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October 9-10, 2020: Tampa Convention Center

Fri. 11am-5pm · Sat 11am-5pm · $8 at the door

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Speaker Biographies

 

Larry Pettit

Larry Pettit

FranPros

Larry has a long track record in building and developing companies successfully. He started eleven businesses of his own from start-up positions and sold each successfully, two of which were acquired by public companies. As a previous franchisor and franchisee, he fully understands the motivation and emotions on both sides of franchising, and as a result, advises with insight that few have. Larry is often invited to speak on franchising to various business groups. Since creating FranPros in 2004, FranPros has directed several companies from start-up to international expansion.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Lynne Shelton

Lynne Shelton

Shelton Law & Associates

Ms. Shelton has been counseling Franchise / Business Opp. clients for over 25 years. She especially enjoys working with small business owners assisting them to "Expand their Brand®". Since starting the law firm, she has been focused on providing the “Missing Piece” with legal services to small and emerging businesses. Her business savviness combined with her belief in mentorship is the backbone of the law firms slogan, “Your Outsourced In-house Counsel”. Ms. Shelton focuses on ensuring clients are offered individualized service while handling Franchise Disclosures, registrations, legal creation and vendor distributions within a clients business. Ms. Shelton has published many articles and has even written a book. She has been married for over 25 yrs. and has one son and a sponsored daughter from Haiti. In her spare time she teaches leadership development in third world countries to future colleagues and volunteers at her church.

 

Harrison Ambs

Harrison Ambs

Vectra Digital

Harrison Ambs is the Chief Strategy Officer at Vectra Digital — a full service, high-tech marketing firm — in Fort Myers. He is implementing a custom artificial intelligence-based platform that gives clients an edge in marketing like no other in Florida. A 2018 Gulfshore Business 40 Under 40 awardee, Harrison leads the award-winning team at Vectra Digital and ensures all clients are provided with sincere service and successful results. He has produced critically acclaimed work with clients such as Golf Channel, CBS and NBC, Al Jazeera, Powerball and Capital One.

 

Jenny Sutter

Jenny Sutter

FranNet

Jenny is a franchise consultant and owner of FranNet of Greater Tampa Bay. Jenny consults people through the franchise discovery process. She works with them to identify if a franchise make sense for them and helps them find the right one that will meet their professional and personal goals. Jenny started with FranNet as a client who had a vision of owning her own business. When the opportunity presented itself to become a FranNet consultant, she jumped at the chance to help others become entrepreneurs by becoming one herself. Prior to joining FranNet, Jenny spent more than 15 years in the Coporate Marketing area. She has a vast understanding of the franchise world since both her former employers were also franchise organizations. Jenny and her family currently reside in borth Pinellas County. She is a rare Florida native and a proud graduate of the Univeristyy of South Florida.

 

Heidi Simos

Heidi Simos

The Entrepreneur’s Source

For over 15 years, Heidi has been in the business of helping people learn, prosper and achieve their life goals. As an award-winning multi-unit franchisee, Heidi owned and operated eight learning centers throughout the state of Florida. She has helped so many children build confidence and become independent learners. Because of her passion to inspire others and change lives, Heidi decided to join The Entrepreneur’s Source (TES) family in 2015. As a coach with TES, Ms. Simos has received several awards and recognition for her efforts and exemplary customer service. She provides her clients with a no cost coaching experience that helps them explore their possibilities, options and dreams in a safe, fun environment. The TES journey provides education, awareness, discovery tools and access to hundreds of franchise possibilities to determine if business ownership is the right fit for her clients.

 

Mark Katz

Mark Katz

 

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.

 

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)".