Steve Romaniello, CFE: Managing Director, Roark Capital Group Chairman, Focus Brands.


This award, IFA's oldest and most prestigious, is presented to an IFA member, past or present, who has contributed significantly to the advancement of franchising and the franchising community. Roark Capital Group Managing Director Steve Romaniello, CFE, has met the criteria for the award, and then some.

Serving as IFA Chair in 2013, Romaniello has made a lasting impact with the IFA Foundation's Franchising Gives Back program. Roark is the founding sponsor of the Franchising Gives Back annual community service event, where a group of IFA members volunteer to serve a specific need in the community during the IFA Convention. Steve is the recipient of the IFA's Ronald E. Harrison Award for his work in the area of Diversity. He has also received the Nation's Restaurant News Golden Chain Award and IFMA's Silver Plate Award.

In addition to his role at Roark Capital Group, Romaniello is the Chairman of FOCUS Brands, the franchisor and operator of more than 6,000 ice cream stores, bakeries, restaurants, and cafes in the U.S., the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and more than 35 foreign countries. FOCUS Brands operates under the names Carvel, Auntie Anne's, Cinnabon, Jamba Juice, McAlister's Deli...

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