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January 29-30, 2022: New York / New Jersey Meadowlands Expo Center

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Speaker Biographies

 

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.

 

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.

 

Turner Gaw

Turner Gaw

Vice President, Franchise Lending Specialist

Turner has started, grown, and sold 2 companies and been in finance his entire career. His true passion is working with entrepreneurs to help them start and grow their companies. He has been an SBA lender focusing on franchises since 2012 with over 15 years in the industry.

 

Colleen Levin

Colleen E. Levin

St. Clair CPA Solutions , CPA, Principal

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.

 

Effie Katris

Evan Goldman

Hill Wallack LLP

Evan M. Goldman is Counsel at Hill Wallack LLP, where he is the Chair of the Franchise Law practice group. Mr. Goldman has litigated extensively in state and federal courts, and before the American Arbitration Association ('AAA'). Mr. Goldman has a breadth of experience representing franchisor and franchisee clients in all categories of disputes, including termination issues, trademark infringement disputes, enforcement of non-competition agreements, breach of contract, employment matters and fraud claims. Mr. Goldman advises his franchisee clients in connection with the negotiation of franchise and license agreements, and related documents, and reviews voluminous disclosure documents provided to prospective franchisees. Mr. Goldman earned his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and his B.A. from the University of Michigan.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Mary Ann Robinson

Mary Ann Robinson

TransAct CEO and Founder

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

C.O.O. and Operations Strategist

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.