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Entrepreneurs Capture Educational Prizes

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ENTREPRENEURS CAPTURE EDUCATIONAL PRIZES

WASHINGTON, D.C. Feb. 8—Oilerie USA, Inc. Pres. Jamie Drohman today received the Irl Marshall Certified Franchise Executive Scholarship Award the International Franchise Association’s 50th annual convention, conducted in San Antonio. Also honored today were Little Sunshine's Enterprises founder, President and CEO Rochette Dahler and the new well Vice President of Development Kathy Marshbank, recipients of the Lois Marshall Certified Franchise Executive Scholarship Award.

Drohman joined the family business, a growing spice company that added olive oil to its line, in 2007 as its director of franchise relations.  The first franchise opened Dec. 3, 2008.  She was named president in 2009.  In four years, the company store, located in Fish Creek, Wis. became America’s largest single-store retailer of extra virgin olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar. 

The CFE scholarship program was created to encourage and support outstanding candidates who are enrolled in the CFE professional development program.  The award provides a financial stipend of $2,500 to be applied toward tuition programs offered for Institute of Certified Franchise Executive credit.  The program was established in 2000 by a grant from the late Irl Marshall, CFE, a former chairman and CEO of Duraclean International.  Marshall was a member of the board of trustees of the IFA Educational Foundation and later an honorary member until his death in 2007.

Dahler oversees Little Sunshine's Enterprises, Inc. and its affiliated companies and corporate-owned schools, supervising all aspects of business within the LSP organizations. Dahler provides leadership, guidance and focus to corporate staff and franchisees to expand the LSP franchise concept to become known as a leading innovator in early childhood education. 

The LSP concept was established in 2002 with the formation of Little Sunshine's Playhouse and Preschool Inc, a preschool operation based in Springfield, Mo. Dahler's introduction into the childcare industry began in 1998, her first experience in the field after high school graduation. Over the following three years, her in-home childcare business grew and evolved into making a change in the educational childcare industry. The first LSP School opened in 2002.  Little Sunshine's Playhouse & Preschool facilities serve as “castles” for "Once Upon A Time" experiences that enable each child to develop his or her imagination. Some of LSP's services include Kiddie Cams, Red Carpet service, secured entry, nature center facilities and a themed playhouse.

Under the leadership of Marshbank, new well is a growing franchise system that focuses on a holistic approach to weight loss and wellness. With previous experience in both commercial design and district management, Marshbank joined the company as a center manager in 2004, with more than 20 years of retail, design and management experience, and became a successful regional manager with the system.  She has developed many of the business protocols and design elements featured in the new well centers today.

The Lois Marshall Certified Franchise Executives Scholarship Award provides a $1,050 stipend.  Marshall, founder of The Marshall Group, and a longtime supporter of the IFA Educational Foundation, was one of the industry’s top franchise recruiters for more than 30 years and responsible for the placement of many executives.  The scholarship was established to honor her memory, to be awarded to a woman franchise executive recently enrolled in the Certified Franchise Executives program.


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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 1,200 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
www.franchise.org.

Editor’s Note:  To request a JPG of Jamie Drohman, Rochette Dahler or Kathy Marshaback, contact the IFA Media Relations Department at 202-628-8000. CFE is a designation of the IFA Educational Foundation’s Institute of Certified Franchise Executives.  To learn more about CFE programs, visit www.franchise.org.

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