William Edwards, CEO and Global Advisor, Edwards Global Services, Inc., has 4+ decades of international experience, has lived in 7 countries and directed projects in over 50 countries. His executive experience in the oil & gas, technology, education, franchise and market research sectors. Mr. Edwards’ company has twice received the U.S. Presidential award for export excellence.
Albert Kong has more than 32 years of franchising experience. He and his team have helped over 1300 companies in over 10 Asian countries in franchising & related consulting work; he has built a network of over 70 strategic partners in over 50 nations; he’s a board member at many franchise-related bodies including the World Franchise Council, Asia Pacific Franchise Confederation and Franchising & Licensing Association Singapore;
Julie McBride is a thought leader in the field of social franchising and was recently named one of “Five Innovative Consultants that are changing the world” in Inc. Magazine. Julie’s experience using the franchise model to scale social businesses spans 20 years, five continents, and several industries including healthcare, water, sanitation, agribusiness, clean energy, and education.
Robert Jones grew up in Lahore. Pakistan as the son of a U.S. Foreign Service Officer As they say, "living in a foreign country as a child is like stepping in wet cement, it leaves a lasting impression for life." He was the U.S. Commercial Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo for 4 years (from 2008 - 2012) and was very involved with the emergency relief and projects in Haiti after the devastating Jan 2010 earthquake.
Peter D. Holt has been active in the franchise community managing franchise systems in both domestic and international markets for over 35 years. Most recently, in 2016 was appointed Chief Executive Officer of The Joint, www.thejoint.com, the largest franchised network of chiropractic clinics in the world with nearly 700 clinics systemwide. The Joint is a publicly traded company on NASDAQ (JYNT) based in Scottsdale, AZ.