Workshops & Seminars

Dr. John Hayes


The At Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Fl, Hayes leads the Titus Center for Franchising which awards a Concentration in Franchising to students who earn a bachelor’s degree at PBA. Prior to joining PBA, Hayes was the president and CEO of HomeVestors of America, Inc., the “We Buy Ugly Houses” franchise based in Dallas. He is the author of numerous franchise titles including Take the Fear Out of Franchising and 101 Questions to Ask Before Investing in a Franchise.

SEMINAR TITLE: The A to Zs of Buying a Franchise
DATE: Oct 8th

SEMINAR TITLE: Are You A Perfect Fit For Franchising?
DATE: Oct 9th

Don Schin


Don has 22 years of experience in franchising and business ownership as a master franchisee, a multi-unit owner, a broker consultant, and a franchisor executive. This event is about asking yourself the right questions before you buy, too!

SEMINAR TITLE: How To Find The Right Franchise For Me
DATE: Oct 8th & 9th

April Porter


April Porter is a Franchise Empire Building Strategist, an award-winning multi-unit franchisee, attorney and CEO of Ask April Porter. April has been named a Top Influencer in the Global Franchising Industry, hosts the #1 Franchisee Podcast on Apple – The Infinite Franchisee Show – and is receiving the Chairman’s Award for Distinguished Service to the Franchising Industry in September from the AAFD.

April fills the gap between the franchise model and ultimate success by providing franchisees the strategies needed to increase profits, build reliable teams and scale to multiple locations.

April helps franchisors turn their brands into empires by helping underperformers become top performers and top performers become multi-unit owners.

SEMINAR TITLE: Filling the Franchise Gap
TIME: Oct 7 – Exhibitors only event.

SEMINAR TITLE: Top Mistakes to Avoid When Starting a Business
DATE: Oct 8th

Ronald N. Silberstein

Certified Franchise Executive

Professional experience includes managing partner of a high-growth CPA firm that specialized in audits of public companies and franchise companies, and 4 1/2 years as CFO and Chief Administrative Officer of a group of companies with a public parent. The group included a large franchisor, manufacturing companies, wholesale distributors, and a dot com – e-commerce company.

SEMINAR TITLE: The roles of your trusted professional advisors in assisting you 1) with the purchase of a franchise and 2) after you have purchased the franchise (and how to get the services you need, at the lowest overall cost.)”

DATE: Oct 8th & 9th

Chris Raimo

CEO, Happy Cat Hotels and Spas, and Happy Cat Franchising

Chris Raimo is the founder and CEO of Happy Cat Hotels and Spas and Happy Cat Franchising – a luxury cat boarding, grooming and retail concept. Chris has been primarily involved with or led small businesses throughout most of his career, thus he knows the value of people and relationships. His companies are proudly built on foundations  of genuine, supportive cultures, and require teams bring a very high level of authenticity. Happy Cat has been named the World’s Greatest Cat Hotel and has also been featured in Catster Magazine, Entrepreneur, and the Wall St Journal. Chris founded the company in CT where he is native to and currently lives with his wife, 2 children, dog, and yes, only one cat. 

SEMINAR TITLE: The ROI on Emerging Brands: It’s Happiness
DATE: Oct 8