Carrollton, Tex. – Catherine Monson, CEO at FASTSIGNS International, Inc. and Vice-Chair of the International Franchise Association, is the Program Chair for this year’s 7th Annual Springboard Event and will be delivering a Mainstage Keynote Address on Thursday, September 19. This highly-anticipated gathering, hosted by FisherZucker, FishmanPR and Entrepreneur, will take place from September 18-20 and will be held at The Westin Philadelphia Hotel located at 99 South 17th Street at Liberty Place in Philadelphia.
The Springboard Event brings over 450 franchise founders and senior executives together for a 3-day conference where attendees learn from the best in the business as speakers share valuable and actionable advice that can help franchisors take their business to the next level.
Monson’s keynote address will follow an interview format with her former boss and long-time mentor, Don Lowe, CEO of Franchise Services, Inc., franchisor of TeamLogicIT, Sir Speedy, PIP and MultiCopy, about the immeasurable value of mentorship and best practices in franchising. Don Lowe oversees all FSI companies, and his 47-year career in franchising includes his work as Senior Vice President for Kampgrounds of America (KOA) and President of Sir Speedy from 1981 to 1996.
Catherine was a team member at Sir Speedy, Inc. in 1981 when Don Lowe was appointed President of Sir Speedy. Together, they built Sir Speedy from under 200 locations to over 850. In 1996, Sir Speedy, Inc. purchased MultiCopy and PIP Printing and created the holding company Franchise Services, Inc. Catherine worked for Don until she left Franchise Services in 2008 to become CEO of FASTSIGNS International. She continues to benefit from his mentorship.
“I am honored to be a part of an event that provides emerging and re-emerging franchisors with an ideal environment for growth and inspiration,” said Catherine Monson. “I look forward to sharing the stage with my mentor, Don Lowe, where we will offer best practices in franchising and provide insight into why having a mentor is integral to your success as a business owner.”
To register to attend the 2019 Springboard Event, visit www.franchisespringboard.com or email Antonia Petrongolo at [email protected]