Speakers

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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Evan Goldman
Partner - A.Y. Strauss LLC

Evan M. Goldman is Partnerl in the Roseland, NJ office of AY Strauss. 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 Arbitration Association ('AAA'). Mr. Goldman has a breadth of experience representing franchisor and franchisee clients i ...

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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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Shin Kang
- Wing n Burger

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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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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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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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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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Bret Permesly
Shareholder - Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Bret Permesly concentrates his practice on domestic and international franchising, licensing, and distribution matters. Bret represents existing franchise industry leaders as well as cutting edge start-up concepts in a wide range of industries, including food and beverage, fast food and quick service concepts, retail, hospitality, and leisure. His experience includes preparing and negotiating comp ...

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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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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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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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John Skelton
Partner - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

John Skelton is a partner in the Litigation Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He is an experienced trial lawyer having tried cases and appeared before a variety of state and federal courts and administrative agencies. In addition to a diverse commercial litigation and trial practice, Mr. Skelton has successfully defended numerous manufacturers and franchise clients in a variety of matters, in ...

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Matt Wiggins
VetFran Fellow - International Franchise Association

Matt Wiggins is the IFA’s inaugural VetFran Fellow. After serving as an IFA intern, he transitioned into the role in August. Coming from a military family, Matt has dedicated his work at IFA to improving and building the VetFran program. Through his fellowship, he hopes to make franchising more accessible to veterans across America. ...

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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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