IFA Convention to deliver three "Es"-empowerment, enlightenment and education: when the International Franchise Association's major annual event comes to a close, it is the sincere wish of the Convention Committee that each attendee leaves with many new ideas to enhance the brand development.To that end, franchising leaders, including franchisors, franchisees and suppliers, should bring an air of anticipation about what they will experience over the next few days to build their professional and personal lives.
We are excited to have the convention kicked into high gear by introducing Retired U.S. Army Gen. Colin Powell Noun 1. Colin Powell - United States general who was the first African American to serve as chief of staff; later served as Secretary of State under President George W. Bush (born 1937)
Colin luther Powell, Powell , the former 65th Secretary of State, who will serve as the opening general session keynote speaker on Feb. 10. Powell will deliver his insights on leadership, focusing on times of adversity. During a morning session on Feb. 11, Marriott International Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is a worldwide operator and franchisor of a range of value and luxury hotels and related lodging facilities. Marriott currently has 2,300 accommodation properties in North America alone. , Inc. Chairman and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. J.W. "Bill" Marriott Jr. will impart his advice based on nearly 50 years of experience on operations and management.
The strength of the annual convention is its calculated balance of inspirational keynote speakers, informative general sessions, idea-generating workshops and insightful panels.
Gen. Powell and Chairman Marriott will offer their unique views involving issues of a broad scope while dozens of industry experts will lead concurrent sessions on specific topics that affect the future development of the industry. Topics will include brand building, establishing franchisee advisory councils, lead generation and legal issues. Attendees can expect to come away with practical information from separate sessions that encompass such varied issues as diversity, technology, sales compliance, finances, franchisee leadership and international expansion. As you participate in some of these educational sessions, you will again be reminded of these critical franchise facts: that the franchising industry is responsible for generating more than 18 million jobs and pumping more than $1.53 trillion into the U.S. economy, according to according to
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A discussion of customer service dynamics is the subject of "The Panel of the Pros" scheduled for Feb. 12. Panelists will include Dwyer Group Chairman and CEO Dina Dwyer-Owens, CFE CFE Conventional Forces in Europe (treaty)
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No IFA annual convention is complete without several networking opportunities. Remember to set aside time for the Taste of Franchising, where more than 20 IFA-member companies will provide branded food and beverage F&B is a common abbreviation in the United States and Commonwealth countries, including Hong Kong. F&B is typically the widely accepted abbreviation for "Food and Beverage," which is the sector/industry that specializes in the conceptualization, the making of, and delivery of foods. items for attendees to sample. Interested in a lower-calorie method of networking? Then the convention's Supplier Expo is your best bet where dozens of companies that provide products and services to meet the growing needs of the industry will be exhibiting.
Individual participation is the energy source that fuels a positive convention experience. Your passion, exchanges and insights supply the energy to transform these sessions into an educational extravaganza. Attending the IFA Annual Convention enables the participants to benefit from key educational and networking opportunities.
2008 Convention Committee
Steven J. Greenbaum, CFE
PostNet International Franchise Corp.
Dina Dwyer-Owens, CFE
The Dwyer Group
Bruce V. Bloom, CFE
Shawn M. Caric, CFE
Hollywood Tanning Systems
Lawrence "Doc" Cohen cohen
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Kimberly M. Ellis
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ACI ACI American Concrete Institute
ACI Arch Coal Inc
ACI Airports Council International (formerly Airport Associations Coordinating Council)
ACI Automobile Club d'Italia
ACI American Competitiveness Initiative Franchising LLC/Retro Tax
Michael M. Isakson
Lawn Doctor of Toms
Home Instead Senior Care
Hot Dish Advertising
Andrew F. Perrin
Larkin, Hoffman, Daley & Lindgren Ltd.
Michael H. Seid, CFE
Michael H. Seid & Associates
Nikki Sells, CFE
Express Personnel Services
Brian Spindel, CFE
PostNet International Franchise Corp.