President's Welcome

Welcome to the AKFCF!

I am looking forward to the next 12 months, sure to feature significant changes in how we operate as an association. If that sounds like a complaint, it’s not. I actually find that quite exciting, and I hope you do too. It’s not often that a guy from a little town in Indiana has the opportunity to facilitate the creation and defining of new methods and standards for an association.

It’s funny, but just about every president’s welcome message ever written has prominently referenced the transformation of our brand or association. So, as I sat down to write this, it struck me that, instead of referencing that again, maybe we all just need to acknowledge that “change” is our new normal. “Transformation” isn’t the word we should be using, since it implies an end point, a goal reached. It’s truly an evolution we’re talking about, something constant and never-ending. And if there’s a perfect group of people to help lead this evolution, it’s the dedicated and committed members of the AKFCF.

I’m proud and humbled to have been elected to serve this 2018/2019 year as president of this amazing organization. Started by a group of forward-thinking franchisees in 1974, the AKFCF has steadily grown in membership and influence over the years. Like everyone in the association and restaurant business at large, we’ve tried to keep up with the frequent and jarring changes to our industry, which no longer fail to surprise us, but always fail to defeat us!

While AKFCF has remained loyal to its originally intended focus over the years, the time has come to make necessary changes in order to provide incremental benefits for our members on an ongoing basis. While AKFCF has never been too comfortable or idle, the time is now, because we’re evolving right along with you.

This next year for the AKFCF promises to be goal-changing, leadership and committees will be re-structured in size, scope and purpose to provide more efficient and effective results. Plus, I want everyone to know why we exist, what benefits and services we offer and why it’s important for every KFC franchisee to be a member. Additionally, for the first time in many years, our convention will be tightly streamlined and will allow you to come in just for the business meetings or take time away to enjoy all the social activities.

So, from myself, the Executive Committee, Board of Directors and Staff, thank you for your membership and support. We promise to keep evolving to serve you, no matter what the new normal brings this year.

Best regards,

Bryan Robinson, AKFCF President