Sue Bennett, CFE, Co-Founder / CEO
Sue has always enjoyed serving others in her various roles as a business owner and employee. Her broad business background includes experience in the financial services, insurance and real estate industries.
She also authored a book, Jumpstart Your Life, 401 Ideas to a Winning Attitude, and inspired hundreds of individuals with her upbeat messages.
Sue has spent her lifetime pursuing her dreams, but more importantly, she’s committed her time and knowledge to encourage others to become successful business owners.
Education: BS from Nazareth College of Rochester, NY; Major in Business Administration, Graduated in top 10% of class.
Personal Mission: “Use my talents to help improve the lives of others by mentoring them to launch successful businesses.”
Personal Interests: Time with family, reading, running, blogging and studying business.
Personal Message: “It takes a lot of courage to step out of your comfort zone and achieve your goals. You will need a valuable mentor to walk your through your fears, and I will provide the support you need to be successful. If you have time to commit, some capital and you stay focused, I will partner with you to choose the right franchise."
Schedule a 15 minute phone call with Sue: Access Her Calendar. If you want to find out more, go to www.linkedin.com/suejbennett.
Robert Bennett, CFE, Co-Founder
Rob had served in the corporate-world for 18 years filling various technical capacities, from structural design to project engineer. His experience lends to FranFinders strategic planning, systems design and optimization.
Education: BS from Michigan State University, Packaging Science; Rochester Institute of Technology, graduate coursework; Holds GA and NC real estate licenses.
Personal Mission: "To help others to be the best that they can be."
Personal Interests: Spending time with family, fly fishing and traveling.
Personal Message: "I'd like to encourage those who have been looking to change, for something different in their life, to go for it! Your greatest accomplishment, is to have a dream and pursue it. When I was let go from my job, at first I felt that I let my family and myself down, but I soon realized it was the turning point for me to pursue my dream of business ownership. I now look back at that day as the turning point in my life, for the better."
Schedule a 15 minute phone call with Rob: Access His Calendar. If you want to find out more, go to www.linkedin.com/robtwbennett.
Joe Gottlieb: Legal
Joe is a partner in the Atlanta law firm Cohen Goldstein & Gottlieb, LLP. He has 30 years experience in franchise and business transactional work. Joe works extensively with prospective franchisees in the acquisition of single unit and multi-unit deals as well as in the acquisition of area development and master franchise rights.
He also represents franchisors in the preparation and registration of their Franchise Disclosure Documents. Joe’s franchisor clients include those in the hospitality, quick serve food and service businesses.
If you want to find out more, go to www.linkedin.com/JosephGottlieb.
Chet Burge: Accounting
Chet is a Certified Public Accountant with over 23 years of experience working with individuals, as well as small and large businesses assisting them with their financial, accounting, and tax needs. Chet began his career in the Atlanta office of Price Waterhouse (now Price Waterhouse Coopers) and spent over five years in the audit and assurance practice serving businesses throughout the Southeast. After leaving PWC, Chet spent the next fifteen years in various finance positions with Atlanta companies, serving in the roles of Controller, VP of Finance and Chief Financial Officer. In January 2008, Chet fulfilled his desire to return to public accounting and joined the firm of Lewis & Company and most recently became the Managing Partner of the firm which is now known as Burge & Associates, PC.
Chet is a member of the Georgia Society of CPAs and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is a graduate of Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC with a bachelors degree in accounting. Chet, his wife Lee Beth, and their four children are long time residents of Decatur, GA where they are very active in their church, local schools and community..
If you want to find out more, go to www.linkedin.com/ChetBurge.
Marc Stephens, CFC: Franchise Broker Network
Marc Stephens, CFC, Chief Executive Officer of FranServe, Inc.
FranServe, Inc. is a leading provider of franchise marketing and representation services with over 250 offices nationwide. FranServe also provides training and support services for affiliated franchise consultants and brokers.
Marc Stephens has been in and around franchising nearly his entire life and became a franchise consultant in 2000 and has assisted numerous entrepreneurs and franchisors achieve various goals in ownership, growth and success. In 2008 Marc began training and supporting other franchise consultants and to date has personally trained over 100 of today’s top producing franchise brokers. In addition to being a franchise expert Marc also has a strong background in e-marketing and various internet technologies and has been the driving force behind several technological advances in the franchise industry.
If you want to find out more, go to www.linkedin.com/MarcStephens.
Rocco Fiorentino: Funding - 401K/IRA Rollover
Rocco Fiorentino, CFE Chief Executive Officer, Benetrends, brings more than 25 years of franchise industry experience as President and CEO of Benetrends. He is also a Director and board member for Swiss Farm Stores and Saxbys Coffee, franchisors of drive thru grocery stores and coffee shops respectively, Fiorentino served as president and CEO of Freedom Rings, LLC, an area developer and multi-unit franchisee of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts for Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the International Franchise Association (IFA) and Chair of IFA’s Membership Committee.
He is a Past Chairman for the Multi-Unit Franchise Conference, and Member and Board of Advisors for the Multi-Unit Franchise Conference. Fiorentino is a frequent speaker and moderator on franchise matters at the International Franchise Association Conference and the Multi-Unit Franchise Conference and has authored numerous article on franchiser financing. Fiorentino holds a Master’s of Science in Management from the Richard D. Irwin Graduate School of the American College and holds the distinction of Certified Franchise Executive(CFE) by the Board of Governors of the IFA. .
If you want to find out more, go to www.linkedin.com/RoccoFiorentino.
Charles Kuck: Legal - Immigration
Charles H. (“Chuck”) Kuck is the Managing Attorney at Kuck Immigration Partners in Atlanta, Georgia. Chuck served as the National President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association from 2008-2009. He is also President of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Emory Law School.
He was named one of the top five business immigration attorneys in the world by Chambers & Partners again in 2016, and was named one of the 2011 “100 Most Influential Georgians” by Georgia Trend magazine.
He has practiced immigration law for 27 years, has spoken to numerous legal and business conferences on all types of immigration related topics, has testified in Congress on various aspects of Immigration Law and Immigration Reform, is frequently quoted in the national press, and appears regularly on national and local television and cable news outlets..
If you want to find out more, go to www.linkedin.com/CharlesKuck.
Edward Wienecke: Funding - Commercial Lending
Edward comes from a background in real estate investing and small to mid-size business consulting and management. He played an integral role in starting and establishing several small businesses and was responsible for significant growth and revenue generation in each. Edward has an extensive background in developing and implementing marketing plans as well as direct advertising campaigns. He specializes in structuring Joint Ventures and Partnerships. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree with a focus in Marketing from Stevenson University, Maryland, formerly Villa Julie College.
If you want to find out more, go to www.linkedin.com/EdwardWienecke.
Chris Conner: Franchise Development
Mr. Conner has spent the last decade in the franchise industry working with several hundred different franchise systems in management, franchise sales and franchise development work. His experience ranges across all fields of franchise expertise with a focus in franchise marketing and franchise sales but includes work in franchise strategic planning, franchise research and franchise operations consulting.
Christopher has worked with multiple International franchise and licensed organizations throughout the United States, Middle East, India and Europe. In these International expansion programs, he played a pivotal role in developing the program, putting together documentation and marketing franchises to Domestic and International buyers. Franchise Marketing Systems is currently working with several International companies in developing and managing independent distribution channels throughout the globe.
Mr. Conner has worked with many diverse independent distribution systems including service franchises, sales franchise systems, retail franchise concepts, restaurant franchise systems, fitness franchise companies and several International franchise organizations.
If you want to find out more, go to www.linkedin.com/ChrisConnor.
Martin Hancock: Franchise Development - International
Mr. Hancock is COO North America at World Franchise Associates.
As an international franchise development, marketing and media company World Franchise Associates specializes in presenting multi-unit master and area franchise opportunities to delegates. There is no better way of bringing together franchised brands and investors. These one or two day events are regularly held in different countries.
The Program provides valuable insights to acquire and to build successful multi-unit franchise networks. The Forums enable delegates to be introduced to a wide range of exclusive international brands, which are seeking partners. Delegates can learn from the experiences of seasoned professionals and benefit from business meetings.
If you want to find out more, go to www.linkedin.com/MartinHancock.
Mark Klockner: Real Estate
Mark Klockner, Founder of Retail Infusion
He started his career in the Shopping Center industry back in 1976. From that beginning he went on to hold senior positions at two major mall developers, General Growth Properties and The Cafaro Company. Between the two, he has 37 years of developer leasing.
Using that experience, Mark formed Retail Infusion in 2004 using what he knows about shopping center leasing to streamline lease deals. Understanding what the mall developer’s need verses what they want ……can save his clients thousands of dollars. We find retail locations for our clients, negotiate great deals and best of all…you don’t get an invoice till you receive the lease!
Some of our current and previous clients include: DELL, Maybelline, DISH, Play Along Toys, Halloween Express, Wow Smile, O’Chi Reflexology, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Revlon, Bank of America, Peoples Pottery, Jimmy’s Seaside Fries, Bookmarket, Ed Hardy, M&M, Ghirardelli Chocolates & P&G.
If you want to find out more, go to www.linkedin.com/MarkKlockner.
Emma Farmer: Virtual Assistant Manager
Emma J. Farmer has over 40 years of professional experience including business ownership, hospitality and education. For the past 5 years, Emma has been managing her own Virtual Assistant franchise - Cybertary. As an Owner and Regional Representative, she manages her own Cybertary office and owns the rights to territory in several counties that span from Charlotte to Raleigh. Emma brings to Cybertary - Charlotte experience in leadership, training and development, team building, human resources, operations, sales and marketing.
Prior to starting her own business, Emma spent a total of 22 ½ years in the hospitality industry. For 7 ½ years, she worked for SREE Hotels, a successful franchise company in the Charlotte area. She held the titles of General Manager, Director of Revenue Management, Director of Operations and most recently VP of Operations and Sales. Emma spent 15 years working for Marriott International where she held the titles of Director of Sales and Marketing, General Manager and Area General Manager in several different states. Emma is very strong in building, leading, managing, motivating and mentoring professional talent.
Emma is most proud of her role as a mentor. She has played a pivotal role in the development of numerous associates whom started in hourly or line level positions and are now employed as General Managers or leaders in the hotel industry. Emma holds a degree in Early Childhood Education and has many certifications, certificates of achievement and awards from Marriott International.
Emma is proud to be married to her husband Ronnie. They have two daughters and a grandson. Emma enjoys traveling and meeting people.
If you want to find out more, go to www.linkedin.com/EmmaFarmer.