IFA 2021

IFA 2021 Annual Convention

IFA's Annual Convention is franchising's biggest event for business development and personal growth. Whether you're a franchising veteran or just starting out, there are sessions designed for everyone. This is your chance to network and chart the future of the industry.
CFE Credits Available
No
February 25, 2021
|

Virtual,
United States

WE'RE BRINGING THE FRANCHISE COMMUNITY TO YOU

Thank you to all who joined us live this February! Sessions are now available on-demand through May 2021!
9
Days of Empowering Content
190
Educational & Networking Sessions
10
General Sessions with Keynote Speakers

How do I purchase or view on-demand content? Click here for more information!

 

Ignite innovation and prepare for a year of explosive growth at IFA's Virtual Annual Convention. You'll leave this event feeling empowered and inspired to control the destiny of your brand. This year, it's all about providing attendees critical content around the business and economic impacts of franchising, policy updates and what they mean for your business, franchise development tactics, marketing in this digital age and much more. The networking opportunities available allow you to meet key contacts, reunite with your franchise family and create long-lasting relationships. Franchising's premier event is slated to be better and more accessible than ever before — don't miss out!

IFA 2021 Virtual Annual Convention Invitation from IFA Chair Catherine Monson

 

Want to know more about the platform being used for this year's IFA Convention? Check out our IFA 2021 Attendee User Guide!

Speakers

Speaker
Additional Speakers

Susan Boresow

President, TITLE Boxing Club

Cheikh Mboup

President & COO, Edible Arrangements

Catherine Monson

CEO, FASTSIGNS; IFA Chair

Meg Roberts

CEO & President, The Lash Lounge

Steve Stone

Owner/Operator, TITLE Boxing Club of Syosset, NY

David Barr

Chairman, PMTD Restaurants LLC; Managing Director & Partner, Franworth; Immediate Past Chair, IFA

Sarosh Nayar

Owner, FASTSIGNS of Northeast Dallas

Slade Dye

Owner/Operator, Edible Arrangements of Savannah, GA

Aziz Hashim

Founder & CEO, Franklin Junction & Founder, Managing Partner, NRD Capital

Geoff Alexander

President, CEO, Wow Bao

Barry Thomas

Global Customer Leader, The Coca-Cola Company

Rishi Nigam

Senior Executive, Franklin Junction

Peter Cancro

CEO, Jersey Mike's Franchise Systems Inc.

Ashlee Tran

Director, Merchant Strategy and Operations, DoorDash

Earsa Jackson

Member
Clark Hill Strasburger

Ama Romaine

General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, G6 Hospitality

Gerry Fernandez

President & Founder, Multicultural Foodservice and Hospitality Alliance (MFHA)

Karim Webb

CEO, 4thMVMT

Dave Mortensen

CEO, Self Esteem Brands

Agenda

IFA's 2021 Virtual Annual Convention ran live February 16-18 & February 23-25. An overview of sessions on these days can be found in the below agenda tabs. Bonus sessions were available for qualifying attendees - Emerging Franchisor Bootcamp on February 10; Annual Leadership Conference on February 11; and C-Suite Think Tank on February 22. Full information on what sessions are available on-demand can be found by clicking the "View Full Agenda" link below.

As well, we have curated suggested agendas by topic track to help guide attendees on which sessions to attend based on their franchise job focus! These can be found at the "Personalized Agendas" link below.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16
Session Title
Virtual Tradeshow Open
Time Start
10:00 am
Time End
11:30 am
Session Title
Welcome & General Session: The Practice - Shipping Creative Work
Time Start
01:00 pm
Time End
02:10 pm
Session Title
Virtual Tradeshow Open
Time Start
02:10 pm
Time End
03:15 pm
Session Title
Breakout Sessions
Time Start
03:15 pm
Time End
04:15 pm
Session Title
You Choose! Networking Happy Hour OR Business Solution Roundtables Happy Hour
Time Start
04:30 pm
Time End
05:30 pm
Session Title
FranPAC Max Donor VIP Event
Time Start
06:00 pm
Time End
07:00 pm
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17
Session Title
International Franchising in a COVID-19 World: Adapting in a Pandemic
Time Start
07:30 am
Time End
08:30 am
Session Title
International Roundtables
Time Start
08:45 am
Time End
09:30 am
Session Title
Virtual Tradeshow Open
Time Start
10:00 am
Time End
11:30 am
Session Title
Breakout Sessions
Time Start
12:15 pm
Time End
01:15 pm
Session Title
Breakout Sessions
Time Start
01:35 pm
Time End
02:35 pm
Session Title
Virtual Tradeshow Open
Time Start
02:35 pm
Time End
03:05 pm
Session Title
General Session: GR & Policy Response to COVID-19
Time Start
03:10 pm
Time End
04:00 pm
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18
Session Title
Virtual Tradeshow Open
Time Start
10:00 am
Time End
11:30 am
Session Title
General Session: Leading Through Uncertainty
Time Start
01:00 pm
Time End
02:00 pm
Session Title
You Choose! Coffee Talk with the IFA Board OR General Session: How to Reach Local Customers in a Dynamic Market - Optimize Your Digital Marketing to Help Your Business Recover
Time Start
02:30 pm
Time End
03:15 pm
Session Title
Hot Topics - Presented by IFA Service Providers
Time Start
03:30 pm
Time End
03:45 pm
Session Title
General Session: Virtual Restaurants - Disruption or Distraction?
Time Start
03:50 pm
Time End
04:45 pm
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23
Session Title
General Session: Freaky Fast! The Journey of Building a Multi-Billion Dollar Brand
Time Start
11:15 am
Time End
11:45 am
Session Title
Virtual Tradeshow Open
Time Start
11:45 am
Time End
01:00 pm
Session Title
General Session: The Power of Adaptability - Stories from Brands Who Successfully Navigated Change During COVID-19
Time Start
01:00 pm
Time End
02:25 pm
Session Title
General Session: Economic and Financial Market Outlook
Time Start
02:30 pm
Time End
03:15 pm
Session Title
Problem-Solving Sessions Led by Mentors
Time Start
02:30 pm
Time End
03:30 pm
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24
Session Title
Virtual Tradeshow Open
Time Start
10:00 am
Time End
11:30 am
Session Title
General Session: Stories of Survival - War Stories from Franchisors Deep in the Trenches of the Pandemic's Impact
Time Start
12:15 pm
Time End
01:10 pm
Session Title
Breakout Sessions
Time Start
01:15 pm
Time End
02:15 pm
Session Title
Breakout Sessions
Time Start
02:30 pm
Time End
03:30 pm
Session Title
General Session: Giving - Making a Difference in Someone's Life
Time Start
03:35 pm
Time End
04:00 pm
Session Title
You Choose! Group Activity OR Business Solution Roundtables Happy Hour
Time Start
04:15 pm
Time End
05:15 pm
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25
Session Title
Virtual Tradeshow Open
Time Start
10:00 am
Time End
11:30 am
Session Title
General Session: Diversity & Inclusion in Franchising
Time Start
01:00 pm
Time End
01:50 pm
Session Title
Roundtable Discussions
Time Start
01:00 pm
Time End
02:00 pm
Session Title
Virtual Tradeshow Open
Time Start
02:15 pm
Time End
03:30 pm
Session Title
Closing General Session: Think Like a Monk -Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day
Time Start
03:30 pm
Time End
04:30 pm
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16
Session Title
Virtual Tradeshow Open
Time Start
10:00 am
Time End
11:30 am
Session Title
Welcome & General Session: The Practice - Shipping Creative Work
Time Start
01:00 pm
Time End
02:10 pm
Session Title
Virtual Tradeshow Open
Time Start
02:10 pm
Time End
03:15 pm
Session Title
Breakout Sessions
Time Start
03:15 pm
Time End
04:15 pm
Session Title
You Choose! Networking Happy Hour OR Business Solution Roundtables Happy Hour
Time Start
04:30 pm
Time End
05:30 pm
Session Title
FranPAC Max Donor VIP Event
Time Start
06:00 pm
Time End
07:00 pm
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17
Session Title
International Franchising in a COVID-19 World: Adapting in a Pandemic
Time Start
07:30 am
Time End
08:30 am
Session Title
International Roundtables
Time Start
08:45 am
Time End
09:30 am
Session Title
Virtual Tradeshow Open
Time Start
10:00 am
Time End
11:30 am
Session Title
Breakout Sessions
Time Start
12:15 pm
Time End
01:15 pm
Session Title
Breakout Sessions
Time Start
01:35 pm
Time End
02:35 pm
Session Title
Virtual Tradeshow Open
Time Start
02:35 pm
Time End
03:05 pm
Session Title
General Session: GR & Policy Response to COVID-19
Time Start
03:10 pm
Time End
04:00 pm
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18
Session Title
Virtual Tradeshow Open
Time Start
10:00 am
Time End
11:30 am
Session Title
General Session: Leading Through Uncertainty
Time Start
01:00 pm
Time End
02:00 pm
Session Title
You Choose! Coffee Talk with the IFA Board OR General Session: How to Reach Local Customers in a Dynamic Market - Optimize Your Digital Marketing to Help Your Business Recover
Time Start
02:30 pm
Time End
03:15 pm
Session Title
Hot Topics - Presented by IFA Service Providers
Time Start
03:30 pm
Time End
03:45 pm
Session Title
General Session: Virtual Restaurants - Disruption or Distraction?
Time Start
03:50 pm
Time End
04:45 pm
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23
Session Title
General Session: Freaky Fast! The Journey of Building a Multi-Billion Dollar Brand
Time Start
11:15 am
Time End
11:45 am
Session Title
Virtual Tradeshow Open
Time Start
11:45 am
Time End
01:00 pm
Session Title
General Session: The Power of Adaptability - Stories from Brands Who Successfully Navigated Change During COVID-19
Time Start
01:00 pm
Time End
02:25 pm
Session Title
General Session: Economic and Financial Market Outlook
Time Start
02:30 pm
Time End
03:15 pm
Session Title
Problem-Solving Sessions Led by Mentors
Time Start
02:30 pm
Time End
03:30 pm
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24
Session Title
Virtual Tradeshow Open
Time Start
10:00 am
Time End
11:30 am
Session Title
General Session: Stories of Survival - War Stories from Franchisors Deep in the Trenches of the Pandemic's Impact
Time Start
12:15 pm
Time End
01:10 pm
Session Title
Breakout Sessions
Time Start
01:15 pm
Time End
02:15 pm
Session Title
Breakout Sessions
Time Start
02:30 pm
Time End
03:30 pm
Session Title
General Session: Giving - Making a Difference in Someone's Life
Time Start
03:35 pm
Time End
04:00 pm
Session Title
You Choose! Group Activity OR Business Solution Roundtables Happy Hour
Time Start
04:15 pm
Time End
05:15 pm
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25
Session Title
Virtual Tradeshow Open
Time Start
10:00 am
Time End
11:30 am
Session Title
General Session: Diversity & Inclusion in Franchising
Time Start
01:00 pm
Time End
01:50 pm
Session Title
Roundtable Discussions
Time Start
01:00 pm
Time End
02:00 pm
Session Title
Virtual Tradeshow Open
Time Start
02:15 pm
Time End
03:30 pm
Session Title
Closing General Session: Think Like a Monk -Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day
Time Start
03:30 pm
Time End
04:30 pm
Member Franchisors & Suppliers (1-9 attendees from same company)
399
$
Member Franchisors & Suppliers (10th attendee + from same company)
299
$
Franchisees
99
$

Exhibitor & Sponsorship Opportunities

Thank you to our 2021 Exhibiting and Sponsoring companies! IFA's Convention looked different this year, but our commitment to offering exhibitors space to introduce new products, showcase enhanced services, and offer solutions to better serve the franchise community remained the same.

This year's virtual tradeshow booths allowed exhibitors to connect 1-on-1 with attendees, as well as featured marketing materials and much more. While our exhibitors will not be 'live' in their booths through the May on-demand phase, their booths will still be available to registered attendees to view and download marketing materials!

We invite you to surf the virtual halls!

FAQs

To contact the IFA Conferences Department, please email
events@franchise.org or call 202-662-0763.

General event FAQs

How many CFE credits will I receive by attending?

What are the registration fees?

What does my registration fee include?

How Will Exhibiting and Sponsoring Operate on the Virtual Platform?

What is the cancellation policy?

Impact of the coronavirus on our community

How can my company sponsor or exhibit?

What are the future dates of IFA's Annual Convention?

Please Note: NO third-party vendors are authorized to sell our convention attendee list. Don't be fooled by offers from third party sources indicating that they are officially selling attendee lists for the IFA Convention - they are NOT affiliated with IFA or our convention. Buyer beware, many of these offers are fraudulent attempts to solicit money from you for a non-existent list.

Resources

Personal Agendas