History was made February 18 as TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® International, Inc. Chair Melanie Bergeron became just the third woman to take over as chair of the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) executive board. IFA’s mission is to promote, enhance, and protect franchising through government relations, public relations, and educational programs.
“It’s an absolute honor to be chair of the IFA,” said Melanie. “I know the first two chairs very well. Because of their faith in me, I have become the chair this year. Everyone’s journey to leadership is different. I was actively involved in the IFA for 16 years and served many roles in the IFA. I’ve been groomed for it for years, and I’m very excited.”
“I couldn’t be more proud of my sister, Melanie, on being appointed chair of the International Franchise Association last week in Las Vegas. Our family was there to celebrate with her,” said Brig Sorber, CEO of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/International, Inc. “She has worked so hard and I can’t think of anyone who deserves this recognition more than her. I know she will be doing amazing things for the IFA and TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® this year.”
As chair, Melanie’s main role is to serve as an ambassador for the IFA. She will support the IFA’s advocacy efforts by aligning the membership and IFA board’s efforts.
“Throughout my time as chair of the IFA, I will be working to ensure there is clear communication with the board of directors to grow membership,” she said. “A goal of mine in the efforts of the educational foundation is to help them build a positive perspective of franchising.”
Melanie has always been very passionate about franchising. She believes job creation is the healing this world needs, and franchising does just that. While serving as chairwomen, Melanie has plans to show the world how important franchising is and the vast opportunities it provides.
Melanie has been pushing franchisees to get involved with the FAN — Franchise Action Network. Joining the FAN unifies franchises across the globe to come together and show the world the many benefits of franchising. She hopes her role as chairwoman of the IFA will bring more attention to the FAN throughout the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system, encouraging more franchisees to get involved.
“My role with the IFA allows me to learn so much from the outside,” said Melanie. “You hear about threats other franchises are facing, so we will know what to watch out for. You also learn about other franchise brands’ best practices which we can apply to make TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® a better system. When TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® first started getting involved with the IFA, we were so shy. We were a tiny company and didn’t know anyone, the board of directors were from huge companies. If you would have told me back then that I would serve as the chair, I would have never believed it.”
The International Franchise Association has big plans to continue protecting and promoting franchising. There are one billion people joining the workforce who cannot find jobs. Many of which are not aware of the jobs franchising can provide. The IFA seeks to teach all of these people about the unlimited opportunities franchising has. Melanie would like to see more franchisees get involved with the IFA and FAN and challenges them to do so.
To learn more about the Franchise Action Network visit their website.
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The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise system is the largest, fastest growing franchise brand with an integrated way to run a moving franchise. We are constantly investing millions annually to improve our operating system. With a proven track record of growth and the highest customer service referral rate in the industry, we are posed for even more success in the coming years. We are setting records at all levels. Whether you are an accountant, insurance agent, doctor, or CEO, we have the system and results for those looking to invest and own their own business.
It’s important to understand TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® views their franchisees as long-term partners. The partnership is between the franchisee and Home Office to strengthen the brand and its success. The partnership between franchisees and Home Office requires a large amount of communication and engagement. We work daily to move our franchisees, customers, and communities forward.