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Contact: Alisa Harrison, 202-628-8000 

Thousands of Franchise Industry Leaders to Descend on San Antonio
for Historic Event Feb. 5-8, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 28 - Former President George W. Bush will be the keynote speaker for the International Franchise Association 50th Annual Convention, IFA announced today.  

Scheduled for Feb. 5-8, 2010 in San Antonio, thousands of franchise executives will gather to celebrate 50 years of excellence, education and relationship building during the historic convention.
"We are thrilled that President Bush will keynote the IFA 50th annual convention,” said IFA Chairwoman Dina Dwyer-Owens, CEO and chairwoman of The Dwyer Group in Waco, Texas.  “We look forward to his insights and perspective on the challenges facing our country and our businesses.” 

President Bush served two terms as president from 2001-2009 after serving as the Governor of Texas for six years.  As president, he worked to expand freedom, opportunity and security at home and abroad.  After September 11, 2001, he responded with a comprehensive strategy to protect the American people, including the reorganization of the federal government, reforming the intelligence community and establishing new institutions like the Department of Homeland Security.  He built global coalitions to remove violent regimes that threatened America, liberating more than 50 million people from tyranny.

His No Child Left Behind Act raised standards in schools, insisted on accountability in return for federal dollars and led to measurable gains in achievement, especially among minority students.  Facing a recession when he took office, he cut taxes for every federal taxpayer, which led to 52 straight months of job creation.  He modernized Medicare by adding a prescription drug benefit that provided access to needed medicine for 40 million seniors and other beneficiaries.  During his Administrations, President Bush implemented free trade agreements with more than a dozen nations; created the USA Freedom Corps and the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives; designated more ocean area habitats for environmental protection than any predecessor; and nearly doubled government support for veterans.

Dwyer-Owens said President Bush’s keynote will round out a first class agenda designed to help franchise executives sharpen their industry skills during a variety of educational sessions and prime networking opportunities.  Franchise industry experts and business and management professionals will share with convention attendees multiple strategies to recover from the recession and how to drive more sales.  The 2010 Franchise Business Outlook report will be presented and highlight what the future holds for the franchise industry.

“Anyone who is serious about succeeding in franchising should register now for this must-attend event,” Dwyer-Owens said.  “We promise that you will learn best practices, have many opportunities to engage your peers and receive valuable research and information to help chart the future of your businesses.”

The IFA 50th Annual Convention will be held at the San Antonio Convention Center, Feb. 5-8, 2010.

For a complete IFA 50th Annual Convention schedule of events and to register, click here.  


About the International Franchise Association
The International Franchise Association, the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising, is the preeminent voice and acknowledged leader for the industry worldwide. Approaching a half-century of service with a growing membership of more than 1,100 franchise systems, 10,000-plus franchisees and more than 500 firms that supply goods and services to the industry, IFA protects, enhances and promotes franchising by advancing the values of integrity, respect, trust, commitment to excellence, honesty and diversity. For more information, visit the IFA Web site at