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The International Franchise Association Awards: among the most popular events of IFA's annual convention and Franchise Appreciation Day ceremonies are the presentations of annual awards.

The International Franchise Association Awards Program was established more than two decades ago to recognize and honor leaders in franchising, other businesses and all levels of government for their contributions to American society and to the world economy in which franchising thrives.

In the years since the first IFA awards were bestowed, they have come to achieve international recognition. Criteria are extensive and stringent, and competition each year is keen. IFA awards represent and formalize for each recipient the respect of his or her peers. Winners are nominated and honored for their achievements by members of the association.

HALL OF FAME AWARD

This award, IFA's oldest and most prestigious, is presented to an association member, past or present, who exemplifies the optimum in franchising and has contributed significantly to the advancement of franchising and the franchising community

The nominee should possess the following characteristics: a proven and established record of achievement in franchising, reputable and respected by franchisors and franchisees, has contributed significantly to the advancement of franchising and has built an organization that is self-sustaining through successful innovative franchising programs. The nominee should be a pioneer or legend in the industry. The candidate may be nominated if retired or deceased.

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD

First presented in 1982, this award is conferred upon an individual who is currently building a successful business venture. The recipient need not be an IFA member, but must exemplify the "entrepreneurial spirit" that franchising represents. He or she must demonstrate innovative management skills and be a risk taker in a franchise that has been in operation for at least three years, while remaining active in his or her community.

BONNY LEVINE AWARD

This award was created in 1994 in memory of IFA member and Postal Instant Press co-founder Bonny LeVine in recognition of her outstanding accomplishments in franchising and of her status as a role model for women in the franchising community.

The Bonny LeVine Award is bestowed upon a female franchisor or franchisee who has demonstrated ability in franchising as evidenced by her contributions to the growth of the business; contributions to her community through board positions, volunteer work and activities that promote the professional advancement of women; and, of course, her contributions as a mentor to women in franchising.

The recipient of this award must contribute to the growth and development of the franchised business and be active in the community through activities such as board positions, volunteer work, teaching and participating in activities that promote the professional advancement of women. She should have leadership qualities, enjoy that reputation among peers and serve as a mentor to other women.

DIVERSITY IN FRANCHISING AWARD

This new award, which replaced the Free Enterprise Award in 2004, was created to recognize organizations and/or individuals who have made significant contributions to minorities in franchising either within their franchise organization or within the franchise community. This award is open to any organization or individual from an IFA member company, past or present, whether franchisor, franchisee or supplier.

Criteria includes active participation in operating or supporting a franchise business, holds and has held leadership positions on diversity councils, committees and organizations within the franchise company or franchise community and is considered a leader in promoting diversity within the franchise community. The recipient should have created or implemented specific diversity initiatives within the franchise company, or franchise community that resulted in increasing opportunities for or success of minorities in franchising. The candidate should also demonstrate passion and consistent commitment to diversity in franchising. Finally, the candidate should demonstrate service to IFA personally or through other member company representatives within the past five years.

HONORARY LIFE MEMBER AWARD

The Honorary Life Member designation recognizes individuals who have played a major role in the development of franchising and the association. Nominees are selected by the IFA Past Chairmen's Council, approved by the Awards Committee, and approved by the IFA Board of Directors. Recipients must have served a minimum of five years as either a committee chair or vice chair, or as a member of IFA's board.

This award honors those individuals--franchisees, franchisors or suppliers--upon retirement, who have given much of their time and talent to promoting franchising in general and IFA in particular during their active business careers.

Formal nominations are not accepted for this award. The board of directors has vested the sole authority for initiating such nominations with the Past Chairmen's Council who submit them to the Awards Committee.

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

The IFA Distinguished Service Awards category was established to recognize individuals from each of the three categories of association membership who have devoted many years to promoting franchising through helping IFA fulfill its mission by active participation on committees, task forces and the board of directors. The first Distinguished Service Award--Franchisee Forum was presented during the IFA Fall Leadership Meetings in September 2004 to Regina Gardner, KaBloom franchise development consultant. Subsequent awards will be presented during the 2005 Fall Leadership Meetings. The awards will be given when deemed appropriate and do not carry a requirement of regularity.

The Executive Committees of the Franchisor, Franchisee and Supplier Forums will each submit three new nominations each year from their membership category for the Distinguished Service Awards to the association's Awards Committee, which will make final recommendations to the IFA board of directors.

FRANCHISEE OF THE YEAR

The Franchisee of the Year Awards is IFA's way of celebrating the entrepreneurs who work hard every day on the front lines: the franchisees.

The Franchisee of the Year awards honor franchisees who have done an outstanding job in the past year to help build their company's brand credibility and reputation of excellence among consumers. Member companies have selected the franchise partners who they feel have performed above and beyond the call of duty, and IFA publicly recognizes those franchisees during its annual convention.

AWARDS COMMITTEE

Chair

JoAnne Shaw, CFE

The Coffee Beanery Ltd.

Vice Chair

U. Gary Charlwood, CFE

Uniglobe Travel (International) Inc.

Bill Anderson

The UPS Store

Rick Anderson

Franchise Finance

Peter Cohen

Sylvan Learning Center

Dina Dwyer-Owens, CFE

The Dwyer Group

Bruce C. Cotton, CFE

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.

Gary Gardner

Franchise UPDATE Publications, Inc.

Steve Greenbaum, CFE

PostNet International Franchise Corp.

William G. Hall

William G. Hall & Company

Michael M. Isakson

President & COO

Irl H. Marshall, CFE

Franchise Consulting Services

Neil Perlman

Entrepreneur Media Inc.

Leonard Reynolds

USA Today

Brian B. Schnell

Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty & Bennett, PA

Michael H. Seid, CFE

Michael H. Seid & Associates

George Zografos

Z Donut Co.

Chairman Emeritus

Bernie Browning

Visit the IFA Web site at www.franchise.org for more details.
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