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SeoSamba's Top 100 Franchise Influencers

SeoSamba's Top 100 Franchise Influencers

SeoSamba's Top 100 Global Influencers in Franchising list includes the most influential characters in the franchise world, whose voices count more than most across various channels from traditional to social media.

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To remove any unnecessary subjective judgement, SeoSamba's Top 100 Global Influencers in Franchising list steers clear from ranking franchise influencers among themselves, yet provides insight as to why they are influential, and gives direct links to their respective organization’s websites to learn more. As a result, you will find influencer's first names sorted alphabetically in the table below.

This list was last updated on May 22nd, 2018. Feel free to use the comment section at the bottom of the page to voice your opinion, who we might have missed due to their contribution to the franchising world, and who you think should we keep an eye for to be included on next year's list.

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Photo Name Organization Country Position Type Why are they influential?
alexandre-germain
Alexandre Germain French Franchise Federation france Responsable adhérents Association
Membership director of the 2nd largest franchisors organization in the world.
Membership director of the 2nd largest franchisors organization in the world.
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Aziz Hashim NRD Capital united-states-of-america Managing Partner Finance
Aziz Hashim is founder and General Partner of NRD Capital, the first business fund both sponsored and managed by a Multi-unit franchisee. NRD Capital is focused on acquiring equity within franchise concepts offering compelling unit economics and solid opportunities for franchisees. Mr. Hashim is a highly regarded executive in the U.S. and international franchise space, and is one of the most successful Multi-unit franchisee operators in North America
Aziz Hashim is founder and General Partner of NRD Capital, the first business fund both sponsored and managed by a Multi-unit franchisee. NRD Capital is focused on acquiring equity within franchise concepts offering compelling unit economics and solid opportunities for franchisees. Mr. Hashim is a highly regarded executive in the U.S. and international franchise space, and is one of the most successful Multi-unit franchisee operators in North America
barbara-moran
Barbara Moran-Goodrich Moran Family of Brands united-states-of-america CEO Association

"Barb is CEO and Co-founded of Moran Family of Brands. 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."

"Barb is CEO and Co-founded of Moran Family of Brands. 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."

barry-connellan
Barry Connellan Fran Europe ireland Founder Consultant
Barry is the Founder and Managing Director of Franchise Development Solutions International- FDSI – a wholly Irish owned, 21st Century Franchise Consultancy & Marketing firm. His vision has been to modernise the franchise experience for established and successful franchise brands. Having already worked with some of the biggest brands in the world, Barry’s team at FDSI offers unique, sound, and constructive advice and solutions to franchise investors and to credible, ethical and future-focused franchise brands across the globe.
Barry is the Founder and Managing Director of Franchise Development Solutions International- FDSI – a wholly Irish owned, 21st Century Franchise Consultancy & Marketing firm. His vision has been to modernise the franchise experience for established and successful franchise brands. Having already worked with some of the biggest brands in the world, Barry’s team at FDSI offers unique, sound, and constructive advice and solutions to franchise investors and to credible, ethical and future-focused franchise brands across the globe.
benjamin-foley
Benjamin Foley Franchise Update Media united-states-of-america Director of Technology Media
Passionate web production expert who captures corporate and personal vision and brings it to life on the web.
Passionate web production expert who captures corporate and personal vision and brings it to life on the web.
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Boyd Hoback Good Times Restaurants Inc. united-states-of-america President, CEO Franchisor
Own, operate and license 38 Good Times Burgers and Frozen Custard restaurants, a regional chain of quick service restaurants located primarily in Colorado.
Own, operate and license 38 Good Times Burgers and Frozen Custard restaurants, a regional chain of quick service restaurants located primarily in Colorado.
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Brad Sugars ActionCoach united-states-of-america Founder & CEO Franchisor
The Founder and Chairman of ActionCOACH, probably one of the largest business coaching company, thanks in great part to franchising.
The Founder and Chairman of ActionCOACH, probably one of the largest business coaching company, thanks in great part to franchising.
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Brian Johnston Wagamama united-kingdom International Managing Director Franchisor
Brian leads Wagamama's International operations and expansion outside of UK and USA.
Brian leads Wagamama's International operations and expansion outside of UK and USA.
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Brian Spindel PostNet International Franchise Corporation united-states-of-america Franchise Executive Franchisor

Brian is an accomplished franchise entrepreneur with more than 30 years of experience in the business services industry. Under his leadership, he grew PostNet to 660 locations in 9 countries.

Brian is an accomplished franchise entrepreneur with more than 30 years of experience in the business services industry. Under his leadership, he grew PostNet to 660 locations in 9 countries.

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Catherine Monson FASTSIGNS International, Inc. united-states-of-america CEO and President Franchisor

"Catherine Monson was named CEO and President of FASTSIGNS International, Inc. in 2008. She brought a strong background in management and business leadership, as well more than 25 years of franchising and digital printing experience.

A strong advocate for small business enterprise and franchising, Catherine also spends much of her time and energy serving on the Board of Directors for the International Franchise Association (IFA), the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchises worldwide."

"Catherine Monson was named CEO and President of FASTSIGNS International, Inc. in 2008. She brought a strong background in management and business leadership, as well more than 25 years of franchising and digital printing experience.

A strong advocate for small business enterprise and franchising, Catherine also spends much of her time and energy serving on the Board of Directors for the International Franchise Association (IFA), the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchises worldwide."

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Charlie Chase FirstService Brands united-states-of-america President Franchisor

Mr. Chase resides in Valley Forge, 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 resides in Valley Forge, 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.

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Chris Drazba InterContinental Hotels Group united-states-of-america Vice President Franchisor
Experienced Vice President of Franchise Development with a demonstrated history of working in the hospitality industry.
Experienced Vice President of Franchise Development with a demonstrated history of working in the hospitality industry.
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Chris Dull Global Franchise Group united-states-of-america President, CEO Franchisor
Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the food & beverages, Franchise and Manufacturing industries.
Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the food & beverages, Franchise and Manufacturing industries.
chris-stuart
Chris Stuart HSF Affiliates LLC united-states-of-america SVP of Business Development Franchisor
A constantly optimistic sales professional with a team-first, collaborative approach to building and sustaining high-levels of success!
A constantly optimistic sales professional with a team-first, collaborative approach to building and sustaining high-levels of success!
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Chuck Lennon TeamLogic IT united-states-of-america President Franchisor
As president of this fast-growing business-to-business franchise company, Chuck is responsible for all aspects of the business from franchise development to operations, technology and marketing and sales.
As president of this fast-growing business-to-business franchise company, Chuck is responsible for all aspects of the business from franchise development to operations, technology and marketing and sales.
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Chuck Runyon CEO united-states-of-america Founder Franchisor
With more than 20 years of experience managing, owning and franchising health clubs, Chuck Runyon has distinguished himself as a leading authority in the field of fitness. Under Runyon’s leadership, Anytime Fitness has earned numerous industry accolades, including the #1 Franchise on the planet, according to Entrepreneur magazine in 2015 & 2016, “One of America’s Most Promising Companies,” according to Forbes, and the “Fastest-Growing Fitness Club in the world,” according to the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA).
With more than 20 years of experience managing, owning and franchising health clubs, Chuck Runyon has distinguished himself as a leading authority in the field of fitness. Under Runyon’s leadership, Anytime Fitness has earned numerous industry accolades, including the #1 Franchise on the planet, according to Entrepreneur magazine in 2015 & 2016, “One of America’s Most Promising Companies,” according to Forbes, and the “Fastest-Growing Fitness Club in the world,” according to the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA).
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Dan DiZio Philly Pretzel Factory united-states-of-america CEO & Co-Founder Franchisor
Dan has received the Excellence in Franchising aware from Smart CEO magazine, and a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year award.
Dan has received the Excellence in Franchising aware from Smart CEO magazine, and a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year award.
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Dave Mattson Sandler Sales Institute united-states-of-america CEO & President Consultant
Dave Mattson is a best-selling author, sales and management thought leader, keynote speaker and leader for sales training seminars around the world.
Dave Mattson is a best-selling author, sales and management thought leader, keynote speaker and leader for sales training seminars around the world.
top influencers david chapman
David Chapman 919 Marketing Company united-states-of-america CEO PR firm

David Chapman has 25 years of senior-level marketing experience working with a roster of national brands, including Caterpillar, Golden Corral, Great Clips, Hanes, Lowe's Home Improvement, Nabisco Brands, The Rosetta Stone, Unilever Foods, Visiting Angels and Valvoline.

Other credentials include being appointed to the American Marketing Association's Best New Products Awards Panel, and providing marketing insights as a regularly featured columnist in the American Cities Network of business journals. He also spoke at national franchise brand conferences on how to elevate brands nationally, accelerate franchise sales and drive more revenue for the franchisee network.

David Chapman has 25 years of senior-level marketing experience working with a roster of national brands, including Caterpillar, Golden Corral, Great Clips, Hanes, Lowe's Home Improvement, Nabisco Brands, The Rosetta Stone, Unilever Foods, Visiting Angels and Valvoline.

Other credentials include being appointed to the American Marketing Association's Best New Products Awards Panel, and providing marketing insights as a regularly featured columnist in the American Cities Network of business journals. He also spoke at national franchise brand conferences on how to elevate brands nationally, accelerate franchise sales and drive more revenue for the franchisee network.

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David McKinnon TriniD Capital united-states-of-america Chairman Franchisor

David McKinnon is one of the most successful franchise-builders in the world.

McKinnon’s business interests have spanned technology, home services, business-to-business telephony, and consumer products. As co-founder of Service Brands International (SBI), he built numerous franchise companies that employed more than six thousand people with combined revenues exceeding $400 million. McKinnon sold his interest in SBI in 2015.

Also in 2015, McKinnon provided a sizeable endowment to the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) Educational Foundation for the funding of its “NextGen Franchising” – a worldwide program that supports young entrepreneurs. Through his work with IFA, and through the businesses he continues to grow, McKinnon is actively involved in helping people around the world achieve their dreams and ambitions.

David McKinnon is one of the most successful franchise-builders in the world.

McKinnon’s business interests have spanned technology, home services, business-to-business telephony, and consumer products. As co-founder of Service Brands International (SBI), he built numerous franchise companies that employed more than six thousand people with combined revenues exceeding $400 million. McKinnon sold his interest in SBI in 2015.

Also in 2015, McKinnon provided a sizeable endowment to the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) Educational Foundation for the funding of its “NextGen Franchising” – a worldwide program that supports young entrepreneurs. Through his work with IFA, and through the businesses he continues to grow, McKinnon is actively involved in helping people around the world achieve their dreams and ambitions.

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Denise Thomas ApplePie Capital united-states-of-america Chief Executive Officer Finance

Denise Thomas has spent more than 20 years as a corporate executive, helping companies create viable businesses from entrepreneurial ideas. Denise has participated in 20+ rounds of financing and has been an executive in companies backed by leading venture capital firms including Kleiner Perkins, Mohr Davidow and Sequoia Capital. Her experiences have included both public and private companies as well as an IPO and three acquisitions.

Denise Thomas has spent more than 20 years as a corporate executive, helping companies create viable businesses from entrepreneurial ideas. Denise has participated in 20+ rounds of financing and has been an executive in companies backed by leading venture capital firms including Kleiner Perkins, Mohr Davidow and Sequoia Capital. Her experiences have included both public and private companies as well as an IPO and three acquisitions.

diane-phibbs
Diane Phibbs Franchise Update Media united-states-of-america EVP & Chief Content Officer Media
Marketing Executive with 20+ years of demonstrated leadership and fiscal performance. Dynamic strategic thinker who thrives on finding ways to drive revenues and profits for small and large businesses. Builds solid program foundations that support long-term organization growth.
Marketing Executive with 20+ years of demonstrated leadership and fiscal performance. Dynamic strategic thinker who thrives on finding ways to drive revenues and profits for small and large businesses. Builds solid program foundations that support long-term organization growth.
ivan-misner
Dr. Ivan Misner Referral Institute LLC united-states-of-america Co-founder Coach
Dr. Ivan Misner is the Founder of BNI, the world’s largest business networking organization. Founded in 1985, the organization has thousands of chapters throughout every populated continent of the world.
Dr. Ivan Misner is the Founder of BNI, the world’s largest business networking organization. Founded in 1985, the organization has thousands of chapters throughout every populated continent of the world.
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Eduardo Abadia Associacion Espanola de Franquiciadores spain Executive Director Association
Executive director of the oldest franchise association in Spain, speaker at Universities and Private Institutes, Eduardo also supported other Franchise Associations in the Ibero-American Market. Spanish Franchise Fairs Council Member.
Executive director of the oldest franchise association in Spain, speaker at Universities and Private Institutes, Eduardo also supported other Franchise Associations in the Ibero-American Market. Spanish Franchise Fairs Council Member.
eileen-proctor
Eileen Proctor Office Evolution united-states-of-america Vice President - Revenue Optimization Franchisor
Eileen is a senior level franchise professional with a high energy.
Eileen is a senior level franchise professional with a high energy.
eric-cosway
Eric Cosway QuantumDigital united-states-of-america Chief Marketing Officer Marketing services
Mr. Eric Cosway joined Quantum Digital in 2007 as Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. Eric also worked as a contractor for Sicola Martin Advertising focusing on market strategy and messaging assignments.
Mr. Eric Cosway joined Quantum Digital in 2007 as Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. Eric also worked as a contractor for Sicola Martin Advertising focusing on market strategy and messaging assignments.
eric-gagnon
Eric Gagnon We Sell Restaurants, Restaurants for Sale, Restaurant Brokerage Franchise united-states-of-america President Franchisor
Nation's largest and most experienced restaurant broker. Founder and president of We Sell Restaurants which specializes in franchise re-sales, independent restaurant sales and site location for the food service industry.
Nation's largest and most experienced restaurant broker. Founder and president of We Sell Restaurants which specializes in franchise re-sales, independent restaurant sales and site location for the food service industry.
eric-stites
Eric Stites Franchise Business Review united-states-of-america CEO Media
Franchise Business Review is the leading market research firm in the franchise sector
Franchise Business Review is the leading market research firm in the franchise sector
erik-skaalerud
Erik Skaalerud Capital Lending Solutions, Inc. united-states-of-america Owner Finance + Franchisor
Financial executive with broad experience in all aspects of finance including preparation of financials, start up costs, business plans and underwriting guidelines. Specific focus in both areas relative to businesses; Commercial Real Estate(owner occupied) and business start up and acquisition aka Business Finance Advisor.
Financial executive with broad experience in all aspects of finance including preparation of financials, start up costs, business plans and underwriting guidelines. Specific focus in both areas relative to businesses; Commercial Real Estate(owner occupied) and business start up and acquisition aka Business Finance Advisor.
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Frank Milner Tutor Doctor united-states-of-america President Franchisor
President of Tutor Doctor. Tutor Doctor has 300 franchisees that operate over 500 territories across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, Nigeria and throughout Latin America.
President of Tutor Doctor. Tutor Doctor has 300 franchisees that operate over 500 territories across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, Nigeria and throughout Latin America.
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Gary Harpst Six Disciplines Leadership Center united-states-of-america Founder & CEO Coach
Gary Harpst wrote two books, “Six Disciplines for Excellence: Building Small Businesses That Learn, Lead and Last" and "Six Disciplines Execution Revolution: Solving the One Business Problem That Makes Solving All Other Problems Easier" and dozens of presentations to organizations, big and small.
Gary Harpst wrote two books, “Six Disciplines for Excellence: Building Small Businesses That Learn, Lead and Last" and "Six Disciplines Execution Revolution: Solving the One Business Problem That Makes Solving All Other Problems Easier" and dozens of presentations to organizations, big and small.
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Gary Occhiogrosso Franchise Strategist united-states-of-america Founder Consultant
Founder & Managing Partner - Franchise Growth Solutions, LLC. Adjunct Professor - NYU - Business and Concept Development, Entrepreneurship and Franchising. Recognized Top 25 Fast Casual Restaurant Exec’s in the USA by Fast Casual Magazine Winner of ""The Executive Management Award"" by SmartCEO Magazine Radio Talk Show Host - AM970TheAnswer - Small Business and Franchise show Speaker and Panelist Capital Roundtable – NYC Symposium of Franchising and Private Equity Investment Reoccurring Presenter & Speaker - IFA/IFE Franchise Expos Presenter & Speaker at National Press Club, Washington DC.
Founder & Managing Partner - Franchise Growth Solutions, LLC. Adjunct Professor - NYU - Business and Concept Development, Entrepreneurship and Franchising. Recognized Top 25 Fast Casual Restaurant Exec’s in the USA by Fast Casual Magazine Winner of ""The Executive Management Award"" by SmartCEO Magazine Radio Talk Show Host - AM970TheAnswer - Small Business and Franchise show Speaker and Panelist Capital Roundtable – NYC Symposium of Franchising and Private Equity Investment Reoccurring Presenter & Speaker - IFA/IFE Franchise Expos Presenter & Speaker at National Press Club, Washington DC.
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Genna Gent McDonald's united-states-of-america Vice President Franchisor

Genna Gent is a capable executive, and a skilled, passionate advocate for the non-alcoholic beverage industry. She is responsible for shaping advocacy strategies for the beverage industry and representing the interests of ABA members before lawmakers and regulatory bodies nationwide. The non-alcoholic beverage industry employs more than 233,000 people with a direct economic impact of more than $141.22 billion.

Genna Gent is a capable executive, and a skilled, passionate advocate for the non-alcoholic beverage industry. She is responsible for shaping advocacy strategies for the beverage industry and representing the interests of ABA members before lawmakers and regulatory bodies nationwide. The non-alcoholic beverage industry employs more than 233,000 people with a direct economic impact of more than $141.22 billion.

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Gini Dietrich Arment Dietrich united-states-of-america Chief Executive Officer Marketing Agency
Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, a Chicago-based integrated marketing communications firm. She is the lead blogger at the PR and marketing blog, Spin Sucks, is co-author of Marketing In the Round, and is co-host of Inside PR, a weekly podcast about communications and social media.
Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, a Chicago-based integrated marketing communications firm. She is the lead blogger at the PR and marketing blog, Spin Sucks, is co-author of Marketing In the Round, and is co-host of Inside PR, a weekly podcast about communications and social media.
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Gordon Logan Sport Clips united-states-of-america CEO / Managing Partner Franchisor

In 2016, Mr. Logan was recognized by the International Franchise Association as its Entrepreneur of the Year—an award that’s given annually to a visionary who is willing to take risks and who possesses the skills needed to create a successful franchising business enterprise.

The Sport Clips brand currently continues to grow to 2,000 salons and beyond.

In 2016, Mr. Logan was recognized by the International Franchise Association as its Entrepreneur of the Year—an award that’s given annually to a visionary who is willing to take risks and who possesses the skills needed to create a successful franchising business enterprise.

The Sport Clips brand currently continues to grow to 2,000 salons and beyond.

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Haya Al Sunaidi Sunaidi Expo and Conferences saudi-arabia Chairwoman Event Organizer

Since its establishment in 1992, Sunaidi Expo & Conferences has organised trade exhibitions that cater to different industry sectors, including: furniture & design, jewellery & watches, food & beverage, health & beauty, sports & fitness, and engineering & energy. Having more than 20 years of experience in event organising, Sunaidi Expo & Conferences has built long-term partnerships with government departments, trade associations, suppliers, and media companies that support in making their events a success.

Since its establishment in 1992, Sunaidi Expo & Conferences has organised trade exhibitions that cater to different industry sectors, including: furniture & design, jewellery & watches, food & beverage, health & beauty, sports & fitness, and engineering & energy. Having more than 20 years of experience in event organising, Sunaidi Expo & Conferences has built long-term partnerships with government departments, trade associations, suppliers, and media companies that support in making their events a success.

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James Bedal Bare Metal Standard united-states-of-america President / CEO Franchisor
Bare Metal Standard began experimenting with franchising in 2009 as the expansion model for a family owned and run Commercial Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Company.
Bare Metal Standard began experimenting with franchising in 2009 as the expansion model for a family owned and run Commercial Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Company.
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Jania Bailey FranNet united-states-of-america Chief Franchisor

Executive Leader with over 25 years experience in the banking and franchise industries.

President and COO of FranNet since 2006. Accomplishments include converting the company to a franchise model and establishing national relationships with several key organizations such as SBA, SCORE, ASBDC, BNI, and ExecuNet.

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”.

Currently serves on the IFA Executive Board, IFA Supplier Forum Board, IFA Membership Committee, and active as a mentor for new Franchisors through the IFA FranShip program.

Executive Leader with over 25 years experience in the banking and franchise industries.

President and COO of FranNet since 2006. Accomplishments include converting the company to a franchise model and establishing national relationships with several key organizations such as SBA, SCORE, ASBDC, BNI, and ExecuNet.

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”.

Currently serves on the IFA Executive Board, IFA Supplier Forum Board, IFA Membership Committee, and active as a mentor for new Franchisors through the IFA FranShip program.

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Jason P. Zickerman The Alternative Board united-states-of-america President & CEO Franchisor
Jason sustains an exceptional knowledge and passion for business combined with strategic counsel and astuteness that fuels the success of organizations. Expert counsel is consistently recognized throughout the world’s most influential media, including: BusinessWeek, CNN, CFO, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The Globe and Mail, Investor’s Business Daily, MSNBC, The Associated Press, Smart Money and Reuters. Multiple appearances on Fox Business News are due to the real-world value and timeliness of advice as an authority on issues faced by small-to-medium businesses.
Jason sustains an exceptional knowledge and passion for business combined with strategic counsel and astuteness that fuels the success of organizations. Expert counsel is consistently recognized throughout the world’s most influential media, including: BusinessWeek, CNN, CFO, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The Globe and Mail, Investor’s Business Daily, MSNBC, The Associated Press, Smart Money and Reuters. Multiple appearances on Fox Business News are due to the real-world value and timeliness of advice as an authority on issues faced by small-to-medium businesses.
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Jeff Nimmer The Shopping Center Group united-states-of-america Broker Real-estate
Shopping Center Development, Leasing and Brokerage in NC/SC/VA. Specializing in retail and restaurant leasing, site selection, dispositions and acquisitions.
Shopping Center Development, Leasing and Brokerage in NC/SC/VA. Specializing in retail and restaurant leasing, site selection, dispositions and acquisitions.
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Jeffrey Tews BrightStar Madison united-states-of-america Owner Franchisor

Jeff Tews, multi-unit franchisee for BrightStar Care was named as one of 10 leading franchise professionals that have been elected to the International Franchise Association (IFA) Board of Directors in 2016. Tews operates 7 offices providing in quality supportive home care and medical staffing across southern WI from LaCrosse to Lake Michigan employing over 700 care providing CNAs and RNs.

Jeff Tews, multi-unit franchisee for BrightStar Care was named as one of 10 leading franchise professionals that have been elected to the International Franchise Association (IFA) Board of Directors in 2016. Tews operates 7 offices providing in quality supportive home care and medical staffing across southern WI from LaCrosse to Lake Michigan employing over 700 care providing CNAs and RNs.

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Jill Szymanski Bar Louie united-states-of-america Director of Franchise and Real Estate Franchisor
With 20 years of corporate and franchise real estate experience, Szymanski is a results-driven industry veteran and former business owner.
With 20 years of corporate and franchise real estate experience, Szymanski is a results-driven industry veteran and former business owner.
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Joe Bourdow Premier Franchise Advisors united-states-of-america Partner Finance
Since retiring at President of Valpak and Executive Vice President of Cox Target Media in 2010, Joe has been an active Board Member and Advisor to several well known Franchise Brands - both franchisors and suppliers,has founded an Internet Radio Station and a national radio network broadcast of the East-West Shrine Game. In 2016, Joe has joined with a team of other franchise brand veterans to form Premier Franchise Advisors LLC. He is also active in the Tampa Bay community serving on several non profit Boards.
Since retiring at President of Valpak and Executive Vice President of Cox Target Media in 2010, Joe has been an active Board Member and Advisor to several well known Franchise Brands - both franchisors and suppliers,has founded an Internet Radio Station and a national radio network broadcast of the East-West Shrine Game. In 2016, Joe has joined with a team of other franchise brand veterans to form Premier Franchise Advisors LLC. He is also active in the Tampa Bay community serving on several non profit Boards.
top influencers joe caruso
Joe Caruso Franchise-Info united-states-of-america Principal, Franchise Development Franchisor

An experienced franchise executive, who is focused on franchisor profitability and until level economics.

Mr. Caruso has been a senior franchisor executive in Hardees, Mrs. Field's, Diedrich Coffee, Checkcare, LoveSac, and Kiddie Academy. Focused on franchise development, sales, real estate and construction.

Mr. Caruso’s current endeavors include independent consultant, producer of the highly regarded Franchise Today Show, and President of the Capital Area Franchise Association, based in the Washington D.C/ Baltimore area.

An experienced franchise executive, who is focused on franchisor profitability and until level economics.

Mr. Caruso has been a senior franchisor executive in Hardees, Mrs. Field's, Diedrich Coffee, Checkcare, LoveSac, and Kiddie Academy. Focused on franchise development, sales, real estate and construction.

Mr. Caruso’s current endeavors include independent consultant, producer of the highly regarded Franchise Today Show, and President of the Capital Area Franchise Association, based in the Washington D.C/ Baltimore area.

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Joel Libava The Franchise King united-states-of-america Franchise Selection Specialist Consultant
Known as The Franchise King. Libava has been one of the top gurus in the industry for quite some time, and he continues to publish insightful articles on franchise topics all across the web.
Known as The Franchise King. Libava has been one of the top gurus in the industry for quite some time, and he continues to publish insightful articles on franchise topics all across the web.
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John DeHart Nurse Next Door and Live Well Exercise Clinics canada Health Care Entrepreneur Franchisor

John was awarded the Ernst & Young Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2006, he's been named to the Top 40 Under 40 list. Nurse Next Door has had many prestigious business awards including being named the Top Culture in Canada, one of Canada’s Top 10 Employers, the # 1 Place to Work in British Columbia and named Canada’s Smartest Company by Profit Magazine.

John is a regular key note speaker throughout North America on building culture and brand, including regular appearances at Cornell University and the EO Entrepreneur Master’s Program.

John is currently Vice Chair of the Canadian Franchise Association, sits on the boards of a number of businesses and is an Industry

John was awarded the Ernst & Young Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2006, he's been named to the Top 40 Under 40 list. Nurse Next Door has had many prestigious business awards including being named the Top Culture in Canada, one of Canada’s Top 10 Employers, the # 1 Place to Work in British Columbia and named Canada’s Smartest Company by Profit Magazine.

John is a regular key note speaker throughout North America on building culture and brand, including regular appearances at Cornell University and the EO Entrepreneur Master’s Program.

John is currently Vice Chair of the Canadian Franchise Association, sits on the boards of a number of businesses and is an Industry

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John Draper Viridian Group united-states-of-america CEO Multi-Unit Franchisee
Experienced Member Board Of Directors with a demonstrated history of working in the government relations industry.
Experienced Member Board Of Directors with a demonstrated history of working in the government relations industry.
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John Hauptstueck United Franchise Group united-states-of-america Vice President Franchisor

Strategist, Creator, Builder, Consultant, Success Driver, always digging deep evaluating and looking for the next concept that drives efficiency. Not satisfied with the normal day to day. Always ready to take on the next project, opportunity and success model.

John Hauptstueck is currently responsible for developing and implements long and short-term Global IT strategies in support of business goals. Guiding management of all IT-related resources. Leading an IT staff to ensure department capabilities are in line with US and International business needs.

Strategist, Creator, Builder, Consultant, Success Driver, always digging deep evaluating and looking for the next concept that drives efficiency. Not satisfied with the normal day to day. Always ready to take on the next project, opportunity and success model.

John Hauptstueck is currently responsible for developing and implements long and short-term Global IT strategies in support of business goals. Guiding management of all IT-related resources. Leading an IT staff to ensure department capabilities are in line with US and International business needs.

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John Rotche Franworth united-states-of-america Managing Director Franchisor

John Rotche was recognized in 2007 by Crain’s Detroit Business as one of the Top 40 Executives under the age of 40. In 2011, Rotche was honored with the Entrepreneur of the Year award from the International Franchise Association (IFA), joining the ranks of Fred DeLuca (Subway®), J. Willard Marriott (Marriott® hotels), Tom Monaghan (Domino’s Pizza®), and Frank Carney (Pizza Hut®) to name a few. Rotche was also the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Business Leader Award from Northwood University.

John Rotche was recognized in 2007 by Crain’s Detroit Business as one of the Top 40 Executives under the age of 40. In 2011, Rotche was honored with the Entrepreneur of the Year award from the International Franchise Association (IFA), joining the ranks of Fred DeLuca (Subway®), J. Willard Marriott (Marriott® hotels), Tom Monaghan (Domino’s Pizza®), and Frank Carney (Pizza Hut®) to name a few. Rotche was also the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Business Leader Award from Northwood University.

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John Wissent Gestion Dagwoods Inc. canada Board Chair

John has been involved in franchising since 1989 when he started at First Choice Haircutters as staff lawyer, eventually becoming General Counsel and Vice President Development. He has also been Vice President Franchising and Development for Regis Corporation and M&M Meat Shops. John has been Chair of the Membership Committee, Convention Committee and a Board Member of Canadian Franchise Association since 2008 and presently is 1st Vice Chair.

John has been involved in franchising since 1989 when he started at First Choice Haircutters as staff lawyer, eventually becoming General Counsel and Vice President Development. He has also been Vice President Franchising and Development for Regis Corporation and M&M Meat Shops. John has been Chair of the Membership Committee, Convention Committee and a Board Member of Canadian Franchise Association since 2008 and presently is 1st Vice Chair.

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Josh York GYMGUYZ united-states-of-america Founder & CEO Franchisor
Josh York is the Founder & CEO of GYMGUYZ, an in Home Mobile Personal Training franchise company, headquartered in Plainview, NY. Since its inception in 2008, Josh has been valued for his hands-on leadership style growing the business and profitability to more than 10,000 clients, over 150 employees and a fleet of vans in less than 5 years.
Josh York is the Founder & CEO of GYMGUYZ, an in Home Mobile Personal Training franchise company, headquartered in Plainview, NY. Since its inception in 2008, Josh has been valued for his hands-on leadership style growing the business and profitability to more than 10,000 clients, over 150 employees and a fleet of vans in less than 5 years.
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Kap Hiroti Real Property Management Limited Partnership united-states-of-america Vice President Franchisor
As the Vice President, Operations for Real Property Management Limited Partnership - the Master Franchisor for the Real Property Management (RPM) brand in Canada - Kap lead the development, expansion, growth and support of RPM franchisees across Canada.
As the Vice President, Operations for Real Property Management Limited Partnership - the Master Franchisor for the Real Property Management (RPM) brand in Canada - Kap lead the development, expansion, growth and support of RPM franchisees across Canada.
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Karen Powell Decor&You united-states-of-america Founder and CEO

Karen Powell turned the business into a franchise in 1998 and has been voted as one of the top 500 franchises for three consecutive years. She created the franchise opportunity, created the proprietary program for providing product and services to Decor&You, Inc. consumer clients, set strategic plan for growth, updated curriculum and education, oversee marketing initiatives, guide relationships with key supplier and product partners, guide our franchisees on deliverables and execution.

Karen Powell turned the business into a franchise in 1998 and has been voted as one of the top 500 franchises for three consecutive years. She created the franchise opportunity, created the proprietary program for providing product and services to Decor&You, Inc. consumer clients, set strategic plan for growth, updated curriculum and education, oversee marketing initiatives, guide relationships with key supplier and product partners, guide our franchisees on deliverables and execution.

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Karen Satterlee Hilton Worldwide Holdings LLC united-states-of-america Senior Vice President Franchisor

Karen Satterlee is Vice President and Senior Counsel Development and Real Estate for Hilton Worldwide, Inc. Karen is responsible for the Franchise, Management, Real Estate and Contract Administration functions for Hilton Worldwide in the Americas, including managing a team of 40 attorneys and paraprofessionals. Key responsibilities include providing strategic advice and overseeing legal services to the corporate development function, overseeing Hilton’s global franchise regulatory releases, managing outside counsel and partnering with senior business executives to meet annual development targets.

Ms. Satterlee is the Chair of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising’s Governing Committee. She was recently appointed to the advisory committee of The North American Securities Administrators Association. Ms. Satterlee is a former member of the Board of Trustees for the International Franchise Association’s Educational Foundation and the Board of Governors for the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives.

Karen Satterlee is Vice President and Senior Counsel Development and Real Estate for Hilton Worldwide, Inc. Karen is responsible for the Franchise, Management, Real Estate and Contract Administration functions for Hilton Worldwide in the Americas, including managing a team of 40 attorneys and paraprofessionals. Key responsibilities include providing strategic advice and overseeing legal services to the corporate development function, overseeing Hilton’s global franchise regulatory releases, managing outside counsel and partnering with senior business executives to meet annual development targets.

Ms. Satterlee is the Chair of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising’s Governing Committee. She was recently appointed to the advisory committee of The North American Securities Administrators Association. Ms. Satterlee is a former member of the Board of Trustees for the International Franchise Association’s Educational Foundation and the Board of Governors for the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives.

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Keith Orlean Digital Donations united-states-of-america Сo-founder and President Software
As co-founder and President of Digital Donations, Inc., Mr. Orlean co-developed the Digital Donations™ platform and is looked upon as the premier industry resource for Alternative Fundraising Solutions.
As co-founder and President of Digital Donations, Inc., Mr. Orlean co-developed the Digital Donations™ platform and is looked upon as the premier industry resource for Alternative Fundraising Solutions.
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Ken Colburn Data Doctors Computer Services united-states-of-america Founder & CEO Franchisor
  • Nationally Franchised Computer Service Chain
  • International Data Recovery Labs
  • Consumer and SMB computer service retailer
  • Host of the Computer Corner Radio Show
  • Weekly technology contributor at CNN.com/video
  • Author of the Computer Q&A newspaper column
  • Public Speaker on Technology
  • Nationally Franchised Computer Service Chain
  • International Data Recovery Labs
  • Consumer and SMB computer service retailer
  • Host of the Computer Corner Radio Show
  • Weekly technology contributor at CNN.com/video
  • Author of the Computer Q&A newspaper column
  • Public Speaker on Technology
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Ken LeBlanc PropertyGuys.com canada President, CEO Franchisor

Ken LeBlanc is a Canadian entrepreneur, franchisor, and real estate analyst born in Moncton, New Brunswick. In 1998 LeBlanc co-founded PropertyGuys.com. As President and CEO, LeBlanc has overseen the company's growth from a single Moncton location to an organization with over 120 franchises serving over 600 communities across Canada.

Ken is considered one of the Top 5 people in Canada who are changing Real Estate.

Ken LeBlanc is a Canadian entrepreneur, franchisor, and real estate analyst born in Moncton, New Brunswick. In 1998 LeBlanc co-founded PropertyGuys.com. As President and CEO, LeBlanc has overseen the company's growth from a single Moncton location to an organization with over 120 franchises serving over 600 communities across Canada.

Ken is considered one of the Top 5 people in Canada who are changing Real Estate.

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Kevin Graff Graff Retail TV canada President Software
Graff is the author of Selling With Passion and co-author of Winning Retail. Kevin Graff has spent more than 20 years working with leaders to maximize retail sales
Graff is the author of Selling With Passion and co-author of Winning Retail. Kevin Graff has spent more than 20 years working with leaders to maximize retail sales
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Lane Fisher FisherZucker united-states-of-america Partner Franchisor

In private practice since 1989, Lane Fisher currently represents more than 500 franchise brands in business transactions and complex franchise litigation. Lane is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and chairs the Franchise Law Committee of the Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association and is a member of the American Bar Association’s Forum Committee on Franchising. In addition to chairing its membership committee from 2005-2013, Lane served as a member of the International Franchise Association’s Board of Directors from 2005-2011 and is a past member of its executive committee and a past chair of the executive committee of the Supplier Forum Advisory Board.

In private practice since 1989, Lane Fisher currently represents more than 500 franchise brands in business transactions and complex franchise litigation. Lane is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and chairs the Franchise Law Committee of the Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association and is a member of the American Bar Association’s Forum Committee on Franchising. In addition to chairing its membership committee from 2005-2013, Lane served as a member of the International Franchise Association’s Board of Directors from 2005-2011 and is a past member of its executive committee and a past chair of the executive committee of the Supplier Forum Advisory Board.

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Larry Sidoti Paris Baguette united-states-of-america Chief Development Officer Franchisor

Larry Sidoti is a senior level leader in retail franchising. He has a proven track record in both operations and development and has a reputation for inspiring corporate and store teams to excel. Larry is a visionary executive and a specialist in franchise startups, turnarounds, and change leadership.

In 1995, Larry founded the Juice It Up! retail chain, featuring juice and smoothie bars. Within 6 years, he quickly grew the number of corporate stores and successfully led the challenging transition from a store operational culture to a franchise support model. More recently, Larry revamped operational processes at Yogurtland and dramatically increased the number of Yogurtland stores worldwide.

Larry Sidoti is a senior level leader in retail franchising. He has a proven track record in both operations and development and has a reputation for inspiring corporate and store teams to excel. Larry is a visionary executive and a specialist in franchise startups, turnarounds, and change leadership.

In 1995, Larry founded the Juice It Up! retail chain, featuring juice and smoothie bars. Within 6 years, he quickly grew the number of corporate stores and successfully led the challenging transition from a store operational culture to a franchise support model. More recently, Larry revamped operational processes at Yogurtland and dramatically increased the number of Yogurtland stores worldwide.

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Liam Brown Marriott International united-states-of-america President Franchisor

Mr. Liam Brown served as an Executive Vice President of Select-Service & Extended-Stay - North America/Lodging and Development of Marriott International, Inc. Mr. Brown began his career with Marriott International in 1989 and held multiple positions and also serves as Senior Vice President for its Fairfield Inn brand. He also served as Vice President of franchising for Residence Inn and TownePlace Suites. He also served in multiple General Manager and regional positions across Marriott's Courtyard, Residence Inn and Full Service portfolio. He serves as a Director of International Franchise Association.

Mr. Liam Brown served as an Executive Vice President of Select-Service & Extended-Stay - North America/Lodging and Development of Marriott International, Inc. Mr. Brown began his career with Marriott International in 1989 and held multiple positions and also serves as Senior Vice President for its Fairfield Inn brand. He also served as Vice President of franchising for Residence Inn and TownePlace Suites. He also served in multiple General Manager and regional positions across Marriott's Courtyard, Residence Inn and Full Service portfolio. He serves as a Director of International Franchise Association.

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Linda Olson Tampa Bay WaVE united-states-of-america President Association
As the current President and founder of Tampa Bay WaVE, Linda has grown this non-profit to over 100 early-stage technology ventures and over 250 entrepreneurs and techies in under 5 years.
As the current President and founder of Tampa Bay WaVE, Linda has grown this non-profit to over 100 early-stage technology ventures and over 250 entrepreneurs and techies in under 5 years.
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Logan Chierotti BizSold united-states-of-america Managing Director Broker
Logan Chierotti is a startup expert with extensive experience in business and marketing.
Logan Chierotti is a startup expert with extensive experience in business and marketing.
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Lorraine McLachlan Canadian Franchise Association canada President & CEO Franchisor

Since late 2006 Lorraine McLachlan has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Franchise Association (CFA), the authoritative voice of franchising in Canada.

Lorraine is responsible for the management of the Association, providing strategic advice to the Board and leadership to the staff. Key areas of responsibility include: fiscal growth, advocacy and government relations, membership development, issues analysis, strategic planning, media relations, and enhancement of public awareness of franchising and the CFA.

She has held senior leadership roles in trade associations and not-for-profit organizations for over 20 years. Prior to joining CFA, Lorraine served as Vice President with the Canadian Marketing Association and also held senior fundraising roles for a number of social service agencies.

Since late 2006 Lorraine McLachlan has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Franchise Association (CFA), the authoritative voice of franchising in Canada.

Lorraine is responsible for the management of the Association, providing strategic advice to the Board and leadership to the staff. Key areas of responsibility include: fiscal growth, advocacy and government relations, membership development, issues analysis, strategic planning, media relations, and enhancement of public awareness of franchising and the CFA.

She has held senior leadership roles in trade associations and not-for-profit organizations for over 20 years. Prior to joining CFA, Lorraine served as Vice President with the Canadian Marketing Association and also held senior fundraising roles for a number of social service agencies.

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Lukas Krause Real Property Management united-states-of-america Chief Executive Officer Franchisor
Analytical, versatile leader with in-depth experience building highly-effective teams and aligning resources. Strong evaluative, decision-making, and planning skills, with a track record of streamlining processes and driving profitability. Skilled in revitalizing under-performing departments and teams.
Analytical, versatile leader with in-depth experience building highly-effective teams and aligning resources. Strong evaluative, decision-making, and planning skills, with a track record of streamlining processes and driving profitability. Skilled in revitalizing under-performing departments and teams.
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Mario Altiery Upside Group Franchise Consulting united-states-of-america Founder & President Consultant
Mario Altiery, founder and president of Upside Group, began his franchising career with a large franchise conglomerate in 1995. Working in all aspects of franchising Mario progressed through the ranks, and in 1997 he was promoted to Vice President.
Mario Altiery, founder and president of Upside Group, began his franchising career with a large franchise conglomerate in 1995. Working in all aspects of franchising Mario progressed through the ranks, and in 1997 he was promoted to Vice President.
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Mark Hemmeter Franchising Nationwide - "Your Business. Your Dream. Our Team."​ united-states-of-america Founder & CEO Franchisor
Mark Hemmeter Founded Boulder Office Partners, LLC (Office Evolution) in 2003 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer and previously served as its President.
Mark Hemmeter Founded Boulder Office Partners, LLC (Office Evolution) in 2003 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer and previously served as its President.
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Mark Liston Glass Doctor united-states-of-america President Franchisor
Mark Liston is the President of Glass Doctor, a Dwyer Group Company. Glass Doctor was founded in 1962 and continues to be the North American leader in repairing and/or replacing home, auto and business glass. Mark serves on several committees such as the Marketing & PR committee, VetFRAN, the ICFE Board of Governors and the Educational Foundation's Board of Trustees.
Mark Liston is the President of Glass Doctor, a Dwyer Group Company. Glass Doctor was founded in 1962 and continues to be the North American leader in repairing and/or replacing home, auto and business glass. Mark serves on several committees such as the Marketing & PR committee, VetFRAN, the ICFE Board of Governors and the Educational Foundation's Board of Trustees.
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Mary Ann O'Connell FranWise united-states-of-america President Franchisor
A franchise generalist with over 30 years of experience as a franchisee, franchisor and franchise consultant. 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. 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.
A franchise generalist with over 30 years of experience as a franchisee, franchisor and franchise consultant. 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. 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.
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Mary Schell The Wendy's Company united-states-of-america Chief Public Affairs Officer Franchisor
A leader in communications, public affairs, government relations, corporate social responsibility and community and stakeholder engagement with more than 20 years of professional experience.
A leader in communications, public affairs, government relations, corporate social responsibility and community and stakeholder engagement with more than 20 years of professional experience.
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Matthew Patinkin Double P Corp. united-states-of-america Executive and Board Member Franchisor
Senior executive, board director and consultant with over 30 years of multi-unit retail, specialty food franchise, and real estate experience. Public, private, and multi-generational family business experience.
Senior executive, board director and consultant with over 30 years of multi-unit retail, specialty food franchise, and real estate experience. Public, private, and multi-generational family business experience.
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Michael Hickey Ecolab united-states-of-america President Association
Experienced board director, serving on the boards of: Standex International Corporation (NYSE: SXI), the National Restaurant Association, the International Franchise Association, the Women's Foodservice Forum, and Ronald McDonald House Charities UMW. Previously served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association.
Experienced board director, serving on the boards of: Standex International Corporation (NYSE: SXI), the National Restaurant Association, the International Franchise Association, the Women's Foodservice Forum, and Ronald McDonald House Charities UMW. Previously served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association.
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Michael J. Webster Franchise-Info canada Community Manager Franchisor

Expert in strategic planning, creation and maintenance of trading platforms, critical mass or multi-party platforms.

Any type of commercial arrangement which matches at least two types of agents: vendors and buyers, and whose growth depends on more vendors being attracted to the buyers, and more buyers being attracted to the vendors is a multi-party platform.

Expert in strategic planning, creation and maintenance of trading platforms, critical mass or multi-party platforms.

Any type of commercial arrangement which matches at least two types of agents: vendors and buyers, and whose growth depends on more vendors being attracted to the buyers, and more buyers being attracted to the vendors is a multi-party platform.

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Mike Rotondo Tropical Smoothie Cafe united-states-of-america Chief Executive Officer Franchisor
Mike had a distinguished career in the quick-service restaurant and fast-casual segments. He has held key operations and sales leadership positions at The HoneyBaked Ham Company, Arby’s, and Wendy’s International.
Mike had a distinguished career in the quick-service restaurant and fast-casual segments. He has held key operations and sales leadership positions at The HoneyBaked Ham Company, Arby’s, and Wendy’s International.
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Paul Segreto Franchise Foundry united-states-of-america Entrepreneur Consultant

Paul Segreto is a recognized entrepreneur, franchise & small business professional. His expertise includes startups & turnarounds, strategic planning, business & franchise development, branding, social media and digital marketing with primary focus on restaurants and service-driven businesses.

Recognized in both 2014 & 2015 as a Top 100 Champion Small Business Influencer by Small Business Trends and Small Biz Technology, Paul frequently serves as a guest speaker or topic leader for webinars, focus groups, strategy and business development meetings, training sessions and conference panels.

Paul Segreto is a recognized entrepreneur, franchise & small business professional. His expertise includes startups & turnarounds, strategic planning, business & franchise development, branding, social media and digital marketing with primary focus on restaurants and service-driven businesses.

Recognized in both 2014 & 2015 as a Top 100 Champion Small Business Influencer by Small Business Trends and Small Biz Technology, Paul frequently serves as a guest speaker or topic leader for webinars, focus groups, strategy and business development meetings, training sessions and conference panels.

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Peter Davis Frontline Recruitment Group australia Non Executive Director Franchisor

Frontline Recruitment Group has been operating since 1995 and is a Franchise group consisting of approximately 20 agencies in Australia and New Zealand, some of which are company owned and operated.

Frontline Recruitment Group has been operating since 1995 and is a Franchise group consisting of approximately 20 agencies in Australia and New Zealand, some of which are company owned and operated.

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Pip Wilkins QFP British Franchise Association united-kingdom Chief Executive Association
Pip is the Chief Executive of the British Franchise Association (BFA). The BFA was established in 1977 and is the only voluntary self-accrediting body for the UK franchise sector. Pip is the Chief Executive of the British Franchise Association (BFA). The BFA was established in 1977 and is the only voluntary self-accrediting body for the UK franchise sector.
Pip is the Chief Executive of the British Franchise Association (BFA). The BFA was established in 1977 and is the only voluntary self-accrediting body for the UK franchise sector. Pip is the Chief Executive of the British Franchise Association (BFA). The BFA was established in 1977 and is the only voluntary self-accrediting body for the UK franchise sector.
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Rick Chittley-Young BDO CANADA LLP canada Principal Finance
Rick has over 25 years of experience working with owner-managed businesses and franchises, particularly in the consumer business and real estate and construction industries. He is Chairman of the BDO National Franchise Group and leads the Toronto region’s Franchise Services Team. In this capacity, he writes numerous articles for the Canadian Franchise Association and Small Business Canada and is a regular presenter at the annual conference for the Canadian Franchise Association and the National Franchise Association.
Rick has over 25 years of experience working with owner-managed businesses and franchises, particularly in the consumer business and real estate and construction industries. He is Chairman of the BDO National Franchise Group and leads the Toronto region’s Franchise Services Team. In this capacity, he writes numerous articles for the Canadian Franchise Association and Small Business Canada and is a regular presenter at the annual conference for the Canadian Franchise Association and the National Franchise Association.
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Rick Grossmann My Franchise Hub united-states-of-america President Consultant
Rick is an accomplished franchise executive with decades of real world leadership experience. He is the Author of Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise Bible and serves as a franchise consultant, speaker and trainer for numerous franchise brands worldwide.
Rick is an accomplished franchise executive with decades of real world leadership experience. He is the Author of Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise Bible and serves as a franchise consultant, speaker and trainer for numerous franchise brands worldwide.
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Robert Cresanti International Franchise Association united-states-of-america President Association

Robert Cresanti serves as the President & CEO of the International Franchise Association, the world’s oldest and largest organization representing the franchising industry.

Cresanti joined the IFA in April of 2014 from SAP America, Inc., where he served as vice president of Corporate Affairs & Government Relations since 2009. In his public service, he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2006 as Under Secretary for Technology for the Department of Commerce, the highest ranking U.S. official charged specifically with representing and advocating for the United States high tech industry globally. He chaired multiple bilateral technology trade missions for the U.S. government in the European Union, Asia and Russia and served as co-chair for the White House PCAST, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. In his nearly decade-long service on Capitol Hill, ranging from Committee Chief of Staff in the Senate, to Legislative Counsel in the House, he handled legislation before the Banking, Judiciary, Commerce, Government Affairs and Finance Committees.

Robert Cresanti serves as the President & CEO of the International Franchise Association, the world’s oldest and largest organization representing the franchising industry.

Cresanti joined the IFA in April of 2014 from SAP America, Inc., where he served as vice president of Corporate Affairs & Government Relations since 2009. In his public service, he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2006 as Under Secretary for Technology for the Department of Commerce, the highest ranking U.S. official charged specifically with representing and advocating for the United States high tech industry globally. He chaired multiple bilateral technology trade missions for the U.S. government in the European Union, Asia and Russia and served as co-chair for the White House PCAST, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. In his nearly decade-long service on Capitol Hill, ranging from Committee Chief of Staff in the Senate, to Legislative Counsel in the House, he handled legislation before the Banking, Judiciary, Commerce, Government Affairs and Finance Committees.

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Roger Harris Padgett Business Services united-states-of-america CEO Franchisor
Roger Harris is president and COO of Padgett Business Services and has been since 1992. In his more than 40 years with Padgett Business Services, Roger Harris has become an expert on many of the issues small business owners face. Prior to becoming president of the company, Harris served as President and Chairman of the Board for 10 years in one of the largest Padgett franchises in the system, giving him years of valuable expertise in the franchise industry.
Roger Harris is president and COO of Padgett Business Services and has been since 1992. In his more than 40 years with Padgett Business Services, Roger Harris has become an expert on many of the issues small business owners face. Prior to becoming president of the company, Harris served as President and Chairman of the Board for 10 years in one of the largest Padgett franchises in the system, giving him years of valuable expertise in the franchise industry.
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Ron Sacco FranFrog united-states-of-america Franchise Consultant

Ron has been an entrepreneur for 25 years. He started 3 unique mobile document shredding companies in 3 different locations and ultimately sold them to national fortune 500 players. He also was a national sales trainer for Iron Mountain Corp. and was the VP of franchise development for a large shredding franchise.

In 2005 he started a senior care franchise where he worked in franchise development and was the CEO until 2011.

In 2011 he started a Franchise Consulting Group company called FranFrog, which helps people find their entrepreneurial dreams.

Ron has been an entrepreneur for 25 years. He started 3 unique mobile document shredding companies in 3 different locations and ultimately sold them to national fortune 500 players. He also was a national sales trainer for Iron Mountain Corp. and was the VP of franchise development for a large shredding franchise.

In 2005 he started a senior care franchise where he worked in franchise development and was the CEO until 2011.

In 2011 he started a Franchise Consulting Group company called FranFrog, which helps people find their entrepreneurial dreams.

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Roy C. Jackson The Coca-Cola Company united-states-of-america Senior Vice President Franchisor
Roy Jackson is Senior Vice President, Business Development & Industry Affairs for Coca-Cola North America, Foodservice and On Premise Division
Roy Jackson is Senior Vice President, Business Development & Industry Affairs for Coca-Cola North America, Foodservice and On Premise Division
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Saunda Kitchen InSpiritAndOnPurpose united-states-of-america Owner Multi-unit franchisee

Mr. Rooter multi-unit franchisee Saunda Kitchen today was honored for extraordinary leadership by the International Franchise Association’s Women’s Franchise Committee with the Crystal Compass during the association’s 50th annual convention, conducted in San Antonio.

Kitchen is a franchisee from California. She is currently secretary of the IFA’s Franchisee Forum and co-chairwoman of IFA’s Franchise Congress, an initiative to bolster the franchising industry’s advocacy efforts and ensure its voice is heard on key legislative and regulatory issues

She was named Woman of the Year for Mr. Rooter in 2008 and named to the Top 40 Under 40 Leaders of the North Bay in California in 2008. Recently she developed a “Zees for Zees” outreach program which lends financial and motivational support to start-up or struggling franchisees.

Mr. Rooter multi-unit franchisee Saunda Kitchen today was honored for extraordinary leadership by the International Franchise Association’s Women’s Franchise Committee with the Crystal Compass during the association’s 50th annual convention, conducted in San Antonio.

Kitchen is a franchisee from California. She is currently secretary of the IFA’s Franchisee Forum and co-chairwoman of IFA’s Franchise Congress, an initiative to bolster the franchising industry’s advocacy efforts and ensure its voice is heard on key legislative and regulatory issues

She was named Woman of the Year for Mr. Rooter in 2008 and named to the Top 40 Under 40 Leaders of the North Bay in California in 2008. Recently she developed a “Zees for Zees” outreach program which lends financial and motivational support to start-up or struggling franchisees.

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Sean Kelly FranBest united-states-of-america Publisher Consultant
Sean Kelly is FranBest.com's publisher. A blog network featuring best practices, companies, opportunities, information and promotional opportunities in the areas of marketing, entrepreneurship, and franchising.
Sean Kelly is FranBest.com's publisher. A blog network featuring best practices, companies, opportunities, information and promotional opportunities in the areas of marketing, entrepreneurship, and franchising.
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Sharon Estroff Challenge Island Global LLC united-states-of-america CEO Franchisor
Challenge Island Global is an international educational franchise on the forefront of S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Education and 21st Century Learning.
Challenge Island Global is an international educational franchise on the forefront of S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Education and 21st Century Learning.
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Shelley Morris New Horizons Computer Learning Centers united-states-of-america Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer Franchisor
Ms. Morris is internationally recognized for her contributions to the industry. She maintains close relationships with franchisees and IT/enterprise channels to provide strategic guidance around forward-looking collaboration and growth opportunities in areas such as IT Education, Professional Development, Professional Services, and Workforce Education. To help steer the industry past the ongoing challenges associated with digital transformation, marketplace disruption, and skills gap, Ms. Morris has been invited to serve on several IT industry and education advisory groups to provide leadership and vision.
Ms. Morris is internationally recognized for her contributions to the industry. She maintains close relationships with franchisees and IT/enterprise channels to provide strategic guidance around forward-looking collaboration and growth opportunities in areas such as IT Education, Professional Development, Professional Services, and Workforce Education. To help steer the industry past the ongoing challenges associated with digital transformation, marketplace disruption, and skills gap, Ms. Morris has been invited to serve on several IT industry and education advisory groups to provide leadership and vision.
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Shelly Sun BrightStar Franchising, LLC united-states-of-america Owner Franchisor
BrightStar Care Ranked #1 Franchise in Investment Level by Forbes Went ""undercover"" with BrightStar caregivers on CBS' ""Undercover Boss"" (featured April 17, 2011). Top 10 on the American Express Top 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Led Companies each year 2011-2015, and 2009 IFA Entrepreneur of the Year. Member of YPO Windy City chapter.
BrightStar Care Ranked #1 Franchise in Investment Level by Forbes Went ""undercover"" with BrightStar caregivers on CBS' ""Undercover Boss"" (featured April 17, 2011). Top 10 on the American Express Top 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Led Companies each year 2011-2015, and 2009 IFA Entrepreneur of the Year. Member of YPO Windy City chapter.
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Sherri Fishman Fishman PR united-states-of-america President and Owner Franchisor
Sherri has authored several articles that have appeared in franchise trade publications, and actively advocate for women in franchising through involvement in the Women’s Franchising and Distribution Forum (WFDF) and participation in the IFA's Women's Franchise Committee. In 2009, I was selected as a member of the International Franchise Association's Franchise Supplier Forum.
Sherri has authored several articles that have appeared in franchise trade publications, and actively advocate for women in franchising through involvement in the Women’s Franchising and Distribution Forum (WFDF) and participation in the IFA's Women's Franchise Committee. In 2009, I was selected as a member of the International Franchise Association's Franchise Supplier Forum.
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Simone Wu Choice Hotels International united-states-of-america Senior Vice President Association
Simone Wu serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & External Affairs for Choice Hotels International, Inc.
Simone Wu serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & External Affairs for Choice Hotels International, Inc.
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Stephen Anderson Maxim Group united-states-of-america Senior Vice President Financial analyst
Ranked #2 on the Financial Times/Starmine survey among restaurant analysts for 2017. Featured on CNBC, Bloomberg TV and Radio, Fox Business Network, PBS' "Nightly Business Report," BNN (Canada), The Wall Street Journal, Barron's, Dow Jones Newswires, and trade publications.
Ranked #2 on the Financial Times/Starmine survey among restaurant analysts for 2017. Featured on CNBC, Bloomberg TV and Radio, Fox Business Network, PBS' "Nightly Business Report," BNN (Canada), The Wall Street Journal, Barron's, Dow Jones Newswires, and trade publications.
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Steven H. Goldman Comstock Metals Inc. united-states-of-america Member Board Of Directors Legal
Steven H. Goldman is a senior partner in the Toronto law firm of Goldman Hine LLP. He is the author of numerous articles concerning various aspects of franchise law, insolvency and commercial litigation. He is currently listed in the Canadian Legal LExpert Directory as a leading litigation practitioner in franchising law. Steven is a member of the Amer. Bar Assoc.Forum on Franchising, Law Society of the Upper Canada, Executive Member of the Ontario Bar Assoc. Franchise Section and the Institute of Corporate Directors. He acts as a mediator and arbitrator commercial disputes.
Steven H. Goldman is a senior partner in the Toronto law firm of Goldman Hine LLP. He is the author of numerous articles concerning various aspects of franchise law, insolvency and commercial litigation. He is currently listed in the Canadian Legal LExpert Directory as a leading litigation practitioner in franchising law. Steven is a member of the Amer. Bar Assoc.Forum on Franchising, Law Society of the Upper Canada, Executive Member of the Ontario Bar Assoc. Franchise Section and the Institute of Corporate Directors. He acts as a mediator and arbitrator commercial disputes.
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Tabbassum Mumtaz Owner, Ampex Brands united-states-of-america Multi-unit franchisee
Mr. Tabbassum Mumtaz is the Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer and President of Apex Restaurant Management, Inc. and APEX Restaurants.
Mr. Tabbassum Mumtaz is the Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer and President of Apex Restaurant Management, Inc. and APEX Restaurants.
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Tariq Farid Edible Arrangements united-states-of-america Founder, CEO Franchisor
Founder & CEO of Edible Arrangements International - Franchisor, Pioneer of Fresh Fruit bouquets Founder Netsolace, Inc. Founder Naranga - Franchise System Technology. Founder BroadPeak IT
Founder & CEO of Edible Arrangements International - Franchisor, Pioneer of Fresh Fruit bouquets Founder Netsolace, Inc. Founder Naranga - Franchise System Technology. Founder BroadPeak IT
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Terry Powell The Entrepreneur's Source united-states-of-america Founder & CEO Broker / Franchisor
A leader and entrepreneur, Terry Powell, founded The Entrepreneur’s Source (TES), a business coaching service, and developed AdviCoach, a coaching advisory service. Terry Powell was also a key player in the creation and success of FranchiseMatch and FranchiseSearch,both resources for locating franchise prospects.
A leader and entrepreneur, Terry Powell, founded The Entrepreneur’s Source (TES), a business coaching service, and developed AdviCoach, a coaching advisory service. Terry Powell was also a key player in the creation and success of FranchiseMatch and FranchiseSearch,both resources for locating franchise prospects.
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Todd Recknagel Three20 Capital Group LLC & Recknagel Investments LLC united-states-of-america Managing Partner Franchisor
A highly growth oriented CEO/Partner who has grown each of his last four companies over 400% in his successive tenures. Often asked to speak on behalf of Franchising and Energy Conservation topics in the media.
A highly growth oriented CEO/Partner who has grown each of his last four companies over 400% in his successive tenures. Often asked to speak on behalf of Franchising and Energy Conservation topics in the media.
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Tom Baber Money Mailer united-states-of-america Owner Franchisor

Tom is a small multi-unit franchisee of both Money Mailer and IHOP (DineEquity). He has been selfemployed for most of his career and has owned and continue to own businesses outside of franchising. Tom serves on the Franchise Relations Committee and Franchisee Forum as the 1st Vice Chair. Tom educates legislators about franchising needs and challenges, and encourage franchisees to engage with their represenatives at the state and federal level.

Tom is a small multi-unit franchisee of both Money Mailer and IHOP (DineEquity). He has been selfemployed for most of his career and has owned and continue to own businesses outside of franchising. Tom serves on the Franchise Relations Committee and Franchisee Forum as the 1st Vice Chair. Tom educates legislators about franchising needs and challenges, and encourage franchisees to engage with their represenatives at the state and federal level.

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Trevor Brocklebank Home Instead Senior Care UK united-kingdom CEO Emeritus Franchisor
Trevor Brocklebank has been appointed as the new Chair of the British Franchise Association (BFA) – a true recognition of his outstanding contribution to franchising in the UK over the past 11 years
Trevor Brocklebank has been appointed as the new Chair of the British Franchise Association (BFA) – a true recognition of his outstanding contribution to franchising in the UK over the past 11 years
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Vanessa De Caria Sculpture Hospitality united-states-of-america President Franchisor
An highly adaptive Executive and Operational Leader who has proven to lead diverse, high performance teams and independent business owners to new levels of success. Over 20 years of hands on experience in strategic planning, franchising, business developement and project management..Bottom line oriented and results driven.
An highly adaptive Executive and Operational Leader who has proven to lead diverse, high performance teams and independent business owners to new levels of success. Over 20 years of hands on experience in strategic planning, franchising, business developement and project management..Bottom line oriented and results driven.
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Yuen Yung Casoro Capital united-states-of-america CEO Finance
Prior to joining Casoro Capital, Yuen was the founder and CEO of the franchisor How Do You Roll?, a fast-casual sushi restaurant. In 2013, he appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank and received the highest investment offer in the history of the show from investor Kevin O’Leary.
Prior to joining Casoro Capital, Yuen was the founder and CEO of the franchisor How Do You Roll?, a fast-casual sushi restaurant. In 2013, he appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank and received the highest investment offer in the history of the show from investor Kevin O’Leary.
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