2023 WFCT Speakers

Meet Lauren Apple, the CEO of Systems to Scale, a business systems coaching and virtual assistant agency based in Columbia, SC. For the past 9 years, Lauren's been helping businesses scale up operations, boost productivity, and become pro-outsourcers. As a homeschooling mom of 4 and a homesteader, Lauren juggles multiple responsibilities without breaking a sweat. Her sweet spots include streamlining systems,  productivity, and scaling through outsourcing. As a sought-after speaker, Lauren engages and entertains by delivering serious business know-how in a fun, relatable way so you can take your business to the next level.

Lauren Apple, Systems to Scale

Thursday, September 21 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Maximizing Your Minutes:
How Outsourcing Can Help You Make the Most of Your Time and Energy

NGS CEO James Beale is an expert in glazing solutions and specializes in helping organizations evaluate and implement building envelope security, sustainability and branding technologies. His expertise comes from more than 15 years of industry experience and co-founding NGS, a nationwide window film company on the climb. His customer-first approach has helped him become the go-to consultant for multiple Fortune 500 companies.

James Beale, NGS

Friday, September 22 | 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Maximizing Top Dealer NGS Talks Business Growth

Erin Bernhardt is the vice president and general manager of Eastman’s Performance Films. During her 25 years with Eastman, Erin has driven results and innovation in a variety of roles including business development, product management, commercial leadership, operations, and finance.  Erin is passionate about creating opportunities and delivering outcomes for customers and team members through integrated brand, product and service strategies and highly engaged and effective teams.

Erin Bernhardt, Eastman Performance Films

Wednesday, September 20 | 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
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Mike Burke has worked in the window film industry for 33 years. He is the founder of Sun Stoppers. The company has more than 70 locations in 19 states and offers residential and commercial tint and decorative film services as well as automotive tint, paint protection, and ceramic coatings. He and Thad Norman co-founded Velocity SEO to help support the growing network of Sun Stoppers locations and are now offering their services to others in the industry.

Mike Burke, Sun Stoppers

Tuesday, September 19 | 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sales in the Digital Age

Brian Cunningham has been helping clients work toward their financial objectives for more than two decades. He has earned respect, confidence and friendship from those who trust him to guide their financial future.  He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Frostburg State University, with a minor in Business Administration. He completed the education program at the College for Financial Planning in Denver, Colorado.

Brian Cunningham, Veritas Financial

Thursday, September 21 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Retirement Planning:
Transitioning into Retirement and Developing an Exit Plan

William Davidson is the Director of Sales and Distribution at Johnson Window Films. William is the third generation of his family to work at Johnson Window Films. His past experience from the factory floor inform and shape his current efforts to make Johnson Window Films an ideal business partner. The first 10 years of his career was spend working in production and operations of Johnson Window Films manufacturing plant, forecasting production needs, perfecting the balance of quality control and production efficiency, and helping construct new products. During this time, Davidson first studied Operations Management and Marketing at the University of Colorado - Leeds School of Business and later furthering his education with an MBA from USC Marshall School of Business with a focus in Corporate Strategy and B2B Marketing.

William Davidson, Johnson Window Films

Wednesday, September 20 | 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
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Gabe Fletcher is the owner of Detailing Growth and Ceramic Pro Pottstown. With years of experience in the auto detailing industry, Gabe has honed his skills and expertise to offer his clients the highest level of service and satisfaction. Passionate about his craft, Gabe is committed to helping businesses grow and succeed in the competitive market.

Gabe Fletcher, Ceramic Pro Pottstown & Detailing Growth
Wednesday, September 20 | 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Firing on all Cylinders: How to Market Successfully in 2023

Patric Fransko founded Eye Magnet Management in 2015 to bring world class marketing services to businesses of any size. With nearly 25 years of experience helping build everything from large international corporations to smaller privately held organizations, Patric’s objective is to bring clients a straight-forward, pragmatic approach to marketing that is primarily driven by results for the client. He is also the founder of the Window Film Professionals Group on Facebook and LinkedIn

Patric Fransko, Eye Magnet Management

Wednesday, September 20 | 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
The Ultimate Digital Marking Hour

Manny Hondroulis is vice president of Energy Products Distribution (EPD) in Baltimore, a Master Distributor of 3M Architectural and Automotive Films and Finishes. For the past 20 years, he has worked closely with dealers, manufacturers, decision-makers, influencers, and end-users to increase product awareness and adoption, focusing on the commercial market.

Manny Hondroulis, Energy Products Distribution (EPD)
Wednesday, September 20 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Falling for Flat Glass: How to Construct Connections with Architects

Christian Huml is the owner of Harmony Window Films & Graphics in Marshfield, Wisconsin. The company specializes in the installation of automotive films, flat glass films, decorative films, and commercial graphics.  Christian started out in the graphic industry 7 years ago at a small sign shop doing commercial vehicle wraps. He opened his own business 2 years ago and at that time trained himself on the installation of automotive and architectural window films.

Christian Huml, Harmony Window Films and Graphics
Wednesday, September 20 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Diving into Custom Decorative Film

Katie Jasmin is the vice president of national sales, at Source One Digital. Katie is a printed interior design expert with a specialty in custom window production. With 17 years of experience in large format digital printing, marketing and advertising, Katie is known for delivering high-impact custom graphics packages for a variety of industries. She has used her practical strategies, detail and passion to successfully expanded the sector of custom decorative film her company and their dealers with the launch of the brand CreativeFx custom window film.

Katie Jasmin, Source One Digital
Wednesday, September 20 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Diving into Custom Decorative Film

Matthew Jones is the owner of Harker Heights Ceramic Coatings in Harker Heights, Texas. He opened Harker Heights Ceramic Coatings in 2021 following his retirement from the army after 22 years. He hired Iffla Media, his full-time videographer, in spring of 2022. You have most likely seen him in most Autofiber and SB3 videos. Harker Heights Ceramic Coatings primarily installs PPF and ceramic coatings. 

Matthew Jones, Harker Heights Ceramic Coatings
Friday, September 22 | 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Growing Through Videography and Photgraphy

Jody Knight has been in the film industry for nearly two decades. He started his career selling window film and formed relationships through those sales. He then went from selling and watching others install to learning the trade and installing film himself. From there, he owned and operated several window tint and PPF shops. He joined KDX America in September 2022, assuming the role of director of business development and employee retention.

Jody Knight, KDX Films
Wednesday, September 20 | 12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Importance of Training Both New and Seasoned Installers

David Kratz is a successful shop owner, entrepreneur, and the current CEO of Huper Optik, Autobahn, and Edge. He began his career as a window tint shop owner and has since become a leading figure in the window film industry.  With his expertise in business strategy, marketing, and operations, Kratz has a proven track record of building and leading innovative companies that disrupt their respective markets.

David Kratz, Autobahn/Hüper Optik/Edge

Wednesday, September 20 | 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
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Scott Lee is the founder and president of Amslee Agency. He is an expert in digital marketing, with a decade of experience working with businesses in healthcare, entertainment, hospitality, tourism and service-based industries. Today he provides insights on social media trends and strategies for businesses looking to improve their online presence.

Scott Lee, Amslee Agency

Thursday, September 21 | 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Trends in Social Media

Tyler Lordi is an operating partner at Detailing Growth in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. As the marketing manager and operating partner of Detailing Growth, Tyler is an expert in identifying opportunities for businesses to expand their reach and scale their business. With a background in digital marketing and a passion for entrepreneurial success, Tyler is dedicated to helping businesses grow and thrive.

Tyler Lordi, Detailing Growth

Wednesday, September 20 | 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Firing on all Cylinders: How to Market Successfully in 2023

For 35 years Brandyn Miller, Managing Director of BNI SC-GA and owner of CLEAR Message Coaching & Consulting, has helped build businesses, realizing early on that relationships are more profitable than transactions. With decades of experience in management, leadership, and business ownership he has a single focus… helping businesses grow.

Brandyn Miller, My Clear Message

Thursday, September 21 | 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Building Relationships with Related Industries

Abby Monnot is the general manager for Graphics Solutions North America at Avery Dennison. She leads the graphics business division with full profit and loss responsibility. Her focus is accelerating growth, facilitating a safe, inclusive work environment, expanding the business, establishing a more resilient supply chain and advancing corporate sustainability. Monnot has been at Avery Dennison for 10 years and previously was the marketing director there.

Abby Monnot, Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions
Wednesday, September 20 | 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
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Thad Norman oversees operations, marketing, implementation of software and technology for all 70+ Sun Stoppers locations. Thad's background is engineering automation in manufacturing with a Master’s Level Training in Nuclear Engineering from the Navy.

Thad Norman, Sun Stoppers

Tuesday, September 19 | 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sales in the Digital Age

Allison Parker is the East Coast sales manager and director of private label accounts at Maxpro Window Films. With her husband, Ricky, they co-own and operate Suntamers Window Tinting in Burlington, NC. Allison is also a member of the International Window Film Association Members Action Committee.

Allison Parker, Maxpro Window Films

Wednesday, September 20 | 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Ask Your Suppliers Anything

Josh Poponick is the owner of Blackout Tinting with locations in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh and Miami. He started his business with $200 and a dream 12 years ago. After countless hours of work and millions of dollars in sales, he has learned a lot about running an effective tint, PPF, and ceramic business. 

Josh Poponick, Blackout Tinting

Friday, September 22 | 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Fighting PPF Perfectionism with Proper Expectations

Chris Ritter is the owner of Performance Film LLC in Saint Cloud, Minn. He started Performance Film with a friend more than a decade ago. Years passed, interests shifted and the friends parted ways. In the years since, with help from his wife and 5 daughters, the company has grown through good relationships and quality service.  

Chris Ritter, Performance Film LLC

Friday, September 22 | 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Constructing Connections With Glass Companies

Nick St. Denis is the director of research at Key Media & Research (KMR), a leading information-provider to the North American paint protection film, window film and glass industries. A former editor of Window Film magazine, St. Denis has a decade of experience in this market and has completed numerous custom research projects for industry businesses.  He earned a Master’s degree in Survey Research and Data Analysis at the University of Connecticut and a Bachelor’s in Journalism at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

Nick St. Denis, Key Media & Research (KMR)

Wednesday, September 20 | 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Welcome and Market Update, PPF, Window Film, and More

Greg Tilley is a certified mentor with SCORE and Chair of the Hampton Roads SCORE Chapter.  Mr. Tilley has 40+ years of business experience, mostly in executive positions in small to mid-sized companies.  He was a founding partner in a geospatial technology start-up that was later sold to a global engineering firm.  Earlier in his career, he managed a family retail business. 

Greg Tilley, SCORE

Thursday, September 21 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Develop and Update a Business Plan

Frank Zumbro leads the operations of Colonial Marketing Groups operations, with responsibility for developing client creative, media and digital strategy. He also oversees the agency’s ongoing business development to grow into emerging markets. Frank has spent the last 15 years helping small business owners with creative, media planning, website development, digital and social media strategy and now streaming and OTT best practices.

Frank Zumbro, Colonial Marketing

Thursday, September 21 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Understanding the Media Marketplace: Strategies for Buying, Negotiating and Leveraging TV, Digital and Streaming

Fred Zwilling is the business development manager for Global Window Films and has been in the window film industry for 41 years. He started out as an installer at age 16, was a shop manager by 17 and a shop owner of 3 locations by 27a nd has worked with various companies in his 41 years.

Fred Zwilling, Global Hi-Tech Films

Wednesday, September 20 | 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
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