Speaker

Michael Seid Managing Director - MSA Worldwide

I am the founder and Managing Director of MSA Worldwide, a provider of domestic and international franchise advisory services. During my professional career I have been a senior operations officer, financial executive, or consultant for companies within the franchise, retail, restaurant, hospitality, healthcare, education, and service industries. I have also been both a franchisor and franchisee. The International Franchise Association has referred to MSA Worldwide as “the leading strategic and tactical advisory firm in franchising.”

I have consulted both domestically and internationally for companies on the appropriateness of franchising, licensing, and other methods of downstream distribution of products and services; the design, development and implementation of franchise and licensing systems; and the development and management of change strategies for established franchisors and non-franchisors.

MSA Worldwide’s services to new and established franchisors include, but are not limited to: manuals; training; domestic and international franchise expansion; franchise system support; franchise relations; crisis management; mergers and acquisitions; litigation support; and social franchising. MSA also evaluates the operations, expansion, and support provided by established franchisors and develops and assists in management of change strategies.

I have completed the requirements and have been awarded the designation of Certified Franchise Executive by the International Franchise Association Education Foundation and have developed and provided programing for the foundation. I am a very non-practicing CPA, licensed in the State of New York. I am a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of CPAs, and a member of the American Institute of CPA’s Forensic and Valuation Services. I am an associate member of the American Bar Association and have lectured and written for the ABA Franchise Forum and the IFA’s Legal Forums. I served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant.

I am a frequent speaker at programs for trade associations, universities, law schools, retail, and professional organizations. I have lectured at several universities and law schools including St. Thomas University, Georgetown Law School, New York University School of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Nova University, the University of Arizona, Johnson & Wales University, MIT Sloan School of Management, Harvard Business School, University of California San Francisco (Berkeley), and Emory University School of Law. I have spoken at the Doha Economic Conference in Qatar and have testified and presented to federal, state, and local legislations on franchising.

I have published numerous articles on franchising, and I am the author of Franchising for Dummies, published by Wiley Publishing. My co-author for Franchising for Dummies, 1st Edition, was the late Dave Thomas, Founder of Wendy’s International. I have been selected as the franchise expert and manager of the About.com franchising information portal and am the first recipient of the Franchise Update Hall of Fame Award.

MSA Worldwide is a member of the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) Supplier Forum, and I serve on the Supplier Forum’s Board of Directors as a Past Chairman. I was appointed to the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the IFA for the period 1997 through 1998. I was directly elected to serve as a member of the IFA’s Board of Directors for two terms, 2002 through 2008, which was the first time a professional services provider was ever directly elected to its board in the association’s history. I was re-elected to the IFA’s board in 2011 for the period 2011 through 2014 and was reelected in 2014, and currently serve in that position.

I am the chairman of the IFA’s Social Sector Franchising Task Force and have held numerous leadership positions in the association including as a trustee of the IFA’s Educational Foundation; Past Chairman of the VetFran committee; and as a member of numerous committees including the Finance Audit and Budget Committee, Research Committee, President’s Council, FranPAC Committee, Dues Task Force; and Franchise Relations Task Force. I am the principal author of the IFA’s Statement of Guiding Principals.

I have been qualified as an expert in franchising in the United States and Canada and have testified or provided litigation support in several cases involving franchising, restaurants, retailing, manufacturers, and service companies for franchisors and franchisees.

I am the Chief Concept Officer and a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of CFWshops and One Family Health, social sector franchisors established to provide clinical services and essential medicines in the peri-urban areas of Sub-Saharan Africa. I also serve on the board and executive committee of the HealthStore Foundation. I speak frequently in the United States and internationally on social franchising, have presented to the World Franchise Council, and am on the steering committee of Social Franchise Innovations Roundtable at the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire. MSA has a commitment to advancing the use of commercial franchising’s techniques and technology as methods for improving the human condition and for having a world-changing impact on poverty, diseases, and economic development at the Base of the Pyramid.

I am a member of the Goldman Sachs Special Situations Group’s Chambers Street Executive Network (SSG). SSG is a global investing platform that invests across the corporate capital structure, and the Chambers Street Executive Network is comprised of senior industry experts appointed from diverse industries to advise SSG and its portfolio companies.

I am on the Board of Directors of the William Rosenberg International Center of Franchising at the University of New Hampshire and serve on several other public and private boards and advisory boards, including for the Salvation Army in Connecticut.


Presenting in the following seminars/workshops:

Thursday, June 15, 2017
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Getting Ready to Franchise Your Business

Room: 1C04

Presented by: Michael Seid, Managing Director, MSA Worldwide; Andrew Seid, Consultant, MSA Worldwide; Julie McBride, Senior Consultant, Social Franchising, MSA Worldwide

Becoming a franchisor can be one of the most important decisions you will ever make in business. However, before hiring a consultant and lawyer to develop your franchise program, you must first understand how ready your concept is to franchise and then determine the appropriate steps to take. This seminar will identify common deficiencies in companies prior to franchising, as well as how to guide you in preparing your company and concept for franchising. This session is also useful for those companies that are about to expand, even if they are not currently considering franchising.
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Thursday, June 15, 2017
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
The Basics of Developing a Franchise System

Room: 1C04

Presented by: Michael Seid, Managing Director, MSA Worldwide and Andrew Seid, Consultant, MSA Worldwide

For long-term success a franchise must be a win-win for both the franchisor and franchisee. This seminar will explore how to create a franchise program that really works for both the franchisor and the franchisee, how to recruit franchisees that believe in your concept and who will be an asset to the franchise system and how you can establish a strong relationship with your franchisees based on open communications and trust.
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Friday, June 16, 2017
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Walking the Line – How to Administer a Franchise System in Light of the NLRB’s New Joint Employer Standard

Room: 1B05

Presented by: Michael Seid, Managing Director, MSA Worldwide; Andrew Seid, Consultant, MSA Worldwide; Marisa Faunce, Partner, Plave Koch PLC

Recent actions by the National Labor Relations Board have the franchise industry on edge. This session will provide guidance to franchisors with respect to joint employment and vicarious liability standards. The panel will evaluate franchise agreement terms that can impact joint employer liability and will offer practical advice with respect to training programs, operations manuals, brand standards and franchise relationships.
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Friday, June 1, 2018
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Franchising Your Business Part 1

Presented by: Michael Seid, Managing Director, MSA Worldwide

Franchising has become the dominant method for the creation of wealth through small business ownership. Franchising, once known primarily for restaurants, today is used by over 85 industries including a wide range of consumer and business to business services, retail, hospitality, health, recreation and many more. If you are thinking about expanding your current business through franchising, this two-day symposium will provide the opportunity to learn from experts in the field and turn your business into a successful franchise.Click here for more details.
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Saturday, June 2, 2018
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Franchising Your Business Part 2

Presented by: Michael Seid, Managing Director, MSA Worldwide

Franchising has become the dominant method for the creation of wealth through small business ownership. Franchising, once known primarily for restaurants, today is used by over 85 industries including a wide range of consumer and business to business services, retail, hospitality, health, recreation and many more. If you are thinking about expanding your current business through franchising, this two-day symposium will provide the opportunity to learn from experts in the field and turn your business into a successful franchise.Click here for more details.
Sponsored by              Accredited for 200 credits

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