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The Best of 2013 - Where Restaurant Owners Associate

  • Restaurant Brokers Discuss Franchise associations with IFA and SEFF
  • What are the Benefits of a Franchise Association?
  • Learn the Realties of the Franchise Culture

Are you looking to franchise your company overseas? How do you know when you are ready? What are the challenges of international expansion versus domestic expansion and where can you get help? This week, the restaurant brokers along with CEO of Buffalo's Cafe and CEO of YoBlendz and JuiceBlendz tackle international franchising.

Industry Guests Join the Restaurant Brokers

Stephen J. Caldeira
Stephen J. Caldeira
Steve Caldeira is President and CEO of the International Franchise Association, the oldest and largest organization representing the franchising industry in the world. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., IFA works to protect, enhance and promote the U.S. franchise industry, which consists of 825,000 U.S. franchise businesses that create nearly 18 million jobs and 2.1 trillion dollars of economic activity annually. Mr. Caldeira has 30 years of government relations, political, communications, fundraising and professional development experience. Before joining IFA in June 2010, Mr. Caldeira served as the Executive Vice President of Global Communications and Chief Public Affairs Officer for Dunkin Brands, Inc., the 8 billion dollar parent company of Dunkin Donuts and Baskin-Robbins.
  • 202-662-0777 Phone
  • scaldeira@franchise.org Email
  • www.franchise.org Website
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David McDougall
David McDougall
David McDougall is the current President and Chief Executive Officer of Back Yard Burgers, Inc. a better burger restaurant company based in Nashville, TN. The brand has been in business since 1987, operating 81 company and franchise restaurants in fifteen states. McDougall background includes over 30 years of food service and franchise experience in both quick and full service specializing in operations, training and international business. He most recently was the Sr. Vice President of QSR Operations for NexCen Franchise Management, a multi brand franchise company based in Atlanta, GA. Brands under his leadership include Marble Slab Creamery, Maggie Moo Treatery, Pretzel Time, Pretzel Maker and Great American Cookies. With over 1200 locations in eleven countries and growing, responsibilities include Franchise Operations, Supply Chain, Training, and International. Previous to NexCen Dave spent twelve years with Cinnabon in various positions, last as Vice President of Operations at FOCUS Brands, a multi concept company responsible for the Carvel and Cinnabon brands. Previous to that he was the Vice President of Operations for Cinnabon Inc, a division of AFC Enterprises, franchisor of Popeyes Chicken, Churchs Chicken, Cinnabon and Seattle Best Coffee. In 1999, McDougall became the Director of International Operations for Cinnabon, a start up division and was recognized by AFC at the end of that year with one of the highest honors, the Spirit Award. McDougall had full service experience included a successful career with Dennys Restaurants. He is a recent recipient of the prestigious Certified Franchise Executive designation (CFE) and is an active member of the International Franchise Association (IFA). In addition he is a board member of the Southeast Franchise Forum and an advisor to the Professional Athlete Franchise Initiative.
  • 404-226-3121 Phone
  • dmcdougall@backyardburgers.com Email
  • http://www.backyardburgers.com/ Website
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