The annual IFA Washington, D.C. fly-in is now named the Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting. It is an integration of our grassroots advocacy program, the Franchise Action Network, with our annual fly-in. This meeting gives you the opportunity to meet with your representatives in Congress to discuss topics that can affect your business, such as the Save Local Business Act. This bill will restore a commonsense definition of joint employer and keep the industry on the road to success. IFA will set up the meetings and prep you and guide you beforehand. This event is FREE for franchisees. 


  • Network with fellow entrepreneurs
  • Hear from experts about important issues 
  • Learn the tools you need to embark on your road to success



Alexander Acosta

U.S. Secretary of Labor

Andy Puzder

Former CEO of CKE Restaurants (Hardee's & Carl's Jr.)

Nicolle Wallace

Political Analyst and MSNBC Anchor, New York Times Best-Selling Author, and Former White House Director of Communications

Ahu Yildirmaz

Vice President and Co-Head of the ADP Research Institute, ADP, LLC


7:30 am – 7:00 pmRegistration Desk Open

8:00 am – 10:30 amConvention Committee Meeting

10:00 am – 12:00 amFranchisor Forum Meeting

10:00 am – 12:00 pmDiversity Institute Board Meeting

10:00 am – 12:00 pmPast Chairmen’s Council Meeting

10:30 am – 2:00 pmFinance Committee Meeting

11:30 am – 1:30 pmMarketing and Innovation Committee Meeting

12:00 pm – 2:00 pmEducation Foundation Board of Trustees Meeting

12:00 pm – 5:00 pmFranchisee Hospitality Suite

2:00 pm – 3:30 pmFranchise Relations Committee Meeting

2:00 pm – 4:00 pmWomen’s Franchise Committee Meeting

2:00 pm – 4:30 pmICFE Board of Governors Meeting

2:00 pm – 5:00 pmIFA Executive Committee Meeting

3:00 pm – 5:00 pmVetFran Committee Meeting

3:00 pm – 5:00 pmMembership Committee Meeting

5:30 pm – 6:30 pmFranchisee Meet & Greet

7:00 pmFranchising Gives Back Celebration & Annual Awards Dinner (separate fee required)

7:00 am – 7:00 pmRegistration Desk Open

7:30 am- 8:00 amSupplier Forum Executive Committee Meeting

8:00 am – 9:30 amFranchisee Forum Meeting

8:00 am – 10:00 amInternational Committee Meeting

8:00 am – 10:00 amSupplier Forum Advisory Board Meeting

8:00 am – 10:00 amLegislative Action Group Committee Meeting

9:45 am – 10:45 amFranchisee of the Year Awards Rehearsal

10:00 am – 2:00 pmFranchisee Hospitality Suite

10:00 am – 2:00 pmIFA Board of Directors Meeting

10:00 am – 5:00 pmVIP/Speaker Office

11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Franchisee Educational Programming

The Best Team Wins: Build your Business Through Predictive Hiring

In today's hyper-competitive market, the people on your team are the only true source of sustainable competitive advantage. Yet, most franchise owners don't manage recruiting and hiring like the critical business operations that they truly are. In this fast-paced and engaging workshop, hiring expert and Hireology CEO, Adam Robinson, will teach you an actionable plan for building your best team. You'll walk away with the knowledge you need to attract and hire the right people for your location.

Keynote Speaker: Adam Robinson, CEO, Hireology, Inc.


Other Programming to Include:

  • Update on labor issues and tools you can use in your business.

12:00 pm – 7:00 pmCongressional Appointments Help Desk

2:15 pm – 5:15 pm

FAN Annual Meeting General Session

Welcome and IFA Update

Speaker: Shelly Sun, CFE, CEO & Co-Founder, BrightStar Franchising, LLC; IFA Chairwoman of the Board

Keynote Address

U.S. Secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta, will give an update on joint employer and the NLRB.

Keynote Speaker: Alexander Acosta, U.S. Secretary of Labor

Founding Sponsor Address

Using its unparalleled Workforce Vitality Report and National Employment Report data, ADP will present a comparative analysis of employment and wage growth coupled with geographic business activity regarding franchise and non-franchise businesses. This analysis will reveal unique insights into the contributions the franchise industry delivers to the U.S. economy.

Speaker: Ahu Yildirmaz, Vice President and Co-head of the ADP Research Institute, ADP, LLC

Advocacy Training/State Meetings

Speaker: Christopher Kush, CEO, Soapbox Consulting

Issues Update from the IFA Government Relations Team

6:00 pm – 7:00 pmLeadership Reception

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Leadership & Franchisee of the Year Awards Dinner

Franchisee of the Year Awards

Join us for a special evening to recognize outstanding franchisee owners who have made a significant impact on their franchise system or advocated on behalf of the franchise business model. Open to all FAN attendees.

Update on Labor Issues

Keynote Speaker: Andy Puzder, former CEO, CKE Restaurants

7:00 am – 11:00 amRegistration Desk Open

7:30 am – 11:00 amCongressional Appointments Help Desk

8:00 am – 2:00 pmVIP/Speaker Office

8:15 am – 10:00 am

State Delegation Breakfast and FAN Annual Meeting General Session

An Insider’s Look at All Things DC, Politics and Policy

Keynote Speaker: Nicolle Wallace, Political Analyst and MSNBC Anchor, New York Times Best-Selling Author, and Former White House Director of Communications

10:15 amDepart for Capitol Hill

11:00 am – 5:00 pmIndividual Congressional Appointments

11:30 am – 4:00 pmBoxed Lunches & Refreshments Available at the Capitol Hill Club

5:30 pm – 7:00 pmClosing Reception

6:30 pmNEW: Washington Nationals Game for FranPAC Donors!

Watch the Washington Nationals take on the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park. For more information please contact Leah Shimp.

JW Marriott
1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004

IFA has reserved two room blocks for the 2017 FAN Annual Meeting & Fall Leadership Meetings. We have a block at the host hotel - JW Marriott in downtown at a rate of $348 per night for a standard room is. You may reserve your hotel room via phone by calling 800-393-2503 or via the link below. The deadline for making a reservation is August 21, 2017, or when the IFA room block is filled, whichever is first. We also have a limited number of rooms available at the Washington Hilton, located at 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, 2 miles from the JW Marriott. The rate at the Washington Hilton is $239 per night. To book a room at the Washington Hilton please use the link below. Washington Hilton rooms are only available through Wednesday, August 24.


October 1 - 4, 2018 // Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting & Fall Leadership Meetings // JW Marriott, Washington, DC

September 9 - 12, 2019 // Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting & Fall Leadership Meetings // JW Marriott, Washington, DC

September 14 - 17, 2020 // Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting & Fall Leadership Meetings // JW Marriott, Washington, DC

September 20 - 23, 2021 // Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting & Fall Leadership Meetings // JW Marriott, Washington, DC


Questions? Call 202-628-8000.

Do you have a speaker suggestion for this, or any other IFA event? Let us know!