Program Chairs

As we prepare for our Franchisee Leadership Summit and Annual Meeting in October 2018, the AAFD has been fortunate to recruit distinguished talent to design and chair our program. We are proud to announce that the programming co-chairs are:


S. Haff

Jeffery S. Haff is a partner at Dady & Gardner. In his 27 years of practice, Jeff has represented franchisees, dealers and distributors throughout the United States. Jeff has been honored with numerous accolades, including:
• Being named one of the “Best Lawyers in America” in the field of Franchise Law every year since 2010.
• Being named a Minnesota “Super Lawyer” every year since 2002.
• Being named a “Legal Eagle” by Franchise Times on multiple occasions.
Over his career, Jeff has achieved millions of dollars of settlements and awards for wronged dealers, distributors and franchisees. Jeff is regularly called upon to provide the franchisee perspective in speeches at legal conventions and symposiums.
Jeff was one of 20 Presidential Honors Scholars in his graduating class at the State University of New York at Buffalo (B.A. summa cum laude 1986). Jeff graduated from the prestigious Duke University School of Law (J.D. With Honors 1989). Jeff is married with three children, and he lives in Maple Grove, Minnesota.



Leading communications and direct marketing, Jan has served technology leaders and top advertising agency clients throughout her career. Closest to Jan’s heart is her company, Ideagility, where she and a team of dedicated pros have been helping small business owners be found for the last six years. Franchise owners, associations, and independent companies choose digital agency Ideagility for superior service and quality scaled to the exacting needs of small business



Multi-unit owner of BrightStar Care and a founding member of the board of the BrightStar Independent Franchisee Association. Without a dedicated leader, franchisee associations are doomed for failure. BIFA exists today as a growing and vibrant association due to Paul’s dogged effort and dedication. With a clear understanding of the need for a democratic and relevant association, and with seeking to build leadership but stay in the background, Wichman has offered determined leadership and organization to build an effective association from the ground up.



We are currently in the process of booking great speakers for our educational sessions and keynote speaking slots. We will be posting speakers as we confirm their attendance, so check back soon to see which industry experts we have lined up for you!

If you are interested in being a speaker at the AAFD’s Annual Meeting, please contact us. Please include your speaker bio, a list of previous speaking engagements, and let us know which existing educational session you would like to cover.
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