Meet The Team

Hello! It's great to meet you.

Hello! It's great to meet you. We aim to give you all the information you need to decide if Just Between Friends is the right fit for you. One of our core values is treating each other like friends, so we're happy to have you here and look forward to getting to know you better.


Tracy Panase

Meet The CEO

Tracy Panase is a highly knowledgeable and experienced team and business builder. She took on the role of CEO and owner of the Just Between Friends Franchise System in December 2022 after being a franchisee for 14 years and operating four locations.

Her main objective is to help her franchisees establish JBF as a household name. It is a challenging undertaking, but Tracy is renowned for her innovative ideas. Her husband John, who now runs two of the top franchises in the country, and her two grown-up children, who grew up with JBF, can attest to this fact. JBF aims to empower families to say "yes" through kids' resale events, and this all starts with you.

As Tracy often says, "Let's Go!"

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Allison Stephens

Meet the COO & VP of Operations

Allison Stephens is a force to be reckoned with in the world of consignment events! Not only is she the proud owner of Just Between Friends Tacoma, but she also rocks the role of COO and VP of Operations for the Just Between Friends Franchise System. With her infectious energy and business savvy, Allison has turned her event into the ultimate treasure trove of bargains in Tacoma. She's a master at making customers' shopping experiences a blast while ensuring smooth operations across the franchise system. When Allison is not making waves with her Tacoma event, she can be found brightening people's days, contributing to her community, and revolutionizing the consignment industry!

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Lori Lalli

Your Franchise Recruiter

Lori Lalli is your friendly franchise recruiter with five years of industry experience. Lori is passionate about helping aspiring entrepreneurs find their perfect franchise match. Her warm and approachable nature and vast franchising knowledge make the recruitment journey a breeze. Whether you're a seasoned business owner or an enthusiastic individual ready to embark on a franchising adventure, Lori is here to guide you every step of the way.

Bob Petre VP of Finance

Robert (Bob) Petre

The VP of Finance

Robert (Bob) Petre serves as the VP of Finance for the franchise and wears many financial hats! He’s the money maestro, overseeing all the financial stuff. He plans budgets, crunches numbers, and ensures the books are in tip-top shape. He’s also the go-to person for accurate financial reporting and keeping things running smoothly. And hey, he’s not just about the big picture—he’s here for the franchise owners, offering friendly guidance and helping them rock the financial side of things. Bob keeps the franchise's finances happy and healthy!

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Guy Meyers

The VP of Technology

Meet Guy Meyers, the Tech Guru Extraordinaire at JBF. He aims to make technology our ultimate ally in achieving operational excellence and growth. Guy leads a talented team that designs, implements, and maintains our technology systems. He identifies ways to optimize operations and enhance customer experiences to keep us at the forefront of technological advancements. With 12 years of tech leadership experience, Guy delivers transformative tech wizardry that will fuel our growth and create unforgettable experiences for our customers and franchise owners.

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Lendsy Stephens

Your New JBF Bestie

Meet Lendsy Stephens, the Launch Manager for new franchise owners. She's responsible for training and coaching franchisees to ensure a successful launch. Lendsy will guide you through your first year and provide everything you need. Before her current role, she worked as a Success Coach from July 2021 to December 2022. Additionally, Lendsy has been a co-owner and operator of a Just Between Friends franchise in Central Texoma, Texas, since November 2019. Lendsy can’t wait to meet you!