Panel Discussion : Exploring Business as a Career Path


  • Hear from Franchisors and Franchisees on how their military experience has shaped their success in Franchising.
  • Learn the basics of Franchising; the support, training, and security Franchising offers.
  • Discover financing opportunities for those who have served.

Exclusive Session

for those currently serving, veterans and spouses.


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WHEN: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday March 2nd, 2024
WHERE: Dulles Expo Centre
WHO: For those who are currently serving, veterans and spouses

Limited seating available.

After the panel discussion, you are invited to visit The Franchise Show to talk face-to-face with companies that are looking for franchisees, dealers & distributors.

Panel Speakers

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Can’t Make the Session? Find the business that’s right for you!
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Saturday 11 am – 5 pm and Sunday 11 am – 4 pm

** Times and topics are subject to change


Speaker Biographies


Colonel Brian D. Anderson

Colonel Brian D. Anderson

USAF, Retired Senior Director, Career Transition & Member Services Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)


As MOAA's Senior Director, Career Transition and Member Services, Col. Brian D. Anderson, USAF (Ret), is responsible for the supervision, training, planning, and oversight of two departments focused on the coordination and delivery of career transition services, operation of MOAA’s Member Service Center, nance and benets education, veterans services, caregiver support, and family programs. He directs and oversees all aspects of the associations’ career transition services and customer service policies, objectives, and initiatives. He also conducts career transition and benets education facilitations in support of Moderator MOAA’s advocacy, leadership, education, and service missions.

Lynne Shelton

Lynne Shelton

Shelton Law & Associates

Ms. Shelton was the COO of a large franchise system and is currently the Senior Attorney for Shelton Law & Associates franchise law rm, as well as a franchisor owner in an international franchise system.

Ms. Shelton has been counseling Franchise / Business Opportunity clients for over 30 years. She especially enjoys working with small business owners assisting them to "Expand their Brand®". Since starting the law rm, 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 firm’s slogan, “Your Outsourced In-house Counsel”.

Ms. Shelton focuses on ensuring clients are offered individualized service while handling Franchise Disclosures, registrations, legal creation, leases, trusts, and vendor distributions within a client’s business. Ms. Shelton has published many articles and has written books, including the newly published “Your Journey to Franchise Ownership – The Path from Employee to Business Owner” which is available on Amazon. She has been married for over 30 yrs. and has one son and a sponsored daughter from Haiti. In her spare time, she is the CEO of a Non-Prot, Raising a Nation Foundation and teaches leadership development in third world countries to future colleagues and volunteers at her church.

Phillip Trigg

Phillip Trigg

Executive Director, Veterans’ Transition Forum


Phil is a retired Army Ocer and a Vietnam veteran. His military career included assignments as a eld artillery ocer and in military intelligence at the national level and while in Vietnam. Upon leaving active duty, Phil held senior management positions with national advertising agencies and enjoys a 25 year career in franchising.

With other veterans he formed a non-prot 501 (c) (3) organization which became Veterans’ Transition Forum (VTF). VTF provides free consulting services educating veterans and transitioning service members on the benets of franchising as their next career opportunity. Additional mentors, who are veterans themselves and experienced having worked in the franchise industry and/or successfully operated a franchise have joined the team. Today, VTF’s mentors guide veterans through the entire acquisition process including nancing a business.


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