What Did You LOVE About The 2013 Conference?

Regardless of its varied historical origins, Valentine's Day has now come to be recognized as a celebration of LOVE.  To celebrate the holiday this year, we want to hear from YOU!  If you attended the 2013 International Franchise Brokers Conference & Expo in Orlando, Florida, please add a comment below telling us what you LOVED about it!

Here at the FBA, we LOVE our brokers and we LOVE our franchisors.  We also LOVE hosting our conference!  Did you LOVE attending the conference?  If so, please let us know in the comments box below!


Congratulations 2013 Award Winners!

Top Producer of the Year

Gold - Sue Bennett
Silver - Al Lesko
Bronze - Yendy Khayat

Visionary of the Year

Gold - Terry Sullivan
Silver - Al Lesko
Bronze - Katy O'Connor

Rookie of the Year

Gold - Vicky Tade
Silver - Rich Greer
Bronze - Cathy Zhang

Broker of the Year

Gold - Bernie Mindorff
Silver - Kathy Burton
Bronze - Cliff Fostoff & Barry Schrag

Carnell Industry Leader of the Year

Gold - Gayle Sutton
Silver - Roger & Sally Studebaker
Bronze - Rich Greer

Trainer of the Year

Gold - Al Lesko
Silver - Todd Weiss
Bronze - Larry Carnell

Business Opportunity of the Year

Gold - Naturals2Go
Silver - Medical Staffing Consultants
Bronze - Global Financial Training Program

Franchise of the Year

Silver - Express Employment Professionals
Bronze - Always Best Care Senior Services

Vendor of the Year

Gold - Tenet Financial Group
Silver - Benetrends
Bronze - Franchise Help


Photos from Day One up on Facebook!

Check out the FBA's facebook page to see photos from Day One of the 5th Annual International Franchise Brokers Conference & Expo!


Franchise Help Leads Giveaway Drawing!

Make sure you stop by the Franchise Help table to register for their FREE leads giveaway drawing. | This drawing is available to all brokers. | The winning name will be drawn at the Closing Session on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at 12:00pm in the Palms Ballroom E-G | You could win a package of fifty (50) leads, valued at $1,750, from brands in our inventory of concepts!


FranMatrix Conference Promotion!

FranMatrix is pleased to offer the following promotions, available only at this year's International Franchise Brokers Conference & Expo!


For BizOpps & Franchisors:

- 6 months with unlimited assessment reports for only $695 (regularly $1,495)

- 12 months with unlimited assessment reports for only $995 (regularly $1,995)



For Brokers:

- 6 months with unlimited assessment reports for only $395 (regularly $755)

- 12 months with unlimited assessment reports for only $595 (regularly $895)



Stop by the FranMatrix table at the conference to learn more!

Opportunity for Professional Headshots!

A professional headshot is an important asset to anyone who is serious about making a good first impression through your marketing materials. Unfortunately, high-quality photographs like these can often cost five hundred dollars or more, which may not be in your budget.

At the FBA, we understand the importance of getting a nice, professionally-done headshot that doesn’t break the bank. That’s why we’re making this opportunity available to you. Our conference photographer, Anthony Morrison, is offering individual broker headshots for only $150.00 per person!

Anthony Morrison is a published freelance photographer with a wide range of experience, including portraits and events for a variety of companies, individuals, and industries. Check him out at http://amorrisonphoto.com

Photo shoot sessions are available by appointment only and are on a first-come first-serve basis. Space is limited, so to sign up for this amazing opportunity, please email Amy Schultz at a.schultz@franchiseba.com

Check out the FBCE App!

It’s all about WHO you KNOW! One of the biggest benefits of attending the 5th Annual International Franchise Brokers Conference & Expo is getting to meet all of the wonderful people who attend. Contacts are made, new business relationships are forged, and deals are CLOSED! It is so important to us here at the FBA that you get a chance to network with as many individuals as possible.

In the past, we have handed out a printed list of the contact information for all of the attendees at the conference. Not only does this use A LOT of paper, but it's something that could easily be damaged or lost. Also, you would still need to input all of this information into your own contact management software. This year, we wanted to do something different.  So Aidan Augustin and his wonderful crew at Feathr designed a conference event app just for us! Now the contact information for everyone attending the conference will be available right at your fingertips.

But wait - that's not all! The app also contains useful information about the conference including schedule, exhibitors, and sponsors. This information will be continually updated as we approach the conference and even while we are on site. FBA staff will use this app to communicate important messages to everyone in attendance. So make sure you download the Franchise Brokers Conference & Expo app today!

For more information, or for instructions on how to download the app, please contact Amy Schultz, Financial Analyst, at amy@franchiseba.com


Your Chance to Win a FREE Fantastic Sams Franchise License!

I am so excited to announce that Fantastic Sams is graciously and generously giving away a FREE franchise license at this year’s International Franchise Brokers Conference & Expo! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity! This license, which would usually cost $30,000.00, is good for one (1) year, is non-commissionable, has no cash value, and can be used by a paying FBA member broker or their client. But you MUST be present to win!

Here’s what you need to do:

See you there!
Sabrina Wall

P.S. Keep an eye out for a future post where we’ll announce the regions/territories where this license could be used!

David Garfinkel - Keynote Speaker!

We are so excited to announce that we have invited David Garfinkel, the world’s leading teacher of copywriting and applied, common-sense marketing, to be our keynote speaker.

David is an expert at helping salespeople like you get more deals.

At the conference, he will cover:

David will share with you simple, yet powerful, techniques that anyone can use.

If you know how to have a friendly, persuasive conversation with a good prospect, what you learn at this session will be a piece of cake for you.

We’re excited to have David as this year’s keynote speaker. We know you won’t want to miss his valuable presentation that will help you take your business to new heights.


Conference Hotel Reservations Cut-Off Date

The conference will be here before you know it! Everyone here at the FBA is so excited. We are working hard to bring you what we’re sure will be the best International Franchise Brokers Conference & Expo yet!

This notice is to inform you that the hotel reservation cut-off date with the Embassy Suites Orlando-Lake Buena Vista South is OCTOBER 14, 2013. After October 14, 2013, the hotel may NOT be able to offer the discounted group rate of $99.00. They will take reservations on a first-come, first-serve basis until they are full, and those could be at their regular rate.  Once they have reached capacity for the conference dates, they will not be able to accept any more reservations, regardless of your conference affiliation.

We are really looking forward to seeing you all in November!  Please don’t wait until the last minute to make your hotel reservations!

If you have any questions, or need any help, please call our office at 1-888-317-7429.