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September 28-29, 2018: Pennsylvania Convention Center

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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.

 

Matthew Jonas

 

 

Matthew Jonas

TopFire Media

Matthew Jonas is president and co-founder of TopFire Media. As TopFire Media’s brand steward, he defines high-impact digital PR and marketing strategies for an impressive cache of consumer and franchise-based clientele. A seasoned marketer and highly respected franchising expert, Matthew has built a nearly 20-year career dedicated to delivering outcomes and results through an integrated and strategically-based approach for emerging, established and mature brands including HoneyBaked Ham, Huntington Learning Center, i9 Sports, Dale Carnegie Training, Kahala Brands, Senior Helpers, Togos Sandwiches, and many others.

A product of the dot-com era, Matthew built his marketing expertise during digital media’s infancy, and continues to refine them today. With a distinct understanding and expertise of all digital strategies, and a persistent dedication to his craft, Matthew has successfully guided clients through the ever-evolving environment of the online media world.

Matthew speaks frequently at franchise and industry events and is an established thought leader in the marketing and franchising space. Matthew often contributes to Forbes, Franchising World, Franchising USA, Global Franchise, and several other publications.

In 2017, Matthew was named a member of the Forbes Agency Council, an invitation-only organization for senior-level executives in successful public relations, media strategy, creative and advertising agencies.

 

Evan Goldman

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Mark Kilduff

Mark Kilduff

Remote Quality Bookkeeping

Prior to 2000, our founder Mark Kilduff, was the CEO for his family distribution company. During his tenure he developed a system that still runs the company today. In 2000, Mark decided he wanted to branch out on his own and in Dec. 2000 Remote Quality Booking ™ was born. We are based in the United States in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Our expert team members service all of our clients from our Bridgewater, Massachusetts location to ensure the highest level of service and security. We currently handle clients in 45 states and a variety of industries. Distance is never an issue. We schedule remote sessions with you to resolve any issues, questions or problems you may encounter. You’ll find these remote sessions are just as effective as having a full time bookkeeper on site, for a fraction of the cost.

 

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.

 

Pina Langdale

 

Pina Langdale

Allstate Insurance Company

Pina is passionate about helping others achieve their dream of owning their own small business. With 30 years of experience in the insurance and financial services industry, Pina has consulted with hundreds of entrepreneurs. Ranked as one of the top leaders in Allstate’s Northeast Region, she works with current and aspiring Allstate agency owners on the development of their business plans and marketing and operational strategy. Pina holds the P&C, LA&H, and series 6, 63, 25 and 51 licenses. She has also earned the FSCP, CISR, CPIA designations.

 

Pina Langdale

 

Dawn Abbamondi

SMB Franchising

Joining SMB in 2011 Dawn has extensive retail and franchising experience leading the areas of marketing, social media, public relations, web and lead generation while contributing to organization and operations development. In over 20 years in franchising, she managed several brand acquisitions involving integration and re-imaging. Working with franchise systems from 35 to 1000 units including Sunoco where she was the corporate liaison for franchise council and regional advertising cooperatives. She was a franchisee with her husband and has a Bachelors Degree in Architectural Engineering from Drexel University with continued graduate study in the areas of Marketing and Business Administration.