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Interview with Griswold's CEO Matt Murphy: ‘Collaboration with Franchisees Is the Key’

Griswold CEO Matt Murphy speaks to franchisors and franchisees at the 25th Anniversary of AAFD
Matt Murphy speaks at AAFD Conference

Early this month Griswold Home Care, a 35-year-old chain of some 200 senior care locations, was recognized by the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD) as having the best franchise contract, one that protects its franchise owners to a degree that stands out among all other American franchisors.

New Legal Gestalt Needed for Franchise Relationships in USA

A recent franchise termination case involving a French franchisee of a French franchisor has many similarities to the prototypical wrongful franchise termination in the United States; the only real difference is that when the case was tried in France the franchisor was found guilty of an unfair franchise termination while if the case had been tried in the United States the franchisor would have walked scot-free.

American Franchisees Honor Griswold Home Care

Griswold CEO presenting to AAFD
CEO Murphy speaks, back (l-r): Culp, vp of GHCFA; Purvin, chair of AAFD

Among the many American franchisors, Griswold Home Care, a 35-year-old chain of some 200 senior care locations, was recognized by the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD) for having the best franchise contract, one that protects its franchise owners to a degree that stands out among all other franchisors.

AAFD Chairman Purvin: Franchisee Associations Should Award Franchisors for Best Practices

In this interview, the final in a four-part series, Robert Purvin,* founder and chairman of the 25-year-old American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD), speaks about the importance of franchisee-owned cooperatives that direct brand functions, such as national advertising or purchasing.

McDonald's Franchisees Fear Loss of Control

McDonald's, as part of its turnaround program, it says, wants franchisees to pay up for expensive upgrades and to cede control over menu discounts and deals. As might be expected, many of the franchise owners, who run over 90 percent of the brand's 14,000-plus U.S. restaurants, are riled over the proposed changes.

Florida Franchisee Protection Bill Passes First Hurdle

New Florida State Capitol Building
Photo of Florida's capitol by Second Judicial Circuit Guardian

Under intense opposition from the International Franchise Association, Florida's franchisee protection bill just passed its first hurdle. Senate Bill 750, the Protect Florida Small Business Act, passed the Regulated Industries committee of the Florida Senate.

Franchisees Name Griswold Homecare Franchisor of 2017

Griswold Home Care (GHC) has been named as the Franchisor of the Year for 2017 by the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD).  It is well deserved.

SEC Rules McDonald's Must Let Investors Vote on Franchisee Board Seat Proposal

The SEC has rejected the request by McDonald’s management to omit a proposal to add a franchisee seat on its board from the firm’s proxy materials this year. Segal Marco Advisors, the sponsor of a trust that owns approximately 5,100 McDonald's shares, made the proposal.

Large McDonald's Shareholder Proposes Franchisee Seat on Board, Gets Corporate Cold Shoulder

Segal Marcos Advisors, the sponsor of a trust that owns approximately 5,100 shares of McDonald's, has proposed that there be a permanent franchisee seat on the company's board. The franchisor is against the change.

AAFD Chairman Purvin: Power of Franchisees in Bargaining and Cooperatives in Reducing Costs

    AAFD chairman Bob Purvin working on the words of a fairer franchise contract
Purvin leads franchisees & their franchisor to craft a fairer contract

In this interview, part 3 of a series, Bob Purvin,* founder and chairman of the 25-year-old American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD), speaks about the early years when his organization began to form franchisee chapters by brand. He also speaks about the importance of franchisee-owned cooperatives taking on national brand functions.