Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine Announces 2011 MVP Award Winners

Industry's Most Valuable Players Recognized for Outstanding Performance

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 6, 2011 - Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine today announced the winners of the annual MVP (Most Valuable Player) Awards. These awards honor successful franchisees who have demonstrated outstanding performance in building their businesses, growing their brands, and serving their communities.

"We congratulate these dynamic franchisees," said Therese Thilgen, president of Franchise Update Media Group, publisher of Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine. "These franchisees inspire others with their vision, leadership, and achievements."

The 2011 MVPs are: Lawrence "Doc" Cohen, founder and CEO of Cookie & Associates, and franchisee for Great American Cookie Company, TCBY, Pretzel Time and Coffee Beanery; Kevin Hatton, owner of the Second Alarm Restaurant Group, and franchisee for Firehouse Subs; Gary and Sally Myers, owners of BMW Management, Inc., and franchisee for Sizzler; John Scharnweber, COO of Classic Restaurants, and franchisee for Ground Round and Denny's; Zane Tankel, COO for Apple-Metro, and franchisee for Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar; and Greg Thomas, president of Baci/Parkside Ventures, and franchisee for Great Clips and Smoothie King.

The MVP award winners will be profiled in the next issue of Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine and honored at a special session of the Multi-Unit Franchising Conference on Thursday, April 28 at 10:45 a.m. The conference will be held at The Venetian in Las Vegas, April 27-29.

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