Elmhurst, NY Franchisee - PuroClean Restoration Services
Newark, NJ Franchisee - FASTSIGNS International, Inc.
Denise Acquaye is a founding partner and co-owner of FASTSIGNS of Newark. She is an accomplished marketing and IT executive and has worked for some of the largest Fortune 500 companies in the land. In her current position, she manages the operations of this fledgling center located in the largest city in NJ – Newark. This Center was a new start-up that opened its doors in 2012 and has quickly rise ...
Kay Marie Ainsley
Managing Director - MSA Worldwide
Kay Marie Ainsley is a Managing Director of MSA Worldwide, a domestic and international franchise advisory firm. She has over 20 years of experience in franchising for major franchise systems or as a strategic advisor to companies within the retail, restaurant, services, manufacturing, and business to business industries. Kay provides franchise feasibility assessment and franchise program devel ...
Director - Veteran Business Outreach NY/NJ
Amy Amoroso is the Director for Veteran Business Outreach NY/NJ located at the Arsenal Business & Technology Partnership, Watervleit Arsenal. Amy assists our veterans, service members and military spouses with starting, buying or expanding any business. She also teaches a Boots to Business program aimed at our service members transitioning out of the military and into entrepreneurship. She current ...
Senior Partner - Institute of Entrepreneurship
Steve Beagelman, CFE
CEO and Founder - SMB Franchise Advisors
Steve Beagelman is a franchise industry veteran of more than 25 years who held positions ranging from entrepreneur to senior level executive, giving him a unique insight and perspective in growing, operating, and building brands. In 2009, Steve established SMB Franchise Advisors, a consulting company specializing in advising franchise start-ups and existing franchise concepts of ways to drive busi ...
Mt. Kisco, Scarsdale, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, NY Franchisee - UBreakiFix
As a lifelong Entrepreneur, Seth Berkman built and ran his IT service firm, BerkmanTech for the past fifteen years, growing from one office in NY to a second in Florida. With an eye toward the future, and a firm grasp of the changing technology trends, Seth wanted to expand his business offerings to mobile devices. After his wife broke her phone she took it to uBreakiFix and experienced the high q ...
Principal - Gray Plant Mooty
Sandy Bodeau is a principal at Gray Plant Mooty and practices in the areas of franchise and distribution law, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial transactions. She primarily focuses on advising franchisors on system development and ongoing program issues, helping clients purchase or sell businesses—with a specialty in multi-unit retail transfers—and counseling companies on business formatio ...
International Trade Specialist, Industry & Analysis - U.S. Commercial Service, Washington, D.C.
Managing Member - Business Finance Depot
Paul Bosley is known for his expertise in financing for franchises and especially in the health club industry. Paul has partnered with several national franchises to assist new franchise partners acquire the capital they need to launch their new businesses. He is also keen on helping existing business owners find the finances to expand their current business. He is a regular speaker and writer ...
Dale E. Cantone
Assistant Attorney General - Franchise Unit Chief - Maryland Attorney General’s Office
Dale Cantone is an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Maryland and the Deputy Securities Commissioner for the Maryland Securities Division. Dale is the chief of the franchise and business opportunity unit of the Maryland Securities Division. In addition, Dale serves as Chair of the Franchise and Business Opportunity Committee/Project Group of the North American Securities Administrators ...
Megan B. Center
Associate - Fox Rothschild LLP
Megan counsels clients in a variety of franchising matters, including franchise agreements and incorporation of
franchisor entities. She also handles the preparations for purchases of franchise systems and advises clients on
maintaining franchise compliance with state and federal regulations.
Megan also advises her clients on a range of general corporate matters, including entity form ...
Director, Franchise Development - Sylvan Learning
Since joining Sylvan in November 2006, Georgia Chasen has held a variety of roles in Franchise Development. As a member of the sales team, Ms. Chasen was a top producer in both new territory and resale domestic and international transactions. Now as Head of Franchise Development, Ms. Chasen has created a team of brand ambassadors to stabilize the system, attract top franchisee candidates, and gen ...
Managing Director - Shery Christopher Consulting
Since 1986, Shery has provided business franchise consulting and coaching in new business and franchise development including franchise expansion and support. With extensive experience in international expansion and development for US franchise brands expanding internationally and international brands expanding into the US and other countries through in-depth research and market studies and franch ...
Bethlehem, PA Franchisee - Lightbridge Academy
Charles Dobyns, CFE
President & Chief Development Officer - Franchise Dynamics
Charles Dobyns is the President and Chief Development Officer of Franchise Dynamics, a full-service franchise sales outsourcing firm. With company and affiliate offices in Chicago, Scottsdale, Arizona and Springfield, Missouri, Franchise Dynamics currently represents a number of emerging to large-sized franchisors in a wide variety of categories throughout the United States and worldwide. He is a ...
Director - VetFran
Radim Dragomaca is the Director of the VetFran Program at the International Franchise Association's Foundation in Washington, D.C. Radim works to educate veterans about the opportunities of franchising and the franchise business model, build a robust community of companies that support veterans and grow a nationwide network of partner organizations. Radim holds advanced degrees in internatio ...
William Edwards, CFE
CEO and Founder - Edwards Global Services, Inc.
An executive with over 44 years of international operations, development, executive and
entrepreneurial experience, Mr. Edwards has lived in seven countries and directed
projects in 68 countries.
Founded in 2001, EGS currently has people on the ground in 32 countries. In May 2015, EGS received the ‘E Star’ Award, the highest export award given by the U.S. President for making signif ...
Franchisee - FASTSIGNS International, Inc.
Partner - Plave Koch PLC
Marisa Faunce is a partner with the franchise law firm of Plave Koch PLC in Reston, Virginia. Marisa counsels franchisors, licensors, and manufacturers on transactional, regulatory and intellectual property issues involved in developing and growing franchise programs. She also counsels franchisors regarding all aspects of the franchise relationship, including operational compliance, system standa ...
Esquire - Fisher Zucker LLC
In private practice since 1989, Lane currently represents more than 75 franchise brands in business transactions and complex franchise litigation. Lane is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and serves on the franchise law committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Philadelphia Bar Association and the American Bar Association's forum committee on franchising. In additi ...
Stan Friedman, CFE
President - FRM Solutions
Stan Friedman is a seasoned executive with a passion for franchising. His past experience has included leadership positions with brands that include: Blimpie International, Wing Zone, Maggie Moos and Tutor Doctor. Years of franchise development and relationship experience have uniquely prepared Stan for his present role as FRM's President. FRM delivers CRM, designed specifically for franchising. T ...
Ridgefield and New Canaan, CT Franchisee - School of Rock
Mariola Galavis is the owner of two School of Rock franchises in Connecticut. After 12 years of corporate finance and management consulting experience, Mariola decided she needed a career change. She acquired the School of Rock New Canaan location in 2014. After growing the New Canaan school more than 20% she opened a second location in 2016 in Ridgefield, CT. Mariola began her career as a m ...
Reston, VA Franchisee - Sylvan Learning
As Executive Director, Ashish leads all aspects of operations for the Sylvan Learning of Reston. As an Information Technology Executive in the Financial Industry, he chose to expand his horizons in the tutoring business because of his dedication to education and giving students the ability to reach their fullest potential. He studied at University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Foo ...
Counsel - Hill Wallack LLP
Evan M. Goldman is Counsel in the Princeton, NJ office of Hill Wallack LLP, where he is a member of the Franchise Law, Creditors' Rights/Bankruptcy and Hospitality practice groups.
Mr. Goldman has represented both franchisees and franchisors throughout the United States. In his practice, Mr. Goldman has litigated extensively in state and federal courts, as well as before the American Ar ...
Shareholder - Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Alan R. Greenfield concentrates his practice on domestic and international franchising, licensing and distribution matters. Alan works with both experienced and startup franchise companies in structuring franchise programs and drafting franchise-related documents. He counsels franchisors and manufacturers on everyday compliance and other franchise or distributor-related issues, such as registratio ...
John P. Hayes, PhD
Titus Franchise Chair - HowToBuyAFranchise.com
Dr. John Hayes is the Titus Chair for Franchise Leadership at Palm Beach Atlantic University. He teaches students and professionals about franchising. He is one of the few people to have been a franchisor, a franchisee, and an advisor to franchise companies internationally. He speaks at franchise conferences around the globe.
Dr. Hayes has worked in the franchise community since 1979 a ...
Partner - DLA Piper US LLP
For over 30 years, Barry's practice has consisted almost exclusively of representing clients in franchise and distribution disputes throughout the country, both in litigation, arbitration and mediation.
Much of Barry's practice has focused on franchise termination matters, as well as on more complex franchise cases involving issues affecting the entire franchise system. He has handled c ...
President - iFranchise Group
Specializing in aggressive growth strategies and implementation, Mr. Hood has held senior management and consulting positions within the franchising and retailing industries since 1988. He is an expert in areas of franchise development and implementation, retail management, site selection, international business, and strategic planning.
Over a nine-year period, Mr. Hood directed the f ...
Martins Imudia, PhD
Attorney at Law - Center for U.S. Immigration Services
Attorney Martins I. Imudia graduated in 1995 from Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana, with an LLM in Admiralty and Maritime Law. He obtained his JD equivalent degree from the prestigious Abo Akademi University in Abo, Finland after completing undergraduate work with a major in international law and a minor in commercial transactions. He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Asso ...
Eric Johnson, CFE
Global Team Leader - Franchising - U.S. Commercial Service, Atlanta
President - TopFire Media
Matthew Jonas is president and co-founder of TopFire Media. As TopFire Media’s brand steward, he defines high-impact digital PR and marketing strategies for an impressive cache of consumer and franchise-based clientele. A seasoned marketer and highly respected franchising expert, Matthew has built a nearly 20-year career dedicated to delivering outcomes and results through an integrated and strate ...
Assistant Editor - Franchise Times
Tom is associate editor of Franchise Times. Franchise Times magazine is the news and information source for franchising, which is read by the who’s who of franchising, including growth-minded franchisors and franchisees, and the consultants and advisors who help them succeed. Franchise Times is the only independent, unbiased news source in franchising and devotes more resources to franchise covera ...
Partner - Harold L. Kestenbaum, PC
HAROLD L. KESTENBAUM is an attorney who has specialized in franchise law and other matters relating to franchising since 1977. From May 1982 until September 1986, Harold served as franchise and general counsel to Sbarro, Inc., the national franchisor of over 1,000 family-style Italian restaurants and, was a director from March 1985 to December 2006. From September 1983 to October 1989, he served a ...
Senior Advisor, Franchise Business Intelligence - FRANdata
Sheila Lamb-Cohen serves as the Senior Advisor – Franchise Business Intelligence for FRANdata, a leading advisory and research firm that focuses on the franchise industry. Lamb-Cohen leverages her more than 25 years in the franchising and restaurant industry to support her passion for helping franchisors make tough strategic decisions that propel their business to the next level.
Man-Li Kuo Lin
Economic Development Specialist - U.S. Small Business Administration - New York
Ms. Man-Li Kuo Lin is Economic Development Specialist, District International Trade Officer, Emerging Leaders Program Project Manager and PRIME Grantee Liaison at the U.S. Small Business Administration New York District Office (SBA NYDO) marketing team in delivery small business resources to develop and grow businesses in 14 counties throughout New York City, Long Island and the downstate counties ...
Partner - DLA Piper US LLP
Bret Lowell is an internationally recognized leader in franchise and distribution law, and has counseled and represented clients across a broad spectrum of industries, including restaurants and food service, car rental, hotel and motel, health care, financial services, high tech, real estate and retail. Bret's experience includes extensive analysis as to whether arrangements constitute "franchi ...
Group Chief Operating Officer - Kenya Commericial Bank
Commercial Specialist, U.S. Commercial Service - U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Embassy Nairobi
Ms. Malinda provides expert-level market analysis and market development support to U.S. and Eastern African companies. She counsels U.S. firms and their local counterparts as a key resource and advisor on issues requiring analysis and judgment on market potential, trade logistics, and problem resolution. She develops personal relationships with decision-makers in the private business community. ...
Regional Director - NJSBDC-Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Elayne P. Stanback-McClaine is Regional Director for the New Jersey Small Business Development Center at Rutgers New Brunswick. She has been involved with the SBDC since 2005 in various roles such as Lead Client Counselor, Instructor, and Assistant Director. oShe has extensive expertise in the areas of Business & Strategic Planning; Business Financial Management; Market Research; Business Val ...
Partner - Seyfarth Shaw LLP
James McGrath is a partner in the Litigation Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He is an experienced trial lawyer, having tried cases, argued appeals and appeared before a variety of state and federal courts and administrative agencies throughout the United States.
Mr. McGrath’s practice focuses on litigation and counseling related to franchise and distribution matters, antitrust and trad ...
Lawrenceville, NJ and Philadelphia, PA Franchisee - Camp Bow Wow
Louise became a Camp Bow Wow franchisee in February of 2010. She currently owns three territories which consist of an established franchise location in Lawrenceville, NJ, a relatively new location in Philadelphia, PA and a yet to be determined location in Bucks County, PA. She is passionate about providing a safe, fun place where owners can leave their dogs and know they are cared for and happy. W ...
The Franchise Advisor - The Franchise Advisor
Mariel has 27 years experience in the franchise sector. She uses her rich background to provide franchise-related advice and coaching to potential entrepreneurs and educates them on thoroughly vetting franchise opportunities through her firm www.TheFranchiseAdvisor.com. Her in-depth coaching is free of charge for the curious to the serious candidate. Popular with those seeking semi-passive, scala ...
Chief Executive Officer - FASTSIGNS International, Inc.
Catherine Monson is the CEO and President of FASTSIGNS International, Inc. She joined FASTSIGNS® in 2008 and brings more than 30 years of franchising and management experience including sales and marketing, operations, development, training and advocacy. In 2009, she was the recipient of the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) prestigious Bonny LeVine Award, given annually to a female fran ...
Partner - DLA Piper US LLP
Richard Morey’s franchise and distribution practice is focused on working with both experienced and startup franchise companies, helping them structure new franchise programs and determine the most appropriate methods of single- and multi-unit franchising. Richard counsels franchisors on everyday compliance and other franchise-related issues, such as registration and disclosure matters, negoti ...
Ann Arbor, MI Franchisee - Smoke's Poutinerie
Toine Murphy has worked for more than 25 years in the fields of public
speaking, educational strategies, business executive, governmental and
community engagement, as well as a consultant and leadership coach.
Murphy’s unique and diverse background has allowed him over the years to
impact 1000’s of people specifically youth and families.
Murphy’s background includes a strong commitm ...
Executive Board Director - KCB Group PLC
Managing Partner - Franchise Growth Solutions
Currently Gary Occhiogrosso is the Managing Partner of Franchise Growth Solutions, which is a membership only franchise development and sales firm.
Their “Coach, Mentor & Grow Program” focuses on helping Franchisors with their franchise development, strategic planning, selling franchises and guiding franchisors in raising growth capital.
Gary started his career in franchising ...
David W. Oppenheim
Shareholder - Greenberg Traurig, LLP
David W. Oppenheim concentrates his practice on domestic and international franchising, licensing and distribution matters. He is recognized by Chambers USA as a leading, national franchise attorney. He advises both emerging and mature companies with respect to planning, structuring and implementing national and international franchise, distribution and licensing programs, including negotiating fr ...
Partner - Plave Koch PLC
Lee has extensive experience counseling distributors and franchisors, including drafting and negotiating franchise agreements for complex international and domestic transactions and advising clients on all aspects of franchise and distribution law.
Lee also counsels clients on the application of technology to franchise and distribution systems. He focuses his attention on matters suc ...
CEO - School of Rock
Rob Price became President and CEO of School of Rock in 2017. He leads a global enterprise of over 200 schools, which teach music and life skills through a unique performance-based learning approach. Prior to School of Rock, Rob was President of Edible Arrangements, helping to grow that company's physical and online sales. Rob joined Edible Arrangements after more than seven years as chief marketi ...
Joseph J. Punturo
Assistant Attorney General, Franchise Section Chief - Office of the New York State Attorney General
Senior Learning and Development Consultant - MSA Worldwide
Marla Rosner is the Senior Learning and Development Consultant for MSA Worldwide, a domestic and international franchise advisory firm. She has excelled as a training professional for over twenty years.
During her 16-year tenure with Supercuts, an international hair care franchisor, Marla helped build the system from 75 locations to over 1,100 salons. As Vice President of Training an ...
Vice President of Franchise Development - Camp Bow Wow
Renuka joined the Camp Bow Wow family in 2007 and started out as a Camp Counselor at the unit level. She was brought over to the corporate support team in 2007 to help open more than 100 locations in a 3-year period. Renuka has held multiple roles at Camp Bow Wow, and her diverse skill set includes an in-depth understanding of franchise sales, vast institutional knowledge of Camp Bow Wow franchise ...
Partner - Faegre Baker Daniels
With more than 25 years of experience in franchising and product distribution, Brian Schnell is the chair of the firm's franchise practice that represents franchisors with headquarters based across the United States and abroad.
Brian's experience uniquely includes serving as the COO and Chief Legal Officer during 2012 for one of the country's leading health care franchisors. In the ...
President & COO - Lightbridge Academy
Gigi Schweikert is President & Chief Operating Officer of Lightbridge Franchise Company. Lightbridge Academy provides early learning and child care for children 6 weeks to 8 years. Known as “The Solution for Working Parents®.” Ms. Schweikert is also an internationally known thought leader in work/life balance, child care management and classroom supervision. With over 30 years of experience and 23 ...
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. ...
Head - Franchiseresales.com
Johnny Sellyn has been involved in franchising for over 20 years. Initially as founding director of the franchise consultancy division of one of world’s leading CPA’s and Business advisers. This followed a successful 30-year career in retail. In more recent times Johnny has created and run some of the leading franchise websites in the US, UK South Africa and Australia. Franchise resales .com was c ...
Peter Maxwell Sessions
Founder and CEO - FewerHats
Peter Maxwell Sessions is the founder and CEO of Fewer Hats. He frequently consults with brands looking to get into the franchise space and helps them streamline their operations with technology. As a consulting firm, Fewer Hats has a strong focus on leveraging technology. Mr. Sessions has a background in strategic business development for technology companies. Most notably, he held a strategic r ...
Partner - Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Andrew Sherman is a Partner and Chair of the Washington, D.C. Corporate Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He focuses his practice on issues affecting business growth for companies at all stages, including developing strategies for licensing and leveraging intellectual property and technology assets, intellectual asset management and harvesting, as well as international corporate transactional and f ...
CEO - iFranchise Group
Author of Franchise Your Business, The Guide to Employing the Greatest Growth Strategy Ever, and a franchise business consultant since 1985, Mr. Siebert founded the iFranchise Group in 1998 as an organization dedicated to developing long-term relationships with successful franchisor clientele. Mr. Siebert has worked with hundreds of franchisors, from start-up operations to corporate giants. He is ...
Attorney - Stark & Stark
Adam J. Siegelheim is a Shareholder and member of the Business & Corporate and Franchise Groups. Mr. Siegelheim’s practice includes the representation of companies and non-profit organizations on a variety of issues including entity formation, financing, intellectual property, real estate, mergers and acquisitions, and insurance coverage matters.
Mr. Siegelheim’s franchise practice inclu ...
Founder and CEO - Smoke's Poutinerie
Ryan Smolkin attended Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario where he studied and
participated in the Business Co-Op Program. As a student, Smolkin established several
successful business ventures including a portfolio of rental property investments which he built
to over $4 million in assets before selling off all properties in 2004.
After graduating with his Bachelor of Busi ...
Chief Executive Officer - Franchise Dynamics
Robert Stidham is the Chief Executive Officer of Franchise Dynamics, a full-service franchise sales outsourcing firm. With company and affiliate offices in Chicago, Scottsdale, Arizona and Springfield, Missouri, Franchise Dynamics currently represents a number of emerging to large-sized franchisors in a wide variety of categories throughout the United States and worldwide. He is the Founder of the ...
President - Franchise Business Review
Eric Stites is the CEO & Managing Director of Franchise Business Review, a national market research and consulting company specializing in franchisee satisfaction and franchise relations issues. Franchise Business Review’s mission is to two-fold. To help franchise brands that wish to better serve their franchisees and strengthen their systems. To help bring transparency to the franchise industry b ...
Mary E. Tomzack
President/Owner - Pure Franchise, LLP
Mary E. Tomzack is a well-known and respected franchise consultant and franchising specialist.
Currently , she is the Founder and President of PureFranchise.com which assists individuals
and companies in discovering franchise opportunities throughout the U.S. and internationally.
Services are provided for franchisees, franchisors and investors.
She is the author of two popular franc ...
International Trade Advisor - U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Embassy Madrid
Nineteen years with the Commercial Service (six in the Sao Paulo office in Brazil, and 13 in the Madrid, Spain, office). Started working with CS in 1995 coordinating Trade Shows and US pavilions in Sao Paulo. In 1996 moved to the Budget & Admin Specialist position where she achieved several awards, to include two Director General Awards for her innovative and cost-savings solutions with ICASS an ...
Partner - DLA Piper US LLP
Tao Xu devotes his practice to franchising and distribution matters, especially international franchising, licensing and distribution transactions. Tao counsels a broad range of clients in their international expansions, including master franchising, multi-unit licensing, area development, single-unit licensing and direct investment (both joint venture and wholly owned). Tao is particularl ...
Senior Partner - DLA Piper US LLP
Philip Zeidman devotes his practice to domestic and international distribution, licensing and franchising law. He was the first Chairman of the American Bar Association Antitrust Law Section’s Distribution and Franchising Committee, and is the Editor of Legal Aspects of Selling and Buying (Thomson/Reuters). He has served as General Counsel to the International Franchise Association throughout his ...
Associate - DLA Piper US LLP
Stephanie Zosak focuses her practice in the areas of United States and international franchising, licensing and distribution.
Stephanie advises both large and small franchisors in the retail, fitness, and food service sectors on registration, disclosure and exemption requirements and prepares initial, renewal and amended forms of franchise disclosure documents, franchise agreements and o ...
Principal - Gray Plant Mooty
Carl Zwisler focuses his practice on representing franchisors, manufacturers, and investors in structuring, negotiating, and enforcing domestic and international franchise, licensing, distribution, and acquisition agreements. He also assists executives and general counsel in more than 85 industries or industry segments with creative solutions for developing and implementing business expansion stra ...
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