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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. […]

FOAs—The Backbone Of The Franchisee Community

By Jay Singh, Chairman, NCASEF 7-Eleven Franchise Owner’s Associations began forming in 1972, when 7-Eleven was in its infancy, and the world was ripe for franchising and for convenience stores in general. All was pretty right with the world, because everyone was making money, testing new ideas and essentially creating a new system as the […]

The Perfect Storm

By Michael Jorgensen, Executive Vice Chairman, NCASEF We are in the middle of a perfect storm. Or, as Thomas Paine wrote in The Crisis, “These are the times that try men’s souls.” This is certainly a very challenging time for our industry, and for our individual businesses. The environment is changing more than ever before, […]

Resolution Of Outlaw Laboratory Claims

ERIC H. KARP, ESQ., General Counsel to NCASEF Over the last several months, a large number of franchisees—354 to be exact—have received demand letters from the California-based law firm, Tauler Smith, LLP, stating that it represents Outlaw Laboratory, LP, the manufacturer, distributor and retailer of sexual enhancement products commonly known as Tri-Steel and TriSteel 8 […]

It’s Time to Get Back To Business

By Nick Bhullar, Vice Chairman, NCASEF Purchasing a franchise is in many ways like joining a family. Especially at 7-Eleven, where we get a lot of our services from our franchisor, we’re dependent on each other, and our success is shared. If the brand is successful with a good reputation, guests will react positively and […]

Leadership… When it Really Counts

By Terry Hutchison, Vice President, South Florida FOA We all have a story to tell. In both our personal and professional lives, we have experiences that would provide more than enough opportunity to fill volumes of books. Some of our individual stories might read like a comedy, some would be like a drama and, perhaps […]