August 17, 2016

FaegreBD Franchise Summit

Optimizing Franchise Performance and Protecting the Franchise Business Model

Minneapolis, MN



The FaegreBD Franchise Summit is a "can't miss" event for franchise executives nationally. With many external forces impacting the franchise business model, a franchisor and its franchisees must fully align around what will drive success and sustainability.

The core drivers in any franchise system remain vitally important: unit-level economics, delivery on the brand promise, innovation and system change, and passionate and committed leadership. But they aren’t sufficient to defend against today’s challenges, like joint employer and related attacks and the public’s unawareness of franchising’s contributions to the economy.

For the 2016 Summit, our mission is to bring the best and brightest in franchising together for two days of meaningful dialogue focused on "real world" best practices that will be difference makers for attendees.

International Franchise Association Chair and Managing Partner of NRD Capital, Aziz Hashim, will join us as keynote speaker. Strategic marketing visionary Tom Feltenstein will speak about “An Enemy Called Average: The Keys to Remarkability,” and former professional basketball player turned leader on peak performance, Walter Bond, will present on “Franchise Harmony.” 

Other speakers include:

  • Mike Bidwell, The Dwyer Group
  • Kathleen Gilmartin, Interim Healthcare
  • Tam Kennedy, Taco John’s Owner, Roseville, MN
  • Victoria Blackwell, Papa Murphy’s International
  • Rob Goggins, Great Clips, Inc.
  • Kerry Olson, Carlson Hotels
  • Steve White, PuroSystems
  • Thom Gilday, BrightStar Care
  • Cathy Deano, Painting with a Twist
  • Saunda Kitchen, Mr. Rooter, Sonoma, CA
  • Kurt Landwehr, Regis Corporation
  • Paul Pickett, Wild Birds Unlimited, Inc.

For more information, including a detailed agenda and information on the event room block at the Radisson Blu Minneapolis, please visit the event website.

Thank you to our sponsors for this year's Summit:

There is no fee to participate. Due to the popularity of this event and our desire to accommodate as many franchisors and franchisees as possible, we are unable to accept reservations from suppliers outside of our sponsors.

Questions? Contact Lindsey Merek at +1 317 237 1289 or

Services and Industries


Wednesday, August 17 - Thursday, August 18, 2016

All times in CDT
10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. | Registration
10:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Program (lunch provided)
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. | Networking Reception and Dinner

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. | Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Program (lunch provided)
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Networking Reception


Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown
35 S. Seventh Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402

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