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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.

 

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!

 

Amber Payne

Amber Payne

Rytech Restoration

Grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, and graduated from University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing. She has been a part of the Rytech team for 5 years and is excited to witness the growth of the company, adding over 30 franchises/markets since she came on board. She provides the Rytech franchises a marketing plan, “MYCORE,” which sets them up for success in their local markets.

She previously was employed at MINT Magazine (a division of Valassis Directmail Corporation) for 12 years as a top sales and marketing executive in St. Augustine, Florida. She was honored with over 50 sales awards over her 12 Years at MINT, the top one being the National Sales Person Of the Year (two years in a row). An unbelievable achievement as there are over 700 reps in the US.

She is the VP of Marketing for Rytech Restoration, which specializes in water damage, mold remediation and fire/smoke damage. They service 70 franchise/markets in the US and growing. Rytech is a preferred vendor for mulitple insurance carriers across the country. She is passionate about their Mission Statement, “EARNING YOUR TRUST ONE CLAIM AT A TIME”. Ryetch CEO Bubba Ryan is determined to always do the right thing and has built the company on this foundation. Something no one knows about Amber is that she worked full time through college and competed in the Miss America Scholarship Organization for 4 years in order to pay for college and graduate debt free. Amber believes that you can accomplish anything in life with a GIVER's GAIN mentality.--- Mrs. Amber Payne

 

Steve Rosenkrantz

Steve Rosenkrantz

The Entrepreneur's Source

 I was an owner of Serv-U Stores,Inc..a Family Retail Chain of stores in W.MASS & N.CONN. Serv-U consisted of True Value Home Centers, Auto Supply Stores, Wallpaper Decorating Centers, Baby Furniture, and Locksmiths. As Operations Mgr, I was involved in marketing, buying, personnel and sales. I acquired vast “people skills” at Serv-U, and am excited to use my knowledge and business ownership/management experience to now help other people pursue their self-employment dreams. I reside in Longmeadow, MA and have an office in Enfield, CT. I love people, and feel I am doing “what I was born to do!!” I have now been an Esource Career Ownership & Franchise Coach for 20 years, assisting hundreds of individuals with our Free Franchise Education and Discovery Program!

 

Steven Cooper

Steven Cooper

FocalPoint Business Coaching and Training

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)".

 

Boynton Weekes

Boynton Weekes

North State Bank

Boynton has 35+ years of business experience in the Commercial Insurance Underwriting , and Franchising industries where he has worked and received numerous awards & achievements.

Boynton is currently the owner and CEO of BRW Franchise Consultants. As a Senior Franchise Consultant for Frannet of New York and New Jersey, he oversees program coordination of 21 SBDC’s and multiple SCORE chapters in both New York and New Jersey.

 

Dawn Abbamondi

Dawn Abbamondi

SMB Franchise Advisors

Dawn joined the SMB team in the fall of 2011 and brings with her extensive retail and franchising experience in the coffee, food, convenience, gift and floral industries. Working with SMB’s franchisor clients, Dawn leads the areas of marketing, social media, public relations, web development and lead generation as well as contributing to organization and operations process development. In over 20 years in the franchising industry, she has managed several brand acquisitions for expansion into new markets, which involved brand integration and re-imaging. She has been a category buyer managing over $20 million in margin revenues and has led marketing initiatives including the creation of monthly promotions, POP design, media and advertising budgets for systems from 35 units to 1000 units. She acted as the corporate liaison for franchise advisory councils and managed operations for a Philadelphia based franchise system. She has also been a franchisee, overseeing operations and marketing development for a retail unit. Dawn has a Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural Engineering from Drexel University and has continued graduate study in the areas Marketing and Business Administration. She enjoys sharing her experience with companies who are learning how to franchise as well as those who want a fresh perspective of where they fit in the industry and how best to expand into new markets.

 

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.

 

Lisa A. Biase, Esq.

Lisa A. Biase, Esq.

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.

 

Avinash Nichkawde

Avinash Nichkawde

A N Global Consulting, Founder & CEO

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.

 

Keith Keppner

Keith Keppner

Keppner Boxing

Coach Keith Keppner started his own small business from scratch and has successfully grown it for the last 9 years. Over the past 4 years he's helped other small business owners build stronger and better businesses through proven strategies and principles that anyone can use and apply. Coach Keppner is a radio personality in north Georgia where he shares his perspectives on philosophy and personal development. Along with his business and leadership experience, he has produced multiple Golden Glove Boxing Champions from scratch and has coached professional fighters who have fought on national television.