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October 20-21, 2017: Hyatt Regency Orlando

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Speaker Biographies

Nick Neonakis

Nick Neonakis

Franchise MBA 

Nick Neonakis is the author of The Franchise MBA™ series, an entrepreneur and a respected franchise industry veteran. He is also the CEO of The Franchise Consulting Company, Inc™, a global organization dedicated to promoting franchise ownership through education. With over 20 years of business experience and clients in 38 countries around the world, he has helped hundreds of families and businesses enter the franchise space. His books “The Franchise MBA” series are the #1 best-selling and highest reviewed books in the franchise category on Amazon. His franchise background ranges from being a senior executive with one of the largest publicly traded franchise companies in the world to best-selling author to CEO of a global franchising firm. His goal is to share his experiences to help YOU find the tools YOU need in order to make an informed decision as to what path is best suited for YOU.

 

Christopher Conner

Christopher Conner

Franchise Marketing Systems

Mr. Conner has spent the last decade in the franchise industry working with several hundred different franchise systems in management, franchise sales and franchise development work. His experience ranges across all fields of franchise expertise with a focus in franchise marketing and franchise sales but includes work in franchise strategic planning, franchise research and franchise operations consulting. He has an MBA in Finance and Marketing from DePaul University in Chicago and a Bachelors Degree from Miami of Ohio in Oxford.

 

Joshua Logan

Joshua Logan

Achieve Legal, PLLC

Josh Logan has been practicing law for over a decade, and through Orlando-based Achieve Legal, serves franchise clients throughout 33 cities, 6 states, and 4 countries. Josh assists franchisees select franchise systems, and review and negotiate franchise documents as well as commercial leases. Franchisor clients are helped with setting-up their franchise systems, amendments, with registration & compliance, and various other contractual services. Additionally, Josh has assisted with over 100 sales and purchases of businesses. Find out more at AchieveLegal.com

Heidi Simos

Heidi Simos

The Entrepreneur Source

For 15 years, Heidi has been in the business of helping people learn, prosper and achieve life goals. An award winning multi-unit franchisee, Heidi owned and operated eight learning centers throughout Florida. As an Entrepreneur’s Source coach, she provides a no cost coaching experience that helps educate her clients on business ownership, franchises that match their criteria, and the options that are available for funding a business.

 

Ken Dippold

Ken Dippold

The Entrepreneur's Source 

Ken’s career includes over 30 years in Consumer Packaging Goods as a VP, and Sales Director concentrating on Startups and Turnarounds, and 10 years as a Maaco Auto Painting & Bodyworks multi-unit franchise owner. Kens role as a coach is to help people explore alternative career options, that they may not have found on their own. His services are free to his clients… Their only investment is their time.

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.

 

Mark Katz

Mark Katz

The M David Katz Company

Keynote presenter and nationally renowned business consultant, Mark Katz, brings 35 years of consulting with emerging businesses, as well as Fortune 100 companies, such as Merck & Co., The Baltimore Orioles, JFK Airport and the National Institute of Health. Mark will share his experience in identifying the common factors of business success and show you how to apply these factors to Master Your Business..

 

Sada Sheldon

Sada Sheldon

Law Offices of Carl Khalil & Sada Sheldon, PLC

Sada Sheldon concentrates her practice on trademark and franchise law. She handles trademark applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”), USPTO Office Actions, trademark licensing and assignments, the roll-out of new franchise programs, franchise sales compliance, franchisee relationship issues, and the renewal of existing Franchise Disclosure Documents (“FDDs”). She has handled litigation matters involving breach of contract, breach of non-compete, and trademark infringement. She is a member of the Virginia and California state bars. She was recently selected to the Super Lawyers 2017 Rising Starts list.

 

Carl Khalil

Carl Khalil

Law Offices of Carl Khalil & Sada Sheldon, PLC

Carl Khalil has 28 years of experience in franchise, commercial law, and litigation. He has extensive experience preparing Franchise Disclosure Documents that are in compliance with Federal and State law as well as Canadian Provincial laws. He has implemented Area Developer, Area Representative, and Master Franchise programs, and litigated numerous franchise, commercial, and other cases. Working with both emerging and mature franchise concepts, Carl has worked closely with every department in an organization to include Franchise Development, Marketing, and Operations, among others. Armed with this perspective, Carl is able to bring both a legal and business viewpoint to his client’s legal needs.

 

Marisol Cruz

Marisol Cruz

Business Finanace Depot

Marisol Cruz graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science business degree and later received the Master of Business Administration degree from Clark Atlanta University. Marisol’s in-depth knowledge of working with varying credit profiles to procure loans in the automotive sector and unsecured loans in the alternative finance space translates to a knowledge advantage for clients in need of capital. Our mission is to deliver the best loan selections in order to meet the unique commercial financing needs of every client.