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FASTSIGNS Announces Speakers for the International Franchise Association’s 62nd Annual Convention

Catherine MonsonCEO of FASTSIGNS International and Propelled Brands and President of the International Franchise Association, will speak on the state of the association on Sunday February 27. At monday 28 februaryshe will also be a moderator for Franchisor Speaker: Technology-fueled Transformation in the Restaurant Industry, Paul Brown, co-founder and CEO of Inspire Brands. At Tuesday, March 1Monson will pass the gavel to the new IFA president charlie chase of First Service Brands.

Mark Jamesondirector of support and development at FASTSIGNS, will speak at the convention and participate in a panel discussion titled “International Summit: Supporting Your Brand Globally”.

Stan Gray, a multi-unit FASTSIGNS franchisee and military veteran, will be a panelist during the Sunday General Session to share how military life has prepared him for the role of business owner. Stan will also receive the Franchisee of the Year award for FASTSIGNS at the “Franchisee of the Year Celebration”. This event will include FASTSIGNS and other brands that have chosen to recognize their franchisee of the year at IFA.

Jeff LewisAssistant Vice President of Franchise Support for FASTSIGNS, will lead the Financial Analysis: Tools and Best Practices for Franchisee and Franchisor Profitability course at the IFA breakout sessions.

“My team and I are always honored to be part of this powerful event that helps franchisors and franchisees improve their businesses, learn best practices and expand their network in an ideal environment for growth and inspiration,” said Catherine Monson. “We look forward to sharing what we’ve learned with others in the franchising business and providing insight at the largest and most relevant franchising conference to be held today.”

The IFA is the only global trade association for the franchise industry. For the first time in two years, this convention will bring together industry leaders to explore the leading role franchise plays in post-pandemic economic recovery; Create new local businesses and create needed jobs after jobs decline in 2020 and 2021; celebrating 30 years of proactively recruiting veterans into the franchising ranks; share best practices; and the prospect of addressing workforce challenges.

Guest speakers include NBA legend and franchise leader Shaquille O’NealCEO of Inspire Brands Paul Brownmark of self-esteem Seth MortensonAmerica’s first black female fighter pilot Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour, author and workforce innovator Seth Mattisonin addition to the IFA President and CEO Matthew Haller and IFA President Catherine Monsonand numerous brand executives and legislators.

About the International Franchise Association:

Celebrating 60 years of excellence, education and advocacy, the International Franchise Association is the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. The IFA works through its government relations and public policy, media relations, and educational programs to protect, improve, and promote franchising and the more than 733,000 franchised establishments that support nearly 7.6 million jobs. direct, $674.3 billion of economic output for the US economy, and 2.5 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). IFA members include franchise companies in more than 300 different business format categories, individual franchisees and companies that support the industry in marketing, legal, technology and business development.


FASTSIGNS is a leading national visual idea company that creates a wide variety of complete signage and graphic solutions. With over 35 years of experience, FASTSIGNS helps you achieve more than you ever thought possible. We are the worldwide franchisor of over 750 independently owned and operated FASTSIGNS® Centers. FASTSIGNS sites span United States, Porto Ricothe UK, Canada, Chile, Grand Cayman, Maltathe Dominican Republic and Australia (where centers operate as SIGNWAVE®). FASTSIGNS is frequently recognized for franchisee satisfaction and through franchising awards, including being ranked #1 on the Entrepreneur’s Highly Competitive Franchise 500® list for the sixth consecutive year in 2022, as well as being named Franchise Best -in-Category 2022 by Franchise Business Review.

In 2021, Propelled Brands was created and is now the multi-brand franchisor of FASTSIGNS®, NerdsToGo®, MY SALON Suite® and Salon Plaza® brands.

To learn more, visit Follow the brand on LinkedIn at @FASTSIGNS or Facebook at For more information on the FASTSIGNS Franchise Opportunity, contact Mark Jameson ([email protected] to call 214.346.5679).

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