Excellence Celebrated During IFA Annual Convention

The IFA Annual Convention celebrated numerous individuals for their outstanding and inspiring achievements.  Let’s look at them by the numbers:

 Four Major Awards

  • Steve Siegel, managing partner of Brookside Consulting, was inducted into the IFA Hall of Fame for his extraordinary contributions to franchising and to the franchise community.
  • Aslam Khan, CEO of Falcon Holdings and multi-unit franchisee of such brands as Church’s Chicken, Long John Silver’s and A&W, was named IFA Entrepreneur of the Year.
  • Yoshino Nakajima, chief development officer of Home Instead Senior Care, was honored as the recipient of IFA’s Bonny LeVine Award.
  • Rafael Alvarez, president, CEO and founder of ATAX Franchise, Inc., earned the IFA Ronald E. Harrison Award for accomplishments in diversity and inclusion.

 Two New Entries

  • The 50 winners of the first Young Entrepreneurs In Franchising Global Contest that was conducted as part of the first NextGen in Franchising Summit.
  • Catherine Monson, CFE, CEO of FASTSIGNS International, became the first annual FAN of the Year Award recipient for her tireless efforts to protect, promote and enhance the franchise industry through IFA’s grassroots advocacy program, the Franchise Action Network in 2014.

Highest Number of Recipients

That would be the more than 160 franchise executives and professionals who achieved Certified Franchise Executives™ program designation.

A Singular Crystal Experience

Mary Ann O’Connell, CFE, FranWise founder, earned the Crystal Compass for outstanding leadership from IFA’s Women’s Franchise Committee.

Sounds like the more than 3,800 IFA convention-goers who attended and had the opportunity to connect, innovate and evolve also had good reason to celebrate!




Senate HELP Committee Examines “Ambush” Election Rule

Yesterday the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions (HELP) held a hearing titled “Ambushed: How the NLRB’s New Election Rule Harms Employers & Employees,” to discuss a controversial new National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rule to speed up union representation elections. In December the NLRB reissued a previously invalidated rule that dramatically decreased the amount of time employers and employees have to prepare for a union representation election. Many in the business community argue that the accelerated election schedule would prevent business owners from developing a complete response to a union proposal and compromise both workers’ privacy and ability to make an informed decision.

HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) strongly condemned the reissued rule. “I refer to this as the ‘ambush election rule,’ because it forces a union election before an employer has a chance to figure out what is going on” Alexander said in his opening statement. “Even worse, it jeopardizes employees’ privacy by requiring employers to turn over personal information including email addresses, phone numbers, shift hours and locations to union organizers. Today more than 95 percent of union elections occur within 56 days of the petition-filing. But under this new rule, elections could take place in as few as 11 days.”

Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) echoed the Chairman’s concerns, adding “I would tell you that this rule is radical, it is ridiculous, and it is oppressive and it applies to all employers no matter how many employees you have… If there’s any sense of an ambush, as an employer trying to create jobs, help families, this rule stands front and center to that point.”

Earlier this year, the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW) filed a lawsuit to prevent the NLRB from implementing this new rule, which becomes effective on April 14. IFA sits on the management committee of CDW. A decision on the case is expected this spring.

Achieved video of the hearing, along with the witnesses’ testimony, can be found here.

Local Franchise Owners Warn Senate HELP Committee that Proposed NLRB Joint Employer Changes Will Reduce Entrepreneurship Opportunities

Today, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) held a hearing to examine the impact that National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) general counsel Richard Griffin’s recent actions could have on small businesses all over the country. Last year, Griffin filed an amicus brief in the Browning Ferris Industries case that recommended franchisors be considered joint employers with franchisees. Later, he authorized dozens of complaints against a franchisor, naming it as a joint employer with franchisees. The hearing, titled Who’s the Boss? The “Joint Employer” Standard and Business Ownership, featured testimony from two franchisees who told the committee members of the negative impacts that changes to current joint employer standards would have on their small businesses.

Gerald Moore, the owner of five The Little Gym franchises in Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina, explained that such a radical change to established labor law would fundamentally undermine the franchise relationship, saying that it “would mean that my franchisor would be jointly responsible for all of my employment-related liabilities… This will mean increased control and more day-to-day involvement by The Little Gym International.”

John Sims IV, who owns a Rainbow Station franchise in Richmond, Va., added that the general counsel’s actions were already having a negative impact on his business’ plans. “My wife and I have often talked about opening a second Rainbow Station location,” Sims explained. “However, the uncertainty as to what the future holds for franchisees and other small businesses has forced us to put that plan on hold. It simply does not make sense to try and grow our business at a time when we do not know what the future of our business will be.”

Although some Democratic members of the committee claimed the impact of such a change would be limited, HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) agreed that a dramatic change in joint employer standards would have negative consequences that reached far beyond the franchise community. “This case doesn’t just affect franchisees, it will affect every business that uses a subcontractor or contracts out for any service.  That includes most of the 5.7 million businesses under NLRB jurisdiction in America – because most businesses contract for some service.”

You find an achieved webcast of the hearing, along with the witnesses’ testimony, here. If you would like more information on the joint employer issue, please visit IFA’s Labor and Workforce Hub. You can also be a part of IFA’s nationwide grassroots efforts to preserve the franchise model by joining the Franchise Action Network.

Franchising Looks to the Future via NextGen Franchising Program


You’ll have to wait until the IFA Annual Convention to participate in the launch of the NextGen in Franchising program. But you might be surprised to learn the scope of this global competition as the IFA Educational Foundation leads the way in recognizing the huge pool of talent available in young entrepreneurs from around the globe.IFANextGenContestLogo_Final

Quick Facts

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  • 450 applications from 46 countries.
  • The 50 winners represent 22 countries.
  • 70 percent of applicants were men, 30 percent were women and 20 percent were students.
  • Winners came from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Germany, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru, Romania, Somalia, South Africa, Uganda, United Kingdom and the United States.

Winning Concepts

Water salinization systems, eyesight clinics, roadside reflective strips, mobile made-to-order gelato, recycling plants, an indoor tennis facility, study class notes, emergency baby clean up, custom dog breeding, global education awareness and much more!

Business Challenges

The top three challenges were identified as financial strategy (45 percent), development of the idea (26 percent) and development of a business plan (19 percent).

Learn more about the NextGen program here.  Don’t forget to attend the NextGen in Franchising Network Reception, Summit and Roundtables Feb. 15-16 during the IFA Annual Convention in Las Vegas.





Choice Hotels Partners With Steve Harvey to Change Lives

IFA benefits in numerous ways from the leadership of Choice Hotels Pres. and CEO Steve Joyce, who serves as chairman of the board for 2014-2015.  It’s also common for our members  to  take the lead when it comes to partnering with organizations to support worthwhile causes.  Take a look at the headlines from the “Community Outreach” section of Franchising World magazine  below just from January!

Choice Hotels is teaming up with entertainer and philanthropist Steve Harvey to help raise funds to support the Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to help young men and women, chiefly from inner cities and single-parent families, to set and reach their goals through such programs as the Steve Harvey Mentoring Camp for Young Men.  Joyce announced the partnership on the “Steve Harvey Show” this January.

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Choice Hotels Pres.  & CEO Steve Joyce with Steve Harvey.

“Choice Hotels has worked closely with the Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation for six years now. And we have seen firsthand the hard work, sacrifices and tremendous amount of resources necessary to help these young men and women recognize and start to achieve their potential,” said Steve Joyce.

Since the mentoring program’s inaugural year in 2009, Choice Hotels has been the foundation’s largest in-kind sponsor.

“We are so pleased to be able to deepen our already strong relationship with Choice Hotels,” said Steve Harvey. “Our aim is to inspire and impact kids from across the entire country. But two years ago we lost our airline sponsor and that greatly limited who we could invite to camp from all fifty states. We all want the widest reach possible. Choice Hotels stepped right in to fill the void.”

And like so many other IFA members, it’s the personal engagement that makes such a difference.  In 2014, Joyce served as a camp mentor alongside other businessmen, community leaders, members of the military and professional athletes. This experience included fishing lessons for the mentees, as well as the opportunity for the young men to ask the mentors questions to help prepare them in life.


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