Buy A Franchise – International Franchise Association Update

October 28th, 2010

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Re-elects Three Existing Members

Six leading Franchise professionals have been newly elected to the International Franchise Association Board of Directors and will assume their positions Feb. 16, 2011 at the conclusion of the IFA 51st Annual Convention in Las Vegas. 

“These six new board members bring a wealth of experience in the Franchising industry to the IFA,” said IFA Chairman Ken Walker, chairman and CEO of Driven Brands. “They join a top-level Board of Directors that works to develop and implement government relations, public relations and educational programs to protect, enhance and promote Franchising.”

In addition to electing these new members during its Oct. 14 meeting in Phoenix, Ariz, the International Franchise Association Board of Directors voted to re-elect three members to three-year terms, including Melanie Bergeron, CFE, chairwoman of Two Men and a Truck; Joe Bourdow, CFE, senior advisor of Valpak; and Jon Kujawa, U.S. vice president of Franchising for McDonald’s Corporation.

The new International Franchise Association directors are:  

  • James F. (Jim) Anhut, Chief Development Officer, the Americas, IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) PLC, Atlanta, Ga.
  • David B. Barr, Chairman, PMTD Restaurants, Marietta, Ga.
  • Susan Black-Beth, CFE, Chief Operating Officer, Super Wash, Inc., Morrison, Ill.
  • David Liniger, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder, RE/MAX International, Inc., Denver, Colo.
  • Tabbassum Mumtaz, President and CEO, APEX Restaurants, Plano, TX.
  • Todd R. Recknagel, President, CEO and Partner, Mr. Handyman International, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Anhut—Jim Anhut is a third-generation hotelier with more than 25 years of industry experience, including more than 20 years in senior management positions with several national lodging franchise and extended-stay hotel brands. In his position, Anhut leads development for all of IHG’s brands in the Americas.  Anhut most recently served as senior vice president, Franchise Development, where he was responsible for maximizing the distribution of IHG’s Franchised hotels in North America and driving enhanced strategic market planning for Franchised development.

Previously, Anhut served as senior vice president, Brand Management, Hotel Indigo, where he was responsible for overall strategic direction of IHG’s branded boutique hotel concept. Prior to that, he served as senior vice president, Brand Development, where he was responsible for launching the Hotel Indigo brand. Hotel Indigo has been widely acclaimed as highly-innovative and segment-defining by industry experts and consumer press.

Anhut received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Emory University and a master’s degree in finance and hospitality management from Michigan State University.  He began his career in the hospitality industry in 1980 as a general manager for his family’s hotel and restaurant business in Farmington Hills, Mich.

Barr—David B. Barr is Chairman of PMTD Restaurants, LLC, an owner of 18 KFC restaurants in Alabama and Georgia. He is also Chairman of Rita Restaurants LLC. He serves as a board member of Del Frisco Restaurant Group LLC, Mrs. Fields and TCBY, Del Frisco’s and Sullivan’s Steakhouses, and the Bistro Group (the second largest Franchisee of TGIFridays).

Barr is also the Chairman of Samuels Jewelers, the eighth largest jewelry company in the United States, with 108 stores primarily in the western United States. Previously, from 1994 to 1998, he was the CEO of Great American Cookies, which includes 360 mall-based cookie stores, and on behalf of its shareholders, sold the company to Mrs. Fields in 1998.

He is a graduate the University of Virginia and currently serves on the Advisory Board at the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce.

Black-Beth—Susan Black-Beth, CFE, is the Chief Operating Officer of Super Wash, Inc., the Franchisor of Super Wash car washes. In her role, she is responsible for the relationship with franchisees of 150 locations, the day-to-day operations of 160 company-managed facilities, Franchise development and transfers, marketing, branding and social media.  Black-Beth also has experience as a Franchisee, previously co-owning three Super Wash facilities in southern Wisconsin.

In addition to being a Certified Franchise Executive (CFE), Black-Beth is the Immediate Past Chair of the International Franchise Association’s Women’s Franchise Committee, the co-founder and past Co-Chair of the Chicago Women’s Franchise Network, and the past Co-Chair for the Strategic Advisory Board of International Institute for Franchise Education based at Nova Southeastern University.  She graduated from Augustana College with a B.A. in Business and Communications.

Liniger—David Liniger is Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder of RE/MAX International, Inc. Liniger became interested in real estate while stationed in Phoenix with the U.S. Air Force.  After working for both a commission company and a traditional brokerage, he co-founded RE/MAX in Denver in 1973.

Liniger has been inducted into the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers’ (CRB) Hall of Leaders, the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (ABR) Hall of Fame, and has earned the Council of Residential Specialists’ (CRS) Special Achievement Award. In 2010 he was included in Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s profiles of the “50 Most Powerful People in Real Estate.”

Liniger is nationally recognized as an expert in time management, sales training, recruiting and motivation. He has been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, Fortune, Inc., Success and other leading publications and media outlets across the globe. He received the Warren Bennis Award for Leadership Excellence from the Global Institute for Leadership Development and has been inducted into the International Franchise Hall of Fame.

Mumtaz—Tabbassum Mumtaz is Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Apex Restaurant Management, Inc.  Apex is the largest Long John Silver’s Franchisee in the country with 92 restaurants operating in six states.  Mumtaz directs the company’s regional and local marketing programs, as well as its financial activities.

Mumtaz has more than 15 years of operations management experience in the quick service restaurant industry. Prior to joining Apex, he owned and operated several Wendy’s Restaurant locations and currently serves on the Long John Silver’s Franchise Board. as well as other operating and technical committees.

Recknagel—Todd R. Recknagel is President, CEO and partner in Mr. Handyman International. Since 2003, he has been responsible for the growth of Mr. Handyman Franchise to more than 300 locations in the United States and achieving system sales in excess of $70 million this year. Mr. Handyman is now the largest employer of handymen in the world.

Prior to Mr. Handyman, Recknagel founded, owned and operated Lakeshore Blimpie, the largest traditional/multi-unit Franchisee of Blimpie International, Inc. from 1994-2003. Recknagel earned his MBA in finance at Michigan State University and a BA in business administration and economics from Hope College.

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