Joe Galea, who was elected chairman of the National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees (NCASEF) at the organization’s board meeting last October, has officially taken the helm of the organization after setting up an office in Santa Cruz, Cali.
A life-long resident of California, Galea has been involved with 7-Eleven since opening his first store in 1972. Today he owns and operates one store in Santa Cruz near the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Galea first came to leadership in the NCASEF in 2008 when he was elected to serve as executive vice-chairman, but his involvement in and leadership of franchisee organizations began back in 1992 when he was elected to serve as president of the Greater Bay Franchise Owner’s Association (FOA). He carried on in that position before a new FOA was created and in 2003 became president of the San Francisco/Monterrey Bay FOA. He will retain his position as San Francisco/Monterrey Bay FOA president while serving as National Chairman.
“My vision for the NCASEF is to build membership and help franchisees in any way possible,” Galea stated upon being elected chairman. “In supporting that goal I have three top priorities: building a strong working relationship and communications with 7-Eleven, Inc; directing NCASEF executive board members to work closely with the FOAs; and maintaining strong working relationships with manufacturers and suppliers,” he continued.
The National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees is the national trade group for 7-Eleven storeowners in the U.S., representing the interests of almost 4,700 convenience store owners whose 6,067 franchise-owned stores employ almost 40,000 workers.