I am a small multi-unit franchisee of both Money Mailer and IHOP (DineEquity). I have been self-employed for most of my career and have owned and continue to own businesses outside of franchising. I believe in and enjoy the franchising model and feel it important to keep the model strong. I try to do my small part by serving on the Franchise Relations Committee and Franchisee Forum as the 1st Vice Chair, while attending as many IFA events during the year as fit in my schedule. Advocacy, especially by franchisees, is very effective at the state and federal level. It is very important franchisees share their message so I find time to educate legislators on our needs and challenges. I started my career in NYC at an investment banking firm but realized in just a few short years self-employment was the direction for me, and small business was my passion.