Robert C Cresanti president and CEO

Robert C. Cresanti, president and CEO of the International Franchise Association, addresses the opening general session.

IFA convenes amid ‘challenging times’

Annual franchising convention gets underway in San Antonio

The International Franchise Association kicked off its 56th annual convention in San Antonio on Sunday with more than 3,500 attendees, amid concerns for current pressures on franchising.

Robert C. Cresanti, president and CEO of the International Franchise Association, said these are “particularly challenging times” for the industry.

Even as the franchise business continued to grow, Cresanti said, the onslaught of government regulation “darkens the skies and undermines

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