As a senior executive in the franchise industry for more than 25 years, Paul Eckert is founder and owner of the Eckert Group as well as president and chief executive officer of Family Financial Centers, LLC, both based in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. He recently opened a third firm, Family Partners Insurance. Paul Eckert maintains membership with the International Franchise Association (IFA), where he is part of the Finance Relations Committee.
Founded more than 55 years ago, the IFA is the world’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to worldwide franchising. The organization supports, protects, and promotes franchising, which accounts for more than 9.1 million jobs and $994 billion for the U.S. economy. Members of the IFA are found in more than 300 different types of businesses.
To reach out to its members, the IFA hosts an annual convention. The 2017 event is scheduled for January 29 through February 1 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. Typically bringing together more than 4,000 franchise executives, this conference features a variety of committee meetings, networking opportunities, and workshops. Attendees also have an opportunity to meet with numerous exhibitors at the 57th annual convention.