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Sara Pantaleo


Sara Pantaleo is the Chief Executive Officer of La Porchetta, Australasia's largest, franchised, licensed, à-la-carte restaurant group. Sara is a former Franchise Woman of the Year (2010) and a Telstra Businesswoman of the Year Victorian finalist (2012).

In 1996, when Sara joined La Porchetta, there were only 12 restaurants in Australia and she was instrumental in driving growth across Australia and New Zealand. Sara achieved this by building corporate systems and process that enabled the company to expand without compromising its core family values and culture.

Innovation has been vital to La Porchetta's success and under Sara's direction, ongoing structural and service developments have positioned the group for continued growth.

Sara is a passionate advocate for franchising as a business model and she joined the FCA Board in 2012. She has previously served as Vice President of the Victorian Chapter and as a member of the FCA CEO Group.

Sara holds a diploma in Business (franchising) and is a Certified Franchise Executive. The latter is an international accreditation and Sara was in the first group of Australian executives to complete the program.

Sara's strong commitment to ongoing industry development has seen her present at FCA and other business conferences on crisis management and general business topics.

Sara is keen to mentor and support others in the industry. She is in regular contact with startup franchise systems and is generous with her time and sharing her expertise. She always makes herself available when requested.

Sara is also passionate about supporting small business generally and family businesses in particular.  She joined the Family Business Association (FBA) Victorian Committee in January, 2014 and she now chairs the Victorian Committee and is a member of the National Board.

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