Peter Hanson receives AAFD's Chairman's Award for Community Service

San Diego, CA (PressExposure) May 21, 2009 -- The American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD) honored AAFD President Peter Hanson with a special Chairman's Award to recognize his years of service to the franchising community. Hanson was recognized at AAFD's Total Quality Franchising Awards banquet at the recent Annual Franchisee Leadership Summit in San Antonio, Texas.

"Peter's service to AAFD and the franchisee community as a whole--both during his tenure as president and prior to that as a member--has been exemplary and invaluable," said Robert Purvin, chairman of AAFD. "The wealth of knowledge and experience Peter brings to the table as president has helped us forge many of the relationships that make an AAFD membership highly desirable for members and member associations."

Hanson first served the AAFD for many years in a volunteer capacity as treasurer before his tenure on the AAFD Board of Directors for five years. He also served as a member of the AAFD Standards Committee and was named the AAFD's Member of the Year in 2003. Hanson became president of AAFD in 2006.

An owner of four Huntington Learning Center franchises in southern California, Hanson is past President of the Association of Remedial Educators, the independent Huntington franchisee association. Prior to his life as a franchisee, Hanson served in various senior management capacities, notably as Executive Vice-President of Operations and Finance at Mitchell International, Vice-President and Principal of Polaris Capital Group LTD. Vice-President and CFO of Nucorp Energy, Inc. and Audit Partner at Arthur Young & Co.

"It has been quite an honor to serve as president of AAFD and I'm touched by this award," said Hanson. "AAFD has been a big part of my career and life for that matter. We've made tremendous strides over the past few years and I'm looking forward to helping AAFD continue to be the vital force in the franchising community that it's been."

About the AAFD The AAFD is a national non-profit trade association representing the rights and interests of franchisees and independent dealers throughout the United States. Formed in 1992, The AAFD is focused on market driven reform to achieve its mission to define and promote collaborative franchise cultures that the AAFD describes as Total Quality Franchising. Since its formation the AAFD has grown to represent more than 50,000 franchised businesses throughout the United States. The AAFD currently has members in all 50 states and represents more than 100 different franchise systems.

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The AAFD's Fair Franchising Standards, Fair Franchising Seal, Trademark Chapters, and emphasis on Marketplace Solutions led to the Association's recognition as a growing force in franchising. The AAFD’s Branded Partner programs add a new dimension to the value of AAFD membership. The AAFD provides a broad range of member services designed to help franchisees build market power, create legislative support of interest to franchisees, provide legal and financial support, and provide a wide range of general member benefits.

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