Stephen J. Caldeira
President and CEO of the International Franchise Association
Stephen J. Caldeira is President and CEO of the International Franchise Association, the world's oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide.
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., IFA works to protect, enhance and promote the U.S. franchise industry, which consists of 900,000 U.S. franchise businesses that create 21 million jobs and $2.3 trillion of economic activity annually. IFA members include companies operating across 90 different business format categories, including foodservice, hospitality, lodging, real estate, automotive and business and consumer services, individual franchisees and companies that support the industry in law, marketing and business development.
As President and CEO, Mr. Caldeira works with the IFA board to set the direction for the organization's strategic priorities: government relations, including the associations' political action committee, public relations and educational and professional development programs and initiatives. He represents the association and acts as its spokesperson and liaison to government, news media, members, prospective members, business and professional organizations, educational institutions and the general public, both domestically and internationally. He is responsible for the management of a staff of 35 professionals and the association's $12 million budget.
Mr. Caldeira has over 30 years of government relations, political, communications and professional development experience. Before joining IFA in June 2010, Mr. Caldeira headed a business and communications consultancy, and previously served as the Executive Vice President of Global Communications & Chief Public Affairs Officer for Dunkin' Brands, Inc., the $7 billion parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins based in Canton, Massachusetts. In that capacity, Mr. Caldeira oversaw worldwide communications for all internal and external audiences including employees, franchisees and media, as well as government affairs, corporate social responsibility, multicultural initiatives, community relations, industry relations and customer relations.
His corporate experience includes serving as Vice President of Industry Relations for PepsiCo, Inc., where he was responsible for developing and sustaining PepsiCo's presence and visibility for the $39 billion parent corporation of Pepsi-Cola, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay and Quaker Foods. While at PepsiCo, Mr. Caldeira helped co-found The Elliot Leadership Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to the development and advancement of executives in the $566 billion foodservice industry, where he subsequently served as president & CEO.
Mr. Caldeira has also served as a managing director in the U.S. Public Affairs Practice for Burson-Marsteller in New York City where he developed and implemented communications and public policy strategies for several Fortune 100 Companies and non-profit associations.
His trade association experience includes serving as President and Chief operating officer of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation in Chicago, Illinois where he oversaw programs to develop, promote and provide educational and training solutions for the foodservice industry. Prior to the foundation, Mr. Caldeira served as Senior Vice President of Communications & Marketing for the National Restaurant Association in Washington, DC.
Mr. Caldeira's political and government affairs experience includes serving as political director to Ronald S. Lauder (R-NY), former Ambassador to Austria, Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and NATO Policy, and Chairman of Estee Lauder International, in his bid for Mayor of New York City in 1989. Earlier positions included senior manager of Political Affairs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (Northeast Region) and Political Director for former U.S. Senator Alfonse D'Amato's (R-NY) successful 1986 re-election campaign. Mr. Caldeira also served as a Legislative Assistant to former Congressman Greg Carman (R-NY).
He has extensive fundraising experience, most recently chairing the seventh consecutive year of the The Emeril Lagasse Golf Classic, which raised more than $2.9 million for student scholarships at Johnson & Wales University. For the fourth consecutive year, Mr. Caldeira will serve as the 2010 Tournament Chairman for The Richard E. Marriott Save American Free Enterprise (SAFE) Invitational that has raised $1.2 million to benefit the hospitality and business community's legislative and regulatory efforts in Washington, DC.
Mr. Caldeira has served on numerous boards and advisory councils including the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA), the Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA), and the Women's Foodservice Forum (WFF). He continues to serve on the 2010 Restaurant Leadership Conference Advisory Council, the Society of Fellows at the Culinary Institute of America and the National Committee of Advisors for the Leon & Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy at California State University-- Monterey Bay.
He earned a BA in political science from Providence College and in 2007 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration & Foodservice Management from Johnson & Wales University. Mr. Caldeira lives in Potomac, Maryland with his wife Jane and two young children, Madeleine and Alexander.