NEW ORLEANS // PRNewswire // -- Smoothie King Franchises Inc., the Louisiana-based originator of the nutritional fruit smoothie, held its 2010 Franchise Conference June 4 and 5 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel. Themed Accountability Drives Profits, the conference featured keynote speaker Gerry Wienholt, president of PEP, Inc. and well-known motivational consultant. More than 300 Smoothie King franchisees and executives attended the annual event.
"We are so very grateful for the accomplishments that our team has achieved throughout this last year," said Steve Kuhnau, co-founder, president and CEO. "With recent franchise expansion and new menu items, there is no doubt that Smoothie King will continue to move forward in a positive way."
During the conference awards ceremony, select franchisees were awarded Franchisee of the Year including: Roger and Stephanie Wilder of Denham Springs, La.; Travis and Jenny Bolster of Gulfport, Miss.; and Dave McMahon of Houston, Texas. New Franchisee of the Year was awarded to Adam & Jennifer Dohm of Belleville, Ill.; Troy and Christina Clinedinst of Frederick, Md.; and Mark Knight of Lafayette, La. Most Improved Franchisee of the Year was awarded to Travis and Jenny Bolster of Gulfport, Miss.; Sandra and Terry Pridemore of North Port, Fla.; and Donald Stobaugh and Lisa Scroggins of Conway, Ark.
Smoothie King has been ranked the number one juice bar franchise for 17 years by Entrepreneur magazine, and continues to rank in the top 100 of America's Top Global Franchises.
"We started Smoothie King with a dream to help more and more people achieve a healthier lifestyle," said Cindy Kuhnau, co-founder and vice president of Smoothie King. "With the help of our franchisees, we have expanded to over 600 stores globally—fulfilling that dream."
Smoothie King is a privately held, New Orleans-area-based franchise company and the premier Smoothie Bar and Nutritional Lifestyle Center in the industry. Smoothie King offers guests the original nutritional fresh-blended smoothie and healthy retail products, including sports beverages, energy bars, healthy snacks, vitamin supplements, herbs, minerals and other sports nutrition products. Smoothie King opened its first store in 1973 and started as the first franchised smoothie bar/health food store in the United States in 1989, and currently has more than 600 units operating in 32 states and the Republic of Korea.
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