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This week on Franchise Today, host, Paul Segreto is broadcasting LIVE from Franchise Update Leadership & Development Conference at the Intercontinental Hotel in Atlanta.
With assistance from "roving reporter", Cheryl Ryan from Franchise Update Media Group, Paul interviews various franchise executives attending the conference, exploring their thoughts on what they're learning and hoping to take away from this year's event. As well, we learn what these executives have to say about the outlook for franchising as the new year approaches.
Starting off the new season on Franchise Today focus is on the upcoming Franchise Update Leadership & Development Conference. Joining host, Paul Segreto from the Conference Board of Directors is Tom Wood, Conference Chair and President & CEO of Floor Coverings International, Shelly Sun, CEO & Co-founder of Bright Star Care and Greg Vojnovic, Chief Development Officer of Popeyes. Paul and guests discuss their experience and perspective from attending previous Leadership & Development Conferences and what this year's attendees can expect to takeaway from the event.
About the Conference
The Leadership & Development Conference is an exclusive annual event for CEOs, Presidents and Franchise Sales & Development Executives. The event is produced by Franchise Update Media Group and Franchise Update Magazine. The event is in Buckhead, GA, October 9-11 at the Intercontinental Buckhead.
After graduating from Wake Forest University, where she played four years of scholarship basketball, Gretchen Hollifield went to school to become a dog trainer. But she didn’t make enough to live on. So she juggled dog-training gigs, a paper route, restaurant jobs and occasional work for her father’s land-surveying business. After a few years, she decided her workload was unsustainable and decided to parlay her passion for dog training into a full-time business: The Dog Wizard.
Since its launch in 2005, The Dog Wizard has produced successful results for hundreds of dogs and continues to offer dog lovers with a tremendous business opportunity in the more than $50 billion pet industry. In fact, The Dog Wizard has more than doubled in size over the past two years, growing to 12 locations in nine states. Through a unique franchise opportunity that begins with four months of extensive training, Gretchen plans to add as many as 18 new locations annually. Six new franchises have already opened since the beginning of 2013.
Bryan Yates and John Ames cover the NFL on the NFL Standard today at Noon EST. Join us for 45 minutes of football and fantasy football talk.
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Bachir Mihoubi, CEO/President of FranCounsel Group and widely acclaimed international business and expansion expert, sits down with Graham Chapman, Rick Bisio's Franchise Focus co-host, to discuss franchising from an international perspective. Listen in to hear Bachir's tips on smart international franchise expansion, a list of countries where franchising is thriving, and an in-depth discussion about the global impact of the recent American government shutdown.
We are meeting with Meredith Hillman, VP and Account Director, ePrize and Annica Kreider, VP of brand development, Mellow Mushroom.
For 39 years, Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers has been serving up fresh stone baked pizzas to order in an eclectic, art filled and family friendly environment. Each Mellow is locally owned and operated with a unique vibe focused around great customer service and high quality food.
We are speaking with Meredith and Annica on how mobile marketing has made a positive impact on their franchise.
Join us for August’s edition of Rick Bisio’s Franchise Focus. We will be devoting this month’s show to an interview with special guest Deb Evans. After more than 16 years as a franchisee and franchisor, Evans established Deb Evans Consulting to help educate and train franchise industry leaders. She is co-author of Developing Peak Performing Franchisees. Listen in as Deb shares her experiences as a franchisee, franchisor and supplier and talks about how to create and strengthen a franchise culture with strong internal loyal teams.
Franchise Sales & Development is one of the cornerstones of the franchise business model and it's the topic this week as the Franchise Model Series continues on Franchise Today. Host, Paul Segreto is joined by Robert Stidham, President of Franchise Dynamics, the world’s leading full-service ‘franchise sales outsourcing’ (FSO) firm. Paul and Robert dive into franchise sales and development best practices and will discuss lead generation, the sales process and much more.
About Our Guest
Robert Stidham is president of Franchise Dynamics, the world’s leading full-service ‘franchise sales outsourcing’ (FSO) firm. Based in suburban Chicago, Franchise Dynamics currently represents a number of emerging to large-sized franchisors in a wide variety of categories throughout the United States and worldwide.
Mr. Stidham is an accomplished franchise sales and business development executive with a proven track record of increasing franchise units, revenue and profitability while gaining market share and expanding brand awareness for both new franchise concepts and established brands. He has held a variety of positions in the franchise industry in franchise development, operations, consulting and as an international franchise company president. Mr. Stidham is active in the International Franchise Association (IFA), serving as a member of the International Committee and Research Committee, having previously served as a member of the IFA Membership Committee.
Join Bryan Yates and John Ames for NFL Standard, as we cover the NFL and Fantasy Football. Follow us on Facebook at NFL Standard and on twitter at @YatesNFLStand and @OfcAmesNFLStand.
Today we preview week 6 in the NFL, news and notes and help you with your fantasy football questions and needs.
Join us for September’s edition of Rick Bisio’s Franchise Focus. We will be devoting this month’s show to a full recap of the recent Public Affairs Conference. Each year, the Public Affairs Conference gives franchise executives the opportunity to meet with legislators and discuss key political issues that impact their business. With a potential government shut down looming and an overall lack of clarity surrounding key political issues like health care, tax reform, and immigration, this very well may have been the most important and revealing Public Affairs Conference to date. Join us tonight as we interview Bachir Mihoubi, IFA member and founder, managing director of FranCounsel Group, LLLC, and Jay Perron, Vice President Government Affairs and Public Policy for the International Franchise Association. Both men will share the details of their experience at
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