The IFA has announced its new public policy director.
Taking up the helm will be former US Congressman Charles J. Melancon. The Louisianan is a fiscally-conservative Democrat who not only voted along the lines of the IFA on the health care and small-financing bills, but actually has experience working in the franchise sector. Melancon owned Baskin Robbins franchises for more than 10 years and so he has a personal understanding of the demands of the industry.
“As a former franchise owner, I fully understand the challenges facing small business owners,” Melancon said. “I know from my involvement with the IFA as a member of Congress that the organization is a critical player in advocating for small business owners, and I am happy to join the talented team at IFA to represent franchise businesses in Washington.”
National Restaurant News provided some description of Melancon’s responsibilities:
“In his new position at the IFA, Melancon will guide the strategic direction for the Washington, D.C.-based association’s lobbying and political activities, including managing staff covering federal and state issues, the IFA grassroots program, Franchise Congress, and overseeing the association’s political action committee, FranPAC.”
We wish him all the best and hope he delivers results for the franchising community.