Incoming IFA Chair outlines priorities for 2019.

PMTD Restaurants Chairman David Barr will become the new IFA Chair at the end of the 2019 IFA Annual Convention in Las Vegas. He is taking the gavel from 2018 IFA Chair Liam Brown, President and Managing Director of Europe for Marriott International. Barr was first elected to the IFA Board of Directors in 2011 and has served on IFA's Finance Committee, Convention Committee, Nominating Committee and Franchisee Forum. He was elected to a leadership position on the IFA Executive Committee in 2016 and has served as 1st Vice Chair, 2nd Vice Chair and Secretary.

Barr invests in and sits on the board of directors of various franchise and non-franchise companies, both internationally and domestically. These include PMTD Restaurants LLC (franchisee of KFC, Taco Bell and Capriotti's restaurants), Franworth (investments in Lash Lounge, Spavia, CityRow and Sweetwaters Coffee), Capriotti's Sandwich Shop, Inc., BrightStar Care, TITLE Boxing Clubs International, LLC and Domino's Pizza - China. Barr also sits on the board of directors of various non-franchise companies in the restaurant and jewelry sectors.

Barr spoke with Franchising World about his priorities for IFA in 2019 while serving as IFA Chair and his views on the top issues facing franchising.

Barr: The most critical issues facing the franchise industry are legislative and regulatory in nature. The biggest existential threat to franchising remains the defining franchisors as joint employers with franchisees. If this were to occur, I do not believe it will be beneficial to franchisors or franchisees. As a franchisee of a variety of brands, I value my ability to be an entrepreneur and establish the culture, compensation policies, and management goals of my organization. We named our company PMTD Restaurants (which stands for People Make the Difference) because we fundamentally believe that people are the No. 1 asset and point of difference in retailing. My ability to establish this culture could be at risk under an expanded joint employer definition, and ultimately bad for franchisees and those they employ.

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FW: What are your main priorities for the association in 2019?

Davis Barr: I envision two areas of priorities. First, IFA will prioritize and devote its energies to all things franchising. That is, the association will address all threats to the franchise business model - whether from policy and regulatory boards such as...

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