SOURCE: International Institute for Franchise Education

International Institute for Franchise Education

September 01, 2010 09:00 ET

Industry Executives Converge for Networking and Learning at Fifth Annual Emerging Franchisor Conference

BrightStar Founder and IFA Entrepreneur of the Year Shelly Sun Featured Keynote Speaker

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL--(Marketwire - September 1, 2010) -  The International Institute for Franchise Education (IIFE) announced today the agenda for its fifth annual Emerging Franchisor Conference (EFC). The conference, designed specifically for executives from emerging franchise systems, will be held November 11-12, 2010 at the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship in Ft. Lauderdale.

"IIFE is proud of our continued commitment to bringing together top executives in franchising to discuss the status of today's business environment and how to develop and implement successful franchise development strategies," said Cheryl R. Babcock, CFE, founding director of IIFE. "The format of our conference lends itself to open discussions and exchanging of ideas focused on emerging franchise systems with 300 or fewer franchisees."

Shelly Sun, CFE, Co-Founder and President of BrightStar, a full-service healthcare-staffing agency that provides the full continuum of care, will be the conference's keynote speaker. Sun, who was named the IFA's 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year, began franchising with her husband JD in 2005, and has grown BrightStar from one company-owned store to over 160 locations in 31 states. Sun plans to have 400 franchise locations sold by the end of 2011.

Each year founders, CEOs, COOs, presidents and other senior executives gather from emerging systems across the country to collaborate at the EFC and discuss the challenges and opportunities unique to franchising. Participants will also hear from industry-leading speakers who will engage the group in discussions targeting franchise development, financing, legal and regulatory issues, and operations compliance.

President and CEO of FRANdata Darrell Johnson will be leading a morning session the second day of the conference regarding financial issues impacting franchisors and franchisees. FRANdata is an independent research company supplying information and analysis for the franchising sector since 1989. Johnson's career spans information services, commercial banking, investment banking, and federal financial regulation.

A list of all the speakers as well as a complete agenda for the 2010 conference are available online. The EFC conference registration fee is $499. Multiple registrations from the same company qualify for the IIFE Value Pricing.

The Emerging Franchisor Conference will be sponsored by several leading franchise suppliers including Cheng Cohen LLC, Faegre & Benson LLP, Fish Consulting, FRANdata, and The Entrepreneur's Source.

To find out more information or to register, please visit IIFE at or call 800.672.7223 x 5071.

About IIFE
The International Institute for Franchise Education (IIFE) is a demonstrated leader around the globe for its cutting-edge domestic and international education and leadership training programs for franchise executives. Programs are designed for start-up and emerging franchisors as well as founders, presidents, CEOs, COOs and key leadership team members who want to grow their franchise systems. IIFE is also the headquarters for the International Society of Franchising, comprised of educators and researchers from around the globe. For more information, visit

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