Franchise Leaders Deliver “Franchising Equals Jobs” Message to Congress
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchisees Alex and Wendy Petrusha were honored recently by the International Franchise Association with its annual Franchisee of the Year Award. The Petrusha’s have been a part TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s system since 2002 and currently own two TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise locations, Kane/Dupage, IL and MeHenry, IL. They are consistently system leaders in customer service, which is one of our most important benchmarks and are among the very best in terms of referral rating and overall customer satisfaction. In addition, they have an enviable record in terms of employee retention due to good hiring practices and creating a positive work culture.
Alex is recognized as a leader in the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system and has served on our independent franchisee advisory council known as the TEAM. He serves on the board of the Illinois Movers and Warehouseman’s Association and is recognized by his fellow Illinois franchisees as a knowledgeable source of information regarding state regulations.
“The franchising community is an important part the U.S. economy due to the hard work of franchisees,” said IFA Chairman Steve Romaniello, managing director, Roark Capital Group. “The IFA is proud to recognize the outstanding efforts of Alex and Wendy with the Franchisee of the Year Award and thank them not only for their work to promote franchising, but for the contributions they make every day to showcase how local business owners propel the economy in communities across the country.”
The Franchisee of the Year Award is a major component of the IFA’s Public Affairs Conference, which brings more than 400 franchise business leaders together in Washington, D.C. to carry the key messages of franchising to lawmakers on Capitol Hill. During the two-day event, which began today and continues through Sept. 17, franchise industry leaders will meet with over 200 congressional offices about issues important to the future of franchising such as tax certainty, healthcare reform immigration and access to credit. The Public Affairs Conference is a powerful way to help forward IFA’s advocacy efforts and further increase awareness about how franchising can contribute to economic recovery and job growth. The event is supported by founding sponsor ADP Small Business Services.
During their visits to Washington, IFA members are highlighting the economic impact of franchising. According to a study conducted for the IFA Educational Foundation by PricewaterhouseCoopers on the economic impact of franchising, there are more than 825,000 franchised businesses in operation across the country, which is indirectly responsible for providing 18 million jobs and generating $2.1 trillion in economic output.
“As Washington works to strengthen and renew our economy, lawmakers should remember that franchising counts in local communities all across the country, Romaniello said. “With sound regulatory policies, franchise businesses can create the jobs necessary for sustained economic recovery and growth.”