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Town Hall Meetings And The Dilemma Over The 2019 Agreement

BY JAY SINGH, CHAIRMAN, NCASEF For 43 years, the National Coalition has intended to be the voice of 7-Eleven franchisees. We have sought to represent the interests of the average franchisee, to be a place for  networking, and a source of information for everyone. Now on the eve of signing the largest and most comprehensive […]

Franchise Fees Upon Transfer – A Common Sense Approach

BY MICHAEL JORGENSEN, EXECUTIVE VICE CHAIRMAN, NCASEF I recently watched a youTube video that someone had shared of the Australian Parliamentary Joint Committee On Corporations and Financial Services inquiry regarding the operation and effectiveness of the Franchising Code of Conduct. The Australian government is taking a hard look at the franchising model and the various […]

Would You Become A 7-Eleven Franchisee All Over Again?

By ERIC H. KARP, ESQ., gENErAL COUNSEL TO NCASEF This past summer my wife Steffi and I had the good fortune to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary, and the even greater good fortune to take a wonderful two-week trip to mark that milestone. While I am not given to sharing my personal life in these […]

Promos Are Not the Answer to Declining Customer Counts

BY AJINDER HANDA, NCASEF VICE ChAIRMAN, PRESIDENT, GREATER SEATTLE FOA Not too long ago we used to generate more profit at our stores thanks to traffic drivers that helped us maintain our customer counts and margins. But lately, it seems like our whole store is on promotion. In the last three to four years, I […]

A Strong Show Of Unity

BY JAY SINGH, CHAIRMAN, NCASEF We are very pleased to announce that this year’s NCASEF Convention and Trade Show in Orlando was our most successful event to date! Franchisee unity was clearly on display, with 1,310 franchisees and their families attending our four-day convention—the most ever. We also had 569 vendors occupying 174 booths during […]

Whatever Happened To Servant Leadership?

BY MICHAEL JORGENSEN, EXECUTIVE VICE CHAIRMAN, NCASEF I recently saw a social media post where, on a white board, someone had written, “A leader who fails to listen will eventually find himself surrounded by people with nothing to say.” I think it’s safe to say that most folks reading this article will already know that […]


ERIC H. KARP, ESQ., GENERAL COUNSEL TO NCASEF This one word encapsulates my view of not only the 2019 franchise agreement, but the deeply flawed and contrived process that led to its issuance. I have been practicing franchise law for more than 40 years. I represent many national franchisee associations. As part of my practice, […]

The 2019 Agreement: More Than What Meets the Eye

BY AJINDER HANDA, NCASEF VICE CHAIRMAN, PRESIDENT, GREATER SEATTLE FOA and CHANDER SHEKHAR, VICE PRESIDENT, GREATER SEATTLE FOA Any franchise system should aim to provide benefits for both the franchisor and the franchisees. For franchisors, the primary benefit is the ability to expand the brand more rapidly than they could either on their own, or […]

Unity is Strength…And Essential To Our Success and Very Existence

BY JACK W. RUGEN Former President UFOLINY Have you heard the story of the old farmer who was on the verge of death and confronted his three sons? His sons used to quarrel a lot among themselves. One day, he called all his sons and gave a stick to each one of them to break, […]

What Are We, Chopped Liver?

By Nisar Siddiqui, Midwest FOA Vice President When I moved to Michigan in 2001 from California (not quite sure why, so please do not ask), Jeff Schenck was our Division Vice President. During this time, Michigan’s market was flourishing—it was designated as one of the top areas to test new products before they went national. […]