Speaker Biographies

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.

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.

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!

Mark Goodman

Mark Goodman

Hunter Douglas

 

Mark Goodman, VP Retail Channel Development – Hunter Douglas, Fabrication Division

An experienced entrepreneur himself, Mark has been launching, developing and supporting small businesses for over three decades. Although new to Hunter Douglas, his experience and accomplishments were the perfect fit for a company that considers themselves a culture of professional entrepreneurs…a key competitive advantage when fast decision-making is needed in order to respond to a fast changing business environment and the needs of new start-ups.

Jenny Sutter

Jenny Sutter

FranNet

 

Jenny is a franchise consultant and owner of FranNet of Greater Tampa Bay. Jenny consults people through the franchise discovery process. She works with them to identify if a franchise makes sense for them and helps them find the right one that will meet their professional and personal goals.

Jenny started with FranNet as a client who had a vision of owning her own business. When the opportunity presented itself to become a FranNet consultant, she jumped at the chance to help others become entrepreneurs by coming one herself. Prior to joining FranNet, Jenny spent more than 15 years in the Corporate Marking arena. She has a vast understanding of the franchise world since both of her formor employers were also franchise organizations. Jenny and her family currently reside in north Pinellas County. She is a rare Florida native and a proud graduate of the Universort of South Florida.

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

Neil Hershman and Danny Duncan

Neil Hershman and Danny Duncan

16 Handles

 

Neil Hershman owns a desert empire in NYC. Danny Duncan has over 6m followers on Youtube, and generates of $25m in annual revenue in merchandise sales. The duo have teamed up to aquire 16 Handles Frozen Yogurt Franchise, and are using new online strategies to engage with he next generation of consumers.

 

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