November 10, 2020

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 – The International Franchise Association (IFA) today announced the election of 23 franchise business professionals to join its Board of Directors. The new board members are drawn from a world-class set of franchisors and franchisees.

IFA Chair and CEO of FASTSIGNS International Catherine Monson, CFE said, “Our newly-elected board members represent the best of franchising. I’m pleased to welcome this diverse group of qualified individuals who will meaningfully contribute to the International Franchise Association and strengthen the franchise business model.”

IFA President and CEO Robert Cresanti, CFE added, “Members of IFA’s Board of Directors are unsurpassed in their dedication to franchising, their understanding of the critical issues facing the franchise business model, and their commitment to creating franchise systems that grow opportunity for millions of Americans. I am excited to work with the new IFA Board members to protect, promote, and enhance franchising.”

The IFA Board recently voted to expand the overall size of its Board of Directors to better pursue its mission and priorities. The newly-elected board members assume their positions today.

The new IFA directors are:


About the International Franchise Association

Celebrating 60 years of excellence, education, and advocacy, the International Franchise Association is the world's oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. IFA works through its government relations and public policy, media relations and educational programs to protect, enhance and promote franchising and the more than 733,000 franchise establishments that support nearly 8.4 million direct jobs, $787.5 billion of economic output for the U.S. economy and 3 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). IFA members include franchise companies in over 300 different business format categories, individual franchisees, and companies that support the industry in marketing, law, technology and business development.

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