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Tad Nikolich

Tad Nikolich is SVP of Business Sales at Voxox, an innovator in VoIP and unified cloud communication solutions. A proven salesperson, Tad has successfully built and led several top-performing sales teams. Tad understands and enjoys the technology nuances that underpin this rapidly evolving telecommunication...

M. Blen Gee, Jr.

M. Blen. Gee, Jr. regularly represents franchisees and prospective franchisees. Mr. Gee does not represent franchisors. Mr. Gee’s areas of concentration include business litigation, mediation and arbitration; purchase or sale of businesses; and business, corporate and trade association law. Mr. Gee and his firm also have a very active automobile dealer practice. Mr. Gee is an honors graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law and holds an AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest peer review rating. Mr. Gee is a member of the AAFD Franchisee LegaLineSM. [divider...

Peter Hanson

Peter Hanson is the founder and CEO of Futuredge LLC, offering franchisee association management services and a past multi-unit Huntington Learning Center franchisee.  Peter has served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the AAFD and is past president of the Association of Remedial Educators (the Huntington Franchisee Association). To contact Peter click...

Jessica Bennett

Jessica Bennett is the editor of the AAFD Franchisee Voice Blog.  Jessica Bennett is a professional copywriter and copyeditor. Through her company, Endeavor Writing, she provides a wide range of writing and editing services to small and medium-sized businesses. Utilizing her professional marketing, journalism and public relations background, Jessica writes engaging blog posts, articles, newsletters, press releases and more for a variety of clients, including the AAFD. She lives and works in San Diego, California with her office mate, Avalon, a very spoiled pet rabbit. [divider top="0"]...

Steven Chapkin

Steven is a 30-year veteran of the health insurance industry, 21 years of which he spent in senior sales and executive management positions at Cigna, Lincoln National Life, HIP Health Plan of Florida and others in the managed health care sector. He held the position of National Director of Business Development at MDVIP, a concierge medical management company and was part of that organization from its infancy through its purchase by Procter & Gamble in 2008. Steven broadened MDVIP’s reach by repositioning the program as an employee benefit and successfully implementing it as an executive benefit program at Disney, Frito Lay and Marriott, among others. Prior to that Steven was a founding member of Lumenos, one of the pioneers in the field of consumer-driven health care. As a senior member of the sales team, Steven participated in a variety of strategic initiatives, including product development, tactical marketing, and program management. At Lumenos, Steven introduced CDHC to a number of Fortune 500 and 1000 organizations, turning its prevention-focused philosophy of consumer empowerment into tangible revenue and, in the process, contributing to its growth from 1,500 members in 2000 to 110,000 members in 2005. In that same year, Lumenos was purchased by Wellpoint, the nation’s largest Blue Cross licensee. Steven also served as Senior Vice President for Sales & Marketing at HIP Health Plan of Florida. Under his direction, HIP Health Plan membership increased from 95,000 in 1996 to 215,000 in 1998, generating $600 million in annualized revenue. Some of Steven’s industry-related activities have included holding elected positions on the boards of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) and the Broward Economic Development Council. He has published numerous articles on managed health care in periodicals such as Best Review and Health Insurance Underwriter. In 2008, Steven started Health Analytics, Inc., an independent health benefit consultancy with a strategic market focus on the franchise industry. Clients included the American Association of Franchisees & Dealers, Straw Hat Pizza Owners Cooperative and the Meineke Dealers Association. Steven holds a degree in business from the University of Miami and resides in Boca Raton, Florida. [divider top="0"] MORE POSTS FROM AUTHOR [latestbyauthor author="StevenChapkin"...

Stanley M. Dub

Stanley M. Dub Co. LPA is a law firm located in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Dub has more than 30 years of experience representing clients involved in franchising. Typical franchise assignments involve (i) preparation of franchise disclosure documents for new franchisors, (ii) review of documents for buyers of franchises, and (iii) representation of both franchisors and franchisees in a variety of litigation. Mr. Dub has written widely on Ohio’s franchise laws. [divider top="0"] MORE POSTS FROM AUTHOR [latestbyauthor author="stan.dub@GMAIL.COM"...

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