Gratitude and Growth: Wrapping Up 2023 in Franchising

As 2023 comes to a close, I've taken some time to reflect on the year, and I have to say it was a great year overall. The year included many conferences, several speaking engagements, and plenty of board meetings. It was a very successful year for myself and those I work with. As a franchise expert, advisor and speaker, I really enjoy the work that I do and the people I get to collaborate with. My business travel adventures started with a fun time at the IFA Convention in Las Vegas, where my wife and two daughters joined me. That was a lot of fun and the first time we've ever done that.

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Highlights and Takeaways from IFA's Emerging Franchisor Conference

In early November, I had a great time participating at this year's IFA's Emerging Franchisor Conference in New Orleans. I have been to this event several times before and was fortunate enough to be invited back again as a speaker and roundtable facilitator.

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Things I Heard at IFA 2023

John Francis on Mar 8, 2023 9:30:00 AM Franchise Conferences

Things I Heard at IFA 2023

I just got back from this year’s IFA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. The conference was a blast, with a record-breaking attendance of 4,200+ people and 300+ exhibitors!

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2023 International Franchise Association Convention SEE YOU THERE!

John Francis on Feb 12, 2023 10:24:41 AM Franchise Conferences

The International Franchise Association has its annual conference scheduled for February 26th to March 1st of this year. The IFA Annual Convention is “the Super Bowl of franchising.” Every big player in the franchising world will be there. Over the years, I have learned a ton and met many great people at this conference. I hope you’ll decide to join me in attending!

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Franchise Industry Conferences - Which Should I Attend?

John Francis on Oct 11, 2022 8:30:00 AM Franchise Conferences

One of the best things that I have done to grow my franchising career is to attend industry conferences. Being able to engage with other franchise professionals, hear their insights, and offer ideas is a rewarding and fruitful way to become a better franchisor, franchisee and supplier - any franchise professional can benefit from building relationships at these events!

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Countdown to the 2022 IFA Convention (We’re Back!)

John Francis on Feb 8, 2022 8:00:00 AM Franchise Conferences

Get ready…the in-person IFA Convention is finally back!

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The In-Person Conference is Making a Comeback

John Francis on Sep 21, 2021 9:00:00 AM Franchise Conferences

Come out, come out wherever you are…

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Back to Business: The 2021 Big Frog Conference

Recently, in May 2021, I had the pleasure of attending the 2021 Big Frog Conference in Orlando, Florida. This was my 1st in-person conference since the COVID pandemic hit in March of 2020 and it was great to get back out there again! After more than a year of being stuck online, the in-person connections with handshakes and hugs were welcome.

How to Get Franchisees Working Together and Moving Ahead

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Did You Attend IFA 2021?

The annual IFA convention just came to a close. What an event! #IFA2021

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Are You Ready for IFA 2021?

John Francis on Feb 9, 2021 8:00:00 AM Franchise Conferences

It’s that time of year again.

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John Francis is an enthusiastic, engaging business advisor, and an entertaining public speaker for franchise brands because he speaks from experience and he speaks from the heart. Franchising is in his blood, and his parents were true pioneers in the industry, turning their family haircutting business into a 1,000-salon franchise empire. He has been a franchisee and a franchisor, and has a deep understanding of the issues both face. Engage John as an advisor or to speak at your event, and you and your franchisees will learn how to look at your business in new, positive, and profitable ways.

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