A record crowd of more than 2500 7-Eleven franchisees attended the 44th annual NCASEF Convention August 6-8 in Long Beach, California, once again supporting the National Coalition’s call for franchisee unity.

The event included the annual State of the Network presentation, a networking event on the Queen Mary, a Day at Disney, a legal forum and the Charity Night dinner featuring a keynote address by Master P.

“This year’s convention was another huge success and a great show of unity,” said Jay Singh, Chairman of the National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees. “We would like to thank the National Coalition members and our vendors for their participation and support.”

Two franchisees were honored with the Franchisee Spirit Award at this year’s convention: Surinder and Shashi Mehta, Store 21402, Ontario, California and Raj Brar, President of the Northern California FOA. All were lauded for service and dedication to the success of the franchisee community.

Vendors recognized for their partnership and unwavering commitment to the success of 7-Eleven franchisees included Platinum Sponsors Vixxo and Bang Energy/VPX and Gold Sponsors Red Bull and Anheuser-Busch. Silver Sponsor Advantage Solutions was honored for the company’s dedication to supporting multiple vendors and sales opportunities for 7-Eleven franchisees.

Two franchisees won cars at the convention: Kevin Niijar, Store 13800, took home the Mercedes GLA and Sandeep Sandhu, Store 13997, won the Ford Mustang, awarded in a special Coca Cola promotion.

At the Charity Night banquet, the National Coalition presented a check for $60,000 to Swim Across America, an organization that holds swimming benefits to fund life-saving cancer research and clinical trials.

 

National Coalition Announces Results of 2019 Executive Board Elections

Members of the National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees (NCASEF) have voted to return the association’s chairman and two senior leaders to their positions in 2020-21. Elections were held last month during the board’s final meeting of 2019 at Caesar’s Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.

Jay Singh, a Texas franchise owner, will return as chairman of the board, a role he has held since 2017 when he was named acting chairman and then elected for the 2018-2019 term. “The position of chairman is one I do not take lightly, as it comes with much responsibility,” said Singh. “At the forefront of everything I do as chairman, and we do as a board, is ensuring our actions are geared towards maintaining the success of the 7-Eleven brand as well as safeguarding the welfare of each franchisee we represent.”

Jaspreet Dhillon, a California franchisee, was re-elected to the position of treasurer and Michael Jorgensen, a Florida franchise owner, was re-elected to the position of executive vice chairman for the 2020-2021 term.

“We thank the membership for their trust. Over the past two years, this team has worked hard to transform the National Coalition – to raise its profile – so that we can truly leverage the collective strength of our members for their benefit,” said Jorgensen. “This election means that work can continue, and we can further strengthen this organization for the next generation of franchisee leaders.”

One of the team’s top priorities is creating a communications committee. For over a year, the board has tried to establish an open dialogue with corporate headquarters.

“Transparent communication and collaboration between franchisor and franchisees is critical to move this brand forward so all can benefit. We want to tap the brightest among our members and get them on this committee so we can speak with a strong and unified voice and help shape the future of 7-Eleven,” said Jorgensen. “We especially want the committee to include those whose thoughts and opinions differ from this leadership team. Inclusive debate in a constructive environment will help us all improve.”

NCASEF is an independent trade association founded in 1973 and comprised of 43 different franchisee owners associations (FOA) from across the country. The board is made up of presidents and vice presidents representing each FOA; an executive board governs the association, which represents more than 4,700 7-Eleven franchise owners in the United States.

“We invite any franchisee who is interested in having a greater say in the future of the National Coalition and of this company to join their local Franchise Owners Association,” said Singh.