For the past five years I've had the privilege of being the President of the Capital Area Franchise Association (CAFA).

For CAFA's January 2015 lunch & learn program schedule we were honored to hear from Robert Cresanti, then Executive Vice President of Government Relations & Public Policy of the International Franchise Association (IFA).

Robert had a full house and shared his perspective on the state of franchising. He spoke candidly about what the IFA was forecasting for 2015, the priorities for the year: credit access, taxes, health care, veterans in franchising and the continued importance and impact of franchising in our economy.

Now, I am pleased to announce that Robert Cresanti, as the new IFA President & CEO, will be back to CAFA to launch our 2016 lunch & learn program schedule on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at The Tower Club in Tysons Corners, VA.

Start the year by hearing from someone who clearly understands the issues and opportunities for franchising in 2016.

At this year's event we will have an "Actor's Studio" style exchange between Robert and Warren Lee Lewis of Akerman LLP with ample opportunity for audience participation and questions.

For over 20 years, CAFA, 6 times a year on the 3rd Tuesday of alternating months, brought together some of the best, brightest and most innovative franchisors, franchisees and franchising professionals in the Mid-Atlantic region to share their franchising knowledge and insights.

CAFA is member organization dedicated to the best in franchising and franchise education that encourages guest attendance at all meetings.