Franchise Wire:

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. CEO Catherine Monson was honored by the International Franchise Association (IFA) as the Bonny LeVine Award recipient during its 49th annual convention in San Diego. Additionally, Monson was one of six new members named to the IFA’s Board of Directors.

The Bonny LeVine Award is bestowed upon a female franchisor or franchisee who has demonstrated ability in franchising through contribution to the growth of the business; contributions to her community through board positions, volunteer work and activities that promote the professional advancement of women; and her contributions as a mentor to women in franchising. The award was created in 1994 in memory of IFA member and Postal Instant Press co-founder Bonny LeVine, recognizing her outstanding accomplishments in franchising and serving as a role model for women in the franchising community.

Founded nearly 50 years ago, IFA is the oldest and largest organization that works to protect, enhance and promote franchising. Its membership includes more 1,250 franchise systems, 11,000-plus franchisees and more than 500 firms that supply goods and services to the industry. Monson says she feels so honored to receive the Bonny LeVine award and have her name follow so many other prestigious female franchisees. “It is truly an honor to be recognized for my work in the franchise community. I enjoy what I do and hope that I have inspired and will continue to inspire women in business to believe that they can achieve anything they desire.”