The DD Independent Franchise Owners (DDIFO), which represents the largest independent association of Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners in the US, is pleased to announce the appointment of Edwin Shanahan as the new Executive Director of the organization. Shanahan officially starts on July 30, 2012 and will work alongside DDIFO President Jim Coen who will remain in his role until November 30.

“We are excited to bring someone of Ed’s talents and abilities to the DDIFO team.  His demonstrated experience in government relations, trade association leadership, and membership advocacy issues will serve our DDIFO members well,” said DDIFO Chairman Daniel Connelly.

Shanahan is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University and previously served as CEO of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board, where he helped grow the association to 7,000.

The DDIFO Board of Directors, along with the franchisee roundtable leadership team, decided to bring Ed on board prior to Jim’s departure to ensure a smooth and seamless transition. Among his first duties as Executive Director, Shanahan will embark on a listening tour which will enable him to sit down with as many DDIFO franchisee members and support team personnel as possible.

“Organizations such as the DDIFO must be ever vigilant in their defense of both the opportunity and the promise of small business.  It is a noble cause to represent the men and women who’ve taken the risks, dedicated the time and undertaken the extraordinary effort to ensure a business’ success, and to have their trust and support to move this organization forward in that regard is both humbling and at the same time, inspiring.”

Franchisees interested in taking part in the listening tour can contact Ed directly by phone: 617 549-0884; or by email at [email protected] or [email protected].

 

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Matt Ellis

Ellis Strategies, Inc.

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