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Speaker Biographies

 

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.

 

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.

 

Lisa A. Biase

Lisa A. Biase

Law Offices of Lisa A. Biase, P.C.

Lisa A. Biase is President of the Law Offices of Lisa A. Biase, P.C., a full-service law firm specializing in franchise law. Lisa began her career in 1989, where she practiced franchise law as well as business law and civil litigation while as an associate for several large and prominent law firms in New Jersey. In 1996 through 2007, Lisa continued her franchise law career as in-house counsel for several large public companies. As Associate Counsel at Amerada Hess Corporation, Lisa advised the company on federal franchise laws such as the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act, and oversaw the legal aspect of its branded fast food program where numerous franchises were placed in Hess’ convenience stores throughout its markets. As Vice President – Legal at Cendant Corporation, the then-world’s largest franchisor, and as General Counsel and Vice President of one of its subsidiaries, Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation, Lisa was responsible for all legal matters for two of Cendant’s flagship brands, Coldwell Banker® and Coldwell Banker Commercial®. Lisa opened the Law Offices of Lisa A. Biase, P.C., in January 2008, and has committed herself to providing effective and efficient service to all of her clients whether they are large public companies, small private businesses or individuals. The firm provides services to franchisors in creating and maintaining their franchise systems such as annual regulatory filings and daily operations advice, and to franchisees, who seek advice on disclosure items and franchise agreements. Lisa is an active member of the International Franchise Association and the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising.

 

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.

 

Colleen E. Levin

Colleen E. Levin

St. Clair CPA Solutions

Colleen Levin works to help companies streamline business operations and effect changes that improve their bottom line. Since joining St. Clair CPA Solutions in 1986, she has specialized in the franchise industry, delivering exceptional service to both franchisees and franchisors. Clients consider Colleen to be a true partner of their management team, and appreciate her financial and business systems expertise. She is highly experienced in business consulting, accounting, auditing, tax services, billing, bookkeeping, payroll, software, and human resources for businesses of all sizes in various industries, and works closely with them to develop and implement best business practices that support operations and growth.

 

Steve Beagelman

Steve Beagelman

SMB Franchise Advisors

Steve is a franchise industry veteran of more than 25 years who held positions ranging from entrepreneur to senior level executive, giving him a unique insight and perspective in growing, operating, and building brands. In 2009, Steve established SMB Franchise Advisors, a consulting company specializing in advising franchise start-ups and existing franchise concepts of ways to drive business growth. By 2014, SMB has assisted close to 100 companies grow their concepts. His experience includes top-level positions with such franchise brands as Hollywood Tans, Saladworks, Rita’s Italian Ice, Restaurant Systems International and Takeout Taxi. At the age of 21, Steve also spearheaded his own franchise operation as the co-founder of Black Tie Express, a start-up multi-restaurant delivery service. Under his guidance, Black Tie Express successfully grew to a 30-unit operation. Within three years, he built a successful company and then completed the title sale to the number one market leader, Takeout Taxi. He is a frequent guest speaker at International Franchise Association conferences and is a regular contributor to franchise industry publications, serving as both source and author. Steve is also a contributor to a recent franchise book, “So You Want to Franchise Your Business”. He has been quoted numerous times as an expert in Franchising World, Franchise Times and the Wall Street Journal. Steve received his Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) in 2006 from the International Franchise Association and holds a degree in Business Administration from Pace University, specializing in Business Management.

 

Bob Koch

Bob Koch

The Entrepreneur's Source

Bob has over 40 successful years’ experience in career counseling, sales coaching, marketing and sales. In his sales career he was the top performer for all 3 of the firms at which he was employed. He has an intuitive approach to matching his client skills, to the business that aligns with their talents and lifestyle they want to create. By asking the right questions he is able to help his clients gain clarity and determine if business ownership is for them. Bob is a guest speaker at different Universities and outplacement firms, where he speaks on franchising, business ownership and career transitions.

He is a graduate of The E Source Academy’s intense and rigorous training on franchising, coaching and exploring career options. He also holds a B.A degree in Psychology from Mt. St. Mary’s university and a M.Ed. in Counseling Education from Antioch University.

Bob believes that people can achieve personal greatness, if given the right kind of support and encouragement. His true passion has always been to help people achieve a goal they may not have thought possible on their own. By sharing an idea, recommending a book on how to improve and enrich their life, or on how to creatively solve a problem.

 

Steve Rosenkrantz

 

Steve Rosenkrantz

The Entrepreneur's Source

Bio coming soon.

 

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)".

 

Vernessa Hopkins

Vernessa Hopkins

The Entrepreneur's Source

For more than 25 years, Vernessa Hopkins prides herself in integrating business growth with mentoring and learning support to help people to reach their fullest potential. Her appreciation for a positive focus towards challenges has allowed her to explore her own paths through work-life tranistions. This has allowed her to take the journey from corporate to entrepreneurship.

Vernessa’s career started as a customer service representative and progressed over the years to Vice President of operations for Prudential insurance, a fortune 500 insurance company. Her ability to motivate led her to provide mentorship and create strong leaders within the organizations business resource group. “I wanted to be a part of the company that focused on helping everyone reach their fullest potential and possibilities.

Vernessa has a Master for Business Administration from Saint Joseph University and her BA in Marketing from Temple University located in Philadelphia, PA.

 

Diane-Rosenkrantz

Diane Rosenkrantz

Tenet Financial Group

Diane has been working in the Pension/Consulting industry for over 25 years. She works with clients, brokers, and franchises throughout the county with the goal of providing the best funding option(s). Her specialty, as a Senior Consultant with Tenet Financial Group, is educating and helping clients on the option of accessing pre-tax retirement funds for a new or existing business.

Her experiences with Mass Mutual Life Insurance in the Pension Department provided an excellent foundation for her knowledge of 401K and Profit Sharing Plans. Diane worked with their top Sensitive Plan’s and led her teams’ efforts in Plan administration, compliance, training, and customer service.

Other positions held over the years include: Senior Account Executive in the publications industry and Senior Project Manager for a consulting firm that specialized in project management and customized software development in the health care industry.

Diane has been a senior consultant with Tenet Financial Group since 2009. She has been training both franchise brokers and loan brokers on the 401k/IRA Rollover Funding Option for years and has been published in many leading magazines.

 

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Mary Ann Robinson

TransAct

Mary Ann Robinson, CEO and Founder of TransAct, is a payment processing veteran and financial services expert with more than 25 years of experience. Prior to establishing TransActcc.com in 2010, she held a variety of executive positions in the IT and Merchant Processing Industries. Ms. Robinson has held positions including training, operations and project management and understands the perspective of being both an entrepreneur, senior level executive and board member. This varied background gives her a unique insight and perspective into the right ways to develop, manage and improve businesses. TransAct, is a merchant services company specializing in working with franchisees, franchisors and suppliers to find, provide and establish the best solutions for financial management and payment collections. Services include solutions for mobile, traditional stand-alone terminal processing, e-Commerce and POS systems with robust financial integration with accounting and inventory management systems for retail, restaurant, service and professional organizations.

 

Bob Silzle

Bob Silzle

SMB Franchise Advisors

Bob has over 30 years of experience with McDonald’s Corporation as an operations executive who started from the ground up, and as a multi-unit owner/operator. He brought 29 locations of Five Guys Burgers and Fries to the Philadelphia / Tri-State Market as COO of the franchise company where he was responsible for real estate, architecture, engineering, construction, equipment purchasing, vendor sourcing, profitability, HR, operations, marketing, organizational design and development. With a background like this – working both sides of the franchisor / franchisee relationship – Bob looks to help SMB Clients grow their business with strategic coaching and consulting, while being a hands-on out-sourced COO. Having worked with the biggest, and at the beginning with Five Guys – one of the smallest franchising companies – he has learned much from both experiences to share with SMB Clients. While his background content is food, he provides an effective management process to any brick & mortar restaurant or retail operation.

 

Maria Barca

Maria Barca

Webster Bank

I am a Vice President /SBA Relationship Manager at Webster Bank covering the greater New York and New Jersey market. I specialize in providing both banking and lending solutions for small and mid-size companies, with a focus on lending programs provided by the Small Business Administration (SBA).

I have been in the banking industry for 20 plus years, and I pride myself on being a trusted advisor to my clients. I strive to give quality service and guidance, to ensure my clients’ banking and lending needs are met, allowing them to focus on growing and developing their businesses. Having spent most of my career at large commercial banks such as Citibank and JP Morgan Chase, I have grown into the role of Relationship Manager and have created a strong network of relationships with centers of influence and corporate clients.

This work as well as the passion for helping small businesses, coming from a family owned business background, has led me to my current role at Webster Bank. Webster Bank has given me the opportunity to work more closely with small businesses and local community organizations. I have been able to successfully provide lending solutions through the SBA program for business acquisitions, real estate acquisitions, working capital needs, start up financing, and franchise financing.

 

Colette Bell

Colette Bell

SMB Franchise Advisors

Colette Bell began her career in franchising in 1994. In 1998, she and her husband, Andy Bell, started Handyman Matters and franchised it in 2001, growing it to a successful franchise system still in operation today and still privately owned. She held numerous positions in the company including CEO from 2004 to 2008, growing system sales in excess of $35 million. She was also responsible for accounting, marketing, vendor management, and development. Handyman Matters developed their own proprietary scheduling, dispatching, invoicing and accounting software and she was instrumental in overseeing the original creation and enhancement of that software during the 18 years at Handyman Matters. Colette spent from 2013 to 2016 creating and running her own franchise consulting company where she worked with over 25 franchisors in all areas of growth. Colette has been Director of Business Development for SMB Franchise Advisors since 2017. Colette has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from Colorado State University. She enjoys leveraging her experience as a franchisor from the trenches into the boardrooms of clients to provide them with assistance and direction in developing and growing their franchise systems.