IFA Names Haynes and Boone Attorney to First Class of Distinguished Service Award Recipients

March 29, 2005

HOLLYWOOD, FL – The International Franchise Association announced today that Carl Zwisler, a Washington, D.C.-based partner at Haynes and Boone, LLP, will be an inaugural recipient of the group’s Distinguished Service Award.

The award, to be given annually, honors association members who have made outstanding contributions to IFA as well as to the international franchising community in the following categories: Franchisor, Franchisee and Supplier.

Zwisler was one of three nominees in the supplier category.  Nominations were solicited by IFA’s general membership and IFA’s Executive Committee selected three finalists from the list.  Joyce Mazero, a Dallas-based attorney for Haynes and Boone attorney, was also named a finalist in the supplier.   IFA’s Board of Directors confirmed Zwisler’s award during its 45th Annual Franchise Convention in Hollywood, FL this week.

The award will be formally presented September 12th and 13th during IFA’s Franchise Appreciation Day celebration in Washington, D.C.

Haynes and Boone, LLP is an international law firm with nine offices throughout Texas, Washington, D.C., Mexico City and New York, providing a full spectrum of legal services to clients around the world. With more than 450 attorneys, Haynes and Boone is ranked among the largest law firms in the nation by National Law Journal.  The firm has been recognized as one of the "20 Best Law Firms to Work For" (Vault.com, 2004), one of the “Best Corporate Law Firms in America” (Corporate Board Member Magazine, 2001-2004) and recipient of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s 2002 Thomas L. Sager Award for commitment to diversity (www.haynesboone.com).

The International Franchise Association, founded in 1960, is a membership organization of franchisors, franchisees and suppliers.  The goal of the organization is to enhance and promote franchising (www.franchise.org).

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