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March 30-31, 2019: Columbus - Ohio Expo Center - Kasich Hall B.

Sat. 11am-5pm · Sun. 11am-4pm · $8 at the door · 2-for-1 online

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Speaker Biographies

 

Christopher Conner

Christopher 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 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.

 

Gareth Parry

Gareth Parry

Innofran Consultants

Gareth is the Founder and President of InnoFran Consultants, a Toronto-based franchise consultancy, advisory and brokerage firm, serving major national and international franchises, including Yum! Brands.

He was previously the Managing Director of Dubai-based franchise marketing and consultancy FranExcel, primarily assisting global franchisors secure regional master franchisees.

Gareth has extensive international experience in franchise and business consultancy, media, brand management and business development. He enjoys commercial, organizational and interpersonal skills developed in multi-national corporations including TotalFinaElf, Whitbread plc, The Restaurant Group plc, the Institute for International Research (I.I.R.), Informa Group plc, Unilever plc and the Compass Group plc.

Gareth has a BA in Hospitality Management, a C.I.M. Diploma in Marketing, and Master’s Certificate in Project Management. He has helped more than 120 international franchisors to develop and expand their brands and has secured master franchisees and investors in 14 countries.

An accomplished conference speaker and trainer, Gareth has delivered presentations and programs to audiences and companies on four continents. He has also had articles published in a range of international franchise and business journals.

Gareth is very well known in the international franchise industry and considered an expert on the Canadian franchise market.

 

Chris Zirke

Chris Zirke

The Gertsburg Law Firm

Chris oversees the entire transaction practice for the Gertsburg law Firm with an additional focus on franchise law – counseling and advising both franchisors and franchisees throughout their respective business cycles. As a former business owner and franchisee, Chris understands the legal and operational challenges that accompany both franchisors and franchisees. Chris guides franchisees through franchise selection, FDD review, pre-operations, operations and post-operation issues. In addition, Chris’s practice focuses on making sure his clients understand their supply and indirect spend categories. Chris was also a multi-unit franchisee for a period of 10 years.