The International Franchise Association presented Marc Steiner, FranNet franchisee from Hampton Roads, with the third annual Franchise Action Network of the Year Award during IFA’s annual convention in Las Vegas. The FAN award is given to an individual who works to protect, promote and enhance the franchise industry. In August, Steiner helped IFA bring the new @OurFranchise campaign to Hampton Roads which seeks to tell the story of local franchise owners, their brands, employees and the positive impact the franchise business model has on our economy and communities. He orchestrated a local franchise roundtable with nearly 50 attendees, as well as meetings with Old Dominion University and the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce to start a conversation about transitioning military veterans into small business entrepreneurship through franchising. Learn more at franchiseactionnetwork.com
Mr. Steiner is the State Action Captain for the industry’s Franchise Action Network providing advocacy for important legislative issues impacting small business owners. On a national level, he serves on the Veterans Franchise (VetFran) committee and was recently elected to the Franchisee Forum which provides an opportunity to address relationships between franchise companies and franchisees across the industry. Locally, he has helped more than 15 individuals to become business owners in franchise systems with his franchise consulting franchise, FranNet of Southeastern Virginia.