Speaker

Ryan Palmer Principal - Gray Plant Mooty

Ryan Palmer serves domestic and international clients across the restaurant, hospitality, retail, and service sectors. He counsels brand and concept owners in the development of franchise and distribution systems and helps businesses resolve disputes with franchisees and licensees. Ryan’s multi-unit retail experience includes representing clients in refranchising and franchise finance transactions and in the sale and acquisition of franchised brands. Ryan advises clients on a wide range of franchise finance transactions and represents banks and lenders in franchise transactions.

Ryan helps clients build and protect their brand strength through the strategic use of copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. He has reviewed and cleared hundreds of federal trademarks and assists clients in policing and defending their intellectual property assets. Clients rely on Ryan as an outsourced general counsel to provide day-to-day advice on all aspects of business law, including sales, acquisitions, contract review and drafting, and corporate and shareholder matters. .

Ryan is also a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, where he teaches negotiations.


Presenting in the following seminars/workshops:

Thursday, June 15, 2017
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Selecting the Best Franchise Structure for Domestic and International Expansion

Room: 1B05

Presented by: Carl Zwisler, Principal, Gray Plant Mooty and Ryan Palmer, Principal, Gray Plant Mooty

International development remains an intriguing and potentially profitable strategy for many franchisors. In exploring international expansion, how can franchisors maximize their return on investment (ROI)? What steps should franchisors take now in developing or redefining their international development strategy to avoid common costly mistakes? This session will explore 5 common issues which can impact franchisor’s ROI and identify best practices in addressing those issues to maximize ROI. Issues addressed will include optimal structure for expansion, planning and budgeting, brand adaptation, due diligence and other topics.
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Friday, June 16, 2017
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
10 Commandments of Franchise Sales

Room: 1B04

Presented by: Gaylen Knack, Principal, Gray Plant Mooty; Ryan Palmer, Principal, Gray Plant Mooty; Sandra Bodeau, Principal, Gray Plant Mooty

Understand why establishing a foundation is so important as well as about the planning tools, executive group talent and revenue enhancement programs necessary to reach that goal. Learn how the use of franchisee advisory councils and associations, and the role of an operations manual can make for effective communication in the franchise system. This seminar will also address how to achieve respect, compliance and growth by servicing your customers (franchisees).
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