Speaker

Michelle Rowan President and COO - Franchise Business Review

Michelle Rowan is the president and COO of Franchise Business Review, a market research and consulting company specializing in franchisee and customer satisfaction, as well as franchise relations issues.

She is an active member of the International Franchise Association, is a Certified Franchise Executive, and sits on the Womens Franchise Committee and Leadership Conference Task Force. She has facilitated CEO Performance Groups and Executive Networking Groups within the franchise industry and regularly speaks at industry events.

Michelle is also a mentor to business students at her alma mater, the University of New Hampshire, and a leader for her daughter's Girl Scouts troop. She and her husband also just opened a small brewery and tasting room in their hometown of Kittery, Maine.


Presenting in the following seminars/workshops:

Thursday, June 15, 2017
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Why Franchising? How Women Can be Successful in Today’s Franchising Marketplace

Room: 1B01

Moderated by: Michelle Rowan, President and COO, Franchise Business Review

Panelists: Catherine Monson, Chief Executive Officer, FASTSIGNS International, Inc.; Shelly Sun, Chairperson, IFA Board of Directors; CEO and Co-Founder, BrightStar Care; Susan Steron, Rochester and Buffalo, NY Multi-Unit Franchisee, Sylvan Learning

Franchising is not a business opportunity for men alone. More and more franchise owners are women – women who are extremely successful and making a difference. Learn from some of the savviest female franchise leaders, representing a wide variety of backgrounds, who chose franchising for their career path. Why did they look to franchising? What have been their biggest challenges and how did they overcome them? What are the rewards? What would they do over again? Hear real stories, personal experiences, best practices and lessons learned from an elite group of female franchise founders/CEOs and franchisees. By attending this session, you will walk away with the following: insights about franchising and determining whether it is the right fit for you; who can help you learn more about franchising and the steps necessary to become a successful franchise owner; tips for overcoming obstacles in launching a successful franchise business.
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Thursday, June 15, 2017
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Making the Leap: How to Succeed as a Franchisee

Room: 1C03

Moderated by: Michelle Rowan, President and COO, Franchise Business Review

Panelists: Alicia Thompson-Healy, Rochester, NY Franchisee, Smallprint and Silver Pet Prints; Jackie Pierce, Ft. Worth, TX Franchisee, Big Frog Custom T-Shirts; Muhammad Saleem, Multi-unit Franchisee, Checkers; Alicia Geiger, Sinking Spring , PA Franchisee, Dream Vacations

Hear from our expert panel of franchisees on the steps they took to grow a successful franchise business. Learn the keys that helped their business thrive, the challenges and pitfalls they faced along the way – and how to avoid them. What one thing really made the difference to these top-performers? If they had to do over again, what would they do differently? What advice would they give to new franchisees? Don’t miss this highly interactive session, with lots of time for Q&A to get all your franchising questions answered.
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