Steering Committee

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Each year, we ask industry veterans from successful franchise systems to serve on our planning committee. Working together, we will populate panels with industry veterans who are subject matter experts.

The members of this year’s Springboard Steering Committee are:

  • John Teza, Managing Director of NRD Capital
  • Sam Ballas, President and CEO of East Coast Wings + Grill
  • Charlie Chase, President and CEO of First Service Brands
  • Jania Bailey, President of FranNet, LLC
  • Dawn Kane, CEO of Hot Dish Advertising
  • Rocco Fiorentino, President & CEO of PrimoHoagies
  • Tom Wood, CEO of Floor Coverings International

Testimonials

Testimonials

We highly recommend Springboard to our clients. Why go at it alone when you can get advice and answers from experienced franchise pros? Springboard can help get your franchise into the winner's circle.

Dan Bish

FranLaunch USA / FranLaunch Capital

What an inspirational, idea-packed and investment-worthy event for anyone involved with emerging (and re-emerging) franchisors. So much collaborative energy, sharing and camaraderie made this the BEST SPRINGBOARD EVER!

Dan Durney

Assisting Hands Home Care

This event brings together some of the best minds in the franchise category with a willingness to share their triumphs and tragedies in their careers. Often, it's easy to fall into a trap as an emerging brand. The sharing of "here is what I learned when I was an emerging brand" can mean the difference between failure and success.

Greg Sausaman

Topper's Craft Creamery

This event is a must for all emerging and re-emerging brands. Come learn from those that have been there and done it before so you fully understand the franchise journey.

Barry Falcon

iFranchise Group

Always a great event and I believe it is extremely valuable for an emerging franchise. The best way for an emerging franchisor to really get valuable info is through networking with other franchisors who have been around a while.

Gary Findley

Restoration1

I don't know why I put off going for so long. Loved the conference and learned a lot!

Matthew Hunt

Hard Exercise Works (HEW®)

I would recommend this event to anyone in franchising. If you're just starting out, there is a LOT of great content on a wide variety of topics. If you've been in franchising for a while, this event is great for networking and learning about changes in franchising.

Denise Radcliff

EventPrep

The Springboard Event in Philadelphia is hands-down the best resource in franchising. Whether you're a franchisee, a franchisor, an emerging brand, or one that's been around for 50 years, you'll learn something new at every turn.

Bob McQuillan

Hand & Stone

Fantastic event...content, staff and networking was amazing. Terrific value.

Steve Collette

3rd Degree Training / Actual Nutrition

This was my first year attending and it will not be my last! The content was great, the attendees were awesome and there were many opportunities to network. There was such great energy throughout the entire conference.

Gabriella Ferrara

PwC FranSuite

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