Don Sniegowski reports at Blue MauMau that Robert Purvin, chairman and CEO of the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD), has announced while with lawyers attending the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising event in Toronto, Ontario that he will be stepping down within the next six months.
Purvin told Blue MauMau this evening that the AAFD has “appointed a strategic planning committee to search for a successor to lead the AAFD.”
Bob Purvin at 2008 AAFD conference, photo/bmmThe American Association of Franchisees and Dealers represents some 50,000 franchisees from chains as diverse as Cottman Transmission to The UPS Store parcel services. Its mission is to facilitate fair franchise agreements and practices.
During last week’s franchisee conference in San Diego that ended October 6, Purvin announced to the board that he would step down within six months as chairman and CEO of the AAFD. “That depends on how fast we can find a successor,” he adds. “A strategic planning committee will redefine my job and define other changes.”
Purvin states, “This has been a many faceted and painful decision, but I’ve taken the AAFD as far as I know how. It has been eighteen years. I’m proud of what I’ve done, but I think someone else can take it further.”
“It is time for me to step down,” Purvin says with emotion.