Join us on November 13 for our next breakfast meeting when panelists Jerry W. Bell, CEO of ZeeWise, and Joe Lindenmayer, Vice President of California Closets, and moderator Barry Falcon will discuss the topic: Pros and Cons of Requiring Financial Standards Systemwide.
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Jerry W. Bell
Jerry has spent 40 years in the franchise industry with the past decade at ZeeWise. ZeeWise consolidates and benchmarks the financial and operational data for some 6,000 franchisees for such leading franchisors as Subway, Home Instead, Mathnasium, TGIFriday’s, Fastsigns, Any Lab Test Now and many others. He previously spent 7 years as the COO of Cinnabon and Seattle’s Best Coffee, which grew to over 400 franchised units in 30 countries. Prior to that he spent 15 years with The Coca-Cola Company rising to be an International Division VP and also served for several years as President of Campbell Soup Asia. Jerry is an active member of the IFA where he has served for many years as a business roundtable chair. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from Harvard University.
Joe serves as Vice President of California Closets, having joined the team in September 2015. Before California Closets, he was President/COO and co-owner of TSS Photography, a franchise network in the youth sports, school, and event photography industry. In 2008, he co-launched a second franchise concept called Young Masters, and then sold TSS Photography and Young Masters in 2014. In addition to his domestic experience, Joe has opened master franchises in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. He also spent six years in the United States Marine Corps – is a veteran of Desert Storm – and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Economics from Oneonta State University.
Partner, Audit Services
Bill Bishop is an audit services partner for the Atlanta office of Grant Thornton. Bill has more than 10 years of experience serving dynamic companies. He provides assurance services to public and private companies in a variety of industries including franchising, retail, manufacturing, and distribution. He is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in Georgia, is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Georgia Society of CPAs.