An executive in the franchise industry for more than 25 years, Paul Eckert serves as president and chief executive officer of Family Financial Centers, LLC, based in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. In addition to his day-to-day work, Paul Eckert also maintains an active membership in the International Franchise Association.
During its annual convention at the end of last January, the International Franchise Association awarded National Retail Federation (NRF) president and CEO Matthew Shay with the IFA Dennis Wieczorek Free Enterprise Award. The award was brought back into service in 2015 by the IFA board, renamed for the late IFA general counsel Dennis Wieczorek as a way to commemorate his service to the organization and recognize others who share a similar commitment to the health and economic vitality of the franchise industry.
Shay has been at his post with the NRF since 2010, where he has leveraged the organization as a leading voice lobbying on behalf of the retail sector. Under his leadership, the organization’s membership and revenue have more than doubled, and its lobbying efforts have significantly increased. Shay also has received recognition by CEO Update as a top-50 nonprofit chief executive in the Washington, D.C., metro area.