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 your business and how the new joint employer standard impacts your franchise. For more information about joint employer, click here. IFA will set up the meetings and prep you and guide you beforehand. This event is FREE for franchisees.
Simply click "Register Now", fill out the form and bring it to our Onsite Registration Desk at the JW Marriott!
Counselor to the President of the United States
Former Republican National Committee Chair
Former Democratic National Committee Chair
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Session Moderator: Azim Saju, General Counsel & Vice President, HDG Hotels
This panel will share real-life experiences that highlight why the voice of the franchisee is critical to today’s regulatory and legislative business environment. We want to be sure your issues in your home state are being heard by your elected officials. IFA and the Franchisee Forum will provide tools to easily [and quickly!] learn how to get involved and make a difference for your business. From sending a letter to meeting with your members of Congress in Washington, DC, there’s so much you can, and must do to protect your investment!
Speakers: Rob Branca, President, Dunkin’ Donuts of Worcester, MA; Erica Farage, VP, Political Affairs and Grassroots Advocacy, International Franchise Association; Mara Fortin, Owner, Nothing Bundt Cakes, San Diego, CA; Tamra Kennedy, Franchisee, Owner - Taco John's, Twin City TJ's, Inc. and Vice Chair, IFA Franchisee Forum
The Best Team Wins
Competitive differentiation doesn’t come from your product or service. It comes from your people, and companies who build the best team in their industry can dominate the market for years to come. This session will explain the science behind great hiring decisions, teaching you a proven process for building your best team and inspiring you to take action.
Speaker: Kevin Baumgart, VP, Business Development, Hireology, Inc.
Learn the benefits and value of getting more involved in IFA and becoming a member. Hear from experts about tools, tips and opportunities specifically designed to help your business grow, increase your bottom line and your employees prosper.
Speakers: Greg Cook, CFE, VP, Advertising & Strategic Partnerships, International Franchise Association; Michael Lotito, Co-Chair, Littler's Workplace Policy Institute & Shareholder, Littler Mendelson
Speakers: Liam Brown, President, Franchising, Owner Services and MxM Select Brands, North America, Marriott International; IFA Chair of the Board; Robert Cresanti, CFE, President & CEO, International Franchise Association
Minority ownership rates for franchised businesses are up 50%. More than 30% of franchised business are female owned. It’s clear that the franchise sector is diversifying in exciting ways and bringing opportunity to underrepresented but eager communities across the country and around the world. It is also becoming clear that diversity and inclusion in all its forms means better business performance. Based on research by the McKinsey Global Institute, ethnically diverse businesses perform 35% better. Gender diverse businesses perform 15% better.
So, what does this look like in the day-to-day real world where recruitment for talent is tough, access to capital and financial management is always a primary focus, and competition is fierce. Join us for a timely discussion on the business benefits of engaging a diverse workforce, working with the community, and investing in yourself and your employees through more education.
Speakers: Emily Anderson, Government Affairs Manager, Home Instead Senior Care; Earsa Jackson, CFE, Member, Clark Hill Strasburger
It’s time to take a deep dive into the issues that matter most right now and what we will be talking about on the Hill on Thursday. Hear from IFA’s Government Relations & Public Policy staff and your peers about the history of the issues impacting your business, where we are now and why it’s important to your business and the future of the franchise business model.
Introduced by: Joyce Mazero, Shareholder, Polsinelli
Joint Employer – Rulemaking
Speakers: Erika Burkhardt, Senior Director, Legal, Pizza Hut LLC, Yum! Brands, Inc.; Michael Layman, VP, Federal Government Relations, IFA; Michael Lotito, Co-Chair, Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute & Shareholder, Littler Mendelson
Joint Employer – Lanham Act Legislation
Speakers: Suzanne Beall, VP, Government Relations and Public Policy, IFA; Stuart Hershman, Partner, DLA Piper LLP (USA); Rolf Lundberg, Principal, Choice Hotels International
Tax Reform 2.0
Speakers: Rob Branca, President, Dunkin’ Donuts of Worcester, MA; Matt Haller, SVP, Government Relations and Public Affairs, IFA; Gordon Logan, Founder & CEO, Sport Clips, Inc.; Shelly Sun, CFE, CEO & Founder, BrightStar Franchising, LLC
Having a comprehensive talent acquisition strategy in a competitive job market can help franchise owners find, hire, and retain the workers needed to maintain and grow their business. Come hear some successful ways to help position yourself as an employer of choice with job seekers, as well as your current employees. Topics include:
Speaker: Leslie Bolton, Senior Business Development Manager, Paychex, Inc.
Speakers: Charlie Chase, President & CEO, FirstService Brands
IFA will prep you before your meetings on Capitol Hill and provide guidance on having an effective visit through a professional advocacy training presentation.
Speaker: Christopher Kush, CEO, Soapbox Consulting
Welcome by: Robert Cresanti, CFE, President & CEO, International Franchise Association
Presented by: Liam Brown, President, Franchising, Owner Services and MxM Select Brands, North America, Marriott International; IFA Chair of the Board; Tom Baber, Chair, Franchisee Forum, Franchise Owner, Money Mailer of Mercer, Somerset County and Owner, IHOP; Leslie Bolton, Senior Business Development Manager, Paychex, Inc
Donna Brazile was the first African-American woman to manage a presidential campaign and is known for her work promoting diversity. Brazile will deliver an in-depth look at the Trump Administration, the state of the current Congress, and the country’s political landscape. She analyzes hot political topics of the day, using behind-the-scenes insight gained from her days on the campaign trail and working alongside some of the biggest names in Washington.
Michael Steele was the first African-American to serve as the Chair of the Republican National Committee, and the first African-American elected to statewide office in Maryland, serving as the seventh Lieutenant Governor from 2003-2007. Steele is currently a political analyst for MSNBC and can be heard each week on his radio program, Steele & Ungaron the POTUS Channel on SiriusXM.
Hear a timely update from high profile Senator Paul on the Association Health Plans (AHPS) and what they mean for your business.
Speaker: Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)
Interested in attending the Washington Nationals baseball game on Thursday, September 6? Please email Leah Shimp at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional fee required.
IFA has a reserved room block at the JW Marriott for the 2018 FAN Annual Meeting & Leadership Meetings. Our room rate for a standard room is $319 per night. You may reserve your hotel room by calling 800-393-2503 or clicking the below link. The deadline for making a reservation is August 22, 2018, 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.
September 9 - 11, 2019 // Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting & Fall Leadership Meetings // JW Marriott, Washington, DC
September 14 - 16, 2020 // Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting & Fall Leadership Meetings // JW Marriott, Washington, DC
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