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Heather Elrod (center) with fellow 2019 Dealmakers Greg Flynn (left) and David Pipes.

The franchise industry has evolved markedly throughout the past 22 years and with it our efforts at Franchise Times to ensure our conferences are worthwhile and relevant for attendees and sponsors. Which brings me to The Franchise Investment Conference, the 2020 iteration of an event we’ve hosted since 1998 and one that, while it’s grown to meet the ever-changing needs of the industry, has always focused on bringing together the franchise community, both franchisees and franchisors, with the lending and investment community.

Our 2020 conference, coming up March 9-11 at the Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West Hotel, just outside Dallas, is where franchise owners, operators, lenders and investors connect with owners and senior executives of leading franchise companies. CEOs and CFOs from a curated list of franchise companies will provide an inside look at their business and investment opportunities. Multiple breakout sessions allow attendees to meet one-on-one with executives and the conference format allows for plenty of networking.

So who should attend? Franchise owners, including prospective franchisees, lenders, investors and family office representatives looking to invest in a franchise business, as should franchisors interested in increasing the visibility of their brand and expanding their financial network.

Check out what’s in store:

1. Compelling brand presentations

Hear from the CEOs and CFOs at dozens of leading franchise brands as they detail their company’s growth plans. Our lineup includes: Paul Macaluso, CEO of Another Broken Egg Café; Scott Deviney, CEO of Chicken Salad Chick; Stephanie Hu, CEO of Fitness Together; Thomas Kim, CEO of Smoothie King; and Mike Weinberger, COO of Unity Rd (formerly One Cannabis). You’ll also hear from leaders at Wendy’s, Tropical Smoothie Café, Take 5, Gold’s Gym, Maui Tacos, Firehouse Subs and many more.

Charlie Morrison

Charlie Morrison

2. Must-see keynote speakers

Wingstop CEO Charlie Morrison headlines the Franchise Investment Conference Tuesday morning, March 10. Morrison, who’s led Wingstop since June 2012, will share how the brand, which has seen 15 years of positive same-store sales, continues to grow and evolve as it nears 1,400 total locations.

Jason Altmire, a former U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania, will share an election overview as 2020 races heat up. Altmire will discuss partisanship and polarization in America, and provide bipartisan, pragmatic solutions for organizations to prosper in the current political environment.

Peter Ricchiuti, a business professor at Tulane University, combines humor and insight as he discusses the economy. He’s the founder of Burkenroad Reports, an investment research program at Tulane.

3. Franchise Times Dealmakers

We’ll reveal the 2020 Dealmakers award winners, including Deal of the Year, during a special awards presentation. The Dealmakers awards recognize the boldest players driving mergers and acquisitions in franchising. Among last year’s winners were Flynn Restaurant Group, which won Deal of the Year for its acquisition of 368 Arby’s stores; Amazing Lash Studio, which attracted WellBiz Brands as a strategic buyer from the founders, backed by Golub Capital; and Neighborly (re-branded from Dwyer Group), which attracted Harvest Partners as a new investor and bought Mosquito Joe and Real Property Management among others.

To request an invitation to attend The Franchise Investment Conference, complete the online application at: franchisetimes.com/Conferences/The-Franchise-Investment-Conference/Invitation-Request/

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