2016 IFA Annual Convention - Feb 20-23, San Antonio

San Antonio TX.

Registration is now open for the 2016 IFA Annual Convention, to be held February 20-23 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and our headquarters hotel Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, TX.

This IFA 2016 convention is designed for franchisees, franchisors and the IFA’s steadfast supplier partners to build and enrich relationships and ideas. As always, IFA’s convention offers top speakers who will share their best practices as the industry continues to work its way out of these still-challenging economic and public policy times.

The convention is filled with educational sessions, roundtables, summits, and mini-super sessions designed to give attendees the latest trends and information in the areas of:

  • Franchise relations
  • Management and leadership
  • Financing
  • Multi-unit growth
  • International growth
  • Franchise development
  • Social media
  • …and more!

IFA 2016’s keynote speakers include:

Stanley McChrystal, Former Commander of U.S. and International Forces in Afghanistan

  • McChrystal will speak during the opening general session on Sunday, February 21 about lessons in leadership, teambuilding, and the changing geopolitical landscape. He will share his perspectives gained through one of the most legendary military careers, as well as his experiences with business, teaching, and public service. As we celebrate VetFran's 25th Anniversary, McChrystal is the perfect fit to kick off our 56th annual convention.

Sheryl Connelly, Manager of Global Trends and Futuring at Ford Motor Company

  • Connelly tracks consumer trends and collaborates with people throughout the Ford system to see how that information may impact future products, and is a frequent (and highly-regarded) speaker at TED events. You'll learn about coming trends that will revolutionize your business and how to think like a futurist during the Tuesday general session on February 23. Connelly delivers the insights necessary for organizations across industry sectors to thrive, innovate and remain relevant.

    At IFA 2016, you will:

    • Connect with leading franchise executives who will share their stories of success, mistakes and lessons learned. There is no better venue than IFA 2016 to increase your knowledge and portfolio of contacts.
    • Discover the latest innovations in the marketplace for taking your franchise system to the next level. How can these innovations change the way you run your business? How can you be more efficient? How do you make your brand stand out and appeal to new customers and new franchisees? Innovation is the key to success and you will learn strategies and trends that will inspire you back home.
    • What is the future of franchising? Staying ahead of the curve is crucial in today’s competitive environment. IFA 2016 features creative ways to evolve your brand so you can grow, increase your customer base and increase your bottom line.
    • Meet cutting-edge, smart and savvy supplier members in our Exhibit Hall who can help build your brand and provide solutions to better your business.
    • Hear from first-class business and thought leaders during our high-energy and dynamic general session programs. These are unique venues for gathering thousands of franchisors, franchisees and suppliers to the industry. We will unite and discuss the state of franchising and how we can rally together to protect our time-tested and proven business model.
    • Engage in in-depth discussions during interactive concurrent sessions and business solution roundtables on topics ranging from operations, franchise relations, digital marketing & technology, sales & development, international development and more! Our sessions will provide real nuggets of take-home value that will make a difference for your brand.
    • Get to know other franchise professionals at a variety of networking events like THE BUZZ, our revamped opening networking reception that is bound to impress. IFA 2016 will allow time for you to meet your fellow attendees to gain insights, talk through your challenges while making new friends.

    Up-to-the Minute, Compelling Content
    You don’t know what you don’t know - IFA 2016 will help fill that gap by providing you new and vital information to help protect your brand as well as dig deeper into topics such as marketing, finance, and franchise development.

    You’ll hear from leading franchise experts and high-level personalities that will address important topics such as innovation, leadership, team building, new growth opportunities and more.

    One-on-One Advice
    IFA 2016 Business Solution Roundtables are hosted by experienced professionals in an intimate setting that allows you to ask questions face-to-face.

    Unique Location
    Not only will you leave this event feeling prepared and motivated to take your brand to the next level, but with its history, culture, entertainment and culinary scenes, San Antonio is a great place for you and your “frans” to convene.

    Networking & New Partnerships
    Connect with old friends and build new relationships at #IFA2016, including the exhibit hall with over 300 companies showcasing their products, and our interactive conference app. As always, there are many opportunities to network during and in between sessions. You can stay connected to your office with our free wi-fi access as well as several cell phone charging stations. Our opening event, the Buzz, is a newly revamped networking reception that will kick off #IFA2016 with a bang! And don’t miss our closing party, the Franchise Bash, located at “The Grotto” at the Convention Center along the famed San Antonio River Walk.

    For full details on the convention’s educational and networking opportunities, and to register, visit http://convention.franchise.org/home.