Franchise association chief stepping down

Franchise association chief stepping down
© Greg Nash

The head of the International Franchise Association (IFA), Steve Caldeira, is stepping down, the organization plans to announce on Wednesday.

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His resignation, effective immediately, comes after a dispute over renewing his contract with the organization.

“It has been a real honor and privilege to represent franchising, which is the true essence of entrepreneurship in America,” Caldeira said in a statement. “While I appreciate the opportunity to have worked with so many respected business leaders and the extremely talented staff at the IFA, the time has come for me to move on.”

“I am very proud of our accomplishments during my tenure to protect, promote and enhance the franchise business model,” he said.

During Caldeira’s near six-year tenure at the helm, the trade group bolstered its advocacy efforts and became a political force on labor issues.

During that time, the organization’s revenue increased 70 percent and saw its political action committee coffers grow to $1.3 million, said IFA Chairwoman Melanie Bergeron.

“Steve gives everything he does 110 percent and we are very grateful for his passion, dedication and wisdom as we have been navigating through the most challenging legislative and regulatory environment in our industry’s history,” Bergeron said in a statement.

A search committee has been formed to find a replacement president and CEO, positions Caldeira held.

Caldeira’s total compensation package reached upwards of $741,791 in 2012, according to the most recent tax forms available. In 2011, his first full year on the job, that figure stood at just more than $567,000.

IFA has been battling efforts to increase the minimum wage nationwide, fighting Labor Department rulemakings it sees as onerous on small businesses, working on changes to the Affordable Care Act and lobbying on other employment and immigration issues.

The group also launched its extensive grassroots advocacy network, the Franchise Action Network, and the Coalition to Save Local Businesses, aimed at fighting the National Labor Relations Board on changes to how franchisees are viewed under the law with its “joint employer” rulings.

— This report was updated at 11:35 a.m.