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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 D. Shelton


Lynne D. 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.

 

Laura McCormack

Laura McCormack

The Entrepreneur's Source

Laura is a seasoned business professional that is passionate about helping others envision and achieve their dreams. She helps coach aspiring entrepreneurs and traditional job seekers alike through a comprehensive discovery process focused on determining if their best future lies in business ownership as a viable path to career and financial security.

 

James Giordano


James Giordano

SBA Loans Group

James’s career as an entrepreneur originated on Wall Street where he notably built and commanded sales forces, brought over 200 companies public and founded an investment banking firm which became a significant participant in the IPO and private placement markets. Following his Wall Street career, Jim chose to pursue his interest in specialty finance. Jim was a pioneer in establishing the legal finance industry that obtained funding for attorneys, plaintiffs and medical providers against their pending personal injury cases. His involvement in the Healthcare industry began about ten years ago, as medical providers approached him, looking for solutions for their cash flow problems, stemmed by the complex and onerous collection timeline on No-Fault and Workers’ Compensation receivables. In 2012, James started Cambridge Medical Funding Group, an analysis and technology driven medical finance firm. James hold a BA from Harvard.

 

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)".

 

Matthew Kreutzer

Matthew Kreutzer

Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC

Matt Kreutzer is a Partner at Howard & Howard PLLC and is Certified as a Specialist in Franchise and Distribution Law. Mr. Kreutzer has more than fifteen years of experience handling franchise disputes nationwide through arbitration and litigation. He also assists franchisors in protecting their systems by creating franchise disclosure documents and operational agreements.

Mr. Kreutzer frequently serves as a guest speaker at programs around the country, training both industry professionals and other attorneys on issues related to franchising. He is the author of the franchise blog www.forwardfranchising.com.