Michael and Laura Pierce

Michael and Laura Pierce

Speaker

We are passionate entrepreneur’s and we are excited about empowering and supporting others to do the work they want to do in order live the life they want to live. As franchise entrepreneurs, we have spent over 15 years living our American dream, one that does not involve corporate bureaucracy or passing time at our desks – instead, paving our own path, and taking on new challenges each day.We know franchising works, we are proof of that. After 13 years we are able to semi-retire and begin to enjoy life now rather than “when we retire.” We want to help you reach your goals through a system that works.

Matthew Kreutzer

Speaker

Experienced in all facets of franchise law, Matt Kreutzer assists both start-up and mature franchisors with developing, protecting and licensing their franchise and distribution systems. As part of this practice, he counsels companies regarding the laws and regulations pertaining to franchising nationwide and assists them in creating their contracts, Franchise Disclosure Documents, and other critical operational documents. With his background in franchise litigation, Matt understands the risks inherent in the relationship and works with his clients to limit those risks so that those franchisors can focus on brand and system growth.Matt received his B.A., cum laude, from The American University in 1995 and his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School in 1998. He is a certified specialist in Franchise and Distribution Law by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization (the “Board”) and is a Commissioner on the Board’s Franchise and Distribution Law committee. Matt is a longstanding officer and member of the California Franchise Law Committee, and is a member of the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising. Matt is an AV® Peer-Review Rated attorney by Martindale Hubbell and was named a “Super Lawyer” in 2013 - 2016 and a “Rising Star” in 2012 by Mountain States Super Lawyers. He was honored as a “Legal Eagle” by Franchise Times magazine in 2013-2016, and as one of the “40 Under 40” by In Business Las Vegas in 2010. He is licensed to practice in the States of Nevada, California and Maryland.

Al Lesko

Speaker

Al Lesko has been a franchise expert since April 2009, he has a proven track record of process improvement, program development, team building, and profitability. In terms of his franchise consulting & funding Al takes great pride in his customer service skills with clients and franchise partners, and brings another perspective to the table for his clients, having purchased and run 2 franchise concepts himself.He's a graduate of Colorado Tech (Summa Cum Laude 3.97 GPA), earning his Baccalaureate of Science degree with a focus in criminal justice. Al’s professional career includes the creation of many successful growth programs for the 6th largest publically traded chain of automotive dealerships, Programs of which are still being used and in process today after he has long left the industry.Al has a long list of credentials as a Funding Expert, Franchise advisor and businessman. Al earned the FBA Consultant of the Year 2010 & 2012., currently holds the CFB and CFM "mentor" accreditation. Gold - Trainer of the year 2013, Silver - Top Producer of the year 2013, and Silver -Visionary of the Year 2013, and Gold Trainer of the year 2014 & 2015. He has been trained and certified in 401k/IRA Rollover funding, Unsecured credit lines for business funding and SBA backed loans.

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