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The AAFD Announces Four New Franchisee Chapters 

The AAFD announced today the formation of several new franchise associations as chapters of the AAFD. Each chapter will leverage the combined voices of all its members to establish an environment of collaboration between franchisees and franchisors. The four new chapters represent franchisees from:  iTrip Vacations, Amada Senior Care, Code Ninjas, and F45 Training®. 

AAFD Advances Legislative Influence In Congress

The AAFD is pleased to forward two comment letters issued this past week by AAFD Chairman, Robert Purvin and the AAFD’s Director of Public Affairs and Engagement, Keith Miller.

Our Government Protects All Consumers… Except Franchisees!

The recently reported scandal involving the BurgerIM® franchise system apparent implosion, has refocused a bright spotlight on the question, “How is a franchisor able to perpetrate a fraud within the fabric of franchising regulations in America?”
Have you ever heard the expression caveat emptor? It means “buyer beware.” For much of U.S. history, caveat emptor was the name of the game in consumer protection. Businesses, hucksters, and snake oil salesmen of all stripes could sell whatever they wanted and make any claims they wanted about their products. It was up to the buyer to make sure they got a fair deal.

The AAFD Welcomes the Independent Association of BurgerIM® Franchisees

In the wake of bombshell revelations (reported on January 20th in Restaurant Business Online, “The BurgerIM Disaster”) of hundreds of franchisees not receiving promised services and support, and serious allegations of fraud, mismanagement, and misappropriation of franchisee funds, scores of BurgerIM franchisees have launched the BurgerIM Franchisees Chapter of the AAFD. The association has quickly established a steering committee, a membership committee, and a bylaws committee. It is preparing to elect a board of directors and is rapidly increasing its membership.   

Save the date for the 2020 AAFD Franchisee Leadership Summit and Annual Conference: “Empowering Franchisee Associations”.

Last year’s AAFD Franchisee Leadership Summit and Annual Conference was a rousing success. We achieved a lot in 2019, but the fight for fair franchising is far from over! 

We need to keep the momentum going to further empower franchisees and protect the equity they work so hard to build in their franchise businesses. Join us this October in Mesa, Arizona for the AAFD’s 2020 Franchisee Leadership Summit and Annual Conference. 

AAFD Names Keith Miller as Director of Public Affairs and Engagement

The American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD) has announced the engagement of Franchisee Advocacy Consulting (FAC) to provide political consultancy services to the AAFD. Importantly, FAC’s Principal, Keith Miller, has accepted the role as the AAFD’s Director of Public Affairs and Engagement. 

Congratulations to Our Total Quality Franchising Award Nominees and Recipients

Monday night, September 16, the AAFD was proud to host its Total Quality Franchising Awards Gala at the Sheraton Mesa at Wrigleyville West in Mesa, Arizona. Our TQF Awards allow the AAFD to honor deserving leaders within our association community and the franchising industry.

Griswold Home Care Named AAFD’s 2019 “Franchisor of the Year”

Griswold Home Care, a national provider of nonmedical home care services, has been recognized as the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers’ (AAFD) 2019 Franchisor of the Year. The home care organization received this award for its continued dedication to building strong and supportive relationships with its franchisees.  

AAFD Honors Craig Tregillus with Lifetime Achievement Award and NASAA Special Project Group with Chairman’s Award

AUG, 2019: SAN DIEGO, CA—The American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD) has announced its Total Quality Franchising (TQF) Awards for 2019. Notable honorees include Craig Tregillus who will receive the AAFD Lifetime Achievement Award. The NASAA Franchise Project Group will be honored with the Chairman’s Award for Distinguished Achievement for the Franchising Community. The AAFD also announced nominees for its community awards. 

New Franchise Loan Transparency Bill Introduced in the US Senate

As our friend, Keith Miller, principle of Franchise Advocacy Consulting, likes to say, there are far more franchisees in this country than franchisors. When we join our voices together, we can be a powerful and persuasive political force. It’s time to raise your voice to support an exciting new bill that was just introduced on July 31, 2019 in the United States Senate by Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV). While the bill’s overall aims are modest, the changes—if enacted—will require franchisors to provide more transparency to prospective franchisees or face financial consequences. 

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