Speaker Biographies

Lisa A. Biase, Esq.

Lisa A. Biase, Esq.

Law Offices of Lisa A. Biase, P.C.

 

Lisa A. Biase is President of the Law Offices of Lisa A. Biase, P.C., a full-service law firm specializing in franchise law. Lisa began her career in 1989, where she practiced franchise law as well as business law and civil litigation while as an associate for several large and prominent law firms in New Jersey. In 1996 through 2007, Lisa continued her franchise law career as in-house counsel for several large public companies. As Associate Counsel at Amerada Hess Corporation, Lisa advised the company on federal franchise laws such as the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act, and oversaw the legal aspect of its branded fast food program where numerous franchises were placed in Hess’ convenience stores throughout its markets. As Vice President – Legal at Cendant Corporation, the then-world’s largest franchisor, and as General Counsel and Vice President of one of its subsidiaries, Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation, Lisa was responsible for all legal matters for two of Cendant’s flagship brands, Coldwell Banker® and Coldwell Banker Commercial®. Lisa opened the Law Offices of Lisa A. Biase, P.C., in January 2008, and has committed herself to providing effective and efficient service to all of her clients whether they are large public companies, small private businesses or individuals. The firm provides services to franchisors in creating and maintaining their franchise systems such as annual regulatory filings and daily operations advice, and to franchisees, who seek advice on disclosure items and franchise agreements. Lisa is an active member of the International Franchise Association and the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising.

Boynton Weekes

Boynton Weekes

North State Bank

 

Boynton has 35+ years of business experience in the Commercial Insurance Underwriting , and Franchising industries where he has worked and received numerous awards & achievements.

Boynton is currently the owner and CEO of BRW Franchise Consultants. As a Senior Franchise Consultant for Frannet of New York and New Jersey, he oversees program coordination of 21 SBDC’s and multiple SCORE chapters in both New York and New Jersey.

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)".

Tipton Shonkwiler

Tipton Shonkwiler

Accurate Franchising Inc

 

Tipton Shonkwiler is the Brand President for Accurate Franchising and also the President UFG Consulting Division. Tipton has been with United Franchise Group for more than 20 years. He has been working in the franchise industry for the past 30 years and has served in various capacities including franchise development, sales and marketing, international master license sales, international brand development, along with having the direct responsibility for the day to day operations for several UFG brands throughout his career. Tipton is a Certified Franchise Executive within the International Franchise Association and holds a Franchise MBA from Nova Southeastern University.

Dave Woggon

Dave Woggon

Tenet Financial Group

 

Dave Woggon has been in the franchise industry since 1986 in both funding and franchise exploration roles. As the VP of Development for Tenet Financial Group, he oversees the consulting team and identifies strategic growth opportunities for the company.

Maria Barca

Maria Barca

Capital Bank

 

As a trusted advisor and seasoned lender, I can provide lending solutions to Small Businesses that will enable their business to grow successfully.

My experience over the years has allowed me to help small business owners from all walks of life successfully gain access to capital for expansion,s acquisitions, mergers, real estate purchases, and working capital through SBA government backed lending as well as conventional lending.

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.

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.

 

Liam Hanley

Liam Hanley

The Entrepreneur's Source

 

 

 

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