On The Move - AAFD Association Membership Continues to Grow

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The AAFD is proud to announce the affiliation of five major franchisee associations over the last few months: The Brown Board (UPS franchisees) Owner's Association, Inc., The National Association of Cottman Center Owners, The National Association of Professional All State Agents, The National Association of Subway Franchisees, and The ValPak Dealers' Association.

The AAFD is proud to announce the affiliation of five major franchisee associations over the last few months: The Brown Board (UPS franchisees) Owner's Association, Inc., The National Association of Cottman Center Owners, The National Association of Professional All State Agents, The National Association of Subway Franchisees, and The ValPak Dealers' Association.

These new association affiliations reflect a growing trend of franchisee associations to see the AAFD as the essential and valuable arena to join franchise owners in common cause for the good of the franchising community as a whole.

The AAFD continues to be the most efficient and cost effective vehicle for new groups to form independent associations. Scores of new groups are continuing to seek organizational and recruitment help under the AAFD tax exempt umbrella. This summer five new groups announced their intent to organize AAFD chapters for Commission Express, Island Ink Jet, Submarina, Card$Mart and GolfTEC franchisees. Many more groups are in our pipeline.

“The AAFD is really gaining traction as a needed community of franchisee associations,” says Stacie Power, the AAFD’s Director of Chapter Development. “The number of calls we receive each week from franchisees looking for support in forming an owners association is clearly continuing to rise.”

AAFD Chair, Robert Purvin, acknowledged the AAFD’s growing alliance of franchisee associations. “I think we have long been recognized for our efforts establishing fair and balanced standards of franchising practices, and as a sanctuary for franchisees who are in trouble, but the well established associations are finally appreciating the value of a strong national association creating an atmosphere for networking for franchise association leaders.”

Purvin added, “For too long, independent FOA’s thought they could go at it alone, and didn’t appreciate the value of networking with other associations. That seems to have changed and our FOA members tell us that, for them, the AAFD’s greatest service is bringing together all FOA’s to talk about common problems, issues and solutions, and to help define ‘best practices’ in association management.”

The AAFD has committed itself to develop its resources to help association leaders communicate effectively. By the time this issue of the Franchisee Voice hits our members’ desks, the AAFD will have launched an email group for association leaders—a powerful tool to increase FOA sharing and communication.

The AAFD has also announced that the conference theme for the 2007 Annual Meeting, scheduled for Dallas in the spring, will focus on best practices in running associations. Watch for details coming soon!

Purvin is most hopeful that the AAFD has turned its most important corner – recognition by FOA’s that the AAFD is, at last, the best hope ever for a strong coalition of franchise owners associations. “As we enter our 15th year, it has been my dream and vision that the AAFD will be a strong cohesive voice for franchisee associations, but with a compelling platform that we call Total Quality Franchising. The AAFD has aimed to be a defining influence to promote a franchising community that meets all its promise.”

Purvin added, “and in doing so, we are pleased that more and more franchisee groups have rallied around our vision, embraced collaborative franchising cultures, and discovered that our community helps all of our affiliated associations to raise the bar of their own effectiveness.”

The American Association of Franchisees and Dealers is the oldest and largest direct member non-profit trade association representing the interests of franchisees and independent dealer networks throughout the United States. Stressing market solutions and franchisee empowerment through independent franchisee associations, the AAFD has grown to represent more than 12,000 franchised businesses nationwide.

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