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May 7-8, 2022: Washington D.C./Virginia - Dulles Expo Center

Sat. 11am-5pm · Sun. 11am-4pm · Limited Tickets Available – Must Buy Tickets On-line – Buy Yours Now!

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Speaker Biographies

 

Brian Eckert

Brian Eckert

WayMaker Financial

Brian started his career as an elementary school teacher for 10 years. Then he entered the corporate world, but soon had a burning desire to control his future and go into business for himself. In 2006 Brian and his wife opened their first of several businesses. Some were financial while others were great learning experiences. In this session "The New American Dream: Entrepreneurship and Business Ownership," Brian will share experiences and insights into starting businesses and what makes the biggest difference in entrepreneurial success.

 

Chip Meyers

Chip Meyers

The Entrepreneur's Source

As a Franchise Owner and Coach with The Entrepreneur’s Source I help people clarify their income and lifestyle goals and learn about alternatives outside of the world of corporations. Our tools are Education, Coaching, and Knowledge of opportunities around the country. I prepare you to explore the possibilities and discover options you may have never considered!

 

Tom Spadea

 

Tom Spadea

Spadea Lignana

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.

 

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)".