Jason and Larry both bring considerable franchise operations and technology experience to the table and will greatly add to the discussion of how franchise operations executives can prepare now for the evolving field consultant role.
Boston, MA (PRWEB) March 21, 2013
Franchise Operations Performance Summit (OPS), the only franchise executive conference dedicated to operations performance excellence, recently expanded its roster of speakers to continue to expand on their focus of technology in the field. Jason Larson, vice president of operations for BizUnite, and Larry Thibodeau, managing partner of Flexecution, Inc. have joined the speaker list. Franchise OPS takes place May 2-3 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts.
“We are focusing on technology and how it can be used to enhance the role of the franchise field consultant,” said Evan Hackel, a fellow speaker at Franchise OPS and the founder of sponsor Ingage Consulting. “Jason and Larry both bring considerable franchise operations and technology experience to the table and will greatly add to the discussion of how franchise operations executives can prepare now for the evolving field consultant role.”
Larson, is the vice president of operations for BizUnite, one of CCA Global Partners’ most profitable and fastest growing divisions. BizUnite, founded in 2007, is the leading business services marketplace for small and medium sized businesses.
“A big part of the role of the franchise field consultant is helping franchisee implement cost-saving programs and that’s my particular area of expertise,” said Larson. “I’m delighted to be part of Franchise OPS so we can delve deeper into what it will take for field consultants of the future to succeed.”
Thibodeau is the managing partner of Flexecution, Inc., a leader in retail store execution. His franchise operations track record of success extends to all facets of retail store execution, including installation, construction, merchandising, warehousing and consolidation.
“The franchise field consultant of the future will have access to online training 24/7. Part of the evolving role of the field consultant will be to help them utilize these training tools to become better owners. As a result, the field consultant role will become more like a business coach than a big brother from corporate checking up on them,” said Thibodeau. “With this two-day event, we literally have hundreds of years of franchise operations experience available to attendees to brainstorm and discuss how field consultants can best work with franchisees down the road.”
Topics to be covered over the two days of workshops include:
- Technology for Field Consultants
- The Field Consultant of the Future
- Better Onboarding
- FDD Item 19 - How to Do It Right
In addition to Hackel, Larson and Thibodeau, the Franchise OPS speaker roster includes Bob Gappa of Management 2000, Deb Binder of Ingage Consulting, Rupert M. Barkoff of Kilpatrick, Townsend and Stockton; Keith Gerson of FranConnect; Eric Stites of Franchise Business Review; Stacey Ruth of Actio Marketing; Mindy Golde of Listen360; Matt Talbot of GoSpotCheck; Cordell Riley of Tortal; and Steve Abercrombie of Profit Soup.
In addition to the educational benefits, roundtable discussions and networking opportunities with C-level franchise executives, Franchise OPS offers the added bonus of being approved for 300 CFE credits by the International Franchise Association.
Interested parties can take advantage of the Early Bird Special and save $100 by registering for Franchise OPS before March 25 for $599. After that, the fee increases to $699.
Franchise OPS is sponsored by FranConnect, Franchise Business Review, Kilpatrick Townsend; Actio Marketing, BizUnite, Flexecution, Ingage Consulting, Listen360, Management 2000, GoSpotCheck, ProfitSoup and Tortal. For complete information on Franchise OPS, please visit http://www.franchiseoperationssummit.com.