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AES Restaurant Group 2019 Arby’s Franchisee of the Year

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Arby’s Franchisee AES Group Recognized at
Annual Franchise Conference Organization

Organization wins Franchisee of the Year Award, and Owner John Wade named Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Arby’s Franchise Association

INDIANAPOLIS (Month Day, Year) – AES Group, an Arby’s franchisee with more than 70 restaurants in five states, received multiple recognitions at Arby’s annual franchise conference.

John Wade, President of AES Group, was named Chairman of Arby’s Franchise Association (AFA). As Chairman, Wade will oversee all aspects of the AFA, which helps to fuel innovation and growth across the brand.

Wade entered the restaurant industry at the age of 16, transforming a job into a career. After joining RTM Restaurant Group in 1991, Wade was promoted to Area Supervisor after a few months. He was later promoted to Director of Operations, and he also served as Vice President of Operations for the Mid America Region. In 2004, Wade erected AES Group, following the acquisition of six Arby’s restaurants. Now, his franchisee owns and operates 72 restaurants across Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia.

“I’m thrilled to join the AFA Board of Directors as Chairman. I have a long history with the brand, and I’m immensely proud to have been a part of one of the biggest turnarounds in QSR history,” said Wade. “Over the years, Arby’s has grown an incredibly strong franchisee community. I look forward to further strengthening our community, partnering with leadership and ensuring Arby’s is well-positioned for long-term growth.”

Wade’s franchisee, AES Group, was also recognized as Franchisee of the Year. The award recognizes one franchise organization for its outstanding growth, involvement with the Arby’s Foundation and overall commitment to the Arby’s brand.

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AES Restaurant Group, LLC

Since 2004, AES Restaurants has been a proud franchisee of Arby’s. With 72 restaurants in five states, AES Restaurants is one of Arby’s largest franchises.

About Arby’s
Arby’s, founded in 1964, is the second-largest sandwich restaurant brand in the world with more than 3,300 restaurants in seven countries. The brand is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. For more information, visit

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