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March 16-18, 2020 | Atlanta — Early Bird registration ends February 14. Sign up today!


Mastering Multi-Unit Expansion

It obviously makes sense to grow your brand via franchise partners you already have, but how do you know which of your franchisees are up for the challenge?

This session will help you evaluate the skills and knowledge of existing partners to see which ones have what it takes to help you expand the brand.

But that’s only half the equation; you must also do your part. Our experts will also help you discover what your company needs in order to support multi-unit ownership.


Downing Barber | Founder & CEO | Barberitos

Downing Barber built Barberitos from an idea to a restaurant chain with 50 locations across seven southeastern states. With more than $40 million in annual sales, the brand celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2020. Downing has instilled a company culture to serve others by focusing on Food, Community and People. He is dedicated to serving farm-fresh food at all locations with items that are made and prepared in-house daily. In addition, he gives back to local non-profits and encourages his employees and operators throughout all locations to be “bigger than a burrito” by also giving back to their communities.

Rafik Farouk | Sr. Director New Franchise Development | Bloomin’​ Brands

Speaker bio coming soon!

Jim Perkins | VP of International Development | Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Jim Perkins joined the Dickey’s Barbecue Pit family as the Vice President of International Development in 2018. Jim partners with the Franchise Sales team to continue to grow the Dickey’s brand internationally. At Dickey’s, Jim seeks to find the perfect partners for international expansion and works with them through every phase of opening their Dickey’s location. Before joining the Dickey’s team, he was the Vice President of Development at MAM Food Co. and Papa Murphy’s. Jim earned his BS in Mathematics and BA in Spanish from Purdue University.

Jim Stevens | President | Golden Chick

Speaker bio coming soon!


Bradley Voreis | VP of Strategic Marketing | Scorpion

Brad Voreis is Vice President of Strategic Marketing at Scorpion, where he focuses on maximizing clients’ overall web presence by helping them achieve their digital marketing goals. His unique background provides the insights needed to create and implement custom digital marketing solutions and tailored advertising campaigns for a diverse set of franchise systems. Prior to joining Scorpion, he served as the Vice President of Operations for Glass Doctor, a NeighborlyTM company (formerly The Dwyer Group) where he oversaw their North American operations as well as their digital initiatives. Prior to joining Neighborly, Brad was a Glass Doctor Franchisee in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex where he achieved consistent double-digit annual sales growth.

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