Franchisee - a person who operates a business under a name using the trademark, service mark, trade name, advertising or other commercial symbol designating the franchisor parent company.
In 1993, IFA expanded its membership to include franchisees. Since then, IFA's franchisee membership has steadily increased. Franchisees are actively involved in all IFA committees, programs, and activities, and a number of franchisees serve on IFA's Board of Directors. In 2002, Steve Siegel, a then Dunkin' Donuts franchisee, became the first franchisee to be elected as Chairman of IFA. In 2006, Lawrence “Doc” Cohen, a Great American Cookie Company franchisee, became Chairman of IFA.
Franchisees may join IFA directly as "Subscriber Members" for $105 membership dues per year or they may join through an "Electronic Membership" that is covered by their franchisor's dues payment at no cost. By choosing this option, franchisees receive the IFA Insider newsletter and other information from IFA via email.