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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Dennis Wissner, Aire Serv of Mid-Michigan
Dave Wood, Domino's Pizza of Virginia
Will Woods, Baker Botts LLP
Amelia Worst, Little Ceasar's of Jenison, MI
Donald Worst, Little Ceasar's of Jenison, MI
Glenn Yanow, Baskin-Robbins of Springfield, IL
Ralph Yarusso, Driven Brands, Inc.
Larry Yingling, ServiceMaster Cleaning & Restoration
Kathy Yingling, ServiceMaster Cleaning & Restoration
Alex Zai, CFE, Pak Mail Centers
Jason Zickermon, CFE, The Alternative Board (TAB)
George Zografos, Z Donut Co.
Carl Zwisler, Gray Plant Mooty
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|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)|
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