Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine Issue III, 2017 - Page 30

2017 MVP AWARDS BY HELEN BOND Master of Innovation Hard work and determination are rewarded A nand D. (Andy) Patel is the recipient of the 2017 Ameri- can Dream MVP Award for achieving remarkable success in the U.S. with multiple brands. For this MVP winner, a relentless work ethic is just part of who he is. Patel, who moved to the U.S. from “My focus is solely on my family, business, and employees.” NAME: Andy Patel TITLE: Owner/operator NO. OF UNITS: 73 Burger King, 51 Applebee’s, 18 Pizza Hut, 5 IHOP AGE: 53 FAMILY: Wife, four children, and grandchild YEARS IN FRANCHISING: 26-plus YEARS IN CURRENT POSITION: 9 India in the 1980s, secured his first job with a Wendy’s restaurant in Laurel, Md. Within six months, the native of Gujarat was promoted to management—while also holding down part-time jobs at Mc- Donald’s, Domino’s, and Burger King! “My definition of the American Dream is the ability to be successful through PERSONAL Formative influences/events: When I got my first job at Wendy’s, the franchise group owned 42 locations. I knew then that I wanted to have more locations than them, which drove me to be- come a multi-unit franchisee. Key accomplishments: In 1992, I purchased my first restaurant and helped turn its operating loss into a profit within one year. Two years later, I purchased an IHOP restaurant from corporate and doubled the revenue within one year. That year, I won an award for the highest sales increase across all IHOPs nationwide. In 2002, I bought another restaurant and won the highest sales increase in the country. I have won various awards throughout my career for my management approach. Awards: IHOP: Highest sales increase in North America; Franchisee of the Year 1994,1995, 2002. Applebee’s: Operations Excellence Award. Stevi B’s: Rookie of the Year. Burger Florida (my Burger King brand) ranked second in my division in overall operational metrics my first year with the brand. 2017 MVP American Dream Award. Work week: Working all the time. Best advice you ever got: In 1989 I was working at Wendy’s and my manager John Stevens told me I shouldn’t be working hard over here (in the U.S.), but instead I needed to be work [œX\ Y\H[\Y^HY H^HY ^B]\YH[][\[\H[]\Y[H[HX\ٝ[[H]HܚX\ ][ܚ\H\ [H[BX[KY[H[HX\ٝ[ ]\][H]HXZH] BUSKUSUSTQHTQHRRK M