Expanding Your Business Presence. Which is best for you?

Many business owners think of building a company like a path: You follow certain steps and eventually your business will grow. But growth is never a straight line. Growing through joint ventures, mergers & acquisitions, or franchises are some potential avenues to take. Join our panel to discuss the pros and cons of each.


Josh Johnson

Business Advisor; Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses
Dallas County Community College District

With 20 years of business ownership and management experience, “Josh” Johnson brings
a wealth of sales & marketing, process & personnel management and financial literacy to
the table.

As a 10+ Year Change Management Consultant and Project Manager, Josh utilized thorough application of problem-solving techniques with extreme enthusiasm towards
continuous quality improvements. Josh has assisted over 100 small-to-medium size
businesses from coast to coast across North America including Mexico and Canada. He
has developed a reputation, across 46 states and 35 industries, for identifying challenges
within organizational processes & program gaps by researching and analyzing
requirements, bottlenecks, user stories, etc and initiating process improvements,
implementing computer programs, and integrating system controls and protocols.

As a small businessowner Josh learned the value of hard work and persistence, not to
mention creativity, time management, employee motivation techniques, casting and
communicating corporate vision. In his business ownership journey, he has created, bought
and sold 7 companies operating three businesses simultaneously with up to 30 employees
successfully. Josh and his staff have accumulated several awards and certificates of
recognition of outstanding community and customer service.

Bachelor of Business Administration, Millsaps College

  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Accredited Management Consultant (AMC)
  • Certified Business Analytics Professional (CBAP)


Rudy Frederico

Franchise Consulting Company

My name is Rudy Frederico and I’m a 32-year veteran of franchising.  In my career I helped nearly 800 franchised business open and serve the public.  I’ve been involved in franchise operations as well as sales and development.  Today, as an independent franchise consultant I connect people to the right franchise as I represent over 300 national brands.  I also help local companies learn about and become franchises to expand their brand regionally, nationally and internationally.  Please visit for more information.



Jason Hullender

Managing Director
IAG M&M Advisors

Jason is a Certified Merger and Acquisition Advisor and IAG’s lead deal maker. After co-founding IAG in 2009, Jason quickly grew it into one of North America’s premier M&A advisory firms. He is passionate about helping other entrepreneurs receive the exit they deserve. He and his team have assisted hundreds of sellers in valuing and eventually exiting their businesses. Prior to starting IAG, he led the marketing division of another M&A firm and proudly served in the United States Marine Corps.