NATIONAL FRANCHISE CONFERENCE DRAWS BIG NAMES FOR AUGUST
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March 2017 - Innovation, integration and resilience are the themes for this year's annual conference of the Franchise Association
The 2017 National Franchise Conference is attracting some big names as speakers. ‘As franchisors and franchisees face challenges from disruptive technology, increasing competition and media and legislative scrutiny, the conference will be a “must-attend” event,’ says Brad Jacobs, Chairman of the Franchise Association of New Zealand.
Being held at the Novotel Hamilton Tainui Hotel on 3-5 August, the conference features a full programme on the theme of Innovation, Integration and Resilience.
Drawing on his Maori culture to present modern-day business lessons, Ngahihi o te ra Bidois is an international leadership speaker who has presented throughout the world, including the New York offices of Google. His presentation will share experiences from his leadership experiences in management and teaching.
Logan Sears will discuss applying a customer-focused strategy to digital evolution and unlocking the mystery around digital disruption. The CEO of Green Acres and Hire a Hubby, Logan is also a director of the New Zealand Lotteries Commission.
Scott Bush is New Zealand General Manager of Domino’s, the global pizza giant which reckons to have 40 new digital technology projects on the go at any one time, including the drone delivery programme currently being tested in New Zealand. Scott is a former multi-unit franchisee himself.
Pete Burdon is founder of Media Training NZ. Formerly a daily news reporter and government press secretary, his focus is preparing leaders to master media interviews and readying organisations to survive intense media and public scrutiny. Pete will also be running a workshop session.
Bill Edwards of USA-based Edwards Global Services has over 40 years of international business experience. Bill has worked on projects in 68 countries and publishes the GlobalVue country-ranking tool to help franchises decide which are the best countries for profitable development of their business.
Dr Callum Floyd of six-times Westpac Award-winners Franchize Consultants will discuss franchise network evolution, looking particularly at current trends impacting franchise system business models and changes that franchises are making to adapt and improve sustainability.
Jason Witehira is both a New World franchisee and chairman of the New World North Island supermarket owners’ group. The recipient of the Outstanding Maori Business Leaders Award for 2016, Jason also lends his expertise to The Foodbowl, an open-access processing plant used as a testing ground for new food products and is a member of Nuku ki te Puku, Callaghan Innovation’s Maori economy programme.
‘As always, there will also be a full programme of round table discussions, networking and social events,’ says Robyn Pickerill, the CEO of FANZ. ‘We are announcing more presenters all the time.
'Online registrations are now open, with early bird rates offering savings of $250 per delegate. These rates close on 28 April and we are expecting places to go fast, so register now.'
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