It is with pleasure that we announce the new co-chairs of the Franchisee Leadership Council, Stephen Rymal and Richard Stroiney. Stephen Rymal has been a Franchisee of Griswold Home Care (GHC) since 1997. He is a Past President and Past Secretary of the Griswold Home Care Franchisee Association (GHCFA) and was one of the founding members of its Board of Directors. He is also a Trustee of the GHCFA Legal Fund Trust. Richard Stroiney is the Executive Director & Franchise Owner of BNI Western New England since 2014. He is currently the Vice President of the Independent Association of BNI Franchisees (IABF). 

Stephen and Rich have been active members of the AAFD for many years, not only supporting their individual chapter associations, but also supporting the overall mission of the AAFD. As co-chairs of the Franchisee Leadership Council, Stephen and Rich will continue to represent and promote the needs and interests of franchisees with a unified voice in pursuit of total quality franchising.  

We hope you will join us in congratulating them on their recent appointment!  We look forward to Stephen & Rich’s leadership and interests in engaging with all our Chapter delegates.   

Mark Your Calendars:  The next quarterly meeting is scheduled for July 31st at noon est and you will hear from Stephen & Rich directly as to their vision on how we can continue moving the political and actionable agenda of the AAFD forward 

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Get connected & get involved! If you are looking for a unique way to build your network and grow your leadership skills and want to help shape the future for Fair Franchising, consider throwing your hat in the ring to become a delegate to the AAFD Franchisee Leadership Council for your chapter. Reach out to Amy Mancuso at for details on how you too get involved!