In July, several members of the IFA staff attended both the Democratic National Committee and Republican National Committee Conventions. Dean Heyl, CFE, IFA Vice President of Government Relations and Tax Counsel, and Nick Johns, IFA Coordinator of Government Relations, traveled to Cleveland for the RNC gathering. Matt Haller, IFA Senior Vice President of Media Relations and Public Affairs; Kevin Serafino, IFA Senior Manager of Government Relations and Public Policy; and Miriam Brewer, CFE, Senior Director of Education and Diversity, were in Philadelphia for the DNC event.
While each party's respective presidential nominations dominated the conventions, there were many functions dedicated to other federal or state candidates and causes. All of these functions provided IFA exposure to elected officials as well as excellent opportunities to inform decision makers about issues affecting the franchise model.
In addition to attending the conventions themselves, Heyl attended a Freedom Works panel, where Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants Holdings and IFA Board Member, gave an impassioned speech on how over-regulation is harming America's businesses.
Additionally, Puzder was a member of the RNC Platform Committee and was instrumental in having a plank added to the platform which included language supporting the franchise business model and condemning the National Labor Relations Board's actions related to the expansion of the joint employer standard.
It should also be noted that Elizabeth Taylor, IFA Vice President of Federal Government Relations and Counsel, earlier formally submitted a similar plank suggestion to the RNC.
Heyl, a Board Member of the Republican National Lawyers Association, spoke at an RNLA reception honoring former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, New York Rep. Pete King, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, and Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt.
Johns spent his time at the RNC event networking with US Senate and House staffers, while informing them about the benefits of the franchise business model. Nick also attended a charity...