program updates



The following speakers are new additions to the program that are not reflected in your book. 

Wednesday, July 19

5:45 PM "Stories of Success" - Helma Gentry, SBA Eligibility Officer, Sr. |Specialty Finance Group - JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

5:45 PM "Stories of Success" - Mike Lakusta, Ethnifacts





7-ELEVEN CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS - 3200 Hackberry Rd. Irving, Texas 

5:00 – 5:15 PM - Welcoming Remarks: Jorge Ferraez, Publisher Latino Leaders Magazine. Larry Hughes, VP, Franchising Systems 7-Eleven

5:15 – 5:45 PM - “Welcome to the Franchise Business; How to Succeed"- Presentation by 7-Eleven: Edward James, Franchise Recruiting 7-Eleven

5:45– 6:30 PM - Panel: ”Stories of Success”; 7-Eleven Franchisees, Management 2000 Founder Bob Gappa, Rita Casanova 7-Eleven Franchisee, Bruno Nechamkin, Former McDonald’s Franchisee,  Martha O’Gorman CMO Liberty Tax
                              NEW ADDITION: Helma Gentry, SBA Eligibility Officer, Sr. |Specialty Finance Group - JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
                              NEW ADDITION: Mike Lakusta, Ethnifacts

6:30 – 8:00 PM - Opening Network Reception with Mario Bazan Cellars



Yum! Brands Pizza Hut CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS - 7100 Corporate Dr. Plano, Texas

8:30 – 9:30 AM - “Exploring the Franchise Business”: Training sessions by Pizza Hut trainers for 1st-Time Franchisees

9:30 – 9:50 AM - Welcoming Remarks: Jorge Ferraez, Publisher Latino Leaders, Greg Creed CEO Yum Brands, & Arthur Starrs, President Pizza Hut U.S.

9:50 AM – 10:45 AM-   Keynote: “Trends and Consumer Habits in Hispanic Markets” Jose Legaspi, President Legaspi Group.

10:45 – 11:40 AM - Keynote: “How to Franchise your Business’ By Bob Gappa, founder of Management 2000 

11:40 AM – 12:50 PM - “Most Successful Cases” Panel: Jesus Ojeda -Boston’s, Julia Weigandt 7-Eleven Franchisee, Vimal “Victor” Kansara, Owner - Perfect Hospitality Solutions Hotel Franchisee, Dan Doulen, Director Franchise Development Buffalo Wings & Rings


1:30 – 2:15 PM - Presentation: “Legal Perspectives on Growing Franchises” Joyce Mazero, expert legal counsel at GARDERE

2:15 – 3:00 PM - “Growing a Franchise Business from Single to Multi Unit Panel”: experts and franchisees talking about strategies and experiences; Julio Ramirez, Former VP Global Operations for Burger King, Matt Lane, Streamline Brands, Rosaline Fletcher, BBVA Compass Bank, Luis Perez and Ann Balosky, Multi Unit Channel Managers ACE Hardware

3:00 – 3:45 PM - “Marketing Franchise Brands for Latinos” Panel; Mauricio Blanco, The Power Group, Christopher Roberts, Principal - Circus,  Tommy Thompson, Multicultural Marketing Strategist, Former Chairman of INSPIRE, Kevin Groome, Founder & GM, Pica9 Inc.

3:45 – 4:15 PM - Keynote: "Latino Psychographics" - Luis Valenzuela, Executive VP, M+D Properties

4:15 – 5:15 PM - “Things you should know in Franchises” presentations with experts: Amy Power, The Power Group, John Hayes, advisor, Anjali Purkayastha, Director of Sales & Marketing - Indevia Accounting, Franz Szawronski, Siempre Tax+, 

5:15 – 6:00 PM - Workshop: “Using Data Analytics to Optimize Site Selection, Store Configuration and Shopper Engagement”, David Mesas and Ron Cohen, Directors; Geoscape

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM - Exhibitor Hall Circuit Open

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM - SBA, Financial and Lenders Circuit Open 

7:00 – 9:00 PM - PRIVATE DINNER with Multi-Unit Investors and Operators


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