November People & News


Jose Costa

Jose Costa

Bojangles' appointed Jose Costa as their new Chief Development Officer. Costa was previously the North American CEO of GrandVision.

Weldon Spangler

Weldon Spangler

Snap Fitness named Weldon Spangler as their new Chief Executive Officer. Spangler previously served as the President and CEO of Papa Murphy's. 

Cherry Hearn

Cherry Hearn

Which Wich named Cherry Hearn as their new President. Hearn previously served as general counsel for the brand. 

Justin Delaney

Justin Delaney

Buff City Soap appointed Justin Delaney as their new Chief Executive Officer. 

Steve Gibson

Steve Gibson

Certified Restoration Drycleaning Network (CRDN) named Steve Gibson as their new Executive Vice President of Sales. Gibson was previously Senior Director of National Sales for ServiceMaster Restore.



East Coast Wings + Grill franchisees Mike and Leah Morrell, who operate a location in Lynchburg, VA, earned gold-level status for Best New Restaurant and Honorable Mention for Best Kid Friendly Restaurant in Lynchburg Living’s “Best of Lynchburg” Hall of Fame, September/October 2019. This is the second-consecutive year of award recognitions. Congrats!

Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services awarded their top-performing and milestone passing franchisees at their annual owner’s retreat. Chris Middleton, an owner of Office Pride franchises, won Franchisee of the Year.

A Knockout Expansion

Mayweather Boxing + Fitness signed on to have over 100 franchise locations in development across the United States. The franchise is aiming to have higher concentrations in states such as New Jersey, Tennessee, South Carolina, Virginia and more.

NextGen's Nitro

Dunkin’ opened three restaurants on Fairfield University Campus in Fairfield, CT. Students will be able to experience the full-service restaurant, including the NextGen nitro coffee. 

Huddle Up!

Huddle House Inc. purchased Perkins, a chain of over 340 restaurants in 32 states and Canada. Huddle House’s CEO, Michael Abt, will be the top executive of both brands.

Inspiring Innovation

Inspire Brands, the multi-concept owner of Buffalo Wild Wings, Arby’s and Sonic, acquired Jimmy John’s Sandwiches. This deal makes Inspire Brands the fourth biggest restaurant company in the nation.


Hurricane Relief Helpers

Hurricane Dorian Help

IFA members Brightway Insurance and Rytech aided recovery efforts in The Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian hit. Brightway Insurance collected supplies, resulting in an overwhelming outpour of donations. The franchise contacted Rytech, who stepped in to help provide trucks and vans for the transportation of all the supplies. We are proud to have franchise members that rise to the occasion and work together during tragedies like this. 

Outstanding Efforts For Students

Great Clips teamed up with Noah Syndergaard, pitcher for the New York Mets and Mohawk Warrior Monster Jam truck driver Bryce Kenney and donated a total of $40,000 to a New York City elementary school. The donation will be used to provide students and their families that live in temporary housing with monthly hot meals and to help fund extracurricular activities. 

Retro Fitness donated over 300 New York Yankees tickets to New York City schools in District 11. Seventh and eighth graders from three different schools got to attend the games with parents and chaperones. Andrew Alfano, CEO of the franchise, said, “This is a stressful time of the year for kids, and if for just one evening we can help make a difference, we consider it not just a privilege, but a responsibility.” 

Freddys Donation

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers donated $15,000 to the Kids In Need Foundation in 2019, an organization that gives kids and teachers across the nation school supplies for free. The franchise’s annual National Frozen Custard Day promotion has raised $55,000 for the foundation in total over the years.