What is the Franchise Business Network Program?
The History of IFA’s Regional Programs
In early 1991, Fred DeLuca, founder of Subway Sandwiches and Salads, developed the International Franchise Association (IFA) 2nd Tuesday program. The purpose of the program was to create an informal atmosphere whereby franchisors and suppliers could discuss current topics related to franchising. IFA coordinated this effort by soliciting IFA and Supplier Forum members to host the meetings in major cities across the United States.
IFA's Franchise Business Network (FBN) commenced October 1996. The FBN meetings were grassroots networking opportunities for the franchise community. They were designed to bring local franchisors, franchisees and suppliers together on a regular basis to create business-to-business opportunities and offer affordable educational programs.
Today’s FBN Program
Today, IFA’s FBN is the combination of IFA’s two regional programs, the 2nd Tuesday Program and the original FBN Program. The IFA Board of Directors voted at its Fall 2000 meeting to combine the 2nd Tuesday Program and Franchise Business Network Program into one single program meeting in 30+ cities around the country. The new program would take the best features of both programs and combine them into one winning formula for success.
For the most part, meetings are still scheduled (though it is not imperative) for the second Tuesday of each quarter across the U.S. While networking with others in the franchise community, meeting potential customers and making new business contacts, participants take advantage of educational programs and legislative information made available to them at no charge, except for the cost of meals.
IFA continues to suggest topics and issues of current importance for the hosts to discuss. This enables each host to conduct the meeting under his/her own auspices, while at the same time, encouraging a universal theme for that particular meeting.
Suggested Schedule for 2021
Please contact IFA’s Spencer Brignac for details - firstname.lastname@example.org
Current FBN Sites:
Tray Doster, CFE, Zaxby’s
David Cahn, CFE, Whiteford Taylor & Preston LLP
Suzanne Cummings, Cummings Franchise Law, PC
Stacie Waller, CIC, CFE, Althans Insurance Agency
Samantha Neugebauer, CLCS, CFE, Althans Insurance Agency
Maria Carr, McDonald Hopkins
Scott Opincar, McDonald Hopkins
John Campbell, Proforma
Douglas Kordel, Proforma
Joyce Mazero, Polsinelli
Heather Perkins, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Lynne Hanson, Moye White LLP
Kevin Hein, Alexius
Lisa Plonka, CFE, Plante Moran
Leonard MacPhee, Polsinelli
Larisa Walega, CFE, Ziebart International Corporation
Carey Jernigan, REGROUP
Sean Falk, Hylant Group
Kansas City, MO
John D. Moore, Husch Blackwell LLP
Los Angeles, CA
Larry Schwartz, DCV Franchise Group
Mid-South (AL, TN, MS)
Joel Buckberg, Baker Donelson
Adam Siegelheim, Stark & Stark
Orange County, CA
Lori Lofstrom, Lofstrom Law Corporation
Mary Ann O’Connell, CFE, FranWise®
Tom Epstein, CFE, Franchise Payment Network
Frank Long, Dickinson Wright LLP
John R. Gotaskie, Jr., Fox Rothschild LLP
San Antonio & Austin, TX
Edward Logan, CFE, Sport Clips, Inc.
Marci Kleinsasser, Handyman Connection
Nina Greene, Genovese, Joblove & Battista
David Beyer, Quarles & Brady
Abhi Dube, DLA Piper LLP (USA)