Speaker

Tom DuFore CEO - Big Sky Franchise Team

Tom DuFore is the CEO of Big Sky Franchise Team, where he is responsible for company strategy and to support and consult with Big Sky Franchise Team’s Clients. Tom has consulted with and advised hundreds of businesses ranging from the largest companies in the world to start-ups. Prior to starting Big Sky Franchise Team, Tom spent 10 years as a Franchise Consultant working for multiple consulting companies. He also served as the Vice President of National Business & Franchise Development for the Rabine Group, a National Facilities Maintenance Construction Company with 15 business units. In his role he oversaw companywide Sales, Marketing, and National Expansion initiatives, helping the company expand from $125MM to $185MM in annual revenue in just 2 years. He helped the company become regionally and nationally recognized three consecutive years as a Crain’s Fast 50 Company, and an Inc. Magazine 500|5000 Fastest Growing Company in the United States. Tom has been a guest speaker at the International Franchise Expo, International Food Service Show, Chicago Treasury Office Business Expo, and the Franchise Expo South. He holds a B.S. Degree in Management from Elmhurst College, and an M.B.A. degree from DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.


Presenting in the following seminars/workshops:

Thursday, May 30, 2019
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Latest Trends in Franchising

Room: Theater

Tom DuFore, CEO, Big Sky Franchise Team

Every year, new start ups appear on the scene while others lose franchise-trends traction. As an entrepreneur, you need to know what's growing, which trends are real and which are fads. Changes in the population, the economy, technology and consumer behavior have all affected franchising in new and exciting ways. Find out which new categories are emerging and tracking for growth so that you can either seize them or turn a passing trend into long-term success for your business.

Friday, May 31, 2019
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
1st Time Franchise Buyer's Guide, What's Right for Me?

Room: Theater

Tom DuFore, CEO, Big Sky Franchise Team

You want to be your own boss and apply your passion and skills to building a business. But first make sure you are asking the right questions about your personal goals, the role you want to play in the business, and whether you are suited for the life of a franchisee. What is your investment budget and how will your initial investment measure up against expected returns, income, lifestyle, wealth and equity (ILWE) goals? These and more important questions will be answered in this informative session. Perfect for the first-time attendee and helpful to those who have been shopping for some time..

Friday, May 31, 2019
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
First Time Franchise Buyer's Guide -- Looking Under The Hood

Room: Theater

Tom DuFore, CEO, Big Sky Franchise Team

You've narrowed your choice of franchises based on your personal and financial goals. As you begin the due diligence process,, are you asking the key questions? Find out from new franchisees how they chose their franchised business, what they wish they had asked or known before buying in. Hear them talk about what they found online about franchisors, the industry or trend, potential competitors, and the difference that made to their final decision. Take away tools to help you conduct a complete due diligence. You'll hear tips you can use immediately on the show floor in conversation with franchise brands.

Saturday, June 1, 2019
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Latest Trends in Franchising

Room: Theater

Tom DuFore, CEO, Big Sky Franchise Team

Every year, new start ups appear on the scene while others lose franchise-trends traction. As an entrepreneur, you need to know what's growing, which trends are real and which are fads. Changes in the population, the economy, technology and consumer behavior have all affected franchising in new and exciting ways. Find out which new categories are emerging and tracking for growth so that you can either seize them or turn a passing trend into long-term success for your business.

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