Thomas Portesy

Tom has been with MFV Expositions for over twenty years. He has been president for over ten years and added CEO to his title in 2009. During this time, MFV Expositions has taken on many forms, adapting to the ever changing market place.

Tom oversees a staff of over thirty professionals, currently producing three franchise events in the United States, two franchise events in Mexico (including one of the worlds largest) and franchise events in the United Kingdom and Grand Bahama. Tom is responsible for the global network of partners involved in MFV’s growing international online business. Tom works closely with the International Franchise Association and many franchise associations around the world and has participated as a panelist and moderator in countless seminars and symposia.

Prior to joining MFV, Tom owned an advertising and PR firm and was a founder and Group VP of an instant printing franchise.

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Thomas Portesy's Recent Articles


Aug 5, 2013

Advantages of a small franchise network

This is a real story. A new franchisee telephoned his franchisor, the originator of the franchise operating system, and said, “I’ve got a problem. I’m not able to close any deals, and I don’t know...
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Mar 11, 2013

How To Finance Your Franchise

The path to franchise ownership demands strategic thinking from the beginning. Signing on the dotted line isn't always as easy as raising a pen. Diligent assessment and comparisons need to be done...
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Mar 11, 2013

Are There Alternatives to Franchising?

Although we hear so much about franchising in today's business community, businesses actually have several ways to expand their marketing distribution channels. Franchising is just one method,...
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Mar 11, 2013

Training Your Employees Right The First Time

You have secured a location and signed an agreement with your franchise company. Now, the next challenge faces you - finding and training the employees you need for successful operation. Well-trained...
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Mar 11, 2013

Avoid Franchise Fads

It's not easy to determine the next hot franchise with staying power from just a flash in the pan. Ebay selling stores seemed to be the next big thing, but as Ebay improved its technology and got...
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Mar 11, 2013

Traits of Successful Franchisees

Franchising has become increasingly popular during the past several decades, often being used as a stepping-stone into small business ownership. Although folks often think successful franchise...
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Mar 11, 2013

Be Part of a Winning Team

Choosing a proven franchise system can drastically improve your chance at success. However, a franchise isn't an automatic guarantee of success in the business if the system doesn't have a sound plan....
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Mar 11, 2013

Completing Your Due Diligence

You should never jump into a business opportunity without doing sufficient research on the market and financing, even if the opportunity is coming from a well-known franchise. A franchise company is...
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