The International Franchise Association now moves from its first 50 years of achievement in expanding business-format franchising to the next year with guidance from a superior class of executives. "The association can count on the combined business maturity and experience among the members of its 2011 board of directors to guide the association into the next half-century. They are charged to help the association to meet its mission to protect, enhance and promote franchising while strengthening the organization as the pre-eminent voice and recognized leader for franchising worldwide. The diverse nature of franchising is represented by the board of directors which includes franchisees, franchisors and suppliers.
Thank You for Your Leadership and Service
Extending its sincere appreciation for their service, the following individuals will be leaving the IFA board of directors as of Feb. 13, 2011:
Bill Anderson, CFE
UPS Store of Philadelphia, PA
Falcon Holdings (Church's Chicken)
Anne M. Rosenberg, CFE
Larry I. Tate
Senior Vice President of Franchise Sales
Golden Corral Buffet and Grill
JOHN "JACK" EARLE
EARLE ENTERPRISES LP (MCDONALD'S CORP.)
Jack Earle heads Earle Enterprises, LP and is a franchisee of McDonald's restaurants in Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey. He joined the system in 1983 and has served in a variety of leadership positions during his franchising career, which spans more than two decades. Earle served as chairman of IFA's Franchisee Forum and the association's political action committee, FranPAC. Currently he chairs the National Restaurant Building and Equipment Standards Team and is a board member of the McDonald's Political Action Committee. Additionally, Earle is an Executive Committee member of the company's Regional Leadership Council for the Philadelphia Region. In past years, he served as secretary-treasurer, partners brands chairman for the National Leadership Council, as well as vice president of the region's advertising cooperative. Earle has also been treasurer and member of the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House board of directors. Prior to joining McDonald's, he was vice president, national lending division head of Fidelity Bank in Philadelphia.
FIRST VICE CHAIRMAN
JON L. LUTHER
Jon L. Luther was named chief executive officer of Dunkin' Brands in January 2006, chairman and CEO in March and today remains chairman of the board. Since joining Dunkin' Brands in 2003, Luther has led the transformation, revitalization and global expansion of the company's two iconic brands--Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins. He instituted values-based leadership resetting the company culture. Under his direction, stores have been completely re-concepted with contemporary designs that honor both brands' beloved heritage. He has rolled out a portfolio of flexible store formats that opened the door to growth in non-traditional locations, such as stadiums, airports and universities. In 2005, Luther stepped up the company's research capability with a consumer insights group which led to the 2006 launch of the award-winning marketing campaign, "America Runs on Dunkin'." He led the expansion of Dunkin' Donuts from its core region in the northeast to key U.S. markets and dramatic growth of both brands' international business. Since 2003, system-wide sales have increased over 66 percent and total number of stores nearly 44 percent. Prior to joining Dunkin' Brands, Luther was president of Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits, a division of AFC Enterprises. Luther holds a degree in hotel and restaurant management from Paul Smith's College. He supports culinary and foodservice programs at a variety of institutions, including serving on the Board of Trustees for the Culinary Institute of America. Luther is on the board of directors for the National Retail Federation, IFA and will be IFA chairman in 2012. He received the Adirondack Medal and was named 2009 Humanitarian of the Year by the TJ Martell Foundation. In 2005, Luther received the Nation's Restaurant News Golden Chain award. He received the 2007 Gold Plate Award from the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association and the 2008 Mentor of the Year Award from the Elliot Leadership Conference. In 2010, He was inducted into the MenuMasters Hall of Fame.
SECOND VICE CHAIRMAN
STEVE ROMANIELLO, CFE
ROARK CAPITAL GROUP AND FOCUS BRANDS, INC.
In addition to serving as Managing Director of Roark Capital Group, Steve Romaniello, CFE, is chairman of the board of FOCUS Brands, the franchisor and operator of more than 3,300 restaurants in the United States and 32 foreign countries under the brand names Carvel, Auntie Anne's, Cinnabon, Schlotzsky's, Moe's Southwest Grill, and Seattle's Best Coffee (in certain international markets), and Wingstop, the franchisor and operator of more than 450 fast casual restaurants focusing on bone-in and boneless chicken wings. Prior to Roark, He was FOCUS Brands president and chief executive officer. He joined Carvel in 2002 as president of the franchise and foodservice division, q-he company was renamed FOCUS Brands to reflect the organization's long-term vision to become a multi brand franchisor. Under his direction and with the support of FOCUS Brands' owner Roark Capital Group, the newly formed organization acquired Cinnabon and Seattle's Best Coffee in 2004, Schlotzsky's in 2006 and Moe's Southwest Grill in 2007. Auntie Anne's joined FOCUS Brands in 2010. Prior to Carvel, Romaniello was president and chief operating officer of US Franchise Systems. Romaniello helped grow USFS from one brand with 27 hotels in nine states to three brands and over 500 hotels open in 47 states and five countries. A native of Stamford, Conn. and a Tufts University graduate, Romaniello is a member of the board of directors of FASTSIGNS, McAlister's Corporation, Pet Valu and IFA's Diversity Institute.
STEPHEN P. JOYCE
PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
CHOICE HOTELS INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Stephen P. Joyce is president, CEO and a member of the board of directors of Choice Hotels International, Inc., one of the world's largest hotel franchisors. With a career in the lodging industry spanning nearly three decades, Joyce has a proven track record of developing and growing some of the best-known hotel brands in markets worldwide. He took the helm of Choice Hotels in 2008 and has led the company on an impressive and focused growth strategy, resulting in a significant gain in the company's market share position, expansion into new markets and the advancement of new brands. Under his leadership during 2009, his first full year as president and CEO, Choice outpaced industry supply growth and increased market share. Hotels in the Choice system saw improved guest satisfaction results and RevPAR index versus its competitors. Joyce serves on a variety of boards and community organizations, including national chairman of the U.S. Travel Association and holds leadership roles with the American Hotel and Lodging Association as chairman of its Multicultural Diversity Advisory Council. He also serves on IFA's Executive Committee of the board of directors and chaired the Franchisor Forum. Joyce holds a bachelor's degree in commerce from the University of Virginia and has done graduate work at Cornell University, Wharton Business School and the Aspen Institute.
IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIRMAN
KENNETH D. WALKER, CFE
CHAIRMAN AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
DRIVEN BRANDS, INC. (FORMERLY MEINEKE CAR CARE CENTERS)
Kenneth D. Walker, CFE, is chairman and CEO of Driven Brands, Inc., the holding company, which is the parent company of Meineke Car Care Centers, Inc., Maaco Franchising, Inc., Econo Lube and Tune, Inc., Aero-Colours, Inc., AutoQual USA, Drive N' Style and Tortal.net. Walker along with a group of investors, including much of the management team, created Driven Brands as a holding company and back office support vehicle to acquire and manage non-competitive automotive franchise brands. Walker joined Meineke as president and CEO in 1996 after serving nearly four years as president and CEO of Parts, Inc., a distributor of automotive parts and supplies with distribution facilities and stores covering 24 states. He has served on the IFA board of directors since 2002 and its Executive Committee since 2007. He is a member of IFA's Franchisor Forum, Research Committee and Finance, Audit and Budget Committee. He also serves on the IFA Educational Foundation Executive Committee and was foundation chairman in 2008. He recently chaired the IFA Convention Committee and the IFA political action committee, FranPAC's Advisory Committee, where he has set records in fundraising. Walker also served on the IFA Strategic Planning Working Group, which completed a 2010-2012 strategic plan. Prior to his position with Meineke, Walker spent 20 years in similar businesses. Before entering the automotive aftermarket, Walker was a manager and CPA with Arthur Young and Co. in Fort Worth, Texas. Walker is a member of the World President's Organization and has served as Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association chairman. He has been an instructor for many AWDA seminars and received the AWDA Memorial Scholarship and Pursuit of Excellence Award. Walker served nine years as a member of the board of directors of the Automotive Afrermarket Industry Association with an active role on the Government Affairs Committee. He also was a board member of the Automotive Hall of Fame. Walker is a graduate of the University of Texas.
DINA DWYER-OWENS, CFE
CHAIRWOMAN AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
THE DWYER GROUP
A Certified Franchise Executive with more than 30 years of industry experience, Dina Dwyer-Owens...