The Power List 2017: Robert Cresanti

January 24, 2017

International Franchise Association president and CEO Robert Cresanti released a statement on Nov. 9, the day after Election Day, stating that after this year’s “historic election … the real work begins.”

It’s hard to imagine what “real work” really looks like, if Cresanti’s first 16 months as the head of a trade association representing 800,000 franchise businesses doesn’t qualify.

Just before his September 2015 appointment to the top role at the IFA, the National Labor Relations Board broadened its definition of what constitutes a joint-employer. The decision threatened to redefine the very nature of the franchisor-franchisee relationship. In the past