by Great American Franchise Expo February 12, 2019

MIAMI, FL. – The Great American Franchise Expo, a franchise trade show with the mission of giving back to the law enforcement community, and several representative from Franchise Fastlane, an accelerated turn-key franchise sales organization, will donate all of the ticket sales from their February 23-24 Stafford TX expo to Assist The Officer in partnership with the Houston Police Officers’ Union to benefit the families of fallen Houston Police Officers.

Great American Expo President and Founder Nick Neonakis, along with Director Abel Beyene, will travel from Miami, FL to Stafford TX, where they will join the Great American Franchise Expo at the Stafford Center. The official program will begin at 11:00 AM on Saturday February 23rd and run through Sunday February 24th. Over 80 franchise companies, both local and national, will be exhibiting at the largest Houston area franchise trade show.

“The sacrifice of Police Officers truly puts into perspective the work we do at The Great American Franchise Expo. We founded First Responder Fran to help our nation’s First Responders if they want to learn about franchise ownership and part of our mission is giving back to the communities we serve” said Neonakis. “Officers John Daily and Alonzo Reid died the day before Christmas and the 5 police officers who were wounded protecting Houston recently serve as a reminder to the hazards they face. In 2018, 144 police officers were killed in the line of duty. They leave behind families that we feel an obligation to support through our business .”

As the only American owned franchise trade show in the USA, The Great American Franchise Expo seeks to connect entrepreneurs with franchise businesses looking to expand. Tickets are $10.00 at the door and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Houston Police Officers’ Union. Additional donations will be accepted at the door and you can also donate on www.HPOU.Org

“We are thankful to work with The Great American Franchise Expo to present the donations to our injured Houston Heroes,” said Sgt.Tom Hayes, Chairman, Assist The Officer “Our department protects and serves all of Houston daily, and it’s heartwarming to see national businesses coming to Houston who are actively looking to support our community.”

The Great American Franchise Expo is open to the public on Feb 23-24. Information can be found at

Location: The Stafford Convention Center 10505 Cash Road, Stafford, TX 77477

About The Great American Franchise Expo

The Great American Franchise Expo is connects hundreds of franchise businesses with potential owners. We provide education through seminars from industry experts on topics including franchise law, financing, and other critical business concepts. Attending these expos will provide potential franchisees with the opportunity to network with leading industry executives and franchise developers. In addition, the franchise exhibitors offer a tour of their concepts through a virtual reality platform. More information can be found at

Franchise FastLane Names Carey Gille as President

Franchise FastLane, currently the fastest growing franchise sales organization, has announced that Carey Gille will move into a Presidents role responsible to drive the overall strategy and direction of FastLane. In January of 2017, Carey co-founded Franchise FastLane with Ryan Zink, CEO of FastLane and former President of Complete Nutrition.

Franchise FastLane has quickly become a major player in Franchise development now partnering with a dozen of the top brands in franchising. FastLane continues to grow as they focus on helping emerging and/or mature brands experience accelerated growth nationwide. They carefully study and select partnering franchise brands that bring unique concepts, strong leadership teams and proven opportunity for investors. Partnering closely with these brands, they work closely to establish a full-scaled development experience that delivers accelerated growth, royalty sufficiency and long-term success for brand founders and leadership teams. FastLane has quickly grow to a team of nearly 20 employees with leadership and support in the Omaha office and sales directors working remotely from all regions of the country.

Carey is a serial entrepreneur having co-founded four different start-ups throughout her career. She also brings extensive franchise experience having franchised with two different concepts on the “zee” side while also leading franchise development for multiple brands on the “zor” side. She co-founded ItsDeductible, which was later acquired by Intuit and is still utilized by TurboTax users today. She then worked for Intuit leading two key product initiatives while traveling the country as primary spokesperson featured on CNN Headline News, MSNBC, Wall Street Journal and more. Carey also co-founded Sojern, which is currently the world’s largest boarding pass and travel data advertiser.

Ryan and Carey then worked together to award over 240 Complete Nutrition locations in less than 18 months generating over ten times the unit sales goal and gaining the recognition of Entrepreneur Magazine as “Number Two Top New Franchise.” Carey became passionate about franchising as she saw it as the “best of both worlds” from her career history…an opportunity for business ownership like a startup with real resources for support like corporate America. Shortly thereafter, Ryan and Carey partnered to found Franchise FastLane.

“Carey has been instrumental in Franchise Fastlane’s growth over the last year leading our franchise development teams. She has proven to be the absolute best in the business when it comes to educating a franchise candidate on the Fastlane brands and what it takes to be successful as an entrepreneur,” says Ryan Zink, Franchise FastLane Founder and CEO. “Based on her proven track record, her relationship in franchising and her overall abilities to lead a team, we couldn’t be more excited about her acting as Franchise Fastlane’s president and leading our growth into the future.”

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