Claudelands Event Centre

Claudelands Event Centre Hamilton, is host to the 2021 National Franchise Conference over 2 nights and 2 days, Wednesday the 30 June – Friday 2 July. The Annual AGM will be held at 5.30pm Wednesday the 30 June followed by the FANZ Welcome Networking Function at 6.15pm at the Novotel Tainui. Conference at Claudelands starts at 8.45am on Thursday 1 July. Thursday evening will be a welcome jaunt into the country to experience and share in a Vineyard experience to remember at Vilagrad Winery. Friday will see our final day of conference finishing at 4.10pm allowing delegates time to begin their journey home for the weekend.

Claudelands was awarded “Large Venue of the Year” at the 2019 EVANZ Awards,  Claudelands is a modern solution to Conferencing in New Zealand with plenty of free onsite parking and is situated locally to the two preferred hotels offered this year.

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Programme Spotlight

Shifting Gears - Prospering in a Changing World

The theme for this year’s conference is Shifting Gears – Prospering in a Changing World. Keeping abreast of the pace of change is integral in today’s business world, whilst the underlying goal should always be for both you and your franchisees to prosper. We have an exciting range of speakers who will share their experiences, knowledge and insights challenging you to Shift a Gear or two, if you dare!

Speaker Spotlight

The business environment is critical to our success, our speakers will provide an update on all the latest changes relevant to creating a successful business in New Zealand.

Ed Quinlan

Ed Quinlan is the President of Chem-Dry, the world’s largest carpet, upholstery, tile and wood cleaning company. Fourteen years ago, Ed started in the company’s marketing department, and with a focus on franchisee success, worked to eventually oversee the organisation’s Franchise Operations team before being named President in 2019. Chem-Dry, started in 1977 with a core focus on innovation, is currently in 57 countries (including a fantastic operation in New Zealand) with more than 4,000 franchises worldwide. Chem-Dry franchisees focus on deep cleaning processes that make homes Healthier for families, kids and pets.

Cassie Roma

MC & Opening Speaker
Cassie is a California native, and after 17 years in New Zealand, a proud YanKiwi. Passionate about creative content, social media strategy, the influencer economy, & storytelling across mediums both emerging and traditional, Cassie has literally lived & breathed the digital revolution. Whilst she has spent the majority of her career working in and with large corporates, she is now a fully-fledged entrepreneur, working as both Founder & Director of CR&Co, a game-changing consultancy & multi-media business built around the impactful areas of brands where creativity, content and code collide. Cassie has been awarded & recognised globally as a thought leader in the fields of social media marketing, storytelling for brands, digital marketing, & the anthropological power of brand in the lives of consumers. She’s also an author, keynote speaker, TEDx alumni, professional coach and mentor. Beyond the office, Cassie spends her free time working on projects that she’s passionate about – most of which aim to lift others through education, diversity, & action. Cassie is a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community & speaks often on topics that include Pride and empowering women in the workplace.

Arif Khan

Restaurant Brands
Chief Executive Officer NZ

Julie Evans and
Lachlan McPherson

Rodney Wayne
CEO & Brand Developer

Michelle van Gaalen

Laser Plumbing & Electrical
Managing Director

Mike King

Mental Health Educator

Evening Functions

6.15-9.00pm Wednesday Welcome Function 

Join us for the FANZ 2021 Conference Welcome Function at the Novotel Tainui Hotel. This will be a relaxing evening for all to enjoy with plenty of food throughout the evening allowing delegates time to arrive in Hamilton at their own leisurely time, check into their accommodation and join us for dinner and drinks.

5.40-10pm Thursday Networking Function

Meet at the Novotel Tainui Hotel at 5.40pm sharp as the buses leave at 5.50pm to take you to the Vilagrad Winery. Come dressed in smart casual clothes and a warm jacket. The Vilagrad Winery has a unique Mediterranean style atmosphere with historic buildings and 100 year old grapevines flowing through the restaurant, a glorious estate, 5 generations in the making. We will enjoy a private tasting with one of the Vineyard’s viticulturist who will enlighten you on the topic of viticulture and winemaking, then the evening will be finished off with fine wine and great Mediterranean influenced food.

Looking forward to you joining us at the 2021 National Franchise Conference.