Thanks For Allowing Me To Serve You


This is my last article as executive vice chairman of the National Coalition. As quickly as time goes by, I still cannot believe I have served as executive vice chairman for four years and that I will not be serving franchisees in an official capacity at the national level next year.

Over the course of those four years, I met many wonderful franchisees throughout the country. We formed friendships, we united franchisees, and we increased the number of FOA groups in the National Coalition by approximately 16 during that time. We’ve done a lot of hard work, and the net result is that the National Coalition is much larger and stronger now, and I believe we are getting to the point where we will be more unified.

On a personal note, it’s tough to say I’m leaving. I want to say that franchisees from all over the country have touched my life with the friendship, the camaraderie, and the support you’ve given me. I want to thank you for opening up your homes and stores to me, and for the time we’ve spent together working on the issues. There have been stressful times, but looking back I have totally enjoyed the years I have spent as a National Coalition officer. I truly appreciate the trust the National Board placed in me to work on your behalf.

I wish the National Coalition Executive Officers and Board members much success in the direction they’re moving as they continue to represent franchisees nationwide. Chairmen are always driven to look out for the best interests of their franchisees. I believe that has been the case and that will continue to be the case. It’s a team effort.

All franchisees in the 7-Eleven system should continue to support the National Coalition and their regional group. Attend the quarterly meetings. Talk to your FOA’s officers. Get involved. Continue to grow your local FOA, and always look to the National Coalition as an educational and advocacy organization that’s there to support you.

I would like to thank you again for four wonderful years, and I wish franchisees and the National all success in the New Year and in years to come.