Each spring, Multi-Unit Franchisee magazine selects and recognizes winners of its prestigious Most Valuable Performer (MVP) Awards. This year more than 80 franchisees were nominated for the awards, which honor franchisee excellence and highlight outstanding performance in growing both their organizations and their brands.
Each of the nominated franchisees was carefully and systematically evaluated before the final selection was made. The official announcement came during a general session at the conference. Each MVP winner was presented with a plaque and recognized from the stage. The presentation event was sponsored by Church's Chicken.
Here are this year's winners. Watch for their profiles in the next issue of Multi-Unit Franchisee magazine.
"Multi-Brand Leadership Award" - Alan and Tracy Balen were selected for their significant multi-brand expansion with the Checkers, Rally's, and Qdoba brands.
"Community Involvement Leadership Award" - Brandon Boozer has been a role model within the Batteries Plus Bulbs brand and set an example for others to follow in franchise success.
"Mega Growth Leadership Award" - Amin Dhanani has proven himself to be a leader in expansion and growth with the Z&H Foods (Popeyes) brand.
"Spirit of Franchising Award" - Farouk Diab has demonstrated extraordinary performance, achieved stellar growth, and provided valuable community aid while successfully representing the Wienerschnitzel brand.
"Influencer Award for a Husband & Wife Team" - Mary and Ferrel Freer have demonstrated excellence in the franchising industry as a marital team for the Del Taco and Sizzler brands.
"Noble Cause Award" - Eric Holm has expressed a passionate, unwavering support for those in need and has been dedicated to the Golden Corral brand.
"Single Brand Leadership Award," - John Judson successfully provided guidance and support with Two Men and A Truck.
"Veteran Entrepreneurship Award" - Scott Richburg displayed outstanding performance and leadership by a veteran with the Sport Clips brand.
"American Dream Award" - Aslam Khan has achieved remarkable success in the United States with the Church's Chicken brand.
"Innovation Award" - Kevin Herman has brought a new and unique perspective to the Senior Helpers brand.
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