Speaker Biographies

Chip Meyers

Chip Meyers

The Entrepreneur's Source

 

As a Franchise Owner and Coach with The Entrepreneur’s Source I help people clarify their income and lifestyle goals and learn about alternatives outside of the world of corporations.
Our tools are Education, Coaching, and Knowledge of opportunities around the country. I prepare you to explore the possibilities and discover options you may have never considered!

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)".

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.

Britton Schroeter

Britton Schroeter

Dream Maker Franchising

 

Widely accepted as one of the top franchise consultants in the United States, Britton helps you figure out how to do what most people only dream about. ​Britton has spent more than 25 years as a franchisee, entrepreneur, franchise executive, and franchise consultant working for and owning franchises such as Kiddie Academy® Childcare Learning Centers, Molly Maid®, Sylvan Learning(SM) Centers, and SYNERGY® HomeCare.
​Britton has captured her franchise expertise as author of a top-selling book on entrepreneurship titled, The Franchisee Workbook. Britton will teach you the tools and techniques to help you find your ideal match far beyond your expectations.

Christopher Johnson

Christopher Johnson

First Citizens Bank

 

Chris has worked in banking and lending for 18 years and has held various positions throughout his career and holds a degree in Accounting. He resides in Haymarket, VA with his wife and three children.
As an SBA Lender we work with small businesses in order to define appropriate solutions to their financial needs through the use of Small Business Administration loan programs such as the 7A.

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.

Amber Payne

Amber Payne

Rytech Restoration

 

Grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, and graduated from University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing. She has been a part of the Rytech team for 5 years and is excited to witness the growth of the company, adding over 30 franchises/markets since she came on board. She provides the Rytech franchises a marketing plan, “MYCORE,” which sets them up for success in their local markets.

She previously was employed at MINT Magazine (a division of Valassis Directmail Corporation) for 12 years as a top sales and marketing executive in St. Augustine, Florida. She was honored with over 50 sales awards over her 12 Years at MINT, the top one being the National Sales Person Of the Year (two years in a row). An unbelievable achievement as there are over 700 reps in the US.

She is the VP of Marketing for Rytech Restoration, which specializes in water damage, mold remediation and fire/smoke damage. They service 70 franchise/markets in the US and growing. Rytech is a preferred vendor for mulitple insurance carriers across the country. She is passionate about their Mission Statement, “EARNING YOUR TRUST ONE CLAIM AT A TIME”. Ryetch CEO Bubba Ryan is determined to always do the right thing and has built the company on this foundation. Something no one knows about Amber is that she worked full time through college and competed in the Miss America Scholarship Organization for 4 years in order to pay for college and graduate debt free. Amber believes that you can accomplish anything in life with a GIVER's GAIN mentality.--- Mrs. Amber Payne

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.

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