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FCA CEO Syndicate Groups for Chief Executives and Managing Directors of Australian Franchisor companies

In 2015, the FCA is launching a peer support network for CEOs, MDs and GMs of Australian franchisor companies. The network will be known as the FCA Chief Executive Syndicate. The first group is starting in Sydney in June 2015. Other groups will follow in the other capital cities

This will be the only CEO group in Australia which specialises in the world of franchising.  It will be run under the auspices of the FCA, the peak body which represents more than 440 of the major franchisors and their franchisees in this country. Membership will be by invitation only.

About the FCA Chief Executive Syndicate

In 2014, the Franchise Council of Australia (FCA) undertook some major studies with its members. One of the identified needs was to provide an opportunity for CEOs and MDs of larger companies to meet on a regular basis without other influences being present. Whilst suppliers, consultants, and professional service firms provide highly valued services, there are times when Franchisors just want to talk with other Franchisors. That is the need the new FCA Chief Executive Syndicate  will meet.

Our goal is to provide an opportunity for CEOs and MDs of larger franchising companies to meet regularly in a confidential environment to discuss issues relevant to their businesses. You will be able to learn from visiting speakers and from each other. Each syndicate group will be chaired by a person with wide business experience, including specific experience running a major franchised business.

Chairman of the first Sydney group will be Chris Levy, the founding President of the FCA and current FCA Hall of Fame member. Chris was the CEO of Pizza Hut Australia for seven years, and was also CEO of Sizzler Restaurants Australia for two years. More recently, he has been involved as a business mentor and coach with several major franchised chains, including Kwik Kopy, 7-Eleven, The Outdoor Furniture Specialists and others.

What the Chief Executive Syndicate Offers

Peer to peer exclusivity: Membership of each Syndicate is by invitation and will be restricted to 15 CEOs and MDs of franchise companies with annual franchisor turnover greater than $10 million, operating 40 outlets or more. Members must be the principal decision maker in their company.

No conflicts: Each syndicate will only take one franchisor from each business category: no competitors can be in the same group. New applicants will be carefully vetted to avoid any conflicts of interest.

Convenient and regular contact: Meetings will be held for a half-day, once per month.  Each member will also have four one-on-one meetings each year with the Chair to identify the key issues the member may wish to discuss with his or her group.

Expert guests: Speakers will be selected to inform and educate members, not promote goods or services. The plan is to present about four speakers each year.

Members will observe industry best practice: Each company will be a current financial member of the FCA, and must remain so in order to stay a member of the Chief Executive Syndicate.

From time to time the FCA may call on a syndicate group for their opinion about relevant issues of the day. The Chairman of the FCA, and the General Manager, will also visit with groups from time to time, and will be pleased to discuss current matters and provide feedback on what the FCA is doing.

In this way, CEOs of major franchising companies will be able to keep closely in touch with each other and also with the national peak body for franchising.

How to join the FCA Chief Executive Syndicate

From time to time we will hold an information event such as an early morning or lunchtime meeting to which potential members will be invited. At that event, details of the group will be presented, questions will be answered, and guests may then decide whether they would like to apply for membership.

Because all delegates will be current members of the FCA, there will be no joining fee. The quarterly membership fee will be $1500.00+GST, payable in advance by EFT or direct debit.

Invitations will be sent to suitable FCA members shortly, and we look forward to holding the first recruiting events in May 2015.

RSVP

CEO Syndicate invitees can RSVP by calling the Franchise Council of Australia on 1300  669 030.

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