Happy 50th birthday IFA!(IN THIS ISSUE) (International Franchise Association)

Author:Dwyer-Owens, Dina

Former President George W. Bush, who served two terms in the White House and will share his views on the challenges affecting the United States and the global economy, will kick off IFA's 50th Annual Convention, which gets under way in San Antonio early next months!

In this issue, the article titled "The International Franchise Association-Celebrating 50 Years of Dedicated Service to Franchising," summarizes the trade group's historic past and describes the factors that contributed to the organization becoming the powerhouse it is today. Follow the association's rise of growing influence among policymakers at local, state and federal levels. The details of IFA's history are sure to prompt you to reflect on the achievements, challenges and memories of industry leaders who played significant roles in the association's development.

This milestone annual convention is expected to draw thousands of franchise executives, many of whom will be responsible for the organization's immediate future. The 2010 IFA Executive Committee and board of directors who will guide the direction of the association are profiled here as well.

2009 represented a period of shifting priorities, resources and strategies in franchise businesses. IFA continues to provide its members with the tools to navigate the changing economic environment. Learn the latest trends in the availability of capital and how franchise leaders view the...

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