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 regulations that can affect your business. IFA will set up the meetings and prep you and guide you beforehand. Make your voice heard and help stop the attack on the franchise industry by taking action. 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.)


7:30 am – 7:00 pmRegistration Desk Open

8:00 am – 10:30 amConvention Committee Meeting

9:00 am – 11:00 amFranchisor Forum Meeting

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

10:30 am – 2:00 pmFinance Committee Meeting

11:00 am – 1:00 pmPast Chairmen’s Council Meeting

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

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

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 pmIFA Board of Directors Meeting

10:00 am – 5:00 pmVIP/Speaker Office

11:00 am – 2:00 pmFranchisee Educational Programming

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

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

6:00 pm – 7:00 pmLeadership Reception

7:00 pm – 9:00 pmLeadership & Franchisee of the Year Awards Dinner

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

8:30 am – 10:00 amState Delegation Breakfast and FAN Annual Meeting General Session

10:15 amDepart for Capitol Hill

11:00 am – 5:00 pmIndividual Congressional Appointments

11:30 am – 2:00 pmBoxed Lunches & Refreshments Available

6:30 pmNEW Closing Event for FranPAC Donors!

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

JW Marriott
1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004

IFA has a reserved room block at the JW Marriott for the 2017 FAN Annual Meeting & Fall Leadership Meetings. Our room rate for a standard room is $348 per night. 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. Once the room block is sold out, reservations will be accepted on a space availability basis at the group rate.


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.

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