| Amanda Bialek, Vice President, Konnect Agency
With nearly 15 years of public relations experience, Amanda has worked with clients both large and small in a variety of industries from publicly traded corporations in the TV/Entertainment space, to franchise and start-up companies in the beauty, lifestyle and beverage world.
In her role as Vice President, Amanda’s core responsibilities include organizing teams and accounts to achieve success for both clients, and individual employees. Amanda provides strategic client counsel and support to clients including The Goddard School, Sky Zone, Dave & Buster’s and more, while coaching staff to achieve their professional goals.
|Alex Bingham, SVP, The Little Gym
Alex has been a part of The Little Gym his whole life… literally! He attended the first The Little Gym as a child in Washington where he developed a love of sports that has remained with him to this day. Alex has been a part of The Little Gym International since 2001, and currently oversees strategic direction for the service, marketing, training, and brand development departments.
When not at the office, Alex can be found on the golf course or hanging out with his wife and three kids.
|Christina Dobson, Digital Account Executive, Konnect Agency
Christina Dobson is a social media account executive at Konnect Agency. Specializing in social and digital campaigns, Christina has over 5 years of experience in the digital realm. Working with a wide variety of clients in the food & beverage, franchise, baby and lifestyle categories she has created social and digital campaigns that have excelled her client’s digital presence across multiple platforms.
Christina runs social media campaigns for brands including Sky Zone, KRAVE Jerky and Flow Water.
| Molly Fienning, Co-Founder/Co-CEO, Babiators
Molly Fienning is Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Babiators, one of Forbes’ 100 Most Promising Companies and the leading sunglasses brand for babies and kids (with over 1.4 million pairs sold to date). Molly manages the e-commerce, marketing initiatives and brand strategy for the company.
Prior to Babiators, Molly worked at IBM and Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Molly graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science. She lives in Charleston, SC with her husband Ted and sons, Sawyer (6) and Fox (2).
|Lisa Hafetz, Owner, LMH Advisory Services
Lisa Hafetz is a seasoned financial professional with an extensive and diverse background in both finance and business analysis and consulting. Lisa is on a mission to help small business owners become more financially capable owners through financial education and tools to help them improve their profitability.
Lisa is the owner of LMH Advisory Services, a consulting and coaching business, located in southeast Florida. Lisa’s one-on-one consultations with franchisees have been described as “the best service ever suggested or provided by the franchisor”.
|Rita Goldberg, Founder, British Swim School
Rita Goldberg has spent her life around pools, and in doing so, is well aware of the dangers they pose to children. In the USA, accidental drownings are the number one cause of death for children under 5. Rita set out to do something about it. In 1981, Rita opened her own private Swim School in the basement of her home in Manchester, England. It was here she began to develop the unique teaching methods that have become a recognized trademark of British Swim School.
Rita has since spent decades focusing on developing partnerships with national fitness clubs and a variety of other types of locations. Now, thanks to Rita’s dedication, British Swim School Owners are capitalizing on a model that allows them to open multiple pools, with minimal investment. The organization reaches more than 12,000 students per week and conducted more than 500,000 swimming lessons in 2016, and as Rita puts it, “It’s hard to believe, but we are really only just getting started”.
|Sharon Rennecke, President, Dare to Shine
Sharon Rennecke is a dynamic author, speaker and motivator. She offers tools and topics to turn relationships around; be that personal or in business. She believes we all have our own answers within and that once we get past really seeing ourselves that those answers will come forth to propel us into the grandest, bravest versions of ourselves.
Since her start in women’s fitness coaching, she has been coaching and leading women since 2008. A volunteer life coach for Choices International Programs since 2011; she is passionate about giving back to a program that changes so many hearts, including her own. In 2012 she took her formal life coaching through The Coaches Training Institute in California to not only enhance her group coaching, but also build a strong one on one coaching business apptly named “Dare to Shine”.
Facilitating a fun and interactive environment in her Colors workshops is of vast importance as she knows that the understanding, and the implementation of the colors of personalities into the culture is paramount to the success of any relationship or organization.Sharon lives in Central Alberta on 20 acres that is her ever evolving canvas, and soul’s safe haven.
|Jessica Stollings, President, ReGenerations
Jessica’s passion for generational relations sparked through her leadership roles in talent development and corporate communications for a Fortune 500 company, and through her time as a nationally syndicated news reporter.
Jessica is a graduate of King University. When she’s not speaking you can find her power walking and hosting craft nights in her home state of Tennessee.
|Stuart Vernon, CEO, America’s Swimming Pool
America’s Swimming Pool has become a leader in the swimming pool arena, while also rising in the ranks of the national franchise spotlight. ASP’s success has been recognized by its inclusion in the rankings of Entrepreneur Magazine’s prestigious Top 500 Franchise List. Most recently, recognized again with the Entrepreneur 500 list ranking number 113 for 2017.
As the company CEO, Vernon is responsible for the day to day operations of the franchise company, which include Public Relations, brand management, vendor relationships, financial planning and strategic oversight of his staff. Vernon also serves currently as the CFO of the company.