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The AAFD Announces Five New Franchisee Chapters

Posted on Date: May 1, 2015

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ARCpoint Labs, Coastal Angler Magazine, SERVPRO®, Wireless Zone®, and Zippy Shell® Franchisees Forming New Franchisee Associations Through the AAFD

SAN DIEGO, MAY 2015 – The American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (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 five new chapters represent franchisees from: ARCpoint Labs, Coastal Angler and The Angler Magazines, SERVPRO®, Wireless Zone®, and Zippy Shell®.

Each new chapter has formed a steering committee and is actively defining its goals and recruiting members. Once each chapter reaches its recruitment goal, it will become an “active” chapter within the AAFD.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome all five of these chapters under the AAFD’s tent of Total Quality Franchising,” said Robert Purvin, Chairman of the AAFD. “Many of these organizations are household names and represent hundreds of franchises across the country and the world. As these chapters grow, their voices will reverberate. 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.”

ARCpoint Labs is a national leader in providing drug testing and clinical lab testing for screening and employment purposes. It is a fast growing franchisor that covers 21 states. ARCpoint franchisees have developed the ARCpoint Owner’s Alliance and are actively recruiting members. Coastal Angler Magazine offers franchisees the ability to publish their own local issue of Coastal Angler Magazine and The Angler. The organization was founded in 1996 and operates approximately 60 units. SERVPRO is a huge franchisor, supporting over 1,650 units across the country. Its franchisees provide home and business restoration after floods, fires, and other natural disasters. Wireless Zone in partnership with Verizon Wireless sells cell phones and other technology products and operates approximately 400 franchise units. Zippy Shell is a moving and storage solution and provides customers with shells that they pack. Zippy Shell can then move the shell to the owner’s new location or store it. In 2014, Zippy Shell became the fastest-growing storage and moving company in the United States.

The announcement of these five new chapters comes on top of an announcement of six previous new chapters by the AAFD in November of 2014: BrightStar Care, AmeriSpec Home Inspection Services, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, Mr. Sparky, One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating, and Window World. Since that announcement, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing and AmeriSpec Home Inspection Services have become active chapters.

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.

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