IFA 2018 CONVENTION: TOGETHER WE ARE FRANCHISING: WHAT DID YOU MISS? More than 3,800 franchise professionals took part in this year's IFA Annual Convention in Phoenix.


With a theme of "Together, We Are Franchising," the 2018 IFA Annual Convention showcased five-star speakers, informative sessions, and an expansive exhibit hall with more than 300 vendors, networking events, awards and much more. The event took place Feb. 10-13 at the Phoenix Convention Center. See more photos on IFAs pages for Facebook (www.facebook. com/IFA.DC), Twitter (@franchising411) and Instagram (@franchising411). Share your pictures and tag yourself in our online photo album! Mark your calendar now for IFA 2019, Feb. 24-27, 2019 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.


Daymond John (top center), star of ABC's Shark Tank and founder of iconic clothing company FUBU, spoke at the convention, served as a special judge for the final round of the NextGen in Franchising Global Competition, and led a session during the Emerging Franchisors Bootcamp. CAVU Venture Partners Co-Founder Rohan Oza (right) was also a keynote speaker. Oza is behind the transformations of Smartwater, Vitaminwater, popchips, Vita-Coco and Bai Beverages.

Rapid-fire, high-energy presentations set the stage for the Closing General Session with "Transformational Stories in Franchising." Dale Carnegie CEO Joe Hart, InXpress Americas CEO Dustin Hansen, CFE, and Ben & Jerry's Global Senior Manager of Operations and Training, Colette Hittinger, gave 15-minute presentations on how to improve your business. Following an "Innervation Lab" by The Shark Group team and growth roadmap exercises, the Emerging Franchisor Bootcamp showcased franchise executives from brands such as BrightStar Care, College Hunks Hauling Junk, Express Services, FASTSIGNS International, FOCUS Brands, Glass Doctor, Great Clips, Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Merry Maids and PMTD Restaurants.


Led by Maestro Roger Nierenberg (above), Music Paradigm led a riveting performance of three...

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