Stephen P. Joyce, CEO of Choice Hotels International, a global hotel franchising company, is the 2014 chair of the International Franchising Association.
Stephen P. Joyce, CEO of Choice Hotels International, a global hotel franchising company, is the 2014 chair of the International Franchising Association.

‘Franchising is woven into the fabric of American commerce…’ Thursday, March 13, 2014 – THE NEW CHAIRMAN of the International Franchise Association is Stephen P. Joyce, CEO of Choice Hotels International Inc., a global hotel franchising company based in Rockville, Md. “It’s an honor to be chairman of the IFA, and I look forward to working closely with the IFA executive committee and board of directors as we represent and advocate for pro-growth policies that support the interests of franchisors, franchisees and suppliers,” said Joyce in a statement. With a career in the lodging industry spanning over three decades, Joyce has long been involved in the lodging and franchise industries and the global business community. He was previously IFA vice chairman, and he has been a board member since 2001. He was first vice chairman of IFA Educational Foundation Executive Committee (2012-2013) and franchisor forum chairman (2003-2010). He has served on other IFA committees that provide guidance to the organization, including chairing the Long Range Planning Committee in 2009, as well as chairing the IFA 2014 Convention Committee. “Franchising is woven into the fabric of American commerce,” said Joyce, “It is a uniquely American proposition, which provides a robust path for individuals to achieve the American dream. As chairman, I will continue our strategic focus to ensure that IFA is inclusive of both franchisees and franchisors, so that together, we can continue to build this important industry for our economy.”

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