Here’s the press release:
Re-Bath And More named Franchisee of the Year by the International Franchise Association
WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 21, 2009 – Re-Bath franchisee Jon Witmer of Lancaster, Pennsylvania was honored last week by the International Franchise Association (IFA) with its annual Franchisee of the Year Award.
Franchise owner-operators representing nearly 23 franchise systems were recognized during the IFA’s 10th Annual Public Affairs Conference for their outstanding performance and the contributions they have made to enhance the growth and development of franchising.
“The IFA is proud to recognize the outstanding efforts of Jon Witmer with the Franchisee of the Year Award,” said IFA Chairwoman Dina Dwyer-Owens. “The franchising community is an important component of the U.S. economy due to the hard work of these exemplary individuals who have helped bolster the growth of the industry.”
The Franchisee of the Year Award is a major component of the IFA’s Public Affairs Conference. During the two-day event, Sept. 14 and 15, 2009, more than 400 franchise industry leaders met with 200 congressional offices about issues important to the future of franchising such as healthcare reform and access to credit. The event is supported by founding sponsor ADP Small Business Services.Members are highlighted the economic impact of franchising.
According to a study conducted for the IFA Educational Foundation by PricewaterhouseCoopers on the economic impact of franchising, there are more than 900,000 franchised businesses in operation across the country which are indirectly responsible for providing 21 million jobs and generating $2.3 trillion in economic output. In Pennsylvania, 35,735 establishments directly provide 836,500 jobs and contribute 11 percent to the U.S. economy.
“By putting policies in place that promotes more lending, franchise businesses can provide better jobs that help the economy recover at a faster pace,” Dwyer-Owens said.
About The International Franchise Association
The International Franchise Association, the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising, is the preeminent voice and acknowledged leader for the industry worldwide. Approaching a half-century of service with a growing membership of more than 1,300 franchise systems, 10,000-plus franchisees and more than 500 firms that supply goods and services to the industry, IFA protects, enhances and promotes franchising by advancing the values of integrity, respect, trust, commitment to excellence, honesty and diversity. For more information, visit the IFA website.