Speaker Biographies

Irving Chung

Irving Chung

FranChoice

 

Irving Chung is senior franchise consultant driven to help people take control of their lives and create freedom for themselves through business ownership. My goal is to help others discover More Passion, More Money, More Freedom and Control by becoming their own Boss. As a Professional Franchise Consultant, I help the people I work with understanding franchising, and determine if it might be a good fit for them. If it is, then I take them through a proven, and methodical process to develop a custom model, tailored to them based on their background, skill sets, financial and lifestyle goals, that we then use to match them up with the best franchise business that's a perfect fit for them!

Steven Cooper

Steven Cooper

ERSOP.com

 

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)".

Sara Waskow

Sara Waskow

The Entrepreneur’s Source

 

For over 20 years my career has been focused on helping small companies grow their brand and profits. My interaction with small business owners from both a corporate and an individual startup perspective sparked my interest in franchising. I joined FranNet of Dallas/Fort Worth in Aug 2012, and purchased the business form the former owner in Jan 2015. I walk my clients through a process to help them assess 3 things:

  • Is business ownership right for them?
  • Is franchise ownership right for them?
  • Which franchise best matches their goals, skills, and financial capabilities?
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.

Diana Rosenkrantz

Diana Rosenkrantz

Tenet Financial Group

 

Diane has been working in the pension industry/consulting/customer service areas for over 30 years. Currently assisting clients, lenders, brokers, and franchisors across the country find the best funding options for their business(es). One of the ways Diane has helped a majority of her clients, a specialty of Tenet Financial Group, is working with clients that have retirement funds. Diane helps educate her clients on the process of accessing those funds for a business.

Her experience at MassMutual Life Insurance in the Pension area provided an excellent foundation for her knowledge of 401(k) and Profit Sharing Plans. Diane worked in the Sensitive Plan Unit at MassMutual, handling administration, training, compliance, and customer service. Other positions Diane has held over the years include Senior Account Executive at CIGNA and Senior Project Manager for Robinson Consulting, a firm specializing in project management and customized software development in the healthcare industry. Diane is a Senior Consultant and has been with Tenet Financial Group since 2009.

Stanna Palazova

Stanna Palazova

Regus (IWG)

 

Stanna Palazova is the VP of Franchising & Partnership Growth for Regus, whose parent company IWG operates 3500 flexible office space locations around the world. She oversees a team of franchise and partnership directors to meet the growing demand in industry. Ms. Palazova is based in Chicago, IL.

 

Chris Conner

Chris Conner

Franchise Marketing Systems

 

Chris Conner has spent the last twenty years working in the franchise development field working primarily with startup and emerging franchise systems. Mr. Conner's work covers a variety of franchise categories including strategic planning, franchise operations, franchise 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 34 team members located in markets across the United States and Canada. Franchise Marketing Systems has developed over 700 franchise brands and supported clients in selling over 8,000 franchise units in North and South America, Asia, the Middle East, Canada and Southeast Asia. Franchise Marketing Systems has worked with a variety of well known brands and significant franchise systems including Baxter Healthcare, Anytime Fitness, Costco, Ford Motor Company, Delta Airlines, UPS Stores, European Wax Center, Junk King and others.

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. The combination of providing consulting and franchise development support along with the franchise sales and marketing model for new brands created more opportunities to more brands to scale and grow through franchising. Chris Conner holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Miami of Ohio and an MBA in Finance from DePaul University in Chicago. He is married to an amazing wife, Dr. Alaina Conner and has two great kids, Ashton and Jameson.

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