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By Amber Peoples As their August recess approaches, the threat of a government shutdown is hanging over the heads of America’s lawmakers. In early June, President Joe Biden signed into law a bipartisan agreement that raised the debt ceiling to avoid an unprecedented debt default on the part of the United States. The bill, which the President negotiated with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, contained provisions that keep...

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By Ron Gardner Last week, you received a message from KFC announcing increases in renewal fees, transfer fees and minimum royalties. Since then, I have received a few questions about this announcement and why KFC can change these costs. I wanted to send a quick note to let you know my answers.  In both the 76(5p) Agreement and the 5/15 Agreement (which, between the two, covers virtually everyone in...

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By Kelly Rodenberg The AKFCF Annual Convention is the association’s most prized asset and is very close to my heart as it is my primary job responsibility. Each year, we want to provide the best-in-class meeting experience for the franchisees, vendors, and family members. On January 13, I was charged by the executive committee to send out RFPs to seven production companies to attend and then bid...

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By Amber Peoples In May of this year, the AKFCF Government Affairs Committee (GAC) traveled to Washington, D.C., for the first time in four years to meet with lawmakers from across the country. During their time in the nation’s capital, the committee met with dozens of members of Congress and their staff to discuss the issues impacting restaurant owners and franchisees. They also got the opportunity to...

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By Kevin Schlutz On June 15th, a Celebration of Life was held for Darlene Pfeiffer at the SUNY-Ulster college auditorium, in the mid-Hudson area of New York state, near where her former restaurants were in Kingston and Poughkeepsie. Hundreds of people gathered with her family to celebrate an amazing life lived. As the program said, she was “One in a Million.” Keith Chambers, Larry Starkey and I...

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By Kelly Rodenberg In Politics and Government, our DC Lobbyist, Dan Gans, taught us years ago, “You can have a seat at the table…or…you can be on the menu!” Your AKFCF Government Affairs Committee consists of business minded Representatives, nominated by you, to work on the behalf of all KFC Franchisees in supporting, suggesting, and moving legislation that is a benefit to you and our brand....

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By Amber Peoples Following the departure of Marty Walsh from the Department of Labor’s top spot in March, President Joe Biden nominated Julie Su to replace the secretary. Su, who has served as the deputy secretary of labor since 2021, was received rather unenthusiastically by senators from both sides of the aisle, leaving many unconvinced that she would be able to get the necessary votes. This...

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By Shane Lovato Are you ready for the start of new endeavors? We are! The Southwest Region is preparing to have our Board of Directors Meeting in June. We have a strong agenda and plan to make our comeback to our membership. For too long, we have been observant; waiting to choose our next direction. Now with our strong leadership team and amazing state directors, we...

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By Kelly Rodenberg It’s that time of year when we transition positions to and from the board, committees, and our very own staff members. Thank you to the following franchisees for your dedication and leadership in the AKFCF: Brandon Robertson – AKFCF Immediate Past President Pablo Girard – CARIBLA President Mike Houston – NE President Fred Jackson – NW President Joe Kendall – SE President Matt Hansen – Education Committee Chair and Large...

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By Kevin Schlutz There was a whole lot of family going on in Austin at the end of February! AKFCF President Keith Cole was right on the money with his Convention theme of a “Foundation of Family.” The Greater Midwest Region has become more and more a family since our merger in 2019. Everyone knows each other better and the respect is evident for our representatives...

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