Diane Phibbs
EVP & Chief Content Officer
Franchise Update Media

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Franchise Update Media

2023 Most Valuable Performer (MVP) Awards

Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine To Honor Franchisee Excellence at the 2023 Multi-Unit Franchising Conference, April 25–28

SAN JOSE, CA, April 27, 2023 — Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine is proud to once again honor franchisee excellence with our annual Most Valuable Performer (MVP) Awards during this year's Multi-Unit Franchising Conference, April 25–28 in Las Vegas.

This year saw an impressive list of dozens of highly successful multi-unit franchisees nominated. Twelve winners (including a tie in one category) were selected by a panel of judges for demonstrating outstanding performance in growing both their organizations and their brands.

These power operators, innovators, and creative thinkers continue to raise the bar each year. To qualify, multi-unit franchisees must have at least 5 operating units and been in a franchise system for a minimum of 2 years. Here are this year's winners:

  • The Mega-Growth Leadership Award for achieving excellence in growth and expansion goes to Eric Danver, a franchisee with Hand & Stone.
  • The Spirit of Franchising Award for extraordinary and enduring performance, growth, and community giving goes to Austin and Lisa Campbell, franchisees with Sola Salons.
  • The Single-Brand Leadership Award for achieving leadership with a single brand goes to Tony Mattiaccio, a franchisee with Ziebart.
  • The Influencer for Former Pro Athlete Award for achieving excellence in franchising as a former professional athlete goes to Shaquille O'Neal, a Big Chicken and Papa John's franchisee.
  • The Veteran Entrepreneurship Award for outstanding, performance, leadership, and innovation by a military veteran goes to Wyatt Batchelor, franchisee with Jimmy John's and KFC.
  • The Influencer for Husband & Wife Team Award for demonstrating excellence in franchising as husband and wife goes to Scarlett and Jason Dalton, franchisees with Camp Bow Wow.
  • The Noble Cause Award for passionate, unwavering support for those in need goes to Alex Tyler, franchisee with Goldfish Swim School.
  • The American Dream Award for achieving remarkable success in their new country goes to Tabbassum Mumtaz, franchisee with Pizza Hut, KFC, and Taco Bell.
  • The Innovation Award for bringing a new and unique contribution to their brand goes to Michael Chalmers, franchisee with Spherion Staffing and Recruiting.
  • The Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion Award for demonstrating exceptional commitment to the promotion of diversity, equality, and inclusion in their organization goes to Antonio McBroom, franchisee with Ben & Jerry's.
  • The Multi-Brand Leadership Award for achieving brand leadership with multiple brands was a tie between Rent A Center franchisee Shirin Kanji and Dunkin'/Baskin-Robbins franchisee Raj Patel.

All winners will receive their awards in a general session at this year's annual Multi-Unit Franchising Conference, where more than 2,000 attendees will honor their success in the franchise world.

Don't miss this largest gathering of successful multi-unit franchisees in the nation. Register today and visit our conference website at to learn more.

About Franchise Update Media

Franchise Update Media has been a leader in the franchising space for more than 35 years. Founded in 1988, the company produces online franchise opportunity and educational websites, two quarterly print magazines, eleven newsletters, three annual conferences, independent research, and books, 100% focused on franchising. Serving franchise audiences online, in print, and in person, Franchise Update Media delivers a unique combination of educational and lead generation sources to help franchisors, multi-unit franchisees, opportunity seekers, and suppliers achieve their growth objectives.

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