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500 industry leaders tell lawmakers "franchising counts": franchise leaders spend 36 hours making a difference in legislative policies that will affect their businesses far into the future.

The International Franchise Association's 11th Annual Public Affairs Conference drew more than 500 franchise leaders to Washington, D.C. in September to advocate for sound regulatory and legislative policies that would improve the economic atmosphere for the industry. The franchise representatives conducted meetings with legislators and congressional staffs of 47 states during more than 200 meetings.

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Over the course of the two-day conference, attendees prepared for their visits to Congress with briefings on important public policy and political issues, including the need for access to capital, repeal of IRS Form 1099 reporting provisions, extension of pro-growth tax relief and encouraging veteran entrepreneurship. The conference was something akin to a family reunion, allowing opportunities to get re-acquainted with franchise-friends from around the country.

IFA members were also briefed by such media experts as NBC News Political Director and Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd who described the nation's political landscape, noting that Republicans have good odds of taking control of both the House and Senate when results of the mid-term elections are tallied. Looking ahead, he said that the driving issue next year for lawmakers will be the federal deficit.

Special congressional speaker Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, who chairs the Senate Republican Policy Committee, also praised the attendees for participating in the Franchise Congress program and getting involved in the political process. He added, as the association has shared with its members on numerous occasions, individual franchise business owners have the most influence with legislators because they are key constituents and represent communities and local economies.

Franchise Congress, IFA's elite advocacy group, hosted its annual member meeting Sept. 13. Led by Co-Chairman Stuart Mathis, president of MBE, a UPS company, and Saunda Kitchen, owner of Mr. Rooter of Sonoma, Calif., the more than 100 attendees shared best practices and training tools, and the group's 2011 goals were finalized.

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Franchise Congress attendees also welcomed special guest Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) who spoke with the group about his background in franchising (The UPS Store, Subway), as well as his experiences transitioning from a small-business leader to lawmaker. He reinforced the importance of being active in politics back home, commended Franchise Congress leaders for their efforts, and offered his insights on how to be even more effective in building relationships with elected officials, especially during such a critical election year.

Franchise Congress leaders were a key factor in the success of this year's Public Affairs Conference. This educated, motivated and effective group helped to lead the rest of the conference attendees in learning the key franchise political issues, answered questions in preparation for the meetings on Capitol Hill and reported great feedback on how effective the IFA was in communicating with congressional offices on Sept. 14.

Overall, the Franchise Congress initiative has grown impressively since 2009 and the strength of IFA's advocacy efforts took center stage during the association's largest advocacy event. In addition to IFA's Franchise Congress activities, all conference attendees contributed to effective communications on Capitol Hill. Here are some examples:

* The Texas delegation met with Sen. John Cornyn to discuss key franchise issues. Approximately 45 Texas attendees attended the conference.

* The Virginia delegation received a special treat when they met with the off-ices of Sens. Mark Warner and Jim Webb in a joint coordinated event to discuss small-business concerns. More than 40 franchise leaders from Virginia traveled to Washington for the event, and Sen. Warner conducted a very frank and thoughtful discussion with the group.

* More than 20 franchise delegates from Georgia came to meet with both that state's Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson.

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The efforts paid off. A few days after the IFA Public Affairs Conference, the Senate passed IFA's top legislative priority, a bill improving small-business credit access. IFA members have lobbied on this issue for nearly two years, including a final push during the conference. As part of the Small Business Jobs Bill, loan limits for Small Business Administration 7 (a) loans will increase from $2 million to $5 million and the 90 percent SBA loan guarantee would be extended through 2010, which IFA believes will encourage banks to start lending again. The bill headed to President Obama's desk where he signed it Sept. 27.

In addition to successfully lobbying on credit access, other key events took place during the conference. For example, echoing the conference theme, "Franchising Counts," the U.S. Census Bureau released the results of its 2007 Economic Census Franchise Report that for the first time included detailed data showing the economic impact of franchising (see page 41 for a complete report). IFA has worked closely with the Census Bureau to enhance its understanding of the broad scope of franchising that crosses many industries in the United States and its impact on the U.S. economy and advised the bureau about which industries would likely be important sources of franchising data.

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This new economic data will help support IFA's ongoing public awareness campaign that was initially launched in 2008. The latest advertisement in the campaign appeared during the conference featuring BrightStar franchisee Pat Luers and company founder Shelly Sun, CFE. The ad explained that Pat Luers, of Centerville, Ohio, who opened his first BrightStar franchise last year, created 40 new jobs in his community and would like to open more locations. However, he has had trouble accessing additional credit to make that happen. The ad states that with access to credit and sound regulatory policies, franchise businesses like Luers' can create new jobs and help to get America back on the path to economic recovery.

Another long-standing priority for IFA is to support efforts to help veterans transition into civilian life after their military service. IFA members worked to advance the Help Veterans Own Franchises Act, H.R. 2672, which would establish a tax credit for franchise businesses that offer qualified veterans a discounted franchise fee. After IFA members urged their representatives to co-sponsor this bill, commitments poured in. At press time, the bill had more than 45 sponsors, and the industry was expecting the introduction of Senate legislation with as many as four co-sponsors.

To further support veterans, during the conference, IFA signed a Certificate of Partnership with the U.S. Army Reserve to help broaden employment opportunities for reservists by including franchise ownership as new career options. The initiative will help funnel franchise prospects from the Army Reserve toward IFA's Veteran's Transition Franchise Initiative, VetFran. In addition, VetFran participating companies will gain access to men and women who have expertise in executing systems gained from their military training.

Among the many highlights of the Public Affairs Conference were presentations of the coveted IFA Legislator of the Year Award. Two long-time franchising proponents received the honor: Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). IFA Chairman Ken Walker, CFE, (Driven Brands chairman and CEO), commended the two legislators for their "commitment to policies that create a sound business environment for franchising, especially during these tough economic times." Others honored were the 46 IFA Franchisees of the Year who represented 32 franchise brands. A complete list of these outstanding franchise owners appears on page 35. ADP is the Founding Sponsor of the conference and sponsor of the Franchisee of the Year awards.

Another part of the program that sparked excitement was the presentation of the Public Affairs Conference participation awards. With the anticipation associated with the opening of the World Series, IFA Senior Vice Pres, of Government Relations and Public Policy David French announced the recipients of this year's awards.

* Most Valuable Player (overall participation): The ServiceMaster Company

* All Star (largest number of attendees): The Dwyer Group

* Rookie of the Year (largest number of first-time attendees): Domino's Pizza

IFA's political action committee, FranPAC, raised more than $35,000 during the week thanks to the popular Congressional Dinner at Michel Richard's famous restaurant, Central. The PAC gained two new $5,000-level donors during the event: Systino CEO Steve Baxter and Tinder Box International Chairman of the Board Gary Blumenthal.

Next year's Public Affairs will be scheduled Sept. 13-14, 2011 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C.

PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS

Andrew Abrams, Out of the Box Technology

Tracy Adams, WIN Home Inspection

Kay Ainsley, CFE, MSA Worldwide

Michelle Aliotti, Mr. Rooter of Santa Cruz, CA

Bill Anderson, CFE, UPS Store of Philadelphia, PA

Russell Arbaugh, ServiceMaster of Shenandoah Valley, VA

Clemi Arbaugh, ServiceMaster of Shenandoah Valley, VA

Robert Atkisson, Moe's Southwest Grill of Tallahassee, FL

Oscar Avjero, Liberty Tax Service

Cheryl Babcock, CFE, Nova Southeastern University

Tom Baber, Money Mailer of Union County, NJ

Lea Bailes, Guier Franchising Concepts, LLC

Jania Bailey, CFE, FranNet Franchising, LLC

Lori Bailey, American Leak Detection of Nashville, TN

Brian Balconi, Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc.

Jay Bandy, Goliath Consulting Group

Kaylin Barnes, California Fresh of Lompoc, CA

Brad Barnett, Entertainment Publications, LLC

Ken Bartell, ServiceMaster of Redmond, OR

Gary Bauer, ServiceMaster Company

Steve Baxter, Systino

Claude Beatty, Mr. Appliance of Vero Beach, FL

James Beck, Home Instead Senior Care

Skip Bell, ServiceMaster Assured Cleaning

Laura Bell, ServiceMaster Assured Cleaning

Hal Berens, UPS Store of Reston, VA

Melanie Bergeron, CFE, Two Men And A Truck International, Inc.

Sharon Berman, Rehmann

David Bethea, Rainbow International Restoration & Cleaning

John Betz, Swiss Farms of Springfield, PA

Naman Bhatia, UPS Store of Washington, DC

Warren Bickers, Driven Brands, Inc.

Nancy Bigley, CFE, BOXD Brands

Susan Black-Beth, CFE, Super Wash, Inc.

Steve Blahunka, Merrill Lynch / Bank of America

Sean Blickle, MBE, a UPS Company

Bruce Bloom, CFE, Bloom & Associates, LLC

Lindsey Bond, Dunkin'Brands, Inc.

Michael Bouley, Dunkin'Brands, Inc.

Joe Bourdow, CFE, Valpak

Alexandra Bowens, Dogtopia

Raymond Bramble, Aire Serv of Fort Royal, VA

Tina Bramble, Aire Serv of Fort Royal, VA

William Brashier, Dunkin'Brands, Inc.

Steve Bridge, California Fresh of Lompoc, CA

Stephen Brigandi, Jack In The Box, Inc.

Elaine Brink, Express Employment Professionals

Mary Beth Brady, CFE, Faegre & Benson LLP

Bobby Brous, Steamatic, Inc.

Kimberlie Buchanan, Rehmann

James Bugg, CFE, Decorating Den Interiors

Joel Bulger, Moe's Southwest Grill

Jim Bull, Big O Tires, LLC

Robin Bulmer, Two Men And A Truck of SW & NE AZ

Jay Bulmer, Two Men And A Truck of SW & NE AZ

Donald Burteson, Jani-King International, Inc.

Susan Burton, Yum! Brands, Inc.

Jeremiah Butler, Rainbow of Fredericksburg, VA

Peter Cain, National Maintenance Contractors, LLC

Brandon Campbell, CFE, Solantic Walk-In Urgent Car

Guy Campbell, Moe's Southwest Grill of Tampa, FL

Paul Campbell, ServiceMaster Building Maintenance

Joseph Capadona, Meineke of Quincy, MA

Sola Cardosa, UPS Store of Washington, DC

Kevin Cargile, Aire Serv of Bellevue, NE

Shannon Cargile, Aire Serv of Bellevue, NE

Michael Carlet, Driven Brands, Inc.

Joe Carollo, Jani-King of Cleveland

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Pam Carollo, Jani-King of Cleveland

Mary Lynne Carraway, Domino's Pizza of DC

Diane Carter, CFE, Express Employment Professionals

Sheryl Cassity, Audigence

Brian Cayle, Out of the Box Technology

Mark Challis, Directed Equity, Inc.

Cary Chastain, Moe's Southwest Grill of Charleston, SC

Brad Chasteen, Moe's Southwest Grill of St. Johns, FL

Amy Cheng, Cheng Cohen LLC

Richard Ciresi, Aire Serv of Louisville, KY

Ed Clark, ServiceMaster of Rochester, MN

Lawrence Cohen, CFE, DOC & Associates, Ltd.

Mitch Cohen, Baskin Robbins/Dunkin' Donuts of Bayshore, NY

Chad Cohen, Fish Consulting

Ken Colburn, Data Doctors Franchise Systems, Inc.

Phil Collins, MAACO of Greensboro, NC

Sean Collins, Military Franchising

Victoria Conte, MatchPoint

Ed Cook, ServiceMaster Performance

Mary Pat Cook, ServiceMaster Performance

Terry Corkery, FRANCHISEWORKS.com

Kaye Couch, MaggieMoo's Ice Cream & Treatery

Jeff Coulter, ServiceMaster Company

Jerry Crawford, CFE, Jani-King International, Inc.

Mary Crawford

Anthony Creamer, FASTSIGNS of New Carrollton, MD

Thorn Crimans, FranNet

Roger Cross, Meineke of Amarillo, TX

Lynette Crow-Iverson, Conspire! Franchising LLC

Melissa Cummings, Domino's Pizza LLC

Gian Curry, Econo Lube of San Diego, CA

Matt Cutler, CFE, Two Men And A Truck International, Inc.

Angelo Dajon, Moe's Southwest Grill of Norfolk, VA

Paul Damico, Moe's Southwest Grill

Steve Dandrea, MBE, a UPS Company

Ron Daniel, Aire Serv of South Plains, TX

Jerry Darnell, Benetrends, Inc.

Ric Davenport, FASTSIGNS of Asheville, NC

Tim Davis, MBE, a UPS Company

Jamie Davis, CFE, Donatos Pizzeria, LLC

Jeff Davis, Little Ceasar's of Detroit, MI

Diane Davis Barrentine, Domino's Pizza of Mississippi

Mark Dawson, Glass Doctor

Janet Dean, Home Helpers of Chillicothe, OH

William Dean, Home Helpers of Chillicothe, OH

Joe Delphry, The Athlete's Foot of Virginia Beach, VA

Jennifer DeLuca, Dunkin'Brands, Inc.

Kevin Derella, CFE, Coverall Health-Based Cleaning System

Don DeSmith, Servant Systems, Inc.

Adam DeVone, PenBen

Emma Dickison, Home Helpers

James Dixon, Valpak of Central Ohio

Stacy Dixon

James Dixon, Sr., Valpak of Central Ohio

Joan Dixon, Valpak of Central Ohio

Avery Dixon, Valpak of Central Ohio

Jennifer Dodd, My Menu, Inc.

Robert Dorfman, TCH Restaurant Group, Inc.

James Doyle, MaldPro Franchise Corporation

Michael Drumm, Snell & Wilmer, LLP

Chris Dull, Global Franchise Group

Jim Dunlap, AAMCO Transmissions of Chesapeake, VA

F. Joseph Dunn, FisherZucker LLC

Janice Dwyer, CFE, Lute, Smith and Scott, Inc.

John Earle, Earle Enterprises LP

Todd Eberhardt, Two Men And A Truck of Wilmington, NC

Patrick Edd, CFE, Annex Brands, Inc.

Tim Egeler, ServiceMaster of Colorado Springs, CO

Becky Egeler, ServiceMaster of Colorado Springs, CO

Neal Ehrlich, Benetrends, Inc.

Craig Eldridge, BFC--Integrated Print Management

Kimberly Ellis, MSA Worldwide

Chris Elmore, The Dwyer Group

Doug Engle, MAACO Franchising, Inc.

Tom Epstein, CFE, Franchise Payments Network

Sean Falk, Pretzel Maker of Monroe, MI

Nick Falletta, Re-Bath of SW Virginia

Steven Feirman, Nixon Peabody

Ronald Feldman, CFE, Siegel Financial Group

Sid Feltenstein, Mrs. Fields Famous Brands

Rocco Fiorentino, CFE, Swiss Farm Stores

Lane Fisher, CFE, FisherZucker LLC

Larne Fisher, CFE, Fish Consulting

Sherri Fishman, Fishman Public Relations

Brad Fishman, CFE, Fishman Public Relations

John Fitzgerald, CFE, Gray Plant Mooty

Mark Forseth, Marriott International

John Francis, PostNet of MN & WI

Joy Franckowiak, Valpak

Christine Friedberg, CFE, FRANdata Corporation

Stan Friedman, CFE, FranConnect Software

Philip Friedman, CFE

David Frissora, Wendy's/Arby's Group, Inc.

Scott Frith, CFE, Lawn Doctor, Inc.

Russell Frith, CFE, Lawn Doctor, Inc.

Ronald Frydrychowski, Moran Industries, Inc.

Richard Galloway, Domino's Pizza of Louisiana and Mississippi

Cynthia Gartman, IKOR[R]USA Incorporated

Robert Gavitt, Domino's Pizza of Flower Mound, TX

Elizabeth Gavitt, Domino's Pizza of Flower Mound, TX

John Geenen, UBS Financial Services, Inc.

John Gendreau, Two Men And A Truck of Edina, MN

Jan Gilbert, Haynes and Boone, LLP

Kothleen Gilmartin, Interim Healthcare, Inc.

Susan Glosby, Stroller Strides, LLC

Sue Glovan, Mr. Rooter of Hendersonville, NC

Donald Glovan, Mr. Rooter of Hendersonville, NC

Steve Gable, CFE, Annex Brands, Inc.

Gary Goerke, Clarity Voice

Stacey Goertz, The Dwyer Group

Michael Garnet, Mr. Handyman of California & Florida

Dwight Gould, Aviatech, LLC

Patricia Granum, Co-Operations

Martin Greenbaum, CFE, Greenbaum Marketing Communications

Herbert Greenberg, Caliper

Nathan Greenberg, Siegel Financial Group

Nina Greene, Genovese Joblove & Battista

Brian Greenley, MAACO of Littleton, CO

John Gregory, ADP, Inc.

Mike Griffin, PostalAnnex+ of India, CA

Pennye Griffin, PostalAnnex+ of India, CA

Valerie Griggs, 20 Lounge

Evan Hackel, Ingage Consulting

Mark Hagen, Express Employment Professionals of Bellingham, WA

Sandy Hagen, Express Employment Professionals of Bellingham, WA

William Hall, CFE, William G. Hall & Co.

Sam Hammons, Express Employment Professionals

Rob Hanavan, Rainbow of Richmond, VA

Scott Haner, CFE, Yum! Brands, Inc.

Clayton Harmon, Roark Capital Group

Liberty Harper, Aviatech, LLC

Tom Harrington, Franchise Payments Network

Dianne Harris, Aire Serv of the Gold Country

Sam Harris, Aire Serv of the Gold Country

Joyce Harrison, Bates Motor Home Rentals of Cajun Country

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Rosemarie Hartnett, CFE, Abrakadoodle Remarkable Art Education

Aziz Hashim, National Restaurant Development

Jessica Hatcher, Service Management Group (SMG)

Reginald Heard, Bankers One Capital

Keron Hector, UPS Store of Washington, DC

Phyllis Hegstrom, Home Instead Senior Care

Lonnie Helgerson, CFE, Veteran Franchise Centers

William Helmstadter, Kumon North America, Inc.

Madeline Helmstadter, Kumon North America, Inc.

Jeff Herig, FASTSIGNS of Tallahassee, FL

Stuart Hershman, DLA Piper US LLP

Lonnie Hertzel, Home Instead Senior Care

Geoff Hill, CFE, Roark Capital Group

Sean Hilly, CFE, Annex Brands, Inc.

Ross Hiltz, Meineke of Orange, CT

Robert Hodges, Dunkin'Brands, Inc.

Melanie Haggard, Moe's Southwest Grill of North Little Rock, AR

Janet Holman, Advanced Maintenance

Chris Holman, Advanced Maintenance

Bob Holt, Frontstream Payments

Harvey Homsey, Express Employment Professionals

Scott Hoots, Ripleys Attractions Inc.

Judy Howard, American Leak Detection, Inc.

Mariana Huberman, UPS Store of Washington, DC

David Humphrey, Massage Envy Franchising LLC

Heather Hurley, Mr. Handyman of California & Florida

Ann Hurwitz, Baker Botts LLP

Doug Imholte, RJF Agencies

Michael Isakson, ServiceMaster Company

Jenann Isakson, ServiceMaster Company

Pat James, The Dwyer Group

Howard James, Jr., FASTSIGNS of Washington, DC

Jerry Janak, ServiceMaster Southwest

Paulette Janak, ServiceMaster Southwest

Ram Javia, Eight P CPL, LLC

Jeff Jervik, Fitness Together Holdings, Inc.

Michael Joblove, Genovese Joblove & Battista

Darrell Johnson, CFE, FRANdata Corporation

Gail Johnson, CFE, Rainbow Station, Inc.

Mark Johnson, Granite Transformations

Lori Johnson, The Dwyer Group

Paul Jones, Global Franchise Group

Mark Jowers, ServiceMaster of Cordova, TN

Carl Kampmeier, Meineke of Madison, WI

Dawn Kane, Hot Dish Advertising

Bill Kapp, Domino's Pizza LLC

Kurt Karlson, AutoQual of Orland Park, IL

Betsy Karlson, AutoQual of Orland Park, IL

Dan Keenaghan, U.S. Department of Commerce

Lorraine Kellam, UPS Store of Brambleton, VA

Thomas Kent, Jr., Fox Rothschild LLP

Aslam Khan, Falcon Holdings

Brian Kimsey, Jani-King of Winchester, VA

Saunda Kitchen, Mr. Rooter of Sonoma County, CA

Gaylen Knack, Gray Plant Mooty

Jason Knill, Aviatech, LLC

Giovanna Koning, Falcon Holdings

Kevin Kormondy, Big O Tires, LLC

Ted Kosciak, Deluxe Franchise Services

David Kozlowski, Glass Doctor of New Berlin, WI

Kevin Lange, CFE, ServiceMaster Company

Dave Lapps, MAACO Franchising, Inc.

Dominic Laskero, Dunkin' Brands, Inc.

Todd Leiser, Valpak

Patrick Lenow, DineEquity, Inc.

Darryl Light, Great American Cookies of

Johnson City, TN

Tim Lightner, Two Men And A Truck of Madison, WI

Joe Lindenmayer, TSS Photography, Inc.

Mark Liston, CFE, Glass Doctor

Mary Kay Liston, Sales Innovation

Sean LoBianco, Our Town

Christiana Logansmith, ServiceMaster of Chesapeake, MD

Aaron Lopez, DineEquity, Inc.

Bret Lowell, CFE, DLA Piper US LLP

Harry Loyle, ComForcare Senior Services of Dayton, OH

Tony Lutfi, Jack in the Box of Sacramento, CA

Jan Luther, Dunkin'Brands, Inc.

Jack Mackey, Service Management Group (SMG)

Dean Maillot, Rainbow of Calgary, Canada

Kristi Mailloux, Molly Maid, Inc.

Eileen Marrison, Two Men And A Truck of Omaha, NE

Dan Martin, CFE, IFX Online

Jeremy Mason, Domino's Pizza of Maryland

Heather Mason, A Caspian Production

Stuart Mathis, MBE, a UPS Company

Mary Mathis

Nigel Mayne, CFE, MatchPoint

Joyce Mazero, Haynes and Boone, LLP

Chris McCall, ServiceMaster by Stratos

Stacy McCall, ServiceMaster by Stratos

Eric McCarthey, The Coca-Cola Company

Lisa McCarthy, Out of the Box Technology

Gregg McDonald, National Maintenance Contractors, LLC

David McDougall, CFE, Global Franchise Group

Reeves McGee, Investors Management Corporation

Joseph McGuinness, Signs By Tomorrow

Matt McKinnis, Fitness Together Holdings, Inc.

Linton McKnight, CFE, Birthflowers.com, LLC

Linda McKnight

Stephen McLean, UPS Store of Columbia, MD

Nick Mecozzi, FranConnect Software

Deepak Mehta, ADP, Inc.

Chris Mellon, The Dwyer Group

Chuck Merin, Prime Policy Group

David Messenger, CFE, ServiceMaster Company

Keith Miller, North American Association of

Subway Franchisees

Barry Miller, Sylvan Learning Center of Girard, OH

Rick Milner, UPS Store of Gainesville, VA

Justin Mink, ReachLocal Inc.

Jeff Mocarsky, MAACO of Pawtucket, RI

Tom Moline, ServiceMaster Cleaning Professionals of Fergus Falls

Gladys Moline, ServiceMaster Cleaning

Professionals of Fergus Falls

Catherine Monson, FASTSIGNS International

Jeff Moody, CFE, The Dwyer Group

Keenan Moran, Meineke Car Care Centers

David Morris, ServiceMaster Advanced Commercial Services

Richard Morris, United Financial Services Group, Inc.

Glenn Mueller, Domino's Pizza of Louisiana and Mississippi

Janet Muhleman, CFE, regroup, inc.

Tabbassum Mumtaz, Long John Silver & A&W of Pleasanton, CA

Randy Murphy, Mama Fu's Asian House

Eric Newman, Bojangles' Restaurants

Amy Nichols, Dogtopia

David Nilssen, Guidant Financial Group, Inc.

Michael Noe, The Dwyer Group

Kyle Norcutt, Two Men And A Truck of Ft. Wayne, IN

Joseph Novak, BFC--Integrated Print Management

Kevin Nunn, Aire Serv of Ventura County, CA

Mary Ann O'Connell, CFE, Franwise

Wendy Odell Magus, Kiddie Academy

Doug Olson, Meineke of Sioux Fails, SD

David Ondieki, Rainbow of Arlington, TX

David Oppenheim, Kaufmann Gildin Robbins & Oppenheim

Joan Painter, CFE, Smallprint Franchising, LLC

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Ryan Palmer, Monroe Moxness Berg PA

Amit Pamecha, CFE, FranConnect Software

Jack Pearce, CFE, Annex Brands, Inc.

Jayson Pearl, BrightStar Franchising, LLC

David Peikin, Choice Hotels International

Andrew Perrin, Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren

Dan Perron, Aire Serv of N. FL & S. GA

Michael Pierce, Comfort Keepers of Fairfax, VA

Mathias Piercy, Dunkin'Brands, Inc.

Chris Piper, Co-Operations

Lee Plave, CFE, Plave Koch PLC

Michael Plummet, Jr., CFE, Our Town

Benjamin Poch, ReachLocal Inc.

Pete Popovich, PepsiCo

Douglas Pound, ServiceMaster Company

Karen Powell, CFE, Decor & You, Inc.

Arthur Pressman, Nixon Peabody

Osman Qasim, Domino's Pizza of North Carolina

Steven Rafsky, Padgett Business Services

Thelma Ramey, Plan Ahead Events

Karen Raskopf, Dunkin'Brands, Inc.

Todd Recknagel, Mr. Handyman

Karen Redding, Liberty Tax Service of

Fredericksburg, VA

Russ Regan, Rainbow of Bohemia, NY

Russell Reynolds, CFE, Batteries Plus

Dusty Rhoades, Aire Serv of Greeley, CO

Cordell Riley, Tortal.net

Andy Riley, MAACO of Pearl City, HI

Devin Ringling, Interim HealthCare of Colorado Front Range

Ken Ringling, Interim HealthCare of Colorado Front Range

Evan Roberson, Aire Serv of Columbia, SC

Harry Roberson, Aire Serv of Columbia, SC

Ricardo Roman, Caliper

Steven Rosen, FranNet

Janet Rosen, FranNet Franchising, LLC

Melisso Rothring, Global Franchise Group

Jon Rucker, Snap-on-Tools Company, LLC

Colette Russell, BrightStar Healthcare of Venice, FL

Todd Russell, ServiceMaster of Albuquerque, NM

Jodi Russell, ServiceMaster of Albuquerque, NM

Kelli Russo, Paycom Payroll, LLC

Jason Ryan, MAACO Franchising, Inc.

Joseph Saelens, Meineke of Madison, WI

Beverly Saelens, Meineke of Madison, WI

Raul Saluja, FronConnect Software

Jim Sampey, Valpak

Mike Schlegel, Dogtopia

Chris Schmitz, Meineke of Fairfax, VA

Brian Schnell, CFE, Faegre & Benson LLP

P. Rivka Schochet, CFE, Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone P.L.C.

Caroline Schroeder, FranConnect Software

Larry Schwartz, Upside Group

Huey Segura, Jr., Bates Motor Home Rentals of Cajun Country

Michael Seid, CFE, MSA Worldwide

Frank Sepehri, UPS Store of Washington, DC

Jack Serpa, eNR Grassroots PR

Yash Sharma, Domino's Pizza of New York

Jonathan Sharp, Domino's Pizza of Texas

Linda Shaub, Interim Healthcare, Inc.

Stephen Shields, Express Employment Professionals of Joplin, MO

Rose Shifiett, Plan Ahead Events of Largo, FL

Sandy Shoemaker, Ehrhardt Keefe Steiner & Hottman PC

Debbie Shwetz, Nothing Bundt Franchising, Inc.

Bernie Siegel, Siegel Financial Group

Cicely Simpson, Dunkin'Brands, Inc.

Jerry Slover, Global Franchise Group

Susan Smith, Aire Serv of SE Texas

Scott Smith Domino's Pizza of Arizona

G. Andrew Smith, Aire Serv of Nederland, TX

Frank Soccorsi, Aero Colours, Inc.

Ran Soto, Meineke Dealers Association

Mike Sparbel, Aire Serv of Racine, WI

Brian Spindel, CFE, PostNet International Franchise Corporation

Donna Sponheimer, UPS Store of Glen Burnie, MD

Jim Squire, CFE, HoneyBaked Ham Company and Cafe

Michael St. Jacques, St. Jacques Marketing

Mike Staggers, UPS Store of Columbia, MD

Steve Stainner, Entertainment Publications, LLC

Dave Staten, ServiceMaster of Columbus, OH

David Staudt, Allegra Network, LLC

Julie Sterling, UPS Store of Arlington, VA

Lisa Stickley, CFE, American Leak Detection, inc.

Robert Stidham, Franchise Dynamics, LLC

Eric Stites, CFE, Franchise Business Review

Shelly Sun, CFE, BrightStar Franchising, LLC

Leonard Swartz, CF, iFranchise Group

Mark Sweetnam, Fish Window Cleaning Services, Inc.

Robert Szymanski, Fantastic Sams of Virginia, Inc.

Steve Taylor, Moe's Southwest Grill of Columbia, SC

Jeffrey Tews, BrightStar Healthcare of Madison, WI

Mary Thompson, CFE, The Dwyer Group

Craig Tractenberg, Nixon Peabody

Tom Tracy, MAACO of King of Prussia, PA

Steve Truett, CFE, ReachLocal Inc.

Mike Ulwelling, ServiceMaster Solutions

Susan Valverde, Sylvan Learning Center of McAllen, TX

William Vincent, Foot Solutions

Jacqueline Vlaming, Coverall Health-Based Cleaning System

Vickie Walker

Kenneth Walker, CFE, Driven Brands, Inc.

Stacle Waller, CFE, Althans Insurance Agency

Christopher Warren, Valpak

James Wassell, ServiceMaster Company

Shelley Weatherbie, Akerman Senterfitt

Andrew Weikert, Auntie Anne's, Inc.

Larry Weinberg, Cassels Brock & Blackwell

Nancy Weingartner, Franchise Times

John Weissfisch, Meineke of Perrine, FL

Peter Wharf, Handle With Care Packaging Store

Les Wharton, Epstein Becket & Green

Robert White, Rainbow international Restoration & Cleaning

Steve White, Allegro Network, LLC

Randall Whitworth, Mr. Transmission of Hoover, AL

Lisa Whitworth, Mr. Transmission of Hoover, AL

Julie Wigley, Domino's Pizza LLC

Gary Williams, Aire Serv of Aldie, VA

Leslie Wilson, Jr., Two Men And A Truck of Durham, NC

Edith Wiseman, FRANdata Corporation

Carol Wissner, Aire Serv of Mid-Michigan

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Title Annotation:THE IFA 11th ANNUAL PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONFERENCE
Comment:500 industry leaders tell lawmakers "franchising counts": franchise leaders spend 36 hours making a difference in legislative policies that will affect their businesses far into the future.(THE IFA 11th ANNUAL PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONFERENCE)
Publication:Franchising World
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Date:Nov 1, 2010
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