The American Association of Franchisees & Dealers is a strong national trade association representing franchise owners. BrightStar ® corporate and other franchisors have long supported the International Franchise Association (IFA). Why would BrightStar ® corporate support the IFA? Simply because it is good business to support a trade association that promotes your interests. The AAFD has proven to be a model citizen within the franchising community, recognized by the American Bar Association, the IFA, the National Franchise Council, Franchise Times magazine and others for its positive contributions to franchising.