BUSINESS SERVICES EXECUTIVE TO JOIN FRANCHISE ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
For immediate release
Contact: Alisa Harrison, 202-628-8000
WASHINGTON, Feb.14— PostNet of Minnesota and Wisconsin Owner John W. Francis has been named to the International Franchise Association’s Board of Directors. He will assume the position Feb. 17 at the conclusion of the IFA 49th Annual Convention in San Diego.
Founded nearly 50 years ago, IFA is the oldest and largest organization that works to protect, enhance and promote franchising. Its membership includes more 1,250 franchise systems, 11,000-plus franchisees and more than 500 firms that supply goods and services to the industry.
Francis brings more than 20 years of experience in retail franchising and small business, including more than seven years with PostNet. In 2001, he became a PostNet franchisee and today owns and operates a “Top 20” store in St. Paul. He has also developed 15 stores, now owned and operated by franchisees, with several others in development.
Prior to joining PostNet, he was involved with his family’s business, The Barbers, a publically-traded hair salon franchisor of Cost Cutters, City Looks, We Care Hair and the Barbers Salons in the United States and three foreign countries. His positions involved international development, including supervision of the opening of a City Looks salon in Moscow and assisting a master franchisee in France, which opened more than 50 units.
Francis moved into franchise sales and real estate in 1994 and into marketing for the Cost Cutters Division in 1996. He facilitated The Barbers’ acquisition of the 140-unit We Care Hair salons in 1997 and became vice president of credit and strategy for The Barbers in 1998, when it became a publically-traded NASDAQ company. The following year, the company opened with 1,000 units valued at $60 million and was merged into the Regis Corp., one of the world’s largest hair salon operators and franchisors.
He has been active with IFA for many years and has chaired the Franchisee Forum and currently serves on the Membership, VetFran and Marketing and Public Relations committees. He is a 20-year member of Minneapolis’ “Inner Circle” a peer group of business owners.
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 1,300 franchise systems, 11,000-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.
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