Be an Exhibitor

June 12-13, 2021: Chicago - Donald E. Stephens Convention Center - Hall G

Sat. 11am-5pm · Sun. 11am-4pm · $10 at the door

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Speaker Biographies


Timothy Haines

Timothy Haines

Symposia Labs

Timothy Haines is the founder of Symposia Labs. Based in Holland, Michigan, Symposia works to provide digital marketing strategy and execution for small to mid-size businesses. Timothy utilizes his expertise and passion for digital communications to help organizations optimize their brands and thrive.


Cliff Nonnenmacher


Cliff Nonnenmacher


Cliff is the CEO of Franocity and has spent the last 20 years as an Entrepreneur. He is considered a turnaround expert and established this reputation after buying several failing businesses and turning them into highly profitable companies within a very short period of time.

Early in his career, he was an investment banker with one of the largest financial institutions in the world, Smith Barney. He left his Wall Street job in 2003 to acquire a Master Franchise opportunity in the Northeast. Since then, he has been instrumental in the growth and development of Cartridge World, Four Seasons Sunrooms, Contours Express, Personal Training Institute, Games 2U, PuroClean and Maid Right.


Christina D. McAmis

Christina D. McAmis, Esq.

Shelton Law & Associates

Ms. McAmis is a Franchise and Trusts Attorney with Shelton Law & Associates. Christina has also clerked for the prestigious and Honorable Consuelo Callahan of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Christina shouldered responsibility and embraced challenges as an elite level gymnast at a very young age. She tackled being a business owner before her eighteenth birthday and thrived in the face of a devastating diagnosis. Christina is a metastatic cancer warrior who has overcome adversity to practice law. Before and throughout law school Christina studied Alternative Dispute Resolution including earning a degree in ADR. She is a recipient of the Witkin Award for Mediation. During law school she was also awarded a Soroptomist scholarship; recognized for her legal research and editing skills in the legal Text Book, Understanding Torts 9th edition, and graduated with the elusive “Great Distinction” honors. Christina enjoys “geeking out” in her free time by reading Fantasy and Science Fiction as well as by participating in mock trials and authoring articles for comic book events. She has defended the Winter Soldier and written about Captain America’s military benefits. Now Christina’s writing can be viewed on the BeTheBoss expert legal writers page and in the Franchise Connect Magazine on a fairly regularly basis.

Today Christina enjoys helping others achieve their dreams and overcome adversity. She speaks regularly at Franchise Business Expos and other events to help educate and inspire others.


Chris Conner

Chris Conner

Franchise Marketing Systems

Christopher Conner has spent the last fifteen years working in the franchise development field working with startup and emerging franchise systems. His work covers a variety of franchise categories including strategic planning, franchise operations and training system development, franchise marketing and franchise sales. In 2009, Mr. Conner founded Franchise Marketing Systems based out of Atlanta, Georgia which today has grown to a team of 19 staff members located in markets across the United States. Franchise Marketing Systems has supported clients in selling over 3,000 franchise units in North and South America, Asia, the Middle East, Canada and Southeast Asia. Mr. Conner’s vision was to develop a model that allowed for efficient, effective and performance based franchise development work to be completed for new and emerging franchisors. Mr. Conner holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Miami of Ohio and an MBA in Finance from DePaul University in Chicago.


Effie Katris

Effie Katris

The Entrepreneur's Source

Effie comes from a family of entrepreneurs. She has had a successful career opening and starting businesses with a focus on sales and management. Effie’s role and focus as a coach is to help people explore opportunities they would not find on their own.


Stephen Konkle

Stephen Konkle

U.S. Small Business Administration

Prior to 1985, I was an accountant and treasury manager in the manufacturing sector. I joined the Small Business Administration in 1985. At the present time, I am a Lender Relations Specialist in the Finance division and am the Illinois Veterans Business Development Officer. I have worked in SBAs’ Entrepreneurial Development division as an Economic Development Specialist , and a Contract Review Specialist in the Certificate of Competency program.


Meg Schmitz

Bill Schrack

Meg Schmitz & Bill Schrack


Pairing over 50 years of combined multi-unit franchise ownership with passionate coaching skills, Meg and Bill help individuals find the career of their dreams. They will work with you to identify exceptional franchise opportunities that are compatible with your motivations, interests, goals and ambitions. Let us help you turn your dreams into reality.