SANTA CRUZ, Calif. –– Veteran 7-Eleven franchisee Joe Galea has been elected to a second term as chairman of the National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees (NCASEF).
“I am very grateful, and I look forward to the second term with as much enthusiasm as I had the first term,” Galea told CSP Daily News.
His second two-year term begins Jan. 1, 2016.
In his second term, Galea is committed to continuing the dialogue with 7-Eleven, which he said has taken a “positive turn.”
Galea told CSP Daily News earlier this year that 7-Eleven has stepped up its training for franchisees, improving the likelihood they will succeed with hot foods and other programs created by the corporate partner, which he said is part of an overall improvement in communication between the coalition and 7-Eleven executives.
“I think I’ve opened up that relationship,” Galea said in July. “My executive team has met with 7-Eleven’s executive team. We have a very open relationship. … I think we both admit there’s still opportunity for improvement.”
The chairman also plans to set the stage for a new franchise agreement during his next term. The current agreement ends Dec. 31, 2018.
He said he wants to be involved as much as possible during the agreement process and “make sure the contract is profitable for both sides.”
He also foresees minimum wage being a primary focus.
Galea has previously served as NCASEF executive vice chairman.
NCASEF is an independent trade association for 7-Eleven franchisees nationwide. It is NCASEF’s goal to represent the interests of franchisees to all parties, and to provide a forum for the exchange of information among franchisees, management and vendor partners. Founded in 1973 by six franchisees, NCASEF today consists of 41 Franchise Owners Associations (FOAs), located in the 30 states where 7-Eleven does business. Each regional FOA represents between 15 and 400 7-Eleven franchisee members who pay dues to their local association, and a portion of these dues supports National Coalition activities.
Four times per year, each FOA sends two representatives, a president and a vice president, to national coalition board of directors meetings, giving each owner’s association a voice on the national board.