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Franchising community delivers messages of industry's economic importance to congress.

As cooler fall temperatures rolled in to the nation's capital, so too did just over 500 members of the franchising community Sept. 15-16 to participate in the international franchise association's annual congressional fly-in hosted at the JW Marriott hotel. supported by founding sponsor ADP small business services, franchise appreciation day: IFA's public affairs conference, convened just around the corner from the white house in conjunction with IFA's fall leadership and board of director meetings.

The attendees got down to business immediately during roundtable discussions with experienced lobbyists who shared important tips about conducting effective meetings with members of Congress. IFA Chairman Steve Greenbaum, CFE, welcomed the crowd, then the IFA Government Relations staff provided an informational political update and briefing on the key issues facing the industry, including union organizing efforts and federal tax policy. ADP Small Business Services' Vice Pres. of Business Development John Gregory also addressed the audience providing his insight on successful work force management.

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The rigors of Day One were rewarded with some fun and relaxation during a reception sponsored by Dunkin' Brands. Capping off the evening was a leadership dinner where top-performing franchisees from nearly 50 different franchise systems were honored as Franchisees of the Year. The awards, sponsored by ADP Small Business Services and provided by Awardcraft, were presented to the winners by Franchisee Forum Chairman John Francis, Chairman Greenbaum and ADP Vice Pres. of Strategic Alliances James J. Neve.

Day Two kicked off with a state delegation breakfast, sponsored by Valpak, where attendees prepared for their meetings with their representatives on Capitol Hill. Three companies were honored for their support of Franchise Appreciation Day: UPS won the MVP Award for overall support of IFA; FOCUS Brands won the All Star Award for bringing the most system attendees; and The Little Gym International won the Silver Slugger Award for the most system attendees participating in the FranPAC dinner.

To aid in last-minute preparations for Capitol Hill visits were U.S. Reps. Melissa L. Bean (D-Ill.) and Michael J. Rogers (R-Mich.) whose advice resonated among the franchising community representatives. Also of significance was a ceremony honoring U.S. Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez (D-N.Y.) as the IFA Legislator of the Year in recognition of her efforts to support franchise-friendly legislation.

But the excitement was just beginning. Keynote speaker CNN political strategist Paul Begala highlighted the road to the upcoming presidential election with an animated analysis of the candidates and what it will take to become this country's next commander in chief. Then the delegations of franchisees, franchisors and suppliers headed to Capitol Hill fully prepared with talking points and sporting large buttons which read "21 M JOBS" in recognition of the jobs made possible by franchising. The delegates took part in more than 200 appointments with members of Congress and staff and their camaraderie helped them add volume to the "Voice of Franchising" throughout the marbled halls of Congress and deliver messages about the economic importance of franchising.

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After trekking the winding halls of the colossal congressional offices and navigating the grid of streets and buildings on the Capitol grounds, attendees finished off the evening with a congressional reception in the storied House Ways and Means Committee Room where they were joined by nearly a dozen members of Congress for some social interaction.

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The association's political action committee, FranPAC, gained more than $30,000 in contributions which will benefit franchise-friendly political candidates in their election efforts. A FranPAC dinner at contemporary hot-spot Central Michel Richard satisfied the hungry palates of 100 attendees and raised $22,000, while a wine auction generated $10,000. Winners of the auction included Kay Marie Ainsley, CFE, Michael H. Seid and Associates; Jack Earle, Earle Enterprises dba McDonald's; and John Hayes, Home Vestors of America.

With the commanding presence of the U.S. Capitol as a backdrop, proximity of the White House and views of the Washington Monument, the event generated much excitement among FAD participants throughout the duration of the two days. The audible buzz around town about the intense presidential election also made the experience even more memorable.

Next year's event, scheduled Sept. 1415, will be an equally important opportunity to connect with Congress. Visit Franchise.org for more details.

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New Members Elected to IFA Board

The IFA Board of Directors, during its fall meeting held in conjunction with Franchise Appreciation Day, elected six new members who will begin terms of service in 2009. They include Marriott International Executive Vice President of Lodging and Development Liam Brown, Dunkin' Brands Chief Global Communications and Public Affairs Officer Steve Caldeira, Candy Bouquet International Owner-Founder Margaret McEntire, United Financial Services President and CEO Rocco Fiorentino, CFE, PostNet of Minnesota and Wisconsin Owner John Francis, and Chick-fil-A Owner/Operator Keith Singletary.

FRANCHISE APPRECIATION DAY PARTICIPANTS

King Aiken, FOCUS Brands Inc.

Kay Marie Ainsley, CFE, Michael H. Seid & Associates

Bage Anderson, E.H. Anderson Public Relations

Bill Anderson, CFE, UPS Store of Philadelphia, Pa.

Ken Avery, Aire Serv of Groat Peaks, Colo.

Cynthia Aycock, CFE, Two Men And A Truck International, Inc.

Tom Baber, Money Mailer of Union County

Martin Bahner CertaPro Painters of Doylestown, Pa.

Stefan Bailey, BKSH & Associates

Brian Balconi, Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc.

Gary Bales, FOCUS Brands Inc.

Michael Bamrick, CFE, Jack In The Box, Inc.

Jim Barnes, Schlotzsky's of Fayetteville, Ark.

Misty Barnes, Schlotzsky's of Fayetteville, Ark.

Bradley Barnett. CFE, Valpak

Ken Bartell, ServiceMaster Building Service

Susan Bartell, ServiceMaster of Redmond, Ore.

Fred Bartliff, Express Employment Professionals

Bob Beall, Mr. Rooter of Pittsburg

Michelle Bearden, Link Staffing Services

Deitra Benton, Cinnabon of Charlotte, N.C.

Stanford P. Berenbeum, CFE, American Leak Detection, Inc.

Ron Berger, Figaro's Italian Pizza, Inc.

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

Warren C. Bickers, Driven Brands, Inc.

Mike Bidwell, CFE, The Dwyer Group

Nancy Bigley, CFE, Dunkin'Brands, Inc.

Robert Bingham, The Little Gym International, Inc.

Christina Binkowski, Figaro's Pizza of Chino Hills, Calif.

Dave Binkowski, Figaro's Pizza of Chino Hills, Calif.

Susan K Bishop, CFE, Rainbow Station, Inc.

Tony Bith, Little Caesar's of Chula Vista, Calif.

Sean Blickle, The UPS Store

Bruce V. Bloom, CFE, Boston Market

Kurt Boatright, ReSource, Inc.

Norm Bogner, CFE, 4Refuel Inc.

Robert Bollinger, Re-Bath of Linthicum Heights, Md.

Wendy Bollinger, Re-Bath of Linthicum Heights, Md.

Jim Booth, Cohort Keepers

Joe Bourdow, CFE, Valpak

Steve Bowers, ADP, Inc.

Stephen Boyd, Tedeshi Food Shop of Plymouth, Mass.

Donna Lake Bozarth, The Little Gyms of Dallas & Plano, Texas

Joel Bozarth, The Little Gyms of Dallas & Plano, Texas

Stephen M. Brigandi, Jack In The Box, Inc.

Mary Beth Brody, CFE, Faegre & Densen LLP

Bryan Brown, Meineke of Louisville, Ky.

Christopher M Brown, Quagliano & Seeger, P.C.

Jim Bung, INTERIORS by Decorating Den

Robin Bulmer, Two Men And A Track of Tucson

Jack Burris, FranchiseWorks LLC

Karen Bushes, FOCUS Brands Inc.

Jeffrey Mark Byers, Xpressdocs

Michelle Bythewood, FOCUS Brands Inc.

David L. Cahn, Franchise & Business Law Group

Stephen J. Caldeira, Dunkin'Brands, Inc.

Cory Calvin, Valpak

Brice Campbell, The Dwyer Group

Guy Campbell, Moe's Southwest Grill of Tampa

Joe Cappadona, Meineke of Quincy, Mass.

Michael Carlet, Driven Brands, Inc.

Paul Carothers, Yum! Brands, Inc.

Diane J. Carter, CFE, Express Employment Professionals

Joe Caruso, Kiddie Academy International, Inc.

Michael Casey, Survey Advantage

Michelle A. Cavaliere, Carrel of East Islip, N.Y.

Robert R. Chapa, Sign-A-Rama of Grand Blanc, Mich.

Cary Chastain, Moe's Southwest Grill of Charleston, S.C.

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

Amy Chen, Cheng Cohen LLC

Paul Chierichetti, Mr. Rooter of Grants Pass, Ore.

Cynthia A. Clark, United Financial Services Group

John Clarkin, College of Charleston

Paul W. Coffin, United Check Cashing of Salisbury, Md.

Jose Cofino

Fredric A. Cohen, Cheng Cohen LLC

Mitch Cohen, Baskin Robbins/Dunkin' Donuts of Bayshore, N.Y.

Jamie Coles, Aviatech, LLC

Arthur Coley, CFE, AlphaGraphics, Inc.

Ray Coll, Two Men And A Truck of Pittsburgh

John Collins, Cinnabon of Marietta, Ga.

Shelley Collins, Valpak of Central Maryland

Justin Corbell, ReachLocal Inc.

Terry Corkery, FRANCHISEWORKS.com

Greg Cory, eMaximation

David Cottle, ServiceMaster of Prescott, Ariz.

Ann Coverstone, UPS Store of Winchester, Va.

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

Dustin Crews, Buffalo Wild Wings

Roger Cross, Meineke of Amarillo, Texas

Carol Crossland, Dunkin'Brands, Inc.

Ryan Cunningham, Javelin Solutions

Coleen Curry, Social Franchise Ventures, LLC

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

Angelo Dajon, Moe's Southwest Grill of Norfolk, Va.

Paul Damico, FOCUS Brands Inc.

George Damvakaris, Carrel of Hunt Valley, Md.

Mark Dawson, Glass Doctor of Columbia, Tenn.

Mark DeFillippo, Aire Serv of Upstate South Carolina

Clare Degerness, Glass Doctor of Fargo & Moorehead, Minn.

Mary Degerness, Glass Doctor of Fargo & Moorehead, Minn.

Michael Del Pellaro, CertaPro Painters

Don DeSmith, Servant Systems, Inc.

Matt Diana, FOCUS Brands Inc.

Al Diaz, JW Tumbles of Rye Brook, N.Y.

Emma Dickison, Home Helpers

Sharon Dietrich, Franchise Solutions

Craig Dietz, Special Ops LLC

Jennifer Dillon, Dunkin'Brands, Inc.

Todd Diskin, EmbroidMe of Lenexa, Kan.

Wendy Diskin, EmbroidMe of Lenexa, Kan.

Mark Disler, BKSH & Associates

Thomas Donnelly, Jefferson Group

Kevin Drudge, CFE, Valpak

H. Michael Drumm, Snell & Wilmer, LLP

Daniel M. Dugal, ReliAstore Data Backups

Joseph Dunn, FisherZucker LLC

Janice M. Dwyer, CFE, Luce, Smith and Scott, Inc.

Dina Dwyer-Owens, CFE, The Dwyer Group

Robert Earl, Express Employment Professionals

Jack Earle, Earle Enterprises LP

Patrick Edd, Annex Brands, Inc.

William Edwards, CFE, Edwards Global Services, Inc.

William J. Ehrig, Yum! Brands, Inc.

Rebecca Eisen, Social Franchise Ventures, LLC

Craig Eldridge, BFC

Dan Elitzer, Social Franchise Ventures, LLC

Chris Elmore, Aim Serv Heating & Air Conditioning

William Endres, Kiddie Academy International, Inc.

Tom Epstein, CFE, Franchise Payments Network

Tim Evankovich, The Cleaning Authority

Susan Fairbairn, Sylvan Learning Center of Austin

Joe Farmer, Express Employment Professionals of Salem, Va.

Sam Farouz, Russo's New York Pizzeria

Steven B. Feirman, Nixon Peabody

Ronald A. Feldman, Siegel Capital

Sid Feltenstein, Sagittarius Brands

Bill Fenimore, Wild Bird Center of Layton, Utah

Brian Ferris, Moe's Southwest Grill of Alpharetta, Ga.

Laurie Fettig, Verlo Mattress of Manitowoc, Wis.

Tim Fettig, Vedo Mattress of Manitowoc, Wis.

Rocco Fiorentino, CFE, United Financial Services Group

Cheryl Fischer, Benetrends, Inc.

Lane Fisher, FisherZucker LLC

Brad Fishman, CFE, Fishman Public Relations

John W. Francis, PostNet

Philip Friedman, McAlister's Corporation

Stan Friedman, CFE, RetroTax

Russell J. Frith, CFE, Lawn Doctor, Inc.

Scott D. Frith, CFE, Lawn Doctor, Inc.

Melissa Froehlich, Marriott International

Timothy Funke, Aire Serv of Poplar Bluff, Mo.

Chad Galentine, ADP, Inc.

Christine Galli, Technology in a Box

Debbie Gardner, FOCUS Brands Inc.

Steve Garst, Proforma of Stamford, Conn.

John T. Geenen, UBS Financial Services, Inc.

Bill Gellert, Cinnabon of Hillsdale, N.Y.

Nancy Ghanem, NG Franchise Services, Inc.

Raj Ghosh, Pretzel Time & Pretzel Maker of Mass.

Ted Ginsberg, Cinnabon of West Chester, Pa.

Zaya Givargidze, Carvel of East Massapequa, N.Y.

Steve Goble, Annex Brands, Inc.

Gary Goerke, Clarity

Dan Goodman, CertaPro Painters of Columbus, Ohio

Khurram Nasir, Gore

Michael Gornet, Mr. Handyman of California & Florida

Dwight Gould, Aviatech, LLC

Christopher M. Grandpre, U.S. Structures, Inc.

Michael R. Gray, Gray Plant Mooty

Steve Greenbaum, CFE, PastNet International Franchise Corporation

Nathan Greenberg' Siegel Capital

Nina Greene, Genovese Joblove & Battiste

John Gregory, ADP, Inc.

Gloria Guerrera, Carvel of Waterbury, Conn.

Vikram Gundoju, ADP, Inc.

Warren L. Haeussler, Schlotzsky's of Mesa, Ariz.

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

Sandra Hambley, Decor & You, Inc. of Vienna, Va.

Sam Hammons, Express Employment Professionals

Scott R. Haner, CFE, Yum! Brands, Inc.

Dori Harris, PostalAnnex+ of Oceanside, Calif.

Edgar Harris, PostalAnnex+ of Oceanside, Calif.

Ronald T. Harrison, Schlotzsky's of Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Rosemarie Hartnett, Abrakadoodle Remarkable Art Education

Kevin Harwood, Instant Tax Service

John P. Hayes, HomeVestors of America, Inc.

Reginald Heard, Bankers One Capital

Kevin P. Hein, Faegre & Benson LIP

Lindsay Held, Tasti-D-Lite of New York, N.Y.

Lonnie Helgerson, CFE, Ident-A-Kid

Stephen Hellner, Citrin Cooparman & Company, LIP

William Scott Helmstadter, Kumon North America, Inc.

Donald Higginson, The UPS Stem

Rebecca Higginson, The UPS Store

Geoff Hill, CFE, FOCUS Brands Inc.

Sean Hilly, CFE, Annex Brands, Inc.

Kevin Himber, Kiddie Academy of Windham, N.H.

Melanie Hoggard, Moe's Southwest Grill of North Little Rock, Ark.

Gary Hollada, Carvel of Williamsport, Pa.

Harvey H. Homsey, Express Employment Professionals

Stephen Horn, Dunkin'Brands, Inc.

Stephen G. Houston, THE MAIDS International, Inc.

Andrew Howell, Meineke of Gloucester, Va.

Ray Howell, Driven Brands, Inc.

Rae-Ann Hummel, SarahCare of Kutztown, Pa.

Kenneth L. Hutcheson, CFE, U.S. Lawns

Michael M. Isakson, ServiceMaster Company

Kyle Iwasawa, Big O Tires, LLC

Doyle James, CFE, Aire Serv Heating & Air Conditioning

Pat James, The Dwyer Group

Michael D. Joblovo, Genovese Joblove & Battista

Darrell M. Johnson, CFE, FRANdata Corporation

Dee Johnson, Schlotzsky's of Parker, Colo.

Gall W. Johnson, CFE, Rainbow Station

Mark E Johnson, Schlotzsky's of Parker, Colo.

Mark Johnson, EmbroidMe

R. Earl Johnson, CFE, Rainbow Station

Bruce Jonas, FraoConnect Software

Chuck Jones, CFE, Ben & Jerry's

Clyde Jones, ADP, Inc.

Terry Jones, The Dwyer Group

John Judson, Two Men And A Truck of St. Louis

Dawn Kene, Hot Dish Advertising

Howard Ketz, American Leak Detection

Douglas Scott Keane, The Marshall Executive Placement Group, LLC.

James Keating' Schlotzsky's of Battle Creek, Mich.

Richard S. Key, FOCUS Brands Inc.

Marc Kiekenapp, Kiekenapp & Associates, LLC

Jeff King, Meineke of Pueblo, Colo.

Mark King, PostNet of Scottsdale, Ariz.

Mike King, Express Employment Professionals of Union, Mo.

Martine King

Mark Kitsch, Plave Koch PLC

Saunda Kitchen, Mr. Rooter of Sonoma County, Calif.

Gaylen L. Knack, Gray Plant Mooty

Darrell Kolinek, FOCUS Brands Inc.

Jeffrey E. Kolton, Franchise Market Ventures, LLC

Greg Komen, Cinnabon of Bellevue, Wash.

Kevin Kermondy, Big 0 Tires, LLC

Kathy Larson, Xegy,/Franchise Roadmap

Hilda Lauber, Aim Serv of Gillette, NJ.

Steve J. Lauber, Aire Serv of Gillette, N.J.

Stephen Lehosky, Carvel of Charlotte, N.C.

James Leiby, CertaPro Painters

Jack R. Lentz, CFE, Annex Brands, Inc.

Salvatore Joseph Leone, Citrin Cooperman & Company, LIP

Colleen Lex, FOCUS Brands Inc.

Tim Lightner, Two Men And A Truck of Madison, Wis.

Mark Listen, CFE, Valpak

Mary Key Listen, Vatpak

Gall Locke, Vinteer's Cellar of Portsmouth, N.H.

Bennie Loper, Bonus Building Care of Greenville, S.C.

Kimberley Loper, Bonus Building Care of Greenville, S.C.

Renee Lopez, The Dwyer Group

Ned Lyerly, CKE Restaurants, Inc.

John E. MacDonald, Stark & Stark

G. Thomas Macintosh, Kress Monroe, RA.

Jack Mackey, Service Management Group (SMG)

Keith Mackay, Verlo Mattress Factory Stores

Irene Macones, Carvel #1389, Inc.

Julina Macy, AireServ

Ron Madere, The Dwyer Group

Jim Manors, Schlotzsky's of Sherwood, Ark.

Patsy Magers, Schlotzsky's of Sherwood, Ark.

Wendy Magus, Kiddie Academy International, Inc.

Michelle Maiwurm, BKSH & Associates

Hazel Mariano, Rainbow Station of Virginia Beach, Va.

Rob Mariano, Rainbow Station of Virginia Beach, Va.

Dan Martin, CFE, IFX Online

Joseph Mathews, Franchise Performance Group

Stuart Mathis, The UPS Store

Nigel J. Mayne, CFE, MatchPoint

Eric McCarthey, The Coca-Cola Company

Lisa McCarthy, Technology in a Box

Gary McCausland, Papa Romano's

Charlotte McGuire, ReliAstore Data Backups

Lynette McKee, CFE, Dunkin'Brands, Inc.

Linda McKnight, Birthflowers.com, LLC

Linton McKnight, CFE, Birthflowers.com, LLC

Stephen McLean, UPS Store of Columbia, Md.

Terry, McNichols, Link Staffing of Lafayette, La.

Vickie McNichols, Link Staffing of Lafayette, La.

Kenneth A. Mechtley, Schlotzsky's of Topeka, Kan.

Deepak Mehta, ADP, Inc.

Chris Mellon, Mr. Rooter Plumbing

Chuck Merin, BKSH & Associates

David D. Messenger, CFE, ServiceMaster Company

Charles Meyers, The UPS Store

Bachir Mihoub, FranCounsel Group, LLC

Barry E. Miller, Sylvan Learning Center of Girard, Ohio

Michael J. Miller, Kiddie Academy International, Inc.

Judy Milner, UPS Stare of Gainesville, Va.

Rick Milner, UPS Stem of Gainesville, Va.

Scott Minghenelli, Driven Brands, Inc.

Justin Mink, ReachLocal Inc.

Sam Mink, Packaging Store of Long Island City, N.Y.

Bob Minkert, Mr. Electric of Metro Atlanta, Ga.

Chris Mitchell, BKSH & Associates

Linda Mitting, Sunshine Pack & Ship of Wabash, Ind.

Robert Mitting, Sunshine Pack & Ship of Wabash, Ind.

David Mlotklewicz, Lawn Doctor of Toms River, N.J.

Dawn Mlotkiewicz, Lawn Doctor of Toms River, N.J.

Catherine Monson, PIP Printing and Marketing Services

Jeff L. Moody, CFE, Mr. Rooter Plumbing

Barbara Moran, Moran Industries, Inc.

Keenan V. Moran, Meineke Car Care Centers

Edwin H. Morgens, SarahCare of Atlanta

Jeanne Morin, The Jefferson Group

Janet C. Muhleman, CFE, regroup, inc

Meena Mundie, Schletzsky's of Evansville, Ind.

Betty Lou Munson, Cinnabon of Kernersville, N.C.

Richard Munson, Cinnabon of Kernersville, N.C.

Larry Myer, F.C. Dadson, Inc.

Cindy Neal, Express Employment Professionals of Peoria, III.

Cheri Nelson, Express Employment Professionals of Kalispell, Mont.

Robert Nevadomski, CFE, Golden Corral Buffet & Grill

James J. Neve, ADP, Inc.

Amy Nichols, Dogtopia

Johanna Nolfo, Express Employment Professionals

Peter Nolfo, Express Employment Professionals

Joseph Novak, BFC

Kevin Nunn, Aim Serv of Ventura County, Calif.

Mary Ann O'Connell, Franwise

Godfred P. Otuteye, CFE, Money Mailer, LLC

Ryan Palmer, Krass Monroe, P. A.

Amit Pamecha, FranConnect Software

Emily Papadopoulos, ADP, Inc.

Richard P. Papke, Schlotzsky's of Wauwatosa, Wis.

Steve Parascondola, Driven Brands, Inc.

Kee-Young Park, Gymboree of South Korea

Tyrone Pamell, IBM Corporation

Jack Pearee, CFE, Annex Brands, Inc.

Ted P. Pearce, Driven Brands, Inc.

Douglas R. Pendergast, Church's Chicken, Inc.

Andrew E Perrin, Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren, Ltd.

Dan Perron, Aim Serv of N. Florida & S. Georgia

Lori Peterson, FOCUS Brands Inc.

Amy Petersen-Smith, Senior Helpers

Clarice Petrellis, PIP Printing of Kissimmee, Fla.

Frank Patrellis, PIP Printing of Kissimmee, Fla.

Keith Pinkerton, Mr. Electric of Huntsville, Ala.

Mark Platt, Aire Serv of Sacramento & N. Placer County, Calif.

Lee J. Plave, CFE, Plave Koch PLC

Michael Plummet, Our Town

Jay B. Pond, Mr. Transmission of Jackson, Miss.

Michael Pool, Schlotzsky's of McGregor, Texas

Scott M. Portis, Moe's Southwest Grill of Nashville

Doug Pound, ServiceMaster Company

Brian Powell, Aire Serv of SW Connecticut

Karen Powell, CFE, Decor & You, Inc.

Scott Pressly, CFE, Van Ness Capital Advisors

Bill Ramsey, Schlotzsky's of Tulsa, Okla.

Kay Ramsey, Schlotzsky's of Tulsa, Okla.

Stephen Rankel, Citrin Cooperman & Company, LLP

Cindy Rash, Valpak of Metro Phoenix

Rick Rash, Valpak of Metro Phoenix

Charles E. Reed, Schlotzsky's of Piano, Texas

Greg Regian, FOCUS Brands Inc.

Austin Reisetter, Rainbow of Rockford, III.

Lori Reisetter, Rainbow of Rockford, III.

Luke Rendleman, UPS Store of Charlottesville, Va.

Logan Reves, FOCUS Brands Inc.

Debbie Reynolds, Cinnabon of Corrales, NM.

Russ Reynolds, CFE, Batteries Plus

Shawn Reynoids, SAP America, Inc.

Jim Roark, Mr. Appliance of Hillsborough County, Fla.

Miriam Roark, Mr. Appliance of Hillsborough County, Fla.

Irwin C. Roberts, CFE, Golden Corral Buffet & Grill

Kelly Roddy, FOCUS Brands Inc.

Bonnie R. Rogenes, Big O Tires of Yorba Linda, Calif.

Rand J. Rogenes, Big O Tires of Yorba Linda, Calif.

Kelvin W. Rogers, Aire Serv of Fort Worth

Michael J. Roman, CFE, ExxonMobil Corporation

Steve Romaniello, CFE, FOCUS Brands Inc.

Janet Rosen, FranNet

Steve Rosen, FranNet

Richard C. Roth, Tedeschi Food Shops, Inc.

Greg Rouleau, Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc.

Debbie Rowley, FOCUS Brands Inc.

David Ryan, PostNet

Julie Ryan, PostNet of Bristow, Va.

James Salerno, FOCUS Brands Inc.

Khalil G. Saliba, Saliba Action Strategies LLC

Hillel Salomon, American Leak Detection of Berkeley, Calif.

David C. Samuel, Aim Serv of SW Missouri & NW Arkansas

Kristine Samuel, Aire Serv of SW Missouri & NW Arkansas

Bernadette Sanders, Sir Speedy Printing of Amarillo, Texas

Don Sanders, Sir Speedy Printing of Amarillo, Texas

Karl Sanders, AireServ

Jesse Schaller, PostNet of Steamboat Springs, Colo.

Mary Schell, Wendy's International

Victoria Schiller, BKSH & Associates

Mike Schlegel, Dogtopia

Phil Schleider, Valpak of Central Maryland

Rita Schleider, Vaipak of Central Maryland

Chris Schmitz, Meineke of Fairfax, Va.

Brian B. Schnell, CFE, Faegre & Benson LLP

Scott Searles, Mee's Southwest Grill of Vestal, N.Y.

Michael H. Seid, CFE, Michael H. Seid & Associates

Nikki Sells, CFE, Tasti D-Lite LLC

Robert J. Sells, CFE, Express Employment Professionals

Mahasty Seradj, The UPS Store

Jerrod Sessler, CFE, Home Task, Inc.

Sia Shafa, Mr. Handyman of San Rafael, Calif.

Lori Shaffron, Sarah Adult Day Services

Donny Sheinwald, Expert Plan

Sandy Shoemaker, Ehrhardt Keefe Steiner & Hottman PC

Bernie Siegel, Siegel Capital

Jason Simons, FOCUS Brands Inc.

Cicely Simpson, Dunkin'Brands, Inc.

Lori Sitzabee, SarahCare of Kutztown, Pa.

Rob Skyler, The Dwyer Group

Bob Smith, ServiceMaster of St. Charles, Clayton & Wesport, Mo.

Keith Smith, BKSH & Associates

Mark Snyir, Two Men And A Truck of Elk Grove, Calif.

Brig Sorber, CFE, Two Men And A Truck International, Inc.

Ron Soto

Chuck Southern, Center for Veterans Enterprise

Mike Sparbel, Aire Serv of Racine, Wis.

Brian Spindel, CFE, PostNet International Franchise Corporation

Donna Sponheimer, UPS Store of Glen Burnie, Md.

Donna Squire

Jim Squire, CFE, HoneyBaked Ham Company and Cafe

John Squires, Home Helpers of Media, Pa.

Michael St. Jacques, St. Jacques Franchise Brand Marketing

Philip St. Jacques, St. Jacques Franchise Brand Marketing

Eric St. Pierre, Two Men And A Truck of Colorado Springs, Colo.

Eric Stites, Franchise Business Review

Katelyn Stokes, PostNet of Steamboat Springs, Colo.

Mark Street, Driven Brands, Inc.

Doug Sudell, CFE, Social Franchise Ventures, LLC

John Sullivan, Foot Solutions of Annapolis, Md.

Laurie Sullivan, Foot Solutions of Annapolis, Md.

Larry, Golden Corral Buffet & Grill

James R. Tatem, Sign-A-Rama, Inc.

Jeff Taylor, Two Men And A Truck of Jackson, Miss.

Margaret Taylor, Liberty Tax Service of Virginia Beach, Va.

Steve Taylor, Moe's Southwest Grill of Columbia, S.C.

Ian Thomas, Jani-King International, Inc.

Maureen Thomas, Schletzsky's of Midland, Texas

Roy C. Thomas, Schlotzsky's of Midland, Texas

Phillip Thomison, The UPS Store

Tom Thompson, FranNet

Mary Kennedy Thompson, CFE, The Dwyer Group

Dale Tipple, Kiddie Academy of Windham, N.H.

Varuzh Tirityan, Baskin-Robbins of Burbank, Calif.

Joy Traille, Comfort Keepers of Cortland Manor, N.Y.

Phil Trigg, AcquireWeb, Inc.

Steve Truett, ReachLocal Inc.

George Tsioflikis, Carvel of Waterbury, Conn.

Michael Tweedy, Packaging Store of Long Island City, N.Y.

Rick Urso, Driven Brands, Inc.

Lee Vala, The Alternative Board (TAB)

Julio Van Scoit, Schlotzsky's of Grand Prairie, Texas

Bill Vasquez, PostNet of Denville, NJ.

Amy Vetter, Technology in a Box

William S. Vincent, Life University

John Vitagliano, Driven Brands, Inc.

Michael Wakefield, Orkin, Inc.

Jeffrey Walker, Two Men And A Truck of Colorado Springs, Colo.

Kenneth D. Walker, CFE, Driven Brands, Inc.

Vickie Walker

Stacie Waller, CFE, Luce, Smith and Scott, Inc.

Katherine L. Wallman, Gray Plant Mooty

Patrick Walls, CFE, McAlister's Corporation

Kavon Ward, Congressman Albert Wynn's Office

Jim Wassell, ServiceMaster Company

Larry Weinberg, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Nancy Weingartner, Franchise Times

Marcea Weiss, Victory Media

Pam Welliver, Carvel of Gaithersburg, Md.

Doug Wells, ReSource, Inc.

Tene Wells, WomenVenture

Henrik Lehmann Weng, Wild Bird Centers of America

Jeff Wesley, Two Men And A Truck International, Inc.

Joe White, Dunkin' Donuts of Salem, Ohio

Kim White, Bonus Building Care

Maggie White, Bonus Building Care

Manning White, Bonus Building Core

Perry White, Bonus Building Care

Steven P. White, Signs Now

Richard Whitley, Valpak

Gary Williams, Aim Serv of Aldie, Va.

Walter Williams, Bates Motor Home Rentals of Temple Terrace, Fla.

Gary L. Willison, UPS Store of Dumfries, Va.

Brooke Wilson, Two Men And A Truck of Stockbridge, Ga.

Robert Wilson, LIPS Store of Herndon, Va.

Quentin Wittrock, Gray Plant Mooty

Jeff Wolsleben, Eoono Lube of Sacramento, Calif.

David Wood, Meineke of Cambridge, Canada

Sam Wooten, Schlotzsky's of Placentia, Calif.

David E Worthen, Gray Plant Mooty

Aaron Wynn, FOCUS Brands Inc.

Keith Yates, Driven Brands, Inc.

Cora Yoder, Bonus Building Care

Todd Yoder, Bonus Building Care

Reid Zeising. Back Yard Burgers, Inc.

Michael Zhou, The UPS Store

Jason P. Zickerman, CFE, The Alternative Board (TAB)

George Zografos, Z Donut Co.

Mark Zuckerman, Driven Brands, Inc.

Carl E. Zwisler, Haynes and Boone, LLP

FRANCHISE APPRECIATION DAY

FRANCHISEES OF THE YEAR

Franchisee of the Year

David & Christina Binkowsk

Tony Bith

Robert Bollinger

Stephen Boyd

Joel Bozarth

Bryan Brown

Robert R. Chapa III

Paul Chierichetti

Paul Coffin

David Cottle

AI & Maria Diaz

Todd & Wendy Diskin

Sam Farouz

Bill Fenimore

Tim & Laurie Fittig

John Francis

Steve Gars

Edgar & Dori Harris

Lindsay Held

Greg Komen

Gall Locke

Bennie Loper

Hazel & Rob Mariano

Terry McNichols

Robert & Linda Mitting

Franchise System

Figaro's Italian Pizza, Inc.

Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc.

Re-Bath LLC

Tedeschi Food Shops, Inc.

The Little Gym International

Meineke Car Care Centers, Inc.

United Franchise Group

The Dwyer Group

United Financial Services Group

ServiceMaster Clean

JWT Kids, Inc.

United Franchise Group

Russo's New York Pizzeria

Wild Bird Centers of American, Inc.

Mattress Factory Stores LLC

PostNet International Franchise Corp.

PFG Ventures Inc., dba Proforma

Annex Brands

Tasti D-Lite, LLC

FOCUS Brands, Inc.

Vintner's Cellar Franchising International, Inc.

Bonus of America

Rainbow Station, Inc.

Link Staffing Services Corp.

Annex Brands

Franchisee of the Year

Peter & Johanna Nolfo

Kee-Young Park

Frank & Clarice Petrellis

Keith Pinkerton

Jay Pond

Rick & Cindy Rash

Austin & Lori Reisetter

Jim & Miriam Roark

Rand & Bonnie Rogenes

Hillel Salomon & Howard Katz

David & Kristine Samuel

Don & Bernadette Sanders

John Squires

Eric St. Pierre & Jeff Walker

John & Laurie Sullivan

Margaret Taylor

Ian Thomas

Roy & Maureen Thomas

Dale Tipple & Kevin Himber

Varuzh Tirityan

Joy Traille

Michael Tweedy & Sam Mink

Joe White

Walt & Wallace Williams

Franchise System

Express Employment Services

Gymboree Plan Programs, Inc.

Franchise Services Inc.

The Dwyer Group

Moran Industries, Inc.

Valpak

The Dwyer Group

The Dwyer Group

Big O Tires, LLC

American Leak Detection

The Dwyer Group

Franchise Services, Inc.

Home Helpers and Direct Link

Two Men And A Truck International

Foot Solutions

Liberty Tax Service

Jani-King International

FOCUS Brands, inc.

Kiddie Academy International

Dunkin' Brands,

C.K. Franchising, Inc.

Annex Brands

Dunkin' Brands Inc.

Bates International Motor Home Rental Systems, Inc.
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Title Annotation:SPECIAL REPORT: FRANCHISE APPRECIATION DAY 2008
Comment:Franchising community delivers messages of industry's economic importance to congress.(SPECIAL REPORT: FRANCHISE APPRECIATION DAY 2008)
Publication:Franchising World
Date:Nov 1, 2008
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