Industry Experts


Benetrends Financial

As the authority in franchise funding and a preferred partner of the IFA, Benetrends has been funding America’s most popular brands for over 30 years. Our innovative, fast and economical suite of...
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Bob McDevitt

Bob McDevitt has over 40 years marketing and operations experience with top restaurant brands including Pizza Hut, Tony Roma's, Arby's and Golden Corral.For more than 20 years, Bob has been a Senior...
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Bryce Ebeling

Bryce Ebeling, founder and CEO of LoyaltyGenerator, uses his career experience to maximize the relationship between a franchisor and franchisee in an effort to achieve optimal business success. His...
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Christy Wilson Delk

Christy Wilson Delk knows first-hand what it takes to be a successful franchised business owner. In 1998, Christy opened a Kids ‘R’ Kids Academy franchise after selling her home and...
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Craig Slavin

With over 40+ years in franchising Craig has practically seen it all.  Having held every position, around the conference table, with the exception of being a franchise owner/operator, he has helped...
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Dale Willerton and Jeff Grandfield

Dale Willerton and Jeff Grandfield are The Lease Coach (America’s #1 Authority on lease negotiating for commercial tenants). The Lease Coach has exclusively worked for independent and franchise...
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Debra Hill

Debra has assisted franchisors and franchisees for 25 years.  Debra counsels franchisors in every step of their development, including the decision to franchise, start up management, preparation...
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Dorian Cunion

Dorian Cunion is the Director of Franchise Systems for 7-Eleven Incorporated headquartered in Dallas, Texas. He has been with 7-Eleven for 15 years, and has served in the roles of Manager of...
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Dr John P Hayes

Dr. John P. Hayes is one of the few people in the world to have been a franchisor, a franchisee, and an advisor to franchise companies. In a span of more than 35 years, he is one of the most published...
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Ed Teixeira

Ed Teixeira has over 35 years of experience in the franchise industry. He is the Chief Operating Officer for FranchiseGrade.com the leading Franchise Market Research firm in the industry. Ed...
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Elayne McClaine

Elayne P. Stanback-McClaine is Regional Director for the New Jersey Small Business Development Center at Rutgers New Brunswick.    She has been involved with the SBDC since 2005 in...
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Evan Goldman

Evan M. Goldman is Counsel at Hill Wallack LLP, where he is the Chair of the Franchise Law practice group. Mr. Goldman has litigated extensively in state and federal courts, and before the...
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Feher & Feher Consulting

Feher & Feher is a consulting firm specialized in business consulting, franchise systems formation and development, and standardization of operations for public and private institutions,...
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Franchise Marketing Systems

Franchise Marketing Systems is a full service franchise development, franchise consulting and franchise sales organization. The company was built seeing that there was a need for the resources, a team...
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Gary Henderson

Gary Henderson has been in banking in the Houston area for over 30 years and has spent the last 16 years as an SBA lending specialist.  Gary is employed with Houston-based Allegiance Bank Texas, as...
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Gary Occhiogrosso

Currently Gary Occhiogrosso is the Managing Partner of Franchise Growth Solutions, which is a co-operative based franchise development and sales firm. Their “Coach, Mentor & Grow...
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