Speaker Biographies

Jeff Weidauer

Jeff Weidauer

The Entrepreneur's Source

 

Jeff spent 30 years in corporate America as a retail executive. He was lucky enough to find a new path as a career ownership coach, helping others explore possibilities for self-sufficiency, Jeff is also Chapter Chair for his local SCORE group. He lives with his wife and daughter in Little Rock, AR.

 

David Busker

David Busker

Franchise Vision

 

David Busker is the founder of FranchiseVision and a member of FranChoice, the premier national network of franchise consultants. David has a background in all aspects of business ownership, financing and management, and is a multi-unit franchisee with deep business experience as a CEO, CFO, CPA and franchise owner.

David is passionate about helping others make the right decisions about starting a franchise. Together with each candidate, he helps them set their criteria, matches them to a franchise that fits their personal goals, then educates and supports them through due diligence and business launch.

Linda Belford

Linda Belford

FranNet of Greater Orlando

 

Linda is the Owner/Principal Consultant of FranNet of Greater Orlando, the country’s oldest and most well-respected franchise consultancy. She has owned two successful franchises, two non-franchised businesses, and has advised aspiring entrepreneurs for nearly a decade.

Prior to entering the world of franchising, Linda had a successful 30 year career in management and healthcare. She has demonstrated long-term success in best practice strategic planning, fiscal management, brand development/marketing, revenue generation, risk management, and industry specific coaching.

Linda is a native Michigander, and received bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor and Michigan State University.

 

Marisol Cruz

Marisol Cruz

Business Finance Depot

 

Marisol Cruz, experienced in securing funding in the start-up and franchise industries, provides financing to businesses across the US.

With a Master of Business Administration degree, coupled with previous experience in the personal consumer loans and automotive financing fields, Marisol leverages her knowledge to customize the right lending solution and streamline the application process.

Marisol’s mission is to help small business owners find opportunities to fulfill their dreams of ownership.

 

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)".

Avinash Nichkawde

Avinash Nichkawde

A N Global Consulting, Founder & CEO

 

Avinash Nichkawde is an Entrepreneur, Chartered Accountant. International Business Consultant. He started his tax practice in Sydney Australia in 1993 and grew to 7000 clients in 4 years, he later went into International Education Business and at peak managed over 200 employees besides consulting to numerous small to medium companies over the years. He brings vast practical global experience to clients. Born & raised in India, Avinash is a Australian citizen having lived there for over 20 years and now residing permanently in USA, with travels to over 30 countries. He is known for providing out of the box practical solutions for his clients which are very cost effective. Avinash is Advisor to Second Street Capital and iMedGo,Inc, California.

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.

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.

Rick Robinson

Rick Robinson

Franchise Genesis

 

As a 37 year franchising executive, I have extensive experience in every area of franchising. Having been a Franchisor 5 times, launched start-ups, successful turnarounds and built and owned a very large Multi-Unit Master Franchise. My sales teams have sold over 800 franchises.

As a member of the International Franchise Association for m any years, I was elected and proudly served on their Board of Directors, as well as numerous committees and a guest speaker at many of the IFA's annual conventions.

Honors & Awards:
Certified Franchise Executive (CFE), awarded by the International Franchise Association
Board of Directors of International Franchise Association
Franchisor of the Year, Arizona Franchise Association 1998
President of Arizona Franchise Association 1999

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