Aafd Announces 2009 Total Quality Franchising Awards

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Curves International named Franchisor of the Year; Mort Aronson recognized for Lifetime Achievement

The American Association of Franchisee and Dealers (AAFD) recently announced its Total Quality Franchising awards for 2009. The notable honorees include Curves International as AAFD's Franchisor of the Year and Morton Aronson, who will receive a Lifetime Achievement Don Sniegowski, editor of Blue MauMau, and investigative reporter, Janet Sparks, who writes for Blue MauMau and Franchise Times, have been selected to receive the Total Quality Franchising Chairman's Awards for Distinguished Service and Achievement in the Franchising Community.

The AAFD also announced the nominees for the 2009 Total Quality Franchising Awards. These awards recognize AAFD's leading members and chapters; the award recipients will be revealed and presented at the Total Quality Franchising Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 30, 2009, during AAFD's 17th Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

AAFD 2009 Total Quality Franchising nominees are: Member of the Year: * Geri-Jo Mann � Candy Bouquet * Chris Schmitz � President, MDA and AAFD Board Member * David Drewelow � Chair of 2009 AAFD Franchisee Leadership Summit and Annual Meeting (also chaired 2008 conference) * Rich Whitley � Former executive director of Valpak Owners Association Joni Lampl Trailblazer Award: * Roy Laughlin � Cookie By Design * Russ Byer � Jackson Hewitt * Marguerite Mumford � Paul Davis * Holly Rivera � Jenny Craig * Ed Tubel � Sonny's BBQ Chapter of the Year: * Meineke Franchisee Association * MRIFA (Management Recruiters Franchisee Association) * Master Coaches Association (ActionCOACH) * Hardees Franchisee Association * Jackson-Hewitt Tax Service Rookie Chapter of the Year: * Jenny Craig * Cookies By Design * Paul Davis Restoration * Circuit Fitness Association (Curves Franchise Owners Association) Supporting Member of the Year: * PR Works * SalesNexus * Alberto Carvalho * Mario Herman In announcing the AAFD's Total Quality Franchising Award Nominees, AAFD Chairman Robert Purvin said, "This year's nominees are truly a worthy group, a tremendous amount of hard work, and high ethical standards are evident in the efforts of each nominee for this year's TQF awards." For more information about the conference or the AAFD, please call toll free - 800-733-9858 or visit www.AAFD.org.

About the AAFD The AAFD is a national non-profit trade association representing the rights and interests of franchisees and independent dealers throughout the United States. Formed in 1992, the AAFD is focused on market driven reform to achieve its mission to define and promote collaborative franchise cultures that the AAFD describes as Total Quality Franchising. Since its formation the AAFD has grown to represent more than 50,000 franchised locations throughout the United States. The AAFD has members in all 50 states and represents more than 100 different franchise systems.

The AAFD's Fair Franchising Standards, Fair Franchising Seal, Trademark Chapters. The AAFD's emphasis on marketplace solutions led to the Association's recognition as a growing force in franchising. The AAFD's Branded Partner programs add a new dimension to the value of AAFD membership. The AAFD provides a broad range of member services designed to help franchisees build market power, create legislative support of interest to franchisees, provide legal and financial support, and provide a wide range of general member benefits. For more information about the conference or the AAFD, please call toll free - 800-733-9858 or visit www.AAFD.org.

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