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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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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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 ...

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Baron Waller
Franchise Owner - Culver's

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Casandra Hughes
Franchise Owner - Dream Vacations

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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-si ...

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David Omholt
Senior Franchise Consultant - iFranchise Group

David Omholt is a Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) and and the Senior Franchise Consultant of iFranchise Group’s Dallas, TX office. Mr. Omholt specializes in franchise development and marketing strategies for businesses in the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area, regionally throughout the Southwes ...

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EJ Yoon
- Korea Daily

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Ericka Perkins
- Illinois SBDC Network

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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 clients o ...

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Jamal Jackson
- Jackson Corporate Law

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Jason William Johnson
Director of Entrepreneurship & Innovation - Chicago Urban League

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Jeff Badu
- Badu Tax Services

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Jeffrey Wright
- Gold Leaf Capital Partners

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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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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 t ...

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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 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 Executive Director Development, he builds and maintains relationships with key personal at Verizon and prospective ...

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Lynne Shelton, Esq., CFE
Partner - Shelton Law & Associates

Lynne oversees the TX and CA office locations. She has over 25 years of franchise experience, speaking to both franchisors and franchisees on a national stage. Lynne utilizes her past 783 unit system and present experience as a franchisor to teach those expanding their business, those seeking to fra ...

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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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Mark Potocki
- Franchise Dynamics

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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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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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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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Peter Maxwell Sessions
Founder and CEO - FewerHats

Peter Maxwell Sessions is the founder and CEO of Fewer Hats. He frequently consults with brands looking to get into the franchise space and helps them streamline their operations with technology. As a consulting firm, Fewer Hats has a strong focus on leveraging technology. Mr. Sessions has a backgr ...

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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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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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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 g ...

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Stephen Konkle
- U.S. Small Business Administration

Steve holds a BA in Economics from Western Michigan University and an MBA in Finance from Illinois Institute of Technology/Roosevelt University. He also has done graduate study in Economics at Western Michigan University. Prior to joining the SBA in 1985, Steve held a variety of treasury manage ...

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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 o ...

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