Eric Parker – Franchising Plus
Eric has garnered a wealth of franchising experience as a former Marketing Director of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) and co-founder of Nando’s. His involvement in the franchising sector included extensive involvement with FASA as a past Chairman of the organisation. He was appointed as the Director of the Deloitte & Touche Franchising Division in 1998. Eric has also authored books on entrepreneurship. As a partner in Franchising Plus, Eric is mainly responsible for the crafting of strategic plans for franchise organisations and facilitation of strategic planning. He is a sought-after public speaker and has appeared as guest speaker at many franchising events
Anita du Toit – Franchising Plus
Anita du Toit has been in franchising since 1998 and has gained experience consulting to diverse clients in the telecommunications, automotive and retail industries in the South African franchise sector. She also gained finance experience working as a Franchise Specialist at FNB Commercial. Anita obtained a Masters Degree in Marketing with distinction from the University of Pretoria in 2000. She authored papers published in academic journals, including the Journal of Marketing Channels and Franchising Law and Policy Review. Currently, Anita is a senior consultant and partner at Franchising Plus. Anita’s key strengths include conceptualisation of strategy, project management and research.
Melissa Ontong – Franchising Plus
Melissa completed her Baccalaureus Legum (LL.B) degree in four years at the University of Johannesburg in 2007. She has also completed a Certificate in Bank Credit at the Milpark Business School in 2010.
Melissa held various roles within the FNB Commercial Franchising Division over a period of four years, where she gained a wealth of experience in the evaluation of risk, financial management and creditworthiness involved with the financing of franchise businesses. As one of the judges on the panel for the 2010/2011 Accenture Enablis Business Launchpad competition, Melissa has also been exposed to the assessment of entrepreneurial ideas of Small to Medium Enterprises.
Financial Consultants for Franchising
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Legal Consultants for Franchising
Maria D’Amico – D’Amico Incorporated Attorneys
Maria is a director of D’Amico Incorporated Attorneys. She completed her BA (LLB) at Wits in 1987 and qualified as a Solicitor (United Kingdom) in 2000. Shortly after completing her 2 years articles, she went into practice for her own account in December 1990, then six months later went into a partnership which was dissolved in August 1995, when she assumed control of the company which was renamed D’Amico Incorporated. Maria specialises in Commercial Law (agreements), Franchising Law and High Court Litigation.
General Franchise Experts
Annie Baptiste – Franchising Plus
Annie has been working in the franchising sector since 1999. During her tenure at Deloitte she started training franchisor staff as well as franchisees on business skills. Annie joined Franchising Plus as the training manager and has developed the training material for the Franchising Plus training courses and negotiated an alliance with the Institute of Marketing Management, who accredits these courses. Annie also developed a whole training and development programme for retail personnel which currently forms a large part of the Franchising Plus training offering.