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AAFD Announces Total Quality Franchising Award Nominations for 2017

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Griswold Home Care Named Franchisor of the Year; Michael Garner Recognized for Lifetime Achievement

SAN DIEGO, CA -- The American Association of Franchisee and Dealers (AAFD) has announced nominations for the AAFD Total Quality Franchising awards for 2017. Notable honorees include Griswold Home Care as AAFD's Franchisor of the Year and nationally recognized attorney, W. Michael Garner, who will receive the AAFD Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Additionally, Keith Miller, Chairman of the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA), and Ronald K. Gardner Jr., managing partner of nationally recognized law firm of Dady and Gardner P.A., have been selected to receive the Total Quality Franchising Chairman's Award for Distinguished Service and Achievement in the Franchising Community.

[See separate follow-on releases with details about the AAFD's recognition of Griswold Home Care, Michael Garner, and the AAFD's Chairman's Awards for 2017.]

The AAFD also announced nominees for other 2017 Total Quality Franchising Awards categories. These awards recognize the AAFD's leading members and chapters. The awards will be presented at the Total Quality Franchising Awards Banquet on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, as part of the AAFD's 25th Anniversary Franchisee Leadership Summit in Indian Wells, CA.

In announcing the AAFD's Total Quality Franchising Award nominees, AAFD Chairman Robert Purvin said, "The most satisfying and treasured privilege of my office is to recognize the superlative efforts and achievements of our members and others who have exemplified the AAFD's vision of collaborative franchising relationships. In 2017, we are truly blessed to honor many distinguished individuals who are making a difference for franchising and for their specific brands."

AAFD 2017 Total Quality Franchising nominees are:

Franchisee Member of the Year Nominees:

  • David Alexander and Reed Morgan, President and Vice President of the IABF, an independent association of BNI® franchisees
  • Mark Carpenter, president of the Home Services® Franchise Owners Association (HSFOA) an association of Direct Energy brand owners
  • Meg Marin, past president of the Griswold Home Care Franchisee Association
  • Paul Wichman, Chairman of the BrightStar Independent Franchisee Association (BIFA)

Supporting Member of the Year Award Nominees:

  • Claudia Bolognesi, Inventiva Design
  • David Levaton, Franchise Legal Support
  • David Silverman, Fullerton Insurance Service
  • W. Michael Garner, Garner & Ginsburg, P.A.

AAFD Chapter of the Year Award Nominees:

  • Griswold Home Care Franchisee Association
  • HSFOA Direct Energy Brand Franchisees
  • IABF, an independent association of BNI Franchisees
  • SMFOA, an independent association of ServiceMaster® franchisees

Rookie Chapter of the Year Award Nominees:

  • BrightStar Care Independent Franchisee Association (BIFA)
  • Home Services® Franchise Owners Association (HSFOA) - Direct Energy Brand Franchisees
  • IABF, an independent association of BNI franchisees
  • Independent Association of SYNERGY HomeCare Franchisees (IASHF)

AAFD Trailblazer Award Honorees:

  • Mark Carpenter, President of the HSFOA
  • Matthew Kraus, Steering Committee Chair of the IASF
  • Paul Wichman, Chairman of BIFA
  • Renato Maiorana, Membership Chair for GHCFA
  • Rick Kagen, Steering Committee Chair of the IAMJF
  • The entire steering committee of the Independent Association of BNI Franchisees

The Total Quality Franchising Awards gala and banquet is the crown jewel of the AAFD's 25th Anniversary Franchisee Leadership Summit and Annual Meeting. The four-day event, taking place from April 30 to May, 2017, is slated to bring together the largest ever gathering of franchisee associations. It promises to offer attendees great networking, education, and comradery opportunities as well as a chance to redefine what it means to pursue Total Quality Franchising in the modern era. To learn more about the leadership summit and conference, visit


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. 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, and 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 AAFD, please call toll free - 800-733-9858 or visit

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