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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Robert R. Chapa III
AI & Maria Diaz
Todd & Wendy Diskin
Tim & Laurie Fittig
Edgar & Dori Harris
Hazel & Rob Mariano
Robert & Linda Mitting
Figaro's Italian Pizza, Inc.
Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc.
Tedeschi Food Shops, Inc.
The Little Gym International
Meineke Car Care Centers, Inc.
United Franchise Group
The Dwyer Group
United Financial Services Group
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
Tasti D-Lite, LLC
FOCUS Brands, Inc.
Vintner's Cellar Franchising International, Inc.
Bonus of America
Rainbow Station, Inc.
Link Staffing Services Corp.
Franchisee of the Year
Peter & Johanna Nolfo
Frank & Clarice Petrellis
Rick & Cindy Rash
Austin & Lori Reisetter
Jim & Miriam Roark
Rand & Bonnie Rogenes
Hillel Salomon & Howard Katz
David & Kristine Samuel
Don & Bernadette Sanders
Eric St. Pierre & Jeff Walker
John & Laurie Sullivan
Roy & Maureen Thomas
Dale Tipple & Kevin Himber
Michael Tweedy & Sam Mink
Walt & Wallace Williams
Express Employment Services
Gymboree Plan Programs, Inc.
Franchise Services Inc.
The Dwyer Group
Moran Industries, Inc.
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
Liberty Tax Service
FOCUS Brands, inc.
Kiddie Academy International
C.K. Franchising, Inc.
Dunkin' Brands Inc.
Bates International Motor Home Rental Systems, Inc.