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New Life Members for FANZ

last updated 07/12/2022


November 2022 - The Franchise Association has appointed three new Life Members in recognition of their long-term contribution to the franchise sector

David Foster receiving his Life Membership certificate from FANZ Chair Dawn Engelbrecht

At the recent Franchise Awards, FANZ Chair Dawn Engelbrecht was proud to honour three long-standing contributors to the franchise sector with Life Membership of the Association.

David Foster

David Foster is a respected lawyer who has been involved in franchising for over 25 years. Moving to Tauranga in 2000, he was actively involved in setting up and running FANZ events in the Bay of Plenty region.

David has long been a strong advocate of franchising best practice and was a strong advocate and influencer in the development of the FANZ Pre-Entry Training Programme for Prospective Franchisees. He served on the Board for nine years, latterly as Vice Chair, and then Chair. David also stepped into the role of FANZ International Representative, preparing for and attending both World Franchise Council and Asia Pacific regional meetings, as well as organising, facilitating, and providing a number of presentations both at FANZ conferences and international conferences.

David & Karen Dovey

The other new Life Members are husband-and-wife team David and Karen Dovey, founders of Exceed – the nationwide window and door maintenance service. From small beginnings in 1990, they established an extremely successful franchise network across New Zealand.

Karen and David would be amongst the most widely recognised and enthusiastic franchisors within FANZ, travelling to events all over the country from their home in Tauranga. Both Karen and David have served on the Board and participated with speaking, panel, and round table roles at various Conferences. Demonstrating a strong commitment to ongoing learning, improvement and best practice franchising, they have always been generous in sharing their wealth of knowledge and developing the interest of young people in franchising. Along the way, their franchise system, franchisees and staff have racked up an impressive tally of 10 Westpac New Zealand Franchise Awards.

David and Karen Dovey retired last year and are most worthy inductees into Life Membership.

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