Meet Josh Merin, VP of International Relations | International Franchise Association

Meet Josh Merin, VP of International Relations


Happy IFA anniversary to a vital member of our team- Josh Merin!  Josh serves as our Vice President of International Relations, and Chief of Staff.  During his career, he has traveled all over the world, and worked tirelessly to help the franchise community expand internationally.  To celebrate his 7th year at IFA, we sat down with Josh to ask a few questions about his time at IFA, and all the experiences he's had along the way.

  • What was your first position at IFA?
    • I was the Manager of Strategic Initiatives & Industry Relations — working on VetFran, international and access to credit.
  • Where is the best place you’ve ever traveled?
    • For me the best place is always the next place I’m visiting for the first time!
  • What’s the weirdest food you’ve tried while traveling?
    • I have an appreciation for mistranslations of American food, like when I ordered a sausage pizza and got one covered in hot dogs, or when I was served a Thanksgiving dinner covered in barbecue sauce.
  • What advice would you give to a franchisor looking to expand internationally?
    • I would advise them to think about why they want to grow abroad, the resources it takes to go international the right way, and to make sure it’s the right thing at this point in their company’s growth.
  • If your life could exist in a TV show, which show would it be?
    • I wouldn’t want to live in most of the TV shows I like to watch.