Franchising is Open for Opportunity!

Join the IFA Foundation for a series of webinars as part oft he Open for Opportunity campaign.Learn how local franchise ownership could be the answer to your entrepreneurial dreams. Click here to register: Meeting Registration – Zoom

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30 Heroes for 30 Years: Mary Kennedy Thompson, Neighborly

Mary Kennedy Thompson currently serves as the COO of Neighborly, the parent company for many brands such as Mr. Rooter, Molly Maid, and Mosquito Joe. But before that she was an officer in the Marine Corps and one of only a handful of Marines that was jump qualified. Mary is a self-described Army brat –…

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30 Heroes for 30 Years: Ralph Yarusso, Mayweather Boxing

Ralph Yarusso is an Air Force veteran, as well as a 30-year veteran of franchising. Originally desiring a career in aviation technology, the United States Air Force decided that Ralph would best fit in as an aircrew loadmaster. Upon completion of his contract, he left the service as a Technical Sergeant. Ralph recently reflected on…

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30 Heroes for 30 Years: Steve White, PuroClean USA

Meet Army Veteran Steve White, former Chairman of the International Franchise Association’s VetFran Committee. Steve has more than 25 years of leadership experience in the franchising industry from Domino’s Pizza to Allegra Network to his current role as the President and COO of PuroClean USA.   In celebration of VetFran’s 30th anniversary, Steve moderated a panel…

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30 Heroes for 30 Years: Brian Thompson, Metal Supermarkets

International Franchise Association and VetFran are proud to highlight Veterans who continue to serve their communities as franchise owners.   Brian Thompson served in the U.S. Navy for 9 years earning his stripes at one of the most challenging technical schools in the U.S. Armed Forces – Nuclear Power School.  He then applied those skills for…

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30 Heroes for 30 Years: Mark Furlan, Dream Vacations

As a young man Mark Furlan was drafted into the US Army to serve as a Chaplain’s Assistant in Vietnam for two years. The assignment worked for Furlan, who grew up with a strong faith background and a Catholic school education. After his service in the Army, Furlan became a youth pastor. More than 20…

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30 Heroes for 30 Years: Ted DeWitt, Signarama

On March 29, we recognize National Vietnam War Veterans Day. A Vietnam War veteran himself, Ted DeWitt, of Signarama knows what it means to serve. And, he’s put a special focus on mentoring veteran entrepreneurs and giving back to his community. Ted has more than 40 years in the graphic arts industry, many at large…

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Winning the War for Talent

During the 2022 International Franchise Association’s Annual Convention in San Diego, the IFA Foundation and VetFran hosted a special seminar titled “Winning the War for Talent: Tapping into the Veteran Pipeline.” Sponsored through the generous support of USAA, this session brought together Veterans, non-profit leaders, and business owners to address the serious job market issues facing…

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HIRE Vets Medallion Award

The International Franchise Association (IFA) and VetFran encourages its members to apply for the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) 2022 HIRE Vets Medallion Award. The HIRE Vets Medallion Award is the only federal-level award that recognizes employers of all sizes for their leadership in recruiting, employing, and retaining America’s veterans. Applications will be accepted through…

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30 Heroes for 30 Years: Stan Gray, FastSigns

Proud Seabee and Navy Veteran, as well as an accomplished architect with a knack for graphic design, Stan Gray is now a successful local franchise owner operating two FASTSIGNS locations in Long Beach and Torrance, CA.  Stan knew he wanted to be a business owner but wanted to ensure that he had the support and…

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