General Session Speaker

David Barr

2019 IFA Chair, Managing Director & Partner, Franworth, and Chairman, PMTD Restaurants
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David Barr, Chairman of PMTD Restaurants and its affiliates, a multi-unit franchise business operating 23 KFC and Taco Bell restaurants, is Chair of the International Franchise Association. David Barr brings solid expertise in all areas of franchising to this important leadership position. In addition to his role at PMTD Restaurants, David is involved in other franchising ventures including, Managing Director of Franworth, an outsourced franchise development solution for growing franchisors; chairman of Spice & Tea Exchange, franchisor of retail spice and tea shops; board member of BrightStar Care, franchisor of home health care agencies; and board member at the Bistro Group, the second largest franchisee of TGIFridays. David also serves on the board of several non-franchise entities, including Del Frisco Restaurant Group, Retail Credit Solutions and Eastern Accents Designs. Barr previously served on the boards of Mrs. Fields, TCBY, Real Mex Restaurants (dba Chevy’s and El Torito), Don Pablo’s Mexican Restaurants, JB Weld and The Jewellery Group, the third largest retail jeweler in Australia. From 2000 to 2007, he was the chairman of Samuels Jewelers, the seventh largest specialty jewelry company in the United States. From 1994 to 1998, he was the CEO of Great American Cookies. David was elected to the IFA Board of Directors in 2011. He serves on the IFA Finance Committee and the IFA Franchisee Forum. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and serves on the Advisory Board at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce.