Top Ten Most in Demand Experts for 2022

2023 is almost here! With the new year comes excitement and anticipation for all the great accomplishments yet to be achieved. As you ponder the new year and your franchise system goals, let’s look at some of our most in-demand experts from 2022. These franchise-savvy keynote speakers not only helped franchisors hit each of their objectives, they also provided key and unique insights into today’s most important topics. Let’s look at this shortlist of our highly-sought after keynote speakers!

Troy Hazard
Troy Hazard

TROY HAZARD: Future-Proofing Your Business

There are few situations in the business world that Troy Hazard has not experienced and survived. The entrepreneurial genius, who has founded and nurtured thirteen businesses over three decades, has turned around businesses that were making enormous losses and has consulted to countless successful companies including Goodyear, Baskin Robbins, Subway, Fisher & Paykel, and many more.

Troy’s business talents earned him international respect, so much so that he was elected by the world’s foremost business leaders for the role of Global President of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, a role he says was one of his greatest challenges.

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Scott Greenberg

SCOTT GREENBERG: The Wealthy Franchisee: Game-Changing Steps to Grow Your Business

Scott Greenberg designs game-changing steps to grow businesses, build high-performing teams and create unforgettable customer experiences. For ten years Scott was a multi-unit, award-winning franchise owner with Edible Arrangements. His operation won international recognition: “Best Customer Service” and “Manager of the Year,” out of more than 1000 locations worldwide. Today he’s a sought-after international speaker, consultant, and author, with clients that include McDonalds, Great Clips, GNC, RE/MAX, Smoothie King, Global Franchise Group, and countless other companies in all 50 U.S. states and throughout the world. Going beyond numbers and profits, Scott delves into the human side of business to help organizations boost performance and make a memorable impact on the lives of customers and employees.

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Kelly McDonald

KELLY MCDONALD: How to Work with and Lead People Not Like You

Kelly McDonald is considered one of the nation’s top experts in diversity & inclusion, leadership, marketing, the customer experience, and consumer trends.  She has been featured on CNBC, in Forbes, INC. Magazine, BusinessWeek, CEO World, Fast Company, and more.  She is the author of four bestselling books on how to market to, sell to, serve and work with people “not like you”.

Her franchise client experience includes brands such as Toyota, Burger King, State Farm, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Harley-Davidson, Great Clips, Mattress Firm, Ace Hardware, True Value Hardware, Maids International, and KOA (Kampgrounds of America).

Kelly was named one of the “10 Most Booked Speakers in the U.S.” and ranked #1 on the list of “25 Hot Speakers” by Successful Meetings Magazine.

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Ford Saeks

FORD SAEKS: Business Growth Accelerator and Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker

Ford Saeks specializes in helping franchises increase performance and profits. His practical marketing approach and proven strategies have been applied across a wide variety of industries and his real-life insights are delivered through entertaining, interactive, customized presentations.

The author of four books, including the popular releases, “Accelerate! A Franchisee’s Guide to Dominate Local Markets and Increase Sustainable Sales” and “Superpower! A Superhero’s Guide to Leadership, Business, and Life.” Ford is widely recognized for his insights on franchising, business success, digital marketing, customer engagement, lead generation, local marketing, and helping people be accountable for their personal and professional results.

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Greg Nathan

GREG NATHAN: Psychologist and Founder, Franchise Relationships Institute

Often described as the international thought leader and expert on franchise relationships, no one understands the unique challenges and rewards inherent in the franchisee-franchisor relationship like Greg Nathan and his team at Franchise Relationships Institute. They have spent over 30 years researching the science of successful franchise relations. Working with hundreds of franchise systems around the world, Greg and his team have developed some remarkable tools and models to help franchisors create Profitable Partnerships. Greg’s presentation style is engaging, and his interactive facilitation brings the best out of any group. If you haven’t read Greg’s books Profitable Partnerships or The Franchise E-Factor, or heard him speak, you are in for a rewarding experience. His sessions consistently receive the highest ratings.

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Vernice "Flygirl" Armour

VERNICE “FLYGIRL” ARMOUR: America’s First Black Female Combat Pilot; Former Marine & COP; Author, Zero to Breakthrough; and Consultant to Business

Combat tests you. Being a beat cop tests you. Life tests you. Three brothers and being the only girl…tests you. Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour has been tested her whole life. A gutsy trailblazer, her resume is an impressive collection of “firsts” including America’s first Black woman combat pilot. She served two tours of duty in Iraq as a Marine. She was also a diversity liaison officer to the Pentagon for Headquarters Marine Corps. After her military service, FlyGirl revved up her career in the private sector as an entrepreneur, consultant to business, and author of Zero to Breakthrough, The 7-Step, Battle-Tested Method for Accomplishing Goals that Matter.

As a speaker, FlyGirl unleashes hard-hitting advice and amazing anecdotes from her adventures on the battlefield and in business. She helps individuals and organizations Get Gutsy and build a sustainable inner force and conviction, that results in accomplishing significant goals.

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Seth Mattison

SETH MATTISON: Navigating What’s Next—Insights for Shaping the Future of Business

Seth Mattison advises many of the world’s leading brands and organizations on the key shifts happening around talent management, change and innovation, leadership, and the future of work. On stage, he’s energetic, passionate and uses humor brilliantly to inspire change in relationships and culture—in a multi-generational franchise organization, as well as with clients, both in and out of your generational sphere.

In today’s new world of work, Seth believes in the 3 C’s:

Courage to embrace continual change.

Curiosity to continue learning and stay ahead.

Commitment to show up with your whole self every day.

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Meridith Elliott Powell

MERIDITH ELLIOTT POWELL: Strategies to Turn Uncertainty to Competitive Advantage

Thought-provoking, Inspiring, Highly-Engaging, Programs Packed with Cutting-Edge Content, Gets Your Franchise Team to Do The Impossible – Take Action! – that is how franchise audiences describe Meridith Elliott Powell. A master-certified business growth strategist, and award-winning author, Meridith helps franchises and franchisors around the world gain the sales and leadership strategies they need to turn uncertainty to strategic advantage.

Meridith recently received the CPAE – Council of Peers Award for Excellence and was inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame. This honor is awarded to less than one percent of professional speakers. Voted one of the Top 15 Business Growth Experts to watch by Currency Fair, a Top Sales Experts to Follow by LinkedIn, and Top 41 Motivational Sales Speakers. Meridithhas a cutting-edge message, rooted in real-life examples and real-world knowledge.

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Alan Stein, Jr.

ALAN STEIN, JR: High-Performance Secrets from the Best of the Best!

Alan Stein, Jr. teaches proven strategies to improve franchisor/franchisee performance, create effective leadership, increase team cohesion and collaboration, and develop winning mindsets, rituals, and routines.

A successful business owner and veteran basketball performance coach, he spent 15 years working with the highest-performing athletes on the planet (including NBA superstars Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, and Kobe Bryant).

In his franchise-specific keynote programs and workshops, Alan reveals how to utilize the same approaches in business that elite athletes use to perform at a world-class level. He delivers practical lessons that can be implemented immediately.

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Judi Holler

JUDI HOLLER: Helping Teams, Companies, and Humans Adapt in an Unscripted World

Judi Holler is an author, keynote speaker, and the creator of Haus of {&}, a lifestyle brand on a mission to make the world a more confident place one “AND” at a time because forward momentum is your secret weapon.

For the last decade, Judi has worked with companies like Four Seasons, Marriott, Bank of America, Ford, T-Mobile, The Boston Red Sox, The Ritz Carlton, and more, teaching the power of the improvisational mindset. Each year Judi speaks on stages around the United States and beyond to audiences of 10 – 10,000, sharing the confidence-building methodology she’s developed with her interactive and inspirational keynote speeches.



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