Be an Exhibitor

January 21-22, 2022: Dallas Market Hall, Main Hall

Fri. 11am-5pm · Sat. 11am-5pm

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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.

 

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.

 

Steven Cooper

Steven Cooper

ERSOP.com

Steven Cooper has 25 years of benefits consulting and pension administration experience. He was the first to evangelize the essential exit strategy that popularized the ERSOP(TM) Plan. Beginning in 1999, he successfully marketed the concept to franchisors and business brokers. In 2001 he coined the term "ERSOP (Entrepreneur Rollover Stock Ownership Plan)".

 

Lisa Gustafson

Lisa Gustafson

The Entrepreneur's Source

In 2017, after spending 30 years in corporate America, my husband and I were eliminated along with hundreds of others when the company we worked for was sold. Talk about shattering the illusion of job stability and security – it was the #17 company on the Fortune 500 list. I studied the different career paths to achieve my goals. With franchising, I discovered an opportunity to apply my abilities, successes, experience, and self-initiative to a proven concept that put me in control. Now, it’s my passion to help others in career transition take ownership of their career and future.

 

Avinash Nichkawde

Avinash Nichkawde

A N Global Consulting

Avinash Nichkawde is an Entrepreneur, Chartered Accountant. International Business Consultant. He started his tax practice in Sydney Australia in 1993 and grew to 7000 clients in 4 years, he later went into International Education Business and at peak managed over 200 employees besides consulting to numerous small to medium companies over the years. He brings vast practical global experience to clients. Born & raised in India, Avinash is a Australian citizen having lived there for over 20 years and now residing permanently in USA, with travels to over 30 countries. He is known for providing out of the box practical solutions for his clients which are very cost effective. Avinash is Advisor to Second Street Capital and iMedGo,Inc, California.

 

Dave Woggon

Dave Woggon

Tenet Financial Group

Dave Woggon has been in the franchise industry since 1986 in both funding and franchise exploration roles. As the VP of Development for Tenet Financial Group, he oversees the consulting team and identifies strategic growth opportunities for the company.

 

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Madhav Surapaneni

Orchatect

Madhav Surapaneni is an experienced sales executive & management consultant with over 19 years of extensive sales, operational, tactical and strategic experience in national and international markets with a successful track record of leading cross-functional teams resulting in high returns, increased revenues, market share and profit improvement. A graduate from Cornell University’s MBA program, Madhav’s career has been in the telecom and SaaS industries.

 

Irving Chung

Irving Chung

FranChoice

Irving Chung is senior franchise consultant driven to help people take control of their lives, and create freedom for themselves through business ownership. My goal is to help others discover More Passion, More Money, More Freedom and Control by becoming their own Boss.

As a Professional Franchise Consultant, I help the people I work with understanding franchising, and determine if it might be a good fit for them. If it is, then I take them through a proven, and methodical process to develop a custom model, tailored to them based on their background, skill sets, financial and lifestyle goals, that we then use to match them up with the best franchise business that's a perfect fit for them!

Irving is also a successful franchise owner, so he can consult and advise from his personal experience in the DFW market.

Irving is a local resident of Dallas, TX and enjoys spending his time with his family.