Speakers

Amy Cheng
Partner - Cheng Cohen

Amy concentrates her practice in domestic and international commercial transactions, general corporate, and franchise, licensing and distribution law. She represents franchisors on the structuring and operation of their franchise programs through all phases of development. She also represents ...

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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, da ...

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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 a ...

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David Toro
- Neighborly

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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 Associati ...

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Gary Johnson
Franchise Development Manager - Dream Vacations

Gary Johnson is an established travel industry leader with 25 years experience. He has served on the Franchise Development team since 2014.
• Extensive traveler with a passion for exploring new parts of the world
• 25+ years in the travel industry with an accomplished background in cr ...

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Gaylen Knack
Principal - Gray Plant Mooty

Gaylen is a principal at Gray Plant Mooty and has been recognized as a leading franchise attorney globally by Chambers Global and International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers. He assists franchisors in structuring domestic and international franchise and distribution programs, and advises clien ...

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Gesabel Gutierrez
- Univision

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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 co ...

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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 ...

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Kenneth Crawford
- PACE Business

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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 appl ...

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Lia Smith
CEO - A Better Solution in Home Care & Nursing

“I started from the ground up, I’ve made all the mistakes and make sure you don’t make the same ones” Liasmith.net (website) With over 25 years in the Senior Care business, author of three impactful books, “The Home Care Bible” “Aging with Dignity” and “Smart Steps to Big Dreams” all available ...

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Marisol Cruz
Chief Operating Officer - Business Finance Depot

Marisol Cruz Chief Operating Officer, Business Finance Depot Specializing in Small Business and Start-Up Financing SBA and Equipment Leasing Marisol Cruz, experienced in securing funding in the start-up and franchise industries, provides financing to businesses across the US. With a Maste ...

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Marisol Cruz
Chief Operating Officer - Business Finance Depot

Marisol Cruz Chief Operating Officer, Business Finance Depot Specializing in Small Business and Start-Up Financing SBA and Equipment Leasing Marisol Cruz, experienced in securing funding in the start-up and franchise industries, provides financing to businesses across the US. With a Maste ...

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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 ...

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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, Marl ...

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Mary Ann O'Connell, CFE
President - FranWise®

Mary Ann O’Connell, CFE is the President of FranWise® a Franchise Counseling firm. She has been a multi-unit franchisee, a franchisor and supplier over four decades in franchising, creating a unique perspective. In addition to helping companies to convert to the franchise model and franchisors ...

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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 ...

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Max J. Schott
Principal - Gray Plant Mooty

For more than 20 years, Max Schott has practiced primarily in the area of franchise and distribution law, counseling clients ranging from start-ups to nationally recognized franchisors with multiple brands. Max assists clients in structuring their domestic and international franchise programs. H ...

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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 ...

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Noe Castillo
Loan Officer - CDC Small Business Finance

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Paul LoRoque
- Fresh Coat Painters

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Phuong "Bruce" Le
Loan Counselor - PACE Finance Corporation - Business Development Center

Phuong (Bruce) has worked as a Loan Counselor with PACE since 2013. He enjoys bringing his wide range of business experience to the Small Business Community. Phuong has over 15 years of experience in corporate roles in the South East Asia Region for Rothmans of Pall Mall, BP, TUV Rheinland, Nike ...

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Radim Dragomaca
Director of VetFran - IFA Foundation

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 ...

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Richard Bayer
Partner - Einbinder & Dunn, LLP

Richard Bayer is a partner with Einbinder & Dunn LLP and leads the firm’s franchise regulatory practice. Mr. Bayer represents franchisors during all stages of development, including counseling emerging franchisors through all aspects of developing a franchise program, guiding franchisors through ...

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Roger Lloyd
Business Consultant - Orange County Inland Empire Small Business Development Center

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Shin Kang
- Wing n Burger

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Stepanie Blumstein
- Einbinder & Dunn, LLP

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Steve Magyar
- TruBlue Total House Care

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Swann Do
Program Director / Loan Officer - PACE Business

Ms. Swann Do has over a decade experience in serving the Los Angeles community. To date, the Women Business Center program has counseled/trained 11,477 aspiring entrepreneurs. In turn, over 2,987 businesses were started, stabilized and/or expanded. As a result of assisting these entrepreneurs and sm ...

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Tim Courtney, CFE
Vice President of Franchise Development - PuroClean

Tim Courtney is Vice President of Franchise Development at CruiseOne. He is a member of the IFA’s Membership and VetFran committees, as well as Franchise Congress. He has worked in the travel industry for more than 15 years in positions including training and management. In 2006, he joined CruiseOne ...

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Troy Pyo
- Wing n Burger

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