CFE Designation for Senior Consultant – February 2013

iFranchise Group Senior Consultant Jeff Abbott Earns
Certified Franchise Executive Designation

February 2013: Homewood, Illinois — iFranchise Group Senior Consultant Jeff Abbott was recognized in February 2013 as a Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) by the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives.  Abbott completed a comprehensive course of study in franchise management offered by the institute, which is the academic branch of the International Franchise Association’s Educational Foundation.

More than 300 IFA-member companies currently have one or more executives enrolled in the program, which provides enrollees and graduates benefits such as specialized knowledge, industry recognition, peer-level networking, and professional standing.

Abbott joins seven other consultants with iFranchise Group and its affiliate who have received the CFE designation. Candidates are required to complete a rigorous course of study to earn the CFE designation. The program enhances franchise professionals’ understanding of the franchise industry’s fundamental and complex aspects.

At iFranchise Group, a Chicago-based franchise consulting firm, Abbott’s specialty is in strategic planning and international business expansion. During his multi-decade consulting career, Abbott has worked with clients in the retail, automotive, foodservice, manufacturing, investing, marketing, publishing, package delivery, and financial industries.  He has consulted with a variety of business to consumer concepts in the U.S. and international markets.  Most recently, Abbott served as Acting President during the startup phase of a new franchise division of a top automotive company in the Middle East.

iFranchise Group CEO, Mark Siebert congratulates Abbott, saying, “We applaud Jeff for achieving the CFE designation. This recognition further validates the role he plays as an important part of our already outstanding group of franchise consultants.”

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About iFranchise Group:  iFranchise Group is a leading franchise consulting firm that offers the skills of the nation’s top professionals in franchise strategic planning, operations training and operations manual development, franchise marketing and sales, and franchise recruitment for emerging and established franchise companies worldwide.

About the International Franchise Association:  The International Franchise Association is the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide; it recently hosted the presentation of the latest group of CFE recipients during its annual convention this week in Las Vegas. Nearly 1,500 franchise executives are now enrolled or have received certification.