Speakers

Denise Acquaye
- FASTSIGNS International, Inc.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Paul Bosley
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 ...

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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 ...

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Shery Christopher
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 ...

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Charles Dobyns, CFE
CEO - 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 ...

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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 ...

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Barry Falcon
Senior Advisor - iFranchise Group

With a professional business career that spans more than 40 years across a range of industries and functions, including communications technology, operational and manufacturing consulting, marketing, project management, and business development, Mr. Falcon has over 15 years of direct experience in franchising, both as a franchisee and as an executive within multiple national franchisor systems.

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Lane Fisher
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 ...

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Jam Hashmi
ClickTecs - ClickTecs

An entrepreneur with an extensive background in franchising with specialities in Franchise Development and Franchise Marketing. Jam is the CEO and founder of ClickTecs, a Digital Marketing agency as well as the co-founder of FranchiseSoft, a SaaS based Franchise Management Software company

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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 ...

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Barry Heller
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 ...

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Theresa Huszka, CFE
Senior Consultant - MSA Worldwide

Theresa’s has over 18 years of experience in franchising and her consultancy is devoted to assisting companies design and develop their franchised business model. MSA Worldwide’s services include feasibility assessments, creation of training programs and operations manuals, design and development of franchise sales programs including marketing, advertising, and franchise sales process systems and ...

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Matthew Jonas
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 ...

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Tom Kaiser
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 ...

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Andre Kay
CEO & Founder - Sociallybuzz

Andre Kay is a husband, father of 2 boys and an entrepreneur. He’s the CEO and Founder of Sociallybuzz. Sociallybuzz founded in 2009, is a social media reputation, management and campaign company. They provide managed services and technology automation to help businesses grow using social media, data and advertising. They combined the perfect synergy of high-touch, people-powered social media m ...

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Harold Kestenbaum
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 ...

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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, and Emerging Leaders Program Project Manager 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 of Dutchess, Orange, ...

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Bret Lowell
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 ...

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Alan Majerko
Vice President, Corporate Development - Winmark Franchise Partners

Alan Majerko joined Winmark Corporation as Vice President, Corporate Development in January 2017. Mr. Majerko is leading the Winmark Franchise Partners initiative to partner with emerging franchisors that can benefit from Winmark’s expertise in starting, growing and managing successful franchise brands. Mr. Majerko was with Buffalo Wild Wings for the past ten years, most recently as Director, Emer ...

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Elayne McClaine
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 ...

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Catherine Monson
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 femal ...

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Rick Morey
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 ...

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Gary Occhiogrosso
Managing Partner - Franchise Growth Solutions

Currently, Gary Occhiogrosso is the Managing Partner of Franchise Growth Solutions, which is a national 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 as a franchisee ...

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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 ...

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Lee Plave
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 ...

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Joseph J. Punturo
Assistant Attorney General, Investor Protection Bureau - Office of the New York State Attorney General

Joseph Punturo is an Assistant Attorney General in the New York State Attorney General’s Investor Protection Bureau. The Investor Protection Bureau enforces the Martin Act, New York State’s securities law, and the Franchise Sales Act, New York State’s franchise law. Mr. Punturo is the Section Chief of the Franchise Section, and is responsible for franchise enforcement and registration, as we ...

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Marla Rosner
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 ...

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Brian Schnell
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 ...

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Gigi Schweikert
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 ...

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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. ...

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Andrew Seid
Consultant - MSA Worldwide

Andrew is a consultant for MSA Worldwide, a domestic and international franchise advisory firm. While an experienced litigator and a transactional lawyer in franchising, Andrew is the son of our founder and franchising has been part of his life-long experience starting when he attended his first IFA convention at the age of ten.

Andrew earned his BA in business from Franklin & Marsha ...

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Johnny Sellyn
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 ...

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Andrew Sherman
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 ...

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Mark Siebert
CEO - iFranchise Group

Mark Siebert 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-u ...

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Adam Siegelheim
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 ...

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Ralph Yarusso, CFE
Chief Development Officer - Grease Monkey International

Ralph Yarusso is a former Multi-Unit Meineke franchisee owning 15 centers over a 23 year period. After selling his centers Ralph also served on the corporate side of riven Brands in Franchise Development and operations lastly being appointed to oversee more than 500 centers as Regional Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In his position at Grease Monkey International, he oversees franchise ...

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EJ Yoon
- Korea Daily

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Philip Zeidman
Senior Partner - DLA Piper US LLP

Philip Zeidman devotes his practice to domestic and international distribution, licensing and franchising law. In 2017 Mr. Zeidman received Who's Who Legal's Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony in London. Mr. Zeidman was named Global Franchise Lawyer of the Year for 9 years, every year the award has been given. Mr. Zeidman received the Burton Award of Excellence in Legal Writing from the Li ...

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