Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine Issue II, 2017 - Page 65

Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine Names 11 MVP Award Winners Multi-Unit Franchisee magazine is proud to once again honor franchisee excellence at our annual Most Valuable Performer (MVP) Awards ceremony at this year’s Multi- Unit Franchising Conference, April 23–26 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. This year had a whirlwind of impressive nominations. The 11 honorees have demonstrated outstanding perfor- mance in growing both their organization and their brands. These power operators, innovators, and creative thinkers keep raising the bar for all of franchising. To qualify, multi-unit franchisees must have at least fi ve operat- ing units and have been in a franchise sys- tem for a minimum of two years. Influencer Award for Husband & Wife Team: Todd & Audra Fet- ter of Buffalo Wings & Rings for demonstrating growth, perseverance, and excellence as a team. Noble Cause Award: Bret Stewart with Auntie Anne’s, Cinna- bon, and Schlotzsky’s for his dedication and passion toward those in need. Single Brand Leadership Award: Johnny Weber has successfully proven his support and leadership with the Sport Clips brand. Veteran Entre preneurship Award: Kevin Kelly for outstanding performance and leadership by a veteran with the Planet Fitness brand. Multi-Brand Growth Award: John Ponczoch from TA Restaurant Group has successfully achieved multi- brand expansion with hundreds of brands. American Dream Award: Anand (Andy) Patel for achieving remarkable success in the U.S. with multiple brands including Applebee’s, Burger King, IHOP, Pizza Hut, and Travelodge. Community Involvement Leadership Award: Karen Morse from Ben & Jerry’s has been selected for her continuous commu- nity service and setting an example for others to follow. Innovation Award: Mitch York for bringing a new and unique opportunity to Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffee & Smoothies. Mega Growth Award: Eddie Rodriguez from JAE Restaurant Group has proven himself a leader in the expansion and growth of the Wendy’s brand. Spirit of Franchising Award: Mark Friedman has demonstrated exceptional performance and provided invaluable commu- nity aid while successfully representing the Senior Helpers brand. You see endless possibilities. We do, too. Pro Athlete Influencer Award: Brendon Ayanbadejo for excep- tional drive and performance with Orangetheory Fitness. All winners will receive their prestigious awards at the 17th Annual Multi-Unit Franchising Conference, where more than 1,700 attendees will honor their success in franchising. - Whether you’re looking to grow or address short term financial needs, our experienced franchise professionals are ready to deliver the strategic advice and financial resources to help make your vision a reality. Visit to learn more. Banking products and services subject to bank and credit approval. BMO Harris Commercial Bank is a trade name used by BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC Ad_half_7.375_4.625_template.indd 1 63 MULTI-UNIT FRANCHISEE IS S U E II, 3/3/17 2017 10:28 AM