Buy A Franchise – Mitt Romney to Headline Convention

October 13th, 2010

(Buy A Franchise, Seattle Franchise, Bellevue Franchise)


The 51st IFA Annual Convention is Slated for Feb. 13-16, 2011 in Las Vegas

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will be the keynote speaker at the 51st International Franchise Association Annual Convention, IFA announced today.
“Mitt Romney’s broad experience in business, government and politics will provide critical insight for International Franchise Association members as we continue to position our companies for growth in a challenging financial climate,” said IFA Chairman Ken Walker, chairman and CEO of Driven Brands.  “We look forward to Governor Romney’s unique insights and perspective on the state of the American economy and global affairs.”
Elected Governor of Massachusetts in 2002, Romney presided over a dramatic reversal of state fortunes and a period of sustained economic expansion. Without raising taxes or increasing debt, Governor Romney balanced the budget every year of his administration, closing a $3 billion budget gap inherited when he took office and created tens of thousands of jobs.

One of Governor Romney’s top priorities was reforming the education system so that young people could compete for better paying jobs in the global economy of the future. He championed a package of education reforms, including merit pay, an emphasis on math and science instruction, important new intervention programs for failing schools and English immersion for foreign-speaking students.

In 2006, Governor Romney proposed and signed into law a private, market-based reform that ensures every Massachusetts citizen would have health insurance, without a government takeover and without raising taxes.

Romney first gained national recognition for his role in turning around the 2002 Winter Olympics. In his three years at the helm in Salt Lake City, Romney erased a $379 million operating deficit, organized 23,000 volunteers, galvanized community spirit and oversaw an unprecedented security mobilization just months after the September 11th terrorist attacks, leading to one of the most successful Olympics in our country’s history.

Prior to his Olympic service, Romney enjoyed a successful career helping businesses grow and improve their operations. From 1978 to 1984, Romney was a Vice President at Bain & Company, Inc., a leading management consulting firm. In 1984, Romney founded Bain Capital, one of the nation’s most successful venture capital and investment companies. Bain Capital helped launch hundreds of companies on a successful course, including Staples, Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Domino’s Pizza, Sealy, Brookstone, and The Sports Authority. He was asked to return to Bain & Company as CEO several years later in order to lead a financial restructuring of the organization. Today, Bain & Company employs more than 2,000 people in 25 offices worldwide.

Romney has been deeply involved in community and civic affairs, serving extensively in his church and numerous charities including City Year, the Boy Scouts, and the Points of Light Foundation. He was also the Massachusetts Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in 1994 and was a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008.

Romney received his B.A., with Highest Honors, from Brigham Young University in 1971. In 1975, he was awarded an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was named a Baker Scholar, and a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School.

Scheduled for Feb. 13-16, 2011, in Las Vegas, the 51st International Franchise Association Annual Convention theme,  Building the Future Together, reflects the meeting’s focus on solutions to position the industry for the future as the economy begins to improve.  Franchise industry experts and business and management professionals will share with convention attendees multiple strategies to recover from the recession and how to drive sales.   

In addition, a highlight of the convention will be the 2011 Franchise Business Outlook report as well as the release of the first ever industry benchmarking data.

For more information on the upcoming International Franchise Convention contact Thomas Wolter at 206-200-3325, or

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