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VIC Breakfast 21/08/15

Franchise Recruitment

Friday 21 August 2015

As the Australian economy continues to experience structural change after unprecedented growth, it is getting more challenging to find quality franchisees to continue the growth of your brand.

On top of this, when you find the right franchisee, access to funding can be an issue. This is the new normal in franchising and it's a challenge that the industry faces. Given this change, and the more limited number of people looking to buy a business, how do you make your franchise stand out from the various options available to franchise applicants in the market?

Join us for a lively panel discussion, with funding providers and franchisors that are experiencing some success in their franchise recruitment.

Panel members will include:

Maria Robinson

After running the family business for 5 years Maria entered the realm of banking, where she has been for almost 20 years. Much of Maria's career has been in mortgage franchise systems where she has held various roles including field management, franchise operations, franchise recruitment and various strategic projects.  Maria is known for executing franchise operations with a strategic and commercial edge.  She is currently National Capability Development Manager with ANZ heading up franchise recruitment, training, contracts, on boarding and participating in a number of strategic initiatives.

Peter Fiasco

Peter Fiasco is the National Franchise Development Manager for Hairhouse Warehouse and currently sits on the Franchise Council of Australia, Victorian Committee Board.

He started his career in the retail industry more than 20 years ago and has worked for large and small retailers across that time, including as State Operations Manager for the Brazin Group, who operated the chain of Sanity Music stores; the Giordano international clothing brand; and as National Operations Manager and later General Manager of Operations and General Manager of Franchise Development at Quest Serviced Apartments. Peter has also worked in the vocational training industry and it was here that he developed his training skills and was appointed as a senior Retail Trainer, he also has his accreditation in DISC Behavioural Profiling.

Paul Marturano

Paul's passion and drive has earned him the respect required to hold high level positions within every organization he has worked within. Operating his own Franchise retail clothing business for over six years makes Paul well qualified to head up the Glenvill Regional Franchise operation and he is confident to expand and grow the Glenvill Regional Franchise brand in the coming decades.

Now enjoying over 20 years in the building industry, Paul was top six nationally selling with AVJennings before moving into Sales Management. He also spent five years in land acquisitions with Metricon Homes where he expanded his knowledge in Sales, Marketing and Land acquisition within the industry.

Bruce Waddington

Bruce Waddington is the co-founder and Managing Director of Geotech Information Services.  Geotech is a Melbourne based consulting company that specialises in the supply and analysis of information in order to drive effective business growth strategy. 

Bruce is qualified in mathematics and market analytics and has over 20 years consulting experience with as specialisation in the franchise sector.  Bruce has overseen the development of growth strategy for many franchise networks over the last 2 decades, working closely with everything from start-ups to large multi-national franchise systems.


David Christie

David grew up in southern Africa and studied Literature at the University of Cape Town but received his real education working in restaurants.  In 2004 he joined Bakers Delight/COBS Bread as a sales assistant while travelling through Canada. Since then he has learnt the bakery and retail business from the ground up and has held key leadership positions in all countries that COBS Bread/Bakers Delight operates in.  He has lived in six different cities in the US and Canada while expanding the brand.  In 2012 he moved to Melbourne to take on the role of General Manager, overseeing operations in Australia and New Zealand.


Date: Friday 21 August 2015

Time: 8.00am - 9.30am

Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 2 Clarendon Street, Melbourne. (Please note this event will be held in the exhibition hall of the Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo)

Cost: $40.00 FCA Members, $55.00 Non-members. Ticket includes a light buffet breakfast and refreshments and access to the Expo

Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Starting: 8:00 AM
Friday 21st August 2015
Ending: 9:30 AM
Phone Enquiries: 1300 669 030
Email Enquiries: daphne.kechagias@franchise.org.au

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