September 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // Washington, D.C. - FirstLight HomeCare owners Judy DeVincentis and Jason McGee were honored today by the International Franchise Association with its annual Franchisee of the Year Award.
Franchise owner-operators representing 53 franchise systems were recognized today during the IFA’s 15th Annual Public Affairs Conference for their outstanding performance and the contributions they have made to enhance the growth and development of franchising.
DeVincentis owns FirstlLight HomeCare of The Western Slope (Colorado), and McGee owns FirstLight HomeCare of Dothan (Alabama).
FirstLight HomeCare, provider of quality, affordable, non-medical in-home care for adults, offers complete companion and personal care services for seniors, new mothers, those recovering from surgery and others in need of assistance. Services include bathing and hygiene, walking and mobility assistance, continence and toileting assistance and live-in services.
The strength of the U.S. economy significantly relies on the hard work of franchisees,” said IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira, CFE. “IFA is proud to recognize the outstanding efforts of Judy and Jason with the Franchisee of the Year Award and thank them, for their work in the promotion of franchising as well as for their daily contributions that not only showcase how local business owners propel the economy, but also foster community ties throughout the U.S.”
The Franchisee of the Year Award is a major component of the IFA’s Public Affairs Conference, which brings more than 300 franchise business leaders together in Washington, D.C. to carry the key messages of franchising to lawmakers on Capitol Hill. During the two-day event, which began Sept. 15 and continues through Sept. 17, franchise industry leaders will meet with over 200 congressional offices about issues important to the future of franchising.
During their visits to Washington, IFA members are highlighting the economic impact of franchising. There are currently more than 770,000 franchise businesses that operate in more than 100 different business categories such as restaurants, hotels, business services, retail stores, real estate agencies and automotive centers. Franchise businesses employ more than 8 million workers and contribute more than $494 billion to the U.S. Gross Domestic Product, or 3.1 percent of total private sector GDP.
FirstLight HomeCare creates a new standard in non-medical, in-home care for seniors, new mothers, adults with disabilities and those recovering from illness, injury or surgery. FirstLight HomeCare’s leadership team offers more than 90 years of collective senior care experience and innovation to establish an emerging market leader in a fast-growing industry.
The International Franchise Association is the world's oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. Celebrating 50 years of excellence, education and advocacy, IFA protects, enhances and promotes franchising through government relations, public relations and educational programs.
SOURCE FirstLight HomeCare