Be an Exhibitor

April 6-7, 2019: Washington D.C./Virginia Dulles Expo Center

Sat. 11am-5pm · Sun. 11am-4pm

View more information

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.

 

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.

 

 Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson

Capital Bank

Chris has worked in banking and lending for 18 years and has held various positions throughout his career and holds a degree in Accounting. He resides in Haymarket, VA with his wife and three children.

As an SBA Lender we work with small businesses in order to define appropriate solutions to their financial needs through the use of Small Business Administration loan programs such as the 7A.

 

 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.

 

 Jeremy Smith

Jeremy Smith

FranData

As an analyst with FRANdata, Jeremy has facilitated superior lending options to clients by contextualizing the performance of hundreds of franchise brands within the frame work of FUND and Bank Credit Reports, as well as rankings for Forbes magazine. Jeremy also provides custom research that is the basis for acquisitions, target marketing, legal proceedings, and academic literature.

 

 Tom Spadea

Tom Spadea

Spadea Lignana LLC

Tom Spadea is the founding partner of a boutique franchise and securities firm helping clients buy franchises, sell franchises and turn independent businesses into franchise systems. Prior to earning his law degree and founding his firm, Tom was a corporate executive for a few different national franchise brands, a franchise and business broker, and an entrepreneur. His business and entrepreneurial background give him a unique perspective as a business attorney with a deep understanding of the needs and challenges of business owners. Go to www.spadealaw.com for more information.

 

 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)".