One of our leadership practices at Sylvan is to hold monthly "Town Hall" format calls and bi-monthly in-market Town Hall meetings with our Franchisees in cities throughout North America. I usually take the opportunity to visit local Franchisees after the in-person meeting. I had the pleasure of meeting with our outstanding group of Franchisees in Houston and Dallas, and visiting centers, including one of our newest Dallas area Franchisees, Kim Beck.
Each year the International Franchise Association (IFA) produces a conference with educational sessions for franchise executives. The Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) track attracts corporate and franchisee participants, which is a great venue for sharing and networking. Thanks to active IFA Sylvan Franchisee Barry Miller, I've had the honor of presenting and facilitating educational sessions in past years, where I've met outstanding leaders. This year I treated myself to two CFE sessions as a full participant, and they were terrific.
I've met with quite a few Center Directors over the past few weeks and got to hear what they're excited about for the summer.
I recently had the pleasure of attending a retirement celebration in the Midwest for one of our first-generation Sylvan Learning Franchisees, Ellen Jacobsen.