Be an Exhibitor

April 27-28, 2019: Chicago - Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Sat. 11am-5pm · Sun. 11am-4pm

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Speaker Biographies

 

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.

 

Stephen Konkle

Stephen Konkle

US 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.

 

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. Her services are free to her clients – their only investment is time.

 

Dana Mavros

Dana Mavros

The Entrepreneur's Source

Dana has an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago and has had a 20+year successful career in key executive roles in the Electrical Mfg, Sales and Service industries. As a TES coach, she works with clients to help them define their goals and uncover the answers to their questions about becoming a business owner.

 

Joanne Maamry

Joanne Maamry

The Entrepreneur's Source

Joanne has over 20 years of business experience in executive leadership including being president/CEO plus over 5 years as a Career & business Coach. In this session she will explain what it takes to be a successful Business Owner!

 

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.

 

Carl Gould

Carl Gould

7 Stage Advisors

Carl Gould is the President of 7 Stage Advisors, a business advisory firm. He is an award-wining business coach, and business growth expert that specializes in preparing companies for HyperGrowth. He has built 3 multi-million dollar companies by age 40. The 7 Stage methodologies are in practice in over 35 countries.

A lifelong entrepreneur, business mentor, and award winning coach, Carl has been at the global forefront of the entrepreneurial community. Recently, he teamed up with International bestselling authors Ken Blanchard and Stephen R. Covey on their latest book project, Blueprint for Success.

 

Cliff Nonnenmacher

Cliff Nonnenmacher

Franocity

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.

 

Lynne Shelton

Lynne Shelton

Shelton Law & Associates

Ms. Shelton has been counseling Franchise / Business Opp. clients for over 25 years. She especially enjoys working with small business owners assisting them to "Expand their Brand®". Since starting the law firm, she has been focused on providing the “Missing Piece” with legal services to small and emerging businesses. Her business savviness combined with her belief in mentorship is the backbone of the law firms slogan, “Your Outsourced In-house Counsel”. Ms. Shelton focuses on ensuring clients are offered individualized service while handling Franchise Disclosures, registrations, legal creation and vendor distributions within a clients business. Ms. Shelton has published many articles and has even written a book. She has been married for over 25 yrs. and has one son and a sponsored daughter from Haiti. In her spare time she teaches leadership development in third world countries to future colleagues and volunteers at her church.