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Letter from the ChairAAFD2023-12-11T11:40:01-08:00

CPR by Assurant Contracts: What the Franchise World Can Learn

Leveraging the success of an established brand can be a great way to start a business. But before committing to a franchise agreement, it is important to carefully consider the fine print of the contract, especially in light of the ongoing litigation against one of the country’s “top” franchises, Cell Phone Repair by Assurant.   Franchise agreements are legal documents that lay out the terms and conditions governing the relationship between the franchisee and franchisor. Understanding the clauses within the contract is essential to protect your investment and ensure a successful partnership.   When evaluating a franchise agreement, potential business owners will review many industry-standard clauses such as franchise fees, training and support documents, termination consequences and more. These contracts could also feature other clauses and conditions that potential franchisees must understand fully before signing a contract. Some, if not considered, can result in negative outcomes.  Territorial Rights  A territory clause outlines the geographic area in which the franchisee has the right to ...

May 23rd, 2024|FranPINIONS|

AAFD Celebrates Total Quality Franchising Award Recipients for 2024

Theresa Leets, Samuel A.A. Levine, CK Patel, and Howard Bundy Recognized For their Contributions to Franchising     May 2024, ENFIELD, CT - The American Association of Franchisees and Dealers hosted their Annual Franchisee Leadership Summit in St. Louis, MO on May 5-8, 2024.   Each year, the Total Quality Franchising (TQF) Awards represent AAFD’s opportunity to publicly recognize individuals, suppliers, and AAFD chapters that have made significant advances in supporting and promoting collaborative franchise cultures and fair and balanced franchise relationships, the AAFD’s vision for Total Quality Franchising.  In 2024, the AAFD is pleased to recognize the following award recipients:   Lifetime Achievement Award – Chandrakant I. “CK” Patel    Robert L. Purvin Jr. Legacy Award – Howard Bundy  AAFD Chairman’s Award – Theresa Leets & Samuel A.A. Levine  Franchisee Member of the Year Award – Tom Conti, Griswold Homecare®  AAFD Chapter of the Year Award – Line-X USA   Rookie Chapter of the Year Award – The Cleaning Authority & Music Go Round   Supporting Member of the Year Award – Leon Hirzel, Hirzel ...

May 22nd, 2024|News|

2024 Robert L. Purvin Jr. Legacy Award to Howard Bundy

Recipient Honored at AAFD Total Quality Franchising® Awards Banquet   May 2024, ENFIELD, CT – The American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD), a national trade association advocating for franchisees and independent dealers, recently announced the recipient of the Robert L. Purvin Legacy Award recipient for 2024. Attorney Howard Bundy was presented with the Robert L. Purvin Jr. Legacy Award at the AAFD’s Total Quality Franchising Awards banquet on Tuesday May 7 during the AAFD’s Annual Franchisee Leadership Summit, May 5-8, at the Marriott St Louis Grand, in St. Louis, Missouri.   In 2018, the AAFD leadership created the Robert L. Purvin Jr. Legacy Award in the name of the AAFD founder to recognize individuals whose contributions to fair franchising have left a legacy of service and support deserving of the recognition and appreciation of the entire franchising community.  Howard Bundy has dedicated his legal career to franchising. He consults with prospective franchisees, advising them on making good business decisions before entering a franchise ...

May 20th, 2024|News, Press Releases|

Theresa Leets & Sam Levine Received the AAFD Chairman’s Award at 2024 Total Quality Franchising Awards Banquet

May 2024, ENFIELD, CT -- The American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD) honored Theresa Leets, Assistant Legal Counsel, Legal Division, for the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) and Samuel A.A. Levine, Director, Bureau of Consumer Protection, with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), with the Total Quality Franchising Chairman’s Award for Distinguished Service to the Franchising Community. These awards were presented at the Total Quality Franchising Awards banquet on Tuesday, May 7 in St. Louis, MO. The AAFD Chairman’s Award is determined, recommended, and presented by the AAFD’s Awards Committee and at the discretion of the AAFD’s current chairman and recognizes individuals whom the chairman “feels have admirably upheld the values of Total Quality Franchising throughout the previous year.” Theresa Leets oversees the regulatory efforts on franchising, enforcing California’s franchise disclosure law, the California Franchise Investment Law. In addition, she is the Chair of the North American Securities Administrators Association’s (NASAA) Franchise and Business Opportunities Project Group, which works ...

May 20th, 2024|News, Press Releases|

A Message from AAFD Trustees

We are looking forward to your participation at the 2024 AAFD Franchisee Leadership Summit. In a national climate in which the very concept of collaboration seems to be vanishing from our culture, the AAFD’s vision for Total Quality Franchising® has never been more necessary. And our opportunity for success has never seemed brighter! When the AAFD was formed in 1992, there were only a handful of franchisee associations, and “collaboration” was an unknown term. Over the past 32 years, the AAFD has promulgated its Fair Franchising Standards; formed scores of associations; fostered positive working relationships between franchisors and franchisees; and granted the prestigious Franchisor of the Year Award to several forward-thinking franchisors. As our theme suggests, we come together in 2024 with a sense that the winds of change and reform are in our favor. Over the next three days AAFD members and delegates will perceive that our government is listening, that the major reforms regarding franchisee rights are, for the first ...

May 1st, 2024|Leadership Summit|

C.K. Patel to be honored with the AAFD’s 2024 Lifetime Achievement Award

AAFD has announced Chandrakant I. "CK" Patel, past Chair of the Asian American Hotels Owners Association (AAHOA) is this year’s recipient of the AAFD’s Total Quality Franchising Award for Lifetime Achievement. Patel will receive the AAFD’s highest individual recognition in acknowledgement for a lifetime of embracing collaborative relationships in franchising. Patel will be honored at the AAFD’s Total Quality Franchising Awards banquet on Tuesday May 7 during the AAFD’s Annual Franchisee Leadership Summit, May 5-8, at the Marriott St Louis Grand, in St. Louis, Missouri. “For the past 25 years or more, CK has been at the forefront of efforts to advance fair franchising in the hospitality industry,” said Robert Purvin, Chairman of the AAFD. “We are proud to recognize and honor his many years of service representing the rights of franchisees. Over the years, the AAFD has benefited greatly from Ck’s support and guidance.” Patel has owned and operated hotels in the Atlanta, Georgia area for more than 35 years. In ...

April 10th, 2024|Leadership Summit, News|
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