Earlier this month, IFA Chairman Jack Earle led a delegation of IFA members to meet with lawmakers in Puerto Rico to discuss the role franchising plays in the local economy. Over the course of two days, the delegation met with numerous influential legislators, including the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the House Majority Leader, the House Chairman of Rules, and the Senate Majority Leader.
In addition to discussing how franchising could be used to create jobs and boost the local economy, the delegation also delivered a message against proposed legislation that could curtail the growth of franchised businesses in Puerto Rico. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, Puerto Rico presently has an unemployment rate of approximately 16.1%, the highest amongst the 50 states and the territories monitored by the Department.
Traveling to Puerto Rico with Chairman Earle were: Ed Conklin, Vice-President of State Government Relations for McDonald’s, Stephen Joost, Partner at Firehouse Subs, Michael Shutley, Senior Manager of Government Relations for Brinker International, and Wayne Weikel, Director of State Government Relations for IFA.
Additionally, the delegation was joined by, Ricardo Rivera, Vice President of Franchise and Business Opportunities, Inc., a local franchisor of multiple franchise systems, and Gadiel Lebrón, Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Restaurant Association.