From September 20th through 26th, 2015 a U.S. Franchise Trade Mission sponsored by IFA and Franchise Times visited Costa Rica, Guatemala and El Salvador. 13 IFA members joined the mission: Arby’s, Berlitz Franchising Corp., Bonchon Chicken, FASTSIGNS, Fuddruckers, Kona Grill, Mosquito Squad, Russo’s New York Pizzeria, Signal 88 Security, Sky Zone, Smashburger, Wayback Burgers and Xtreme Lashes.
Mission participants received market briefings, went on site visits and participated in matchmaking meetings with pre-screened prospective franchisees. Many participants were impressed by the quality of investors with one executive calling the Guatemala meetings the best in his 35 year career.
Abby Daniell, Chief of Commercial Section at U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica welcomes the Mission to its first stop
Reed Nyffeler, CEO & Co-founder of Signal 88 Security addresses a reception in Costa Rica
Joe Hroch and Anthony Russo of Russo’s NY Pizzeria meet with prospective franchisees in Guatemala
Leaders from the Guatemala Franchise Association and IFA Director of International Affairs, Josh Merin meet in Guatemala City
Charisse Phillips, the Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala addresses the Franchise Mission
Juan Manuel Güiza entertains at a private dinner for Trade Mission participants in Guatemala City
Xtreme Lashes and FASTSIGNS during matchmaking meetings in El Salvador
The Trade Mission receives a guided tour of Multiplaza Mall in San Salvador, El Salvador