COVID-19: Stimulus & Small Business Update with Top Franchise Association Lobbyist

Chris Krueger, Washington policy analyst at Cowen’s Washington Research Group speaks with Matthew Haller, Senior VP, Government Relations & Public Affairs at the International Franchise Association. They discuss the implication of the CARES Act for small businesses focusing on franchises including restaurants and hotels. They also examine implementation of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans.

They are joined by Andrew Charles, Cowen’s Restaurants Analyst; Kevin Kopelman, Cowen’s Hotels & Online Travel Analyst; and Jaret Seiberg, Cowen Washington Research Group’s Financials Policy Analyst.

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Cowen Hosts:

Chris Krueger, Managing Director, Washington Research Group – Macro Trade, Fiscal & Tax Policy
Andrew Charles, CFA, Director, Consumer – Restaurants
Kevin Kopelman, CFA, Managing Director, TMT – Online Travel & Hotels
Jaret Seiberg, Managing Director, Washington Research Group – Financial Services


Matthew Haller, Senior Vice President, Government Relations and Public Affairs, International Franchise Association.

Matthew Haller is Senior Vice President, Government Relations and Public Affairs for the International Franchise Association. He develops the strategic direction for IFA communications to ensure information about franchising, including policy initiatives, the economic impact of franchising, emerging trends and best management practices, is disseminated to IFA members and external audiences such as key policy makers, reporters and other opinion leaders in the most compelling and effective manner. 

Mr. Haller received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. He resides in Washington, D.C.

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