Franchisee Associations: Important and Necessary

When Qdoba franchise owners learned that Jack in the Box, owner of their fast-casual restaurant chain for the past 14 years, was thinking of selling, they banded together. “There’d been talk of forming an association for quite some time, and this was just the last motivator,” says Ron Stokes, chairman of the newly formed Qdoba…

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Eric Trump to Address National Conference

It’s not every day an independent franchisee association can announce the son of the President of the United States will speak at its annual meeting. But with the assistance of a well-known Dunkin’ Donuts family, Eric F. Trump has confirmed he will appear at the 2017 DDIFO National Conference. “This is a wonderful honor for…

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Dunkin’ Foundation Brings Joy to Children and Franchisees

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines joy as “a source or cause of delight.” There is no doubt that the Joy In Childhood Foundation is just such a fountain of delight for youngsters across America and around the world who benefit from the generosity of Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners. Formerly known as The Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins…

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Firehouse Subs CEO to highlight hot topics at DDIFO National Conference

As the chief executive of a growing QSR brand, Don Fox has seen his share of wins and losses. He has overseen the expansion of Firehouse Subs as a successful franchise concept, and stepped up its marketing and advertising as well as its public safety foundation—donating millions to provide life-saving equipment to local public safety…

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Why Athletes Love Dunkin’

For former NFL placekicker Kris Brown, knowing how to kick a football hard is just as important as knowing how to “kick butt and work hard,” which is the way he describes his second career as a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owner. Brown, now 40, played 12 years in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Houston…

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Experience + Smarts = Successful Expansion

He came in with donuts and came out with tires and mufflers. Not literally, but let’s not quibble over the details. The figurative donuts-for-tires trade happened when Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee Eric Eskander struck up a conversation with a Meineke owner at the DDIFO National Conference two years ago. Eskander wasn’t looking to diversify his portfolio,…

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Introducing Independent Joe’s Community Corner

Talk to any member of any community group in any city or town where there is a Dunkin’ Donuts, and he or she will tell you about the time their local franchisee made a donation to some worthy cause. Whether it is to Special Olympics, the local little league or the neighborhood parish, franchisees are…

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