Speakers

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 a ...

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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 f ...

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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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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-si ...

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Charlie Kim
- Aria Korean Tapas

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Hazel Beck
Director - SoCal VBOC

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Jimmy Weeks
- S.M.A.R.T Analytics

By applying technology to solve daily challenges, we can create strategic solutions. When focusing on the collection, measurement and analysis of data, we can expertly help customers drive improvement through increased insight and knowledge! With a decade of advanced analytics study specifically in ...

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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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Karli Hussey
Associate - Gray Plant Mooty

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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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Keith Ryu
- Fountain

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Laura Martinez
- Dream Vacations

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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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Marisa Faunce
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 ...

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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. S ...

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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 Jane Riva
President & CEO - The Pizza Factory

Mary Jane Riva is a recognized award-winning senior corporate executive – Currently, the President & CEO of Pizza Factory with nearly three decades of growth within the franchise. Starting as a franchisee in 1990, Mary Jane quickly grew into a multi-unit owner with restaurants in Menifee, Lake Elsin ...

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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 m ...

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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. He al ...

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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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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 Presiden ...

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Red Boswell
Global CDO - Action Coach

An entrepreneur takes the vision of an idea and turns it into reality. Red Boswell has been doing just that all his life. From setting up friends with school supply distributorship agreements in 4th grade to used records and tapes in college, Red has launched, owned, bought, sold, and advised hundre ...

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Rod Lowe
- 7-Eleven Franchising

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Ryan Son
Founder/CEO - Sushi Hon, Shuto Izakaya, Jjan Gastropub & Muldawpo BBQ

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SBA Resource Partners
- U.S. Small Business Administration

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Steve Meng
- PACE Business

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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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