The opportunities for international expansion and the obstacles of an uncertain U.S. economy were dueling themes of the 53rd annual International Franchising Association convention in Las Vegas this week. The five-day event drew more than 3,600 members of the franchising community to the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, where they heard keynote speakers including former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; Andy Puzder, chief executive of CKE Restaurants Inc.; and Rick Silva, chief ...

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