Les Wharton Appointed to International Franchise Association Committee (IFA)

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Coverall’s Chief Legal Officer will chair IFA’s legal committee

Les Wharton has been volunteering his time to our organization for years and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge that is greatly valued by the Committee and our franchisees.

Les Wharton, Chief Legal Officer of Coverall North America, one of the leading franchisors of commercial cleaning businesses, has been selected to serve as Chair of the Legal Committee of the International Franchise Association (IFA), the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide.

“IFA plays a vital role in supporting 733,000 franchise establishments around the U.S.,” said Wharton. “Franchises play a vital role in communities, creating millions of jobs and helping entrepreneurs make their business dreams a reality. I’m honored to be a part of such a valuable organization.”

The goal of the Legal Committee is to advise IFA with respect to identification, prioritization and position on legal, legislative and regulatory issues affecting franchising. The Committee provides a forum for maintaining a high level of awareness of these issues among the Association’s membership. In addition, the Committee provides a means by which the maximum resources available can be brought to bear on these legal, legislative, and issues identified as a priority for the Association.

“The success of the IFA depends on committed and dedicated leaders who are willing to volunteer their time to guide and educate other members and IFA staff on issues and topics impacting the franchise industry,” said IFA President & CEO Robert Cresanti. “Les Wharton has been volunteering his time to our organization for years and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge that is greatly valued by the Committee and our franchisees.”

Wharton serves as the Chief Legal Officer for Coverall North America. He joined the company in March 2012 and has been a franchise attorney for more than 30 years. Wharton is a frequent speaker on franchise related topics, and is a published author in the area as well. He has served in leadership positions in various franchise groups, including the Corporate Counsel Committee of the ABA Forum on Franchising, the State Bar of Georgia’s Franchise Law Section and the Southeast Franchise Forum. He attended the University of Georgia School of Law.

About Coverall North America, Inc.
Since its inception in 1985, Coverall North America, Inc. has grown into a leading franchised brand, licensing thousands of entrepreneurs to operate independent commercial cleaning businesses using the Coverall® brand and system. February 26, 2015, marked the company’s 30th year in business, a milestone anniversary celebrated across the entire Coverall Franchise System. In 2008, Coverall launched its proprietary Health-Based Cleaning System® Program and in 2014, introduced the Coverall Core 4® Process, demonstrating its dedication to continuous innovation and leadership on behalf of its franchisees. Coverall’s unique system combines advanced cleaning technologies and tools, hospital-grade disinfectants, professional training programs, business support services, and a passion for healthy cleaning. System-wide, more than 8,000 Franchised Businesses provide Coverall® Program services across 90 markets to over 40,000 customers. For more information, visit http://www.coverall.com.

About IFA (http://www.franchise.org)
Celebrating 57 years of excellence, education and advocacy, the International Franchise Association is the world's oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. IFA works through its government relations and public policy, media relations and educational programs to protect, enhance and promote franchising and nearly 733,000 franchise establishments that support nearly 7.6 million direct jobs, $674.3 billion of economic output for the U.S. economy and 2.5 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). IFA members include franchise companies in over 300 different business format categories, individual franchisees and companies that support the industry in marketing, law, technology and business development.

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