NATIONAL FRANCHISE CONVENTION 2017
What is standing between you and a smarter future for your franchise? The answer could be something as simple as a new conversation that makes you think differently than you ever have before. Join hundreds of business leaders in Australia’s biggest franchising event. NFC17 is thought provoking, inspiring, big and ultimately invaluable. Its conversation and revelation. Its exhibitors, panels, round-tables, masterclass, plenaries and culminating with a celebration for excellence in franchising at the gala awards dinner.
MEET THE SPEAKERS
Come learn from Australia’s top influential business leaders in a series of sessions and talks over three days. It’s an extraordinary experience not to be missed!
Ray Titus is the CEO of United Franchise Group and its affiliated companies. Mr. Titus is a life-long entrepreneur who began his career with his father, franchising legend Roy Titus, and went on to develop a group of successful brands and franchise development services. The company has over 1,400 franchisees in more than 80 countries with the brands: franchise industry giant Signarama, the world’s largest sign franchise; Fully Promoted, a branded products & marketing services company; SuperGreen Solutions, the one-stop shop for energy efficient products; Transworld Business Advisors, the #1 ranked business brokerage franchise; Experimac, a retail store offering repairs and sales of pre-owned Apple laptops, tablets and phones; Jon Smith Subs, a high quality sandwich dining experience; VentureX, a revolutionary designed private membership office space, workspace and meeting rooms for today’s innovative professionals and entrepreneurs; our newest brand, Paramount Tax, a CPA firm providing value to individuals and businesses through a broad range of services. In April of 2016, United Franchise Group and Ray Titus committed $1.5 million dollars toward the creation of the Titus Franchising Center at Palm Beach Atlantic University for students who aim to own and operate their own businesses through franchising.
United Franchise Group also offers a unique range of development services that assist other franchise companies from conception to international expansion. Among those, Franchise Real Estate, a full-service commercial real estate brokerage and consultant firm with a track record of delivering superior results. Franchise Real Estate provides integrated services, from strategic planning to financing to execution, that are creative, cost-effective and responsive to each client’s specific commercial real estate needs.
Head of Corporate Brand Support
Natalie Brennan is the FCA Franchise Woman of the Year 2016. Natalie started her career in the Franchise sector at almost 15 years old; now some 3 decades later she’s still passionate about franchising and paving the way for other women in this sector.
Natalie spent the first 10 years of her career in Operational Training roles with multi-unit operations including Collins Foods, Power House Hotels and the Billabong Group. She has since trained thousands of people, leading, mentoring and inspiring along the way.
Natalie is currently the Head of Corporate Brand Support for Foodco, working alongside her husband John. The two have twin 4 year old boys.
Hugh S. Bradlow is President of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, and Chief Scientist at Telstra Corporation. In the latter role he acts as a “forward scout” looking at the longer term technology directions and technology disruption that will impact Telstra and its customers.
Prior to becoming Chief Scientist he was Chief Technology Officer and Head of Innovation at Telstra, responsible for the introduction of new technologies into Telstra’s business.
Before joining Telstra in September 1995, Professor Bradlow was Professor of Computer Engineering at the University of Wollongong in Australia and Professor of Electrical Engineering (Digital Systems) at the University of Cape Town.
Professor Bradlow is a graduate in electrical engineering from the University of Cape Town in 1973 and received the D.Phil. degree for research in experimental nuclear physics from the University of Oxford. He is an Emeritus Professor of the University of Wollongong, a Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne, and a recipient of a Centenary Medal from the Commonwealth of Australia.
He is globally recognised as a thought leader in telecommunications and was elected as the joint 2009 Australian Telecommunications Ambassador of the Year, named by Global Telecom Business as one of the most 100 most influential telecommunications executives in the world and Smart Company designated him as one of the 12 most influential people in Australian ICT.
International Speaker / Author / Consultant
Steve Simpson is an international speaker, consultant and author. Described by UK based eCustomer Service World as ‘Australia’s leading corporate culture authority’, Steve has created the concept of UGRs® which is receiving global acclaim as a tool to understand and improve organisational culture.
Steve has spoken at two World Conferences on Customer Service Management, in the US – where he rated in the Top 10 speakers. He has recently spoken at UK Customer Management Conference in Edinburgh, the Regional Conference for the Academy of Chief Executives in London, and the International Leadership Symposium in Johannesburg. He is the author of two books and a contributing author to a further two books.
Tim Reed joined the MYOB Group in July 2004 when it acquired accounting software developer Solution 6. Tim was appointed CEO in 2008 after spending over four years in management roles including Managing Director of MYOB Australia and MYOB Group Product Executive.
Throughout his time with the MYOB Group, Tim has overseen the business’ growth and its expansion into cloud products and Connected Services, including the acquisition of BankLink in 2013. He also led the creation of the Enterprise Division via the acquisitions of Commac and Exonet in 2007 and PayGlobal in 2014.
Prior to joining the MYOB Group, Tim worked in Silicon Valley within a number of companies in global technology and internet markets.
Tim is a Member of the Business Council of Australia and the Business Advisory Panel of the Minister for Small Business.
Tim holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, graduating as Baker Scholar, and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Melbourne.
Exhibitors and Sponsors
Sponsorship and exhibition at the National Franchise Convention provides you the chance to align your brand with an event that attracts leaders and decision-makers in the franchise sector.Sponsor & Exhibitor Prospectus