Star Franchise Association

Our purpose is to create a unified franchisee organization that brings together the resources, talents, creativity and knowledge of all Carl’s Jr. operators in order to allow us to maximize the value for our businesses and to promote stability and security for all franchisees within the Carl’s Jr. system.

Current membership includes over 75 companies representing over 1,200 franchise restaurants in the Western United States.

Our Mission

Our mission is to unify franchisees and lead our Brand to enhanced financial viability by living our Carl’s Jr. culture and utilizing the resources and talents of our franchise community while leveraging our strength to demand best-in-class vision and support from our franchisor.


Communicating in a recognized and unified voice from the franchisees to the franchisor.


Working with the franchisor for the common good of the system.


Protecting and enhancing the economic investments of the franchisees.


Serving as a resource for the franchise community.

Our Goals

  • 01

    Establishing a representative board of directors that represent all franchisees both geographically and in number of units.

  • 04

    Developing purchasing efficiencies.

  • 02

    Working with the franchisor in the roll-out of new equipment, programs and products.

  • 05

    Formalizing lines of communication among franchisees.

  • 03

    Developing legal opinions on system-wide franchisee issues.

  • 06

    Creating and maintaining relationships with our Vendors and other Associates


Amir Siddiqi

President | OC Burger Boys

Jennifer Dowling

Vice President | Dowling Enterprises

Jay Hafemeister

Treasurer | JH Foods, LTD

David Farnum

Secretary | Murphy’s Star

Sam Wong

Womar, Inc.

Bryce Olson

BTO Investments

Dan Gjurgevich

StedFast Foods

Warren Forsythe


Ops Committee

Chair: David Farnum, Ron Coolbaugh (CKE)
Members: Beve Mills, Gary Zurmuhle

Marketing Committee

Chair: Amir Siddiqi, Chad Crawford (CKE), Ned Lyerly (CKE -Participate)
Members: Warren Forsythe, Dan Gjurgevich

POS/IT Committee

Chair: Jay Hafemeister, Darla Morse (CKE)
Members: Jennifer Dowling, Dana McClure, Mike Borchard, Eric Rodriguez, Robert Bearden

Delivery Committee

Chair: Bryce Olson, Adam Gagliardo (CKE) & Darla Morse (CKE)
Members: Newton Hoang, Laura Vandevier

Purchasing/Spend Smart Committee

Chair: Dan Gjurgevich, John Dunion (CKE)
Members: John Nelson, Mike Borchard, Daljit Hundal

Conference/Golf/Charity Committee

Chair: Jennifer Dowling, Paul Whitebread (CKE)
Members: Pam Hundal, Beve Mills, Calina Borja

Associate Members