2017 Fall Conference - Driven to Success!

Posted by Jim Otto

conferencecollage17.jpgThe Driven to Success Fall Conference was held this past October 3rd through the 5th at the beautiful and historic Elms Resort and Spa in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. Exclusively for Shear Madness Franchise Partners, our 2017 Conference featured many great speakers who shared ideas and resources on how to help their business grow into the next year and beyond! In addition to valuable training seminars and plenty of opportunities for networking, Franchisees were also able to meet vendors one-on-one at a salon vendor show in order to view the latest in exciting hair products, toys and other great retail for their location.

The Driven to Success Fall Conference also featured Cindy Graziano of Gray Wolf ConsultingCindy has been a corporate trainer and designer for more than twenty years, and has worked extensively with companies and non profit organizations in assessing organizational issues and providing employee development solutions. Her firm also provides counsel to teams as well as individuals through Executive Coaching. Her management and leadership consulting services have taken her across a wide range of companies domestically and internationally. Some of the companies she has consulted for include Entertainment Weekly, Sports Illustrated, Time, Inc., Wells Fargo, Royal Bank of Canada and many others.

Our 2017 Conference also featured plenty of opportunities for Franchisees and managers to get to talk with each other, engage in team building exercises, and just relax and have fun. This included a Welcome cocktail reception held on the first evening, with a special dinner with vendors on the last night of the conference. In between, attendees could relax by the pool, get a massage at the spa or explore the expansive interior and exterior grounds of the historic Elms hotel.

Also, congratulations to all of our winners who were recognized at our 2017 Driven to Success Fall Conference! Todd Danni of Amherst, New York received the award for Franchise Location of the Year, Carolyn Vanderstaay of Olathe, Kansas received the Number 1 Ranked Location in the System, Jim and Janon Otto of Lee's Summit, Missouri received the Customer Service Award, Erin Nanke of Des Moines Iowa received the Top Franchise Location for Birthday Parties (as well as the Top Location for Retail and Ear Piercing for her Ankeny store), Kimberly Abeyta of Albuquerque, New Mexico received the award for Best Place for a Children's Haircut and Jackie Perkins of Humble, Texas received the Top Franchise Location for Community Outreach. Awesome job!

Janon Otto, CEO of Shear Madness Franchising, LLC noted that, "The Conference was an incredible venue for so many things!  Franchisees and Managers LOVED learning from each other, Cindy Graziano from Gray Wolf made her training SO relevant to all of our businesses and her presentation made it easy to remember what to apply.  The Vendor information shared helped all attendees diversify their inventory selections and choose top sellers for our stores!  So many other great things occurred it is hard to sum up in a short sentence!"

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