Ask An Expert Guide to finding the right kind of franchise opportunity for you Funding sources you didn’t even know were available Questions to ask franchisors that will help you identify if the opportunity is the right one The secret to owning a successful and profitable franchise location Date/Time: Sunday, January 12, 2020 3:00 pm Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre North Building - Hall C 255 Front Street, West Toronto, Ontario M5V 2W6 Marietta Snetsinger ~ Ascend Franchise Solutions With over 20 years of business experience, Marietta Snetsinger is passionate about establishing solid operational systems and leadership within franchise organizations. She has played an important role in developing operational support tools and recruitment strategy with several well‐ loved brands including M&M Meat Shops and Baskin‐Robbins. Marietta is committed to supporting Franchisors as they develop and grow their Franchise systems. Today she is the Chief Solutions Officer of Ascend Franchise Solutions. Rebecca Himelfarb ~ Forest Hill Real Estate Rebecca is known among the corporate partners as the “Secret Weapon” that makes Forest Hill Real Estate run so smoothly. Personally, Rebecca applies her unique and warm personality to each and every aspect of her life. She is a gourmet cook, voracious reader, a Scout leader and still has time to work in an “Out Of the Cold” homeless shelter. Sandro Giannini ~ Sandro Giannini Manager Business Markets 30 years banking experience assisting clients meet their financial needs. Partner closely with business owners and entrepreneurs to start, grow or wind down a business. Extensive experience dealing with franchisors and franchisees. Very active in the local community helping numerous charities Ian Gillespie ~ UPS Store I really like the idea of being a franchisee as a ready made platform for my business to grow and expand quickly. The ongoing support from the franchisor and community of franchisees provide immeasurable value to me and my business. Overall, it is the quality of life provided by a flexible schedule and work-life balance that is most rewarding. Franchisee Panel Moderator Gary Prenevost ~ FranNet of Southern Ontario With over 20 years of experience in the franchise industry, Gary Prenevost is one of North America's leading franchise matchmakers. Gary and his partner at FranNet have helped over 500 people buy franchises; they've helped nearly twice as many more people realize that franchise ownership was not for them. Gary has seen all sides of the "franchise table" - he has been a franchisor; a franchisee; a master franchisor; a franchise matchmaker, and a franchise consultant where he helps companies become franchisors (iFranchise Group). FranNet's clients enjoy an 85% success rate (2012 study of 1291 clients over 5 years).