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David Barr

PMTD Restaurants, LLC

Robert Branca, Jr.

Branded Management Group, Branded Realty Group

Robert D. Chase

Response Marketing

Greg Cutchall

President & CEO
Cutchall Management

Sean Falk

WolFTeaM LLC, Nachogang LLC

Rocco Fiorentino

President & CEO
Benetrends Financial

Gary Grace

GG Enterprises

David Grimaud

Grimaud Enterprises Inc.

Maureen Grimaud

Grimaud Enterprises Inc.

William G. Hall

Treats Investments

Aziz Hashim

President & CEO
NRD Holdings, LLC

John Hotchkiss

L&M Restaurant Group

Michael Knobelock

MSK Enterprises

Michael Kulp

President & CEO
KBP Foods

Tony Lutfi

President & CEO
Marlu Investment Group

John Metz

RREMC Restaurants, LLC

David Ostrowe

O&M Restaurant Group

Guillermo Perales

President & CEO
Sun Holdings Inc.

Gary Robins

G&C Robins Co.

Cheryl Robinson

Sapphire Ventures Inc.

Grant Simon

LSGF Management

Chas Smithgall

Chairman & CEO
SEI/Aaron's, Inc.

Jeffrey Tews

Multi-Unit Franchisee
BrightStar Care

Ted Torres

President & CEO
Caerus Hospitality

Ricky Warman

Pizzerias, LLC

Eric Werner

President & CEO
Texas Subs, DFW Tanning, Benchmark Burgers

Anil Yadav

JIB Management, Inc.

  • "The Multi-Unit Franchising Conference is an absolute must-attend for people who are serious about their business and franchising. This is by far the most productive conference that I go to."

    John Hotchkiss, Partner, L&M Restaurant Group

  • “This is the place where deals get done, where multi-unit franchisees get bigger, where they coach smaller franchisees and where franchisees learn how to make more money.”

    Robert Branca, Jr., President, Branded Management Group / Branded Realty Group

  • "Jersey Mike's Subs has been coming to Franchise Update Media Group's Multi-Unit Franchising Conference since 2008. With confidence, I can say that this event yields significant results for us year in and year out. Whether you are looking to expand your knowledge, network with top franchisees throughout the franchising world, or meet your next multi-unit franchisee, this event is a must-attend for franchisors and franchisees alike. They should rename the conference to "How to Grow & Who to Grow With."

    Brian Sommers, VP Franchise Development, Jersey Mike's Subs

  • “I would make a strong recommendation to any franchisee looking for an opportunity to diversify their business, to grow their business, or even just to grow their capability within their
    business to attend this conference.”

    Michael Kulp, President & CEO, KBP Foods

  • "A great place to find solutions to the challenges we face as multi-unit franchisees."

    Robert Branca, Jr., President, Branded Management Group / Branded Realty Group

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