Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winner
First presented in 1982, this award is conferred upon an individual who is currently building a successful business venture. The recipient must exemplify the “entrepreneurial spirit” that franchising represents. He or she must demonstrate innovative management skills and be a risk taker in a franchise that has been in operation for at least three years, while remaining active in his or her community.
Aslam Khan is a multi-unit franchisee of such brands as Church’s Chicken (its largest franchisee in the system), Long John Silver’s and A&W.
Khan works to consistently develop not only his entrepreneurial business efforts, but also those of others, demonstrates his role as a model of leadership within the franchise industry. His community involvement, which includes guest lecturing at various venues, as well as providing personal and financial support to local educational and environmental causes, illustrates the positive impact of the franchise business model and its leaders on communities.
Khan was an active member of the IFA board of directors from 2001 to 2010, as well as the 2011 FranPAC President’s Council. He now serves on the IFA Educational Foundation’s Diversity Institute board of directors and is a member of the International Interest Group of the IFA International Committee. In addition to being named IFA’s 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year, he was also named as the recipient of IFA’s 2011 Ronald E. Harrison diversity award.
Khan arrived in America in 1987 from rural Pakistan and started as a dishwasher. By 1999, he was CEO and owner of a 97-restaurant enterprise, which has now grown to more than 225 stores in 13 states. His efforts highlight his entrepreneurial spirit and dedicated hard work within the franchise industry.
Over the past three years, Khan has continued his entrepreneurial leadership and philosophy by creating that vision and dream for 15 individuals who have become entrepreneurs through his efforts. This has been a success that is unmatched in the system and he continues to work toward placing more individuals in this program.
Under his leadership, Falcon Holdings has made improvements in human resources, financial status and growth. He credits his exceptional track record of building business and developing effective teams to his “People First” philosophy.
In 2002, Khan became active in the Illinois Restaurant Association as a board member and served on the Political Affairs and Membership committees. Khan served on Church’s Marketing Committee and was chairman of the company’s purchasing co-op group. He also served many years as a member of Church’s Independent Franchise Association board of directors and was a board member of Supply Management Services of AFC. Currently, he is a permanent member of the Purchasing Committee. In 2008, he was awarded Church’s Hall of Fame membership while still in business and actively growing. In 2009, Khan moved his company headquarters to Dallas.