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The AAFD Welcomes Two New Franchisee Chapters

Posted on Date: Nov 30, 2017


Franchisees from Engineering For Kids® and Which Wich® Are Forming New Franchisee Associations as AAFD Chapters.

SAN DIEGO, NOVEMBER, 2017 – The American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD) announced the formation of two new franchise associations as chapters of the AAFD. Both chapters will leverage the combined voices of all its members to establish an environment of collaboration between franchisees and franchisors. The two new chapters are the Engineering for Kids Franchisee Association (EFKFA) and the Independent Which Wich Franchisee Association (IWWFA).

The EFKFA invested significant time and energy into its recruitment efforts and has been rewarded with a membership of over 46% of all North American Engineering For Kids franchisees. Currently, the organization is in the midst of developing their association’s objectives and looks forward to holding elections in the coming months. The organization was formed, in part to request better scales of economy from its franchisor, as well as additional curriculum support, owner support, and more leadership opportunities.

The IWWFA is still in the early stages of its formation, but has already launched its recruitment effort. As membership continues to grow, the association is also focused on pursuing its mission to use a collective, unified voice to “strengthen, promote, and protect the value and profitability of the Which Wich franchise.”

“We are excited to welcome both EFKFA and IWWFA under the AAFD’s tent of Total Quality Franchising,” said Robert Purvin, Chairman of the AAFD. “With the help of the AAFD, I believe these chapters will be able to create real and meaningful change within their franchise system to establish a more collaborative and fair culture.”

Engineering For Kids promotes STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning in children ages 4 to 14 through the use of classes, camps, clubs, field trips, workshops, and parties. It currently includes 181 franchise locations.

Which Wich serves up custom-crafted sub sandwiches to hungry customers across the U.S. and in international destinations.

Along with the EFKFA and IWWFA, the AAFD is actively working with several other potential associations as they move toward activation and recruitment. It hopes to be able to announce new chapters-in-progress soon.

The AAFD acts as a catalyst in the franchisee chapter formation process by providing coaching, offering a vehicle for organization, helping franchisees build a leadership structure, and providing tools to support an effective franchisee association. The AAFD further helps chapters build effective leadership, define goals and objectives, build a compelling membership purpose, and open a constructive dialogue with their franchisor management team.

The AAFD is the oldest, largest, and most respected direct member franchisee trade association in the United States.  The nonprofit organization has formed exclusive chapters for over 80 franchise systems and seeks to foster its vision of Total Quality Franchising—a collaborative franchise culture that respects the legitimate business interests of franchisors and franchisees.