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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George Anderson
Director of Market Analytics and Research - Retail Solutions

George Anderson has 20+ yrs of experience working with retailers and restaurants around the world. His analysis of detailed geo-demographic data, customers and competitors, produces plans to keep networks sized right, in the right locations, targeting the right people at the right price.

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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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Samantha Chamerlain
- Neighborly

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Ryan Combe
Managing Partner - Better Way Franchise Group

Ryan is an efficiency fanatic who loves finding solutions to difficult problems. Ryan has spent his entire career in franchising. He has been a CEO, Senior VP, Franchisee, and almost anything else you can do within a franchise concept. Launching his first concept in 2007, in only 18 months he grew the brand to over 20 units open and over 80 units sold. Since then, Ryan has worked with dozen ...

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Enrique A. Conde
Shareholder - Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Enrique A. Conde is a Shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s Miami office. He handles domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, corporate financings, joint ventures and all types of general contractual matters throughout North, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Europe. He also serves and domestic and international franchise counsel to clients. Fluent in Spanish, Enrique has also a ...

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James Deam
- SBDC

James Deam is a Business Consultant/Market Growth with the SBDC at FAU. Prior to joining the SBDC in 2016, he spent his entire 30-year career in marketing and advertising. Jim spent 17 years managing the marketing and advertising for AT&T, where he was instrumental in securing the sponsorship of Fox TV's "American Idol" and its text message voting component. He is an expert in retail advertisin ...

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Joelle Delva
Vice President of Operations - Dream Vacations

Joelle Delva has worked in the vacation industry for more than 23 years and oversees the day-to-day operation of the employees who make our customers’ needs a reality, and develops policies and procedures toward fiscal responsibility while delivering quality services. Joelle’s team ensures that our franchisee’s client bookings are entered properly and that our franchisees receive their commissions ...

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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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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 and grow a nationwide network of partner organizations. Radim holds advanced degrees in internatio ...

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Keith Dziki
Executive Director Development - Wireless Zone

Keith Dziki has almost 15 years of experience in the franchising industry from business development to operations to president in a variety of industries. In his current role as the Director of Development, he builds and maintains relationships with key personal at Verizon and prospective Wireless Zone® franchisees, providing expertise in operational management, lead generation and the recruitment ...

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Alan Greenfield
Shareholder - Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Alan R. Greenfield concentrates his practice on domestic and international franchising, licensing and distribution matters. Alan works with both experienced and startup franchise companies in structuring franchise programs and drafting franchise-related documents. He counsels franchisors and manufacturers on everyday compliance and other franchise or distributor-related issues, such as registratio ...

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Dave Harris
Marketing Chairman - SCORE Broward

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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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Dave Hood
President - iFranchise Group

Specializing in aggressive growth strategies and implementation, Mr. Hood has held senior management and consulting positions within the franchising and retailing industries since 1988. He is an expert in areas of franchise development and implementation, retail management, site selection, international business, and strategic planning.

Over a nine-year period, Mr. Hood directed the f ...

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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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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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Sherry Naquin Sanchez
Principal - Retail Solutions

With more than 20yrs of commercial real estate experience, Sherry Naquin Sanchezleads the national & international tenant representation platform for Retail Solutions supporting more than 240 local, regional, national and international brands

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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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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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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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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-up operations to corporate giants. He is ...

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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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Eric Stites
President - Franchise Business Review

Eric Stites is the CEO & Managing Director of Franchise Business Review, a national market research and consulting company specializing in franchisee satisfaction and franchise relations issues. Franchise Business Review’s mission is to two-fold. To help franchise brands that wish to better serve their franchisees and strengthen their systems. To help bring transparency to the franchise industry b ...

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Bryan Villella
- Dream Vacations

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Alesia Visconti
CEO - FranServe

Alesia Visconti is the CEO of FranServe Inc, the world's largest franchise consulting & expansion organization, and the CEO of Franchise Dictionary Magazine, which educates people on the concept of franchise ownership. As such, Alesia provides vision and leadership to two extraordinary franchise industry organizations. She has 20+ years of experience as a CEO & President, driving organizational de ...

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Steve White
- PuroClean Restoration Services

Steve White has been involved in every level of both food and B2B franchises, including ownership. His passionate leadership has radically changed failing organizations and helped good organizations become great.

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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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