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INTERNATIONAL SPEAKERS NAMED FOR NZ FRANCHISE CONFERENCE


last updated 13/08/2018

April 2018 – A top US franchisor is among the new speakers announced for this year’s National Franchise Conference

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Catherine Monson will share over 30 years' experience with some of the top business-to-business franchise brands in the US in Taupo this August

Catherine Monson will share over 30 years' experience with some of the top business-to-business franchise brands in the US in Taupo this August

One of the USA’s top franchisors has been announced as a keynote speaker for the National Franchise Conference being held in Taupo in August. Catherine Monson is a future Chair of the International Franchise Association (IFA) and has over 30 years’ experience of franchise management with several top-name brands.

Catherine is CEO and President of Fastsigns International Inc which has systemwide sales of almost US$450 million with 650-plus franchisees in 9 countries. In 2009, she received the IFA Bonny LeVine Award in recognition of her mentoring others. In 2010, the Dallas Business Journal named her a top Women Industry Leader in the Dallas Metroplex and in 2012 she appeared on the Emmy Award-winning series Undercover Boss to learn new ways to advance the FASTSIGNS® brand.

She received the IFA’s first Franchise Action Network FAN of the Year award for her advocacy work in the franchising community and was also honoured with the 2016 Leadership Award from the Women That Soar organisation.

Catherine currently serves on the Board of Directors of the IFA as 2nd Vice Chair and will be Chairperson in 2020. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors for two other franchise companies: early learning specialists The Learning Experience and Brain Balance, which specialises in supplemental learning for children with behavioural issues.

Addressing the issues

The conference’s opening speaker has also been announced: former world squash champion and Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy. There will be a focus on employment, one of the hottest issues in franchising right now, with presentations from the Labour Inspectorate and workshops on both legal and HR implications. Jason Gehrke will also be coming from Australia to offer some lessons from that country’s recent immigration and employment issues in some high profile brands which led to the introduction of joint employer liability. http://www.franchise.co.nz/article/2626-fair-work-changes-pass-in-australia

The National Franchise Conference is a must-attend event for anyone wanting to learn about current trends and issues, looking to improve the performance of their franchisees and clients, or wanting to franchise their own business. Read more about the Conference here – early bird rates available until 1st May.

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