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Expert Speaker Series


The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship's Expert Speaker Series provides business owners, nonprofit CEOs and entrepreneurs access to nationally recognized speakers who can share their experiences in operating established businesses and growing successful organizations. These accomplished speakers not only demonstrate genuine passion for entrepreneurship, but also share practical, valuable insight about surviving in today's aggressive business marketplace.

Upcoming Workshops

John P. Hayes

Dr. John P. Hayes, CFE
Director, Titus Center for Franchising
October 12, 2022 | South Florida

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Dr. John P. Hayes, CFE, is a worldwide leading expert on franchising. He has been a franchisee of several concepts, a franchisor of a major American franchise company, and a consultant for franchisors in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Hayes has authored numerous books on franchising and for more than 25 years he has taught The A to Zs of Buying a Franchise at the International Franchise Expo. He is the Titus Chair for Franchise Leadership and director of the Titus Center for Franchising at Palm Beach Atlantic University and the founder and owner of Hayes Marketing Services.

Guest Panel Speakers: Andy Cagnetta -Transworld Business Advisors, President | Sherri Seiber – FranFund, President | Tipton Shonkwiler,CFE - Accurate Franchising, President | Nick Boariu, CFE - Co-founder of Clothes Bin Franchise

Workshop Description: Operating a business and trying to grow it at the same time is a challenging proposition. During this workshop, Dr. Hayes along with an expert panel, will explore how and why franchising is a proven business growth strategy, especially for those leaders that have limited time, money, and human resources. Join us and discover if franchising is the right solution for your business and the steps you will need to take to turn your business into a franchise.

Previous Speakers

Harvey Seifter Headshot
Harvey Seifter
Founder & Director, Art of Science Learning
June 15, 2022 | Tallahassee


Greg Buschman Headshot
Greg Buschman, Ph.D.(c)
Founder, Strategic Leadership Development
April 26, 2022 | Fort Lauderdale


Regina Phelps Headshot
Regina Phelps
Founder, Emergency Management & Safety Solutions
May 25, 2022 | Jacksonville



Gail Perry Headshot
Gail Perry, CFRE, MBA
Author of "Fire-Up Fundraising"
October 1-2, 2020 | Tallahassee

Kenya Madison Headshot
Kenya Madison
Host/Creator, People of Power Show
September 20, 2019 | Palm Beach

Ryo Zsun Headshot
Ryo Zsun
Culture Maestro, Zappos.com
June 28, 2019 | Orlando

Magie Cook Headshot
Magie Cook
Founder, Magie's All Natural Fresh Salsa & Dips
May 10, 2019 | Jacksonville

Simeon Terry Headshot
Simeon Terry
Vice President of Diversity Affairs, Austin Commercial
October 31, 2018 | Tallahassee

Willie Jolley Headshot
Dr. Willie Jolley
President/CEO, Willie Jolley Worldwide
September 21, 2018 | Palm Beach

Colin Brown Headshot
Colin Brown
CEO, JM Family Enterprises
June 2, 2018 | Boca Raton

Alicia Rainwater Headshot
Alicia Rainwater
Keynote Speaker, Center for Generational Kinetics
May 4, 2018 | Jacksonville

Greg Vestri Headshot
Greg Vestri
Co-Founder, Vestment Global Services
February 20, 2018 | Tallahassee

Ann Mcneill Headshot
Ann McNeill
President/CEO, McNeill Construction
October 13, 2017 | Palm Beach

Marie Johns Headshot
Marie Johns
Former Deputy Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration
October 5, 2017 | Tallahassee

Arturo Nunez Headshot
Arturo Nunez
Head of Marketing Latin America and Caribbean, Apple, Inc.
May 12, 2017 | Tallahassee

Shawn Pfunder Headshot
Shawn Pfunder
Editor-In-Chief, GoDaddy.com
May 6, 2017 | Boca Raton

Shoneji Robison Headshot
Shoneji Robison
Managing Partner & Co-Owner, Southern Girl Desserts
October 6, 2016 | Tallahassee

Rick Caldwell Headshot
Rick Caldwell
CEO/President, RCultures, Inc.
September 23, 2016 | West Palm Beach

Robert Hacker Headshot
Robert Hacker
Consultant, Strategist, Professor, Author, Speaker
June 8, 2016 | Tallahassee

Don Yaeger Headshot
Don Yaeger
New York Times Best-Selling Author
May 25, 2016 | Tallahassee

Robert Yonover Headshot
Robert Yonover
CEO & Founder, SEE/RESCUE® Corporation
April 12, 2016 | Fort Lauderdale

Phyllis Newhouse Headshot
Phyllis Newhouse
CEO & Founder, Xtreme Solutions, Inc.
December 8, 2015 | Fort Lauderdale

Steve Forbes Headshot
Steve Forbes
Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Media
October 16, 2015 | Tallahassee | Limited to FSU Students

Joe Abraham Headshot
Joe Abraham
Founder, BOSI Global and Author, Entrepreneurial DNA
May 21, 2015 | Tallahassee

Zalmi Duchman Headshot
Zalmi Duchman
Founder, The Fresh Diet
March 17, 2015 | Forth Lauderdale

Laurie Silvers Headshot
Laurie Silvers
Co-Founder, SyFy Channel
October 28, 2014 | Fort Lauderdale

Marie Johns
Former Deputy Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration
October 24, 2014 | Tallahassee

Phyllis Newhouse
CEO & Co-Founder, Xtreme Solutions, Inc
May 22, 2014 | Tallahassee

Frans Johansson Headshot
Frans Johansson
CEO & Founder, The Medici Group
April 15, 2014 | Fort Lauderdale

Nancy Carter Headshot
Nancy Carter
Senior Vice President, Research Catalyst, Inc.
February 15, 2014 | Tallahassee

Cassius Butts Headshot
Cassius Butts
Region IV Regional Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration
September 26, 2013 | Tallahassee

Brad Pierce Headshot
Brad Pierce
President, Restaurant Equipment World
August 10, 2013 | Amelia Island

Ron Busby Headshot
Ron Busby
Chairman of the Board of Directors, U.S. Black Chamber, Inc.
May 23, 2013 | Tallahassee

Colin Brown Headshot
Colin Brown
CEO & President, JM Family Enterprises, Inc.
September 20, 2012 | Tallahassee

Janet Gurwitch Headshot
Janet Gurwitch
Founder & Former CEO, Laura Mercier Cosmetics
April 19, 2012 | Tallahassee

Chris Brogan Headshot
Chris Brogan
President/CEO, Human Business Works
October 20, 2011 | Tallahassee

Rami Jabaji
Senior Marketing Manager, PepsiCo
October 20, 2011 | Tallahassee

Dana Williams Headshot
Dana Williams
Director of Marketing and Communications, Southwest Airlines
August 25, 2011 | Tallahassee

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