Assisted another client with putting together a team of highly qualified outside professionals, as well as helping negotiate a Master Franchise Agreement on far better terms than had originally been presented. Saved a client $12,000+ per year for four years by helping them get a better deal from their payroll service.

I have regularly been named one of the top Franchise Experts to Follow on Twitter.


Roxane Harris

Motivated business development and management executive with 30+ years of proven leadership and results expertise. Lead the U.S. Retail Franchise organization(48 FTE) comprised of 3 Regional Sales Directors, 20 Franchise Consultants, 1,200 franchise owners and 2,900 locations(including international); plus an Operations Director, Operations Support team and Franchise Practice Management team. Key strengths include identification of top talent, management of $200m P & L,; strategic direction for programs and processes, cross functional partnership and a strong track record in exceeding business revenue growth and EBITDA targets.

Ryan Tuchman

Industry innovator and retail disrupter. Experienced CEO with a demonstrated history of working in the technology - advertising - sports and franchising industries.

Sabrina Wall

Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the professional training & coaching industry. Skilled in Sales, Management, Business Development, Organizational Development, and Training. Strong business development professional graduated from University of Central Florida. 

Sandra Carrillo

CEO of GNF WORLDWIDE, #1 franchise consultancy and internationalization firm. Sandra has over 20 years of experience managing consumer & personal care brands in Latin America & Europe, as well as business consultancy with special focus on Strategic Planning and Process Management. 

An Industrial Engineer with a Master in Digital Business from ESIC (Spain), Sandra leads an international team that develops successful franchise systems around the world.


Scott Gittrich

My unwavering affection for pizza became a full-fledged love affair when I decided to drop out of college to focus on a career in restaurants after getting hooked at Domino’s after only two weeks on the job. The gamble paid off as I worked my way up through the company’s system eventually managing all operations for an ass kicking franchisee in Charlotte, NC. In 1991 I created a pizza concept called Toppers Pizza, which delivers unique, fresh food that’s made-from-scratch and rivals anything available. 

Pizza is the best food in the world, there’s nothing that’s as celebratory and fun as pizza. It brings people together like no other product on earth. Next to family and friends and stars on a dark night, I say give me a pizza.


Scott and Ally Svenson

When Scott and Ally Svenson founded MOD Pizza in 2008, they knew the last thing the world needed was another pizza place. In their hometown of Seattle, they imagined a new way for people to enjoy pizza, by bringing speed, individual style and value to one of America’s favorite foods. But the real secret sauce wouldn’t be the product, it would be the people who serve our communities — the MOD Squad. By taking care of employees, they would take care of the customers, and the business would take care of itself. It’s how we’ve built a culture of opportunity, belonging and community for the past 13 years, and it’s catching on wholeheartedly.

Scott Taylor

Successful track record with over 25 years senior management experience from publicly traded, private equity and privately held entrepreneurial companies. I am a builder and have put together strong executive teams that have achieved solid growth and performance with each company.

Scott Thompson

Chief Development Officer for Big Blue Swim School, Heyday* Skincare and Operating partner at L-5 Capital Partners. Strategic Franchise Executive, Lifelong Learner, and Planner. Data Driven Sales and Marketing Executive that continuously innovates and leverages technology to accelerate growth.

Specialties: Franchise Development, Lease Negotiations, Real Estate, Financing, Sales and marketing training, Franchise law, Corporate startups, Business Coaching, Partnership Development, Teambuilding, Technology


Scott Wendrych

"The best strategy in the world is meaningless without a relentless focus on execution!" 

Franchise Operations and Development executive with 16 years of leadership experience building

great teams and delivering results. Strong track record of building start up brands from zero to re-engineering brands that have gone astray. Solid business acumen with a proven track record of developing infrastructure and tools to lead franchisees to success. Strong relationship builder that delivers results both operationally and via franchise sales and openings. 

  • Deep franchise development experience and track record of selling and opening units
  • Strong operational background focused on building systems, processes and metrics
  • Private Equity experience
  • Driver of franchise system engagement

Sean Fitzgerald

Sean Fitzgerald, CFE is a c-level franchise executive with 25 years of experience working with brands ranging from startup franchise concepts to large developed franchise systems. This level of experience provides unique insight and perspective in growing, operating, and building franchise brands. His expertise includes franchise sales, development, marketing, lead generation, digital marketing, content marketing, lead flow management, candidate journey mapping, PR, web design, SEO/SEM, CRM, franchise operations, multi-unit development, franchise compliance, training, and franchisor/franchisee relations. Currently, Fitzgerald is the President of TruBlue House Care franchise, the only national provider specializing in home maintenance and repair, both inside and outside the home, for Seniors and Busy Families. 

Formerly Chief Development Strategist for No Limit Agency* and 1851 Franchise, he provided franchise development strategy for many well-known brands, including DQ, Great Clips*, Buffalo Wings and Rings*, and Two Men and a Truck. His experience also covers a wide range of industries including retail, restaurant, hospitality, service, healthcare, and technology. Before that, he was Executive Vice President for BrightStar Care, Senior VP of Quiznos, and National Vice President of Franchise Development for Wireless Zone*, a Verizon Wireless retail chain. Fitzgerald also was the co-founder and COO of an automotive accessory retail chain out of Cincinnati, Ohio, which grew to become a national franchise and eventual IPO trading on the NASDAQ-QTC.


Sean Manning

Sean Manning, CEO/Founder of Payroll Vault, is a dedicated businessman that has created a successful franchise system that presents enthusiastic entrepreneurs the opportunity to support their local professional community strategically and effectively.  Throughout the pandemic and with the close support of Tricia Petteys, COO/Co-founder of Payroll Vault, Manning has led the executive team and franchisees through a powerfully disruptive and radically evolving time. As a result of his dedicated leadership, business acumen, and focus on clear communications, each franchise office has been able to remain current on important legislative changes that allowed them to help their local business community navigate workforce management fluctuations, to access a variety of emergency funds and tax credits that helped their business stay afloat, and to ensure compliance at each stage for their clients and non-clients equally. As a leading payroll company, it’s important to be accessible to clients, and even more so during times of distress. Over the course of the past few years, Payroll Vault has reshaped expectations for small business owners across the nation and will continue to help business owners re-think payroll.

Sebnem Flores

26+ years of experience in international sales of military aircraft parts and services, believing and living the "customer first" focus and the power of strong team effort in getting it done with highest quality, on time and exceeding external and internal expectations at all levels.

After 25 years in the aerospace industry, we decided to give our 110% to being our own boss and sell......hamburgers! Continue to sell the highest quality of goods, with the best team and delivering superior level of customer service and LOVING our job. Working hard and playing harder.


Seth Larsen

As a lifelong “foodie,” Scott Jennings worked at quite a few different restaurants during his college years and decided it was an industry he wanted to grow into, but with one condition; he had to seriously shake things up. In one particular job as a delivery driver, Scott noticed a severely underserved market for late night deliveries. After coming to the realization that most college students liked to get high, he figured, why not create a cannabis-themed sub shop?! And so in 1998, Cheba Hut “Toasted” Subs was born

First, he wanted a place that served a sandwich that was better than anything on the fast-casual market. Second, he wanted a unique and fun theme that embraced the counterculture.

Finally, he wanted to create an environment where everyone truly felt welcome and got to experience a genuine and authentic level of care in customer service; something that most people would rarely receive in the fast-casual world.


Shane Evans

At Massage Heights, it is our goal to elevate the lives of the people we touch by caring for the mind, body, and spirit. As a company committed to the well-being of everyone who visits our Retreats, we are passionate about maintaining relationships with our guests, members, team members, franchise owners, and the rest of our Massage Heights family. We are loyal to our guests and invest love and positive energy into everything we do for them. Our company is diligent in our pursuit to provide an elevated experience for everyone we touch.

Shannon Hudson

Shannon “The Cannon” Hudson, founder and CEO of 9Round, has had more than 30 years of training in martial arts and is the IKF Light Middleweight Kickboxing Champion of the World. On October 1, 2011, while training under legendary boxing trainer Xavier Biggs, Shannon won his title with a 6th round TKO victory. In addition to a 5th degree Black Belt in Japanese Shotokan Karate and a 4th Degree Black belt under the Joe Lewis Fighting System, he also holds a degree from USC Upstate, and is a Best-Selling Author. 

Shannon is now fully involved in the daily operations of the company by bringing constant support to the franchisees and ensuring the best workout experience to 9Round members. 


Shawnon Bellah

Executive leader with more than 16 years of industry experience in Food Service Operations and Domestic and International Franchising. Expertise includes Operations Management, Employee Training and Development, Domestic and International Sales Growth Strategy, Franchise Relations, Menu Development, New Product/Program Launches, Corporate Communication Strategy, Vendor Relationship Management, Marketing and Public Relations.

Shelly Sun

Founder and CEO of BrightStar Care, a home health care franchise dedicated to providing both medical and non-medical assistance for families and individuals in need. 

Founded BrightStar Care in 2002 and expanded through franchising in 2005. Today, the brand has grown to over 340 locations represented by 200 small businesses and reached $500M in revenue in 2019. BrightStar Care is consistently named in Forbes’ Top Ten Franchises under $150,000 initial investment. 

Dynamic, entrepreneurially spirited leader with over 20 years of leadership experience across diverse industries?with an emphasis on consumer-facing services and franchising. 

An innovative, forward-thinking trailblazer focused on driving results in relentless pursuit of excellence. Passionate about delivering the highest quality care and building a network of like-minded small business owners to activate this vision across the brand. Strategic mindset to continuously innovate and create new opportunities to drive brand growth and performance. 

Highly experienced in?leadership and?executing business growth and development strategies, analyzing industry and competitor performance, and maximizing business earnings. Comprehensive background in workflow streamlining, mergers and acquisitions, contract negotiation, corporate finance and accounting, budgeting and cost controls, and strategic planning. 


  • Named Inc’s Top 100 Female Founders in 2020 
  • Named Glassdoor’s “Highest Rated CEOs During the COVID-19 Crisis” 2020 
  • International Franchise Association (IFA) Chair 2017-2018 
  • Featured in Harvard Business Review Case Study 2016 “BrightStar Care: The Evolution of a Leadership Team” 
  • Published Author Grow Smart, Risk Less?2011 
  • Featured on CBS’ Season 2 of Undercover Boss 2011 
  • IFA 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year

Stacie Shannon

I had my first exposure to entrepreneurism when I was in grade school when my father started a taco stand business for my siblings and me to run at the local fair every summer. How fun, right? That experience alone planted a seed in me that I could be anything I wanted to be. All it takes is the desire and commitment to make it happen. And that's what I did. I became an entrepreneur & live my life, helping others become the same.

As a franchise consultant...

  • I assist individuals and investment groups in identifying the best possible investment to fit their individual needs and meet their long-term goals.
  • I build a customized individual business profile for each client that embodies their key criteria.
  • I research and filter through hundreds of franchise opportunities and narrow those down to a select few that are the best possible fits for each client.
  • I provide continued support throughout the entire franchise discovery process by assisting with financial, legal, and accounting resources.

As a franchise consultant, I believe a few core principles - transparency and trust are vital. Compassion and empathy are rare but critical to providing superior service. Self-development is a must for continued growth. Financial investments are important decisions. Adding value is everything. And communication is key!

Who am I, otherwise - ??

Fulfilled by helping others succeed; adore time spent with family and friends; mother of two amazing boys - Matthew & Andrew; serial entrepreneur; travel-enthusiast; former spin instructor and owner of Burst Cycle; lover of wine; learning enthusiast; freelance writer; and, endlessly committed to those I love.


Steve Beagelman

CEO and Founder of SMB Franchise Advisors, a franchise consulting company that has assisted over 350 companies in growing their business through franchising. Steve is a senior level franchise executive with over 30 years of experience in the franchise industry from start-ups (founder of own business in 1991) to large franchise systems. A frequent speaker at the International Franchise Association conferences as well as a speaker for annual franchise conventions for different franchisors. A contributor to franchise industry publications and a recent contributor to a new book, So You Want to Franchise Your Business. Steve also is a frequent contributor to on the franchise industry. 

Steve Hart

When Steve founded PMI in 2008, his vision was to create the nation’s largest residential, commercial, and association management franchise network. Much of his career prior to PMI was spent riding the ups and downs of the real estate industry in land development, construction, and sales. Steve came to understand that no matter what the real estate market is doing, the property management sector of the industry remains stable. With this in mind, he built the PMI model for a consistent revenue-generating property management business which now helps hundreds of property managers realize their dreams of successful business ownership.

Steve Hockett

Steve Hockett has served in various roles with Great Clips, Inc. beginning in 1988 as a franchisee. He was hired by Great Clips, Inc. in 1993 as a marketing manager and served in the roles of regional director and vice president of operations before leaving Great Clips to pursue other opportunities. He served as president of FranChoice, Inc. and then Rapid Refill Corp. before returning to Great Clips in 2008 as vice president of operations. 

Steve was promoted to CEO of Great Clips, Inc. in January 2018. Steve’s experience in franchising and his love for the Great Clips brand has contributed to its success as the world’s largest salon brand with locations in more than 180 markets across the United States and Canada.


Steven Strickland

Mr. Strickland has been Chief Executive Officer of Workout Anytime Franchising Systems, LLC in Alpharetta, Georgia since 2004. He has also served as Chief Executive Officer of Workout Anytime, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia, since 1999. Mr. Strickland has over 35 years’ experience of successful business and club operations in the fitness industry, and loves using this experience to strengthen his franchisees’ businesses at Workout Anytime.

Stuart Hershman

I have 35 years of experience in anything and everything having to do with the legal aspects of franchising and distribution.

My goal is to provide clients with the absolutely most responsive, reliable, practical, efficient, trustworthy, and cost-effective legal services at all times and to develop client relationships that will last indefinitely. Most of my attorney-client relationships, many with the premier brands in the world, have continued for 10-20 years (or longer!) and counting, a testament to the trust established with them. 

Specialties: Pretty much every legal aspect of franchising and distribution.


Susan Valverde

I have been in Executive Leadership roles for 5 years and also have over 15 years of award-winning experience achieving extraordinary results in all aspects of owning and operating my own business. When added to my hands-on experience with Sales, Marketing, Logistics and other functions, this has proven to be a powerful combination – I have catapulted various operations to grow businesses exponentially in challenging markets. 

I succeeded through smart strategic planning, the retention of top talent, strong internal controls, industry best practices – and a “never say quit” attitude. I inspire loyal team members and earn the respect of my entire organizational community through open over communication at all levels. As the former owner of a vastly successful service firm, I have built a national reputation on my ability to open, expand and transform businesses into thriving operations. 


Suzie McCafferty

I LOVE franchising. I love helping entrepreneurs franchise their businesses. I love helping people become business owners through franchising. I love promoting and supporting franchising as much as I possibly can. Why? Because franchising has changed my life and I want others to have the chance to do the same.

At 23 I started a small business. By 27 I had franchised it into a network of 70 stores across 6 countries from the Caribbean to the UK and Europe and Middle East. Needless to say, I learned A LOT doing it. 

I exited the business and joined a recruitment franchise as Franchise Director and Board Member. Over 3 years I helped them grow into a national brand with a £30m turnover which was sold to a UK Plc. Needless to say, I learned A LOT doing that too.

At which point, I concluded that I had so much experience and knowledge to share with other people wanting to grow and franchise their businesses, that the next logical step for me was to set up my own franchise consultancy firm. 


Tanashe' Martin

Franchisee/Franchisor Growth and Business Consultant with proficient skills in Connection, PR Communications, Operations Management, Business Strategy, Coaching, Business Revenue Generation, and Networking. YES! I wear many hats. But I like it that way! Being a part of the team at Ask April Porter enables us to nurture and develop our genius in the franchising industry. What a blast!

Always looking to grow my network and community! I have always been told by my daddy, "T...I don't think you know a stranger"! There is always something to discover when we take time to truly build repour and relationships with others! Business, professional, or personal... I am forever a student of human nature and connection! So let's do it....let's connect!


Tariq Farid

Founder of Edible®, Incredible Edibles®, Netsolace, Inc and Berry Direct. I'm passionate about entrepreneurship, health & wellness, franchising and technology.

Taylor Lamont

IMAGE Studios® is a franchise/real estate company for investors. IMAGE sells licenses to build entrepreneur incubators of high-end business suites that are leased to industry professionals. IMAGE is registered to franchise in 45 states with 165 locations in development nationwide. In 2021, IMAGE Ranked #160 in the top 500 franchises by Entrepreneur Magazine, ranked top 100 Franchises by Franchise Dictionary, and made the 2021 Franchise Registry.

Our core values of creativity, freedom, and success are the driving force that empowers us collectively and embodies all that we do as industry professionals. We strive to improve the communities we live in with the creation, support, and growth of small independent business owners.

Our concept is simple: we provide an incredible space and atmosphere; our professionals bring passion, talent, and clientele. Together, we create an intoxicating formula for success.


Thomas Flaherty

Specialties: Domestic and International Traditional and Non-Traditional Franchising, Real Estate, Development, Franchise Sales, Franchise Administration, Legal, Board Work and Executive Management

Tim Butters

City Cave Float & Wellness Centre is driven by increasing longevity in our community. Adding quality years back to your life. Through a tailored health journey to suit a path for total well-being. City Cave provides a unique approach to wellness, combining holistic and clinical services to achieve one’s optimal health.

I'm currently working on my new venture, City Cave Floatation Centre. Of all the other businesses I have been a part of, this is my absolute favourite so far. The health and wellness industry is full of amazing and positive people, and I feel very lucky to be a part of it.

City Cave is my first franchisable business model and I cannot wait to bring more like-minded people on board to help us grow the brand.


Tim Courtney

Responsible for domestic and international growth of the PuroClean system. The role includes use of single-unit and master franchise agreements; as well as area development and area representative agreements to achieve results. As the head of the sales team, I create lead generation opportunities; approve territories and assists in closing sales and successfully transitioning franchisees to the operations support teams. This role has critical impact to overall company revenue and profitability.

Tom Gordon

Providing personal and tailored support for franchisees in a rapidly-growing system, co-founder and Slim Chickens CEO, Tom Gordon, is the driving leader behind the brand’s goal to have a 600-unit footprint by 2025, and unlike many brands that release large growth numbers, Gordon is leading the team in a manner that makes this goal more attainable with each passing month. Gordon & co-founder Greg Smart concocted the idea for the fast-casual chicken concept in Greg Smart’s garage, focusing not on the cost of the food but the quality.

Focusing solely on chicken, Slim Chickens has seen accelerated growth backed by a commitment to serve traditional Southern hospitality within its communities, while offering the convenience and affordability of fast casual. 

By developing successful, multi-unit franchisees within the system who are passionate about Slim Chickens, and specializing particularly in aiding them with top-notch site selection, and delivering unparalleled franchise business support by hiring a highly qualified executive team with tailored expertise, Gordon has been able to build the foundation for a great brand with a leadership style that is one to be watched.


Tom Scarda

  • Are you aware that in the United States, there are more than 4,000 franchise concepts in 90 industries, and 89 have nothing to do with fast food? 
  • Did you know that every time a franchise opens, it creates an average of 10 jobs directly and 10 indirectly? 
  • 1 out of every 7 businesses in the US is a franchise?

Do you feel called to serve and have a burning desire to make a positive impact in the lives of others, but you feel stuck? Do you want to build a respectable career and do a great job for your boss, but you're driven by something so much more meaningful? 

Do you truly believe that there is a bigger PURPOSE for you in your career - more than just paying bills? Something much bigger than just hitting that next rung on the corporate ladder and making lots of money?

Is your definition of success different than most? 

  • Do you want to be remembered by the person you were during your lifetime, rather than the things you've accumulated? 
  • Are you fueled by faith in your work but struggle at times with your company's strategies because they aren't in alignment with your personal values and beliefs?

If any of this resonates with you, I want to say welcome home. 

As Your Personal Franchise Coach, allow me to give you the training and support you need to help you create the purpose-driven business and the life of your dreams. 

I have a crazy belief when it comes to business...

I'm persuaded that your potential franchise business is really an assignment from God....that assignment is to help you grow as a person by facing your fears, and in the process, discover the true purpose of your life. A business is a vehicle to get you what you need in life to serve others - not build someone else's dream.

I believe the God-given purpose of our lives is for us to LOVE, SERVE, and GROW... and there's never been a more powerful vehicle than Franchise ownership to help you live out that purpose. 

Those of us that hold this belief call ourselves 'Legacy Leaders.' We are creating a movement inside Franchising that's never been seen before. 


Tom Spadea

Tom Spadea spent more than 15 years in corporate and entrepreneurial positions before completing law school at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law in 2010. His undergraduate degree is in finance from Marquette University, where he graduated Cum Laude. Tom is a Certified Franchise Executive (CFE), a non-legal designation earned from the International Franchise Association. Tom and his firm have consistently been ranked at or near the top of all major industry lists and publications, winning multiple awards and recognition year after year as elite franchise lawyers. Tom co-founded Spadea Lignana in 2011 with his best friend from high school Josh Lignana to focus on helping entrepreneurs build generational wealth through franchising.

Tom's journey in the franchising world began in the early 2000's as a Franchise and Business Broker. He acted as an adviser to clients looking to transition into the ownership of a franchise or the purchase or sale of an existing small business. Tom handled dozens of transactions every year, ranging from listing businesses for sale to recruiting franchise buyers. It was while Tom was a broker that he decided to pursue his legal education. Balancing law school and a young family, Tom also managed to hold senior executive positions for multiple national franchise concepts throughout law school including a 100+ unit fast casual restaurant chain; a franchised chain of over 400 supplemental education centers; and a 500-unit retail chain of franchised frozen dessert restaurants. 

Tom is perhaps the only franchise lawyer that can say he paid for law school at night by selling franchises during the day. This intimate understanding of the franchise industry has enabled Tom to build his legal practice around the true needs of entrepreneurs in franchising. Spadea Lignana today represents over 300 franchisors nationally ranging from emerging concepts just entering the franchise game to nationally recognized brands.


Tony Lutfi

Tony Lutfi is a 40-year industry veteran having worked every position moving up the corporate ladder to eventually start his own franchise company in the early ‘90s. As the founder of the MARLU Investment Group, he grew the enterprise to 224 franchised businesses in 11 states before selling a part of the businesses to his children and nephew who he continues to mentor.  They desire to grow the organization even further to create more opportunities for the greatest and most important asset, “Our Employees.”  For more than 20 years, his company has been dedicated to a guiding principle of promoting from within.  This allows for a consistent culture of “Respect and Honesty” which will continue to be the main attributes Marlu seeks in its leaders as they continue their expansion.  Currently, Tony Lutfi owns Maritime Management Company providing administrative and accounting services to companies owned and operated by fellow franchisees and family.

Troy Hooper

My goal every day is to truly connect with those who look to me for leadership and to deliver on assisting them in exceeding their expectations. Through this example, I hope to inspire those around me to do the same.

My primary guiding principle is to ensure that my decisions consider and balance the needs of the team, the guest, and the financial requirements of the business. 

Professional Accomplishments Include:

• Consistently providing superior fiscal results in gross revenue and net profits

• Platinum Clubs of America 5 Star Rating achievement

• AAA rating increase to 4 Diamond

• Hilton "Resort" labeling achievement

• New outlet conceptualization, design, build-out, and operations development

• Simultaneous multiple outlet management including; five-star fine dining, Farm to Fork dining, casual dining, QSR outlets, members-only venues, large and multiple simultaneous banquet management, and wine pairing marquee dinners.

• Successful membership drive implementation

• Whole property remodel while remaining fully operational

• Seasonal employee hiring, training, and management

• Multiple course food and beverage service service during a live television broadcast.

• Caribbean based operations management: Netherlands Antilles and the Bahamas

On a personal note:

I am a fish out of water. I am a Master Dive Instructor, 100 ton USCG Captain, and life long water baby. While on or under the water I am happiest when photographing the wonders of "Innerspace".


Warren Lewis

Warren Lee Lewis serves as co-chair of Akerman’s Franchise and Licensing Sector Team, a highly experienced group handling U.S. and international franchising, licensing, dealership and trademark counseling, registration and litigation matters for franchisors, licensors, subfranchisors, dealers and other business clients.

In the field of franchising, Warren has authored books, studies, articles and regulatory comments, frequently speaks at U.S. and international franchise conferences, and has testified before Congress. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the Committee on Small Business of the U.S. House of Representatives have cited his studies and regulatory comments.

Numerous industry publications, including International Who’s Who of Franchise LawyersThe Best Lawyers in AmericaFranchise Times and Super Lawyers have recognized Warren for his franchising experience.


Wes Barefoot

I help people take control of their lives and create Freedom for themselves through business ownership.

As a Professional Franchise Consultant, I help the people I work with understanding franchising and determine if it might be a good fit for them. If it is, then I take them through a proven, and methodical process to develop a custom model, tailored to them based on their background, skill-sets, financial and lifestyle goals, that we then use to match them up with a franchise opportunity that's perfect for them!

My services are free for the people I work with, and I've been able to help many people get into business for themselves, or add to their portfolio of businesses through franchising. I work with hundreds of the top franchise brands across virtually every industry. I only introduce the people I work franchise companies that have been vetted, and that I feel confident are the type of business that will allow them to achieve their goals.


Xavier Royaux


Nick Powills

Nick Powills is CEO of Mainland, a content marketing technology company that includes No Limit Agency* (; 1851 Franchise (; and ESTATENVY ( 

Mainland was established as the next step of our business for a few reasons. First, because we wanted to clearly define our why and our vision – to lead the reinvention of content marketing. Second, NLA is in the middle of the word Mainland, which shows our path from No Limit Agency. Third, Mainland is where we research, create insights and develop your brand strategy; No Limit Agency is where we create the design, digital development and content; and the platforms are the active newsroom for your brand, where we tie everything together.

Nick is also the author of Sticks & Stones (, an Inc. Magazine published book. He frequently keynotes conferences with a speech focused on leveraging your past pains to fuel a productive and choice-driven future. 

Prior to starting No Limit at the age of 27, Nick spent four years working at a franchise PR agency where he mastered the art of building rapport with media outlets and creating newsworthy pitches for earned media placements. Prior to jumping into PR, Nick worked as a writer at the Northwest Herald, a daily newspaper in Chicago; started Lumino, an online music magazine; and had internships at Rolling Stone and Details Magazine. He holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Drake University in Iowa.

Specialties: Public Relations, Consumer Public Relations, Business Public Relations, Franchise PR, Consumer Social Media, Franchise Social Media, Public Relations; Franchising, Marketing; Social Media and Social Networking, Content Marketing


Michel Leconte

SeoSamba help franchises, web store owners and enterprises build, manage, market and optimize websites for top search engine performance.

SeoSamba hybrid open source marketing framework is built around its Marketing Operating System and SeoToaster CRM Ultimate. 

SeoSamba MOS lets you manage SEO, social networking and online marketing across any number of websites through a single cloud-based interface, while our open source front-end SeoToaster let you build, manage and market easily corporate, directories and ecommerce websites, while automating sales through its built-in CRM.

SeoSamba can also be private-label by agencies and solution providers.