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Issue Date: March 2011, Posted On: 3/7/2011

AAHOA joins franchise coalition

Indus News Wire

ATLANTA — The Asian American Hotel Owners Association has joined the Coalition of Franchisee Associations.

This brings CFA membership to nine franchisee associations — which together employ more than 1 million individuals — working together to better the franchise community across multiple industries and brands.

Founded in 1989 and based in Atlanta, AAHOA is now one of the fastest-growing organizations in the industry. According to a study released last year by the premier industry consultant PKF Consulting, AAHOA has more than 10,000 members who own in excess of 20,000 hotels across the country. This is 40 percent of all hotels in the United States, with a combined property value of $128 billion. AAHOA members employ 578,600 full- and part-time workers, with a $9.4 billion payroll. More than two thirds of all AAHOA members own franchised properties, and AAHOA works closely with the hotel franchise companies for the benefit of its members and for the franchise systems overall.

"As part of our long-term strategic plan, AAHOA is seeking to create alliances with like-minded associations that share common interests with AAHOA and our members. CFA is comprised of independent franchisee associations that have similar small business concerns and objectives as AAHOA in dealing with franchisors, legislators and bankers. Joining CFA will allow us to come together with other franchisees to achieve new milestones in the community," said AAHOA Chairman Chandrakant Patel. "Our combined group will have a stronger position and a recognized voice in Washington, D.C. and in states around the country to call for necessary changes that will have a beneficial impact for many years to come. On the franchising side, we are looking forward to developing a universal franchisee bill of rights with CFA, which can serve as a model for all franchisors, no matter which industry or sector, in dealing fairly with their franchisees."

"By working together, we can speak with a unified voice and accomplish both short- and long-term objectives for our members and all small business owners," said AAHOA President Fred Schwartz. "The experience and strength of AAHOA combined with the large numbers of franchisees from CFA who have varied backgrounds and come from diverse industries will allow us to make a difference that will benefit all."

Together with other CFA member associations representing franchisees from Buffalo Wild Wings, Burger King, Dunkin' Donuts, Hardee's, Meineke, Subway, Little Caesar's and Supercuts, AAHOA will work to leverage the collective strengths of the franchisee associations for the benefit of the franchisee community, the group said.

"We are proud to welcome AAHOA as a new member of the CFA. The CFA continues to grow, as does our voice on Capitol Hill and within the franchise community. I believe we have the potential to become the premier association working to protect franchisees across all industries and I'm excited this powerful organization will now be a part of that effort," said David Glodowski, CFA chairman and member of the Independent Hardee's Franchisee Association.

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations Inc. brings together some of the largest and most reputable independent franchisee associations to form an organization with a mission "to leverage the collective strengths of franchisee associations for the benefit of the franchisee community." The CFA — with headquarters in Washington, D.C. — is committed to providing vital support and assistance to the franchisee community at large.

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