Wingstop Honors Top Franchise Performers at 9th International Convention
August 16, 2011 // Franchising.com // RICHARDSON, Texas – Wingstop recently honored its top performing Brand Partners, team members and vendors during the company's 9th International Convention at the Red Rock Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
The honorees of Wingstop's signature "Golden Goose" award included single-store and multi-unit operators from markets across the United States and Mexico. The chain also recognized more than 70 operators as Million Dollar Club Members, for grossing more than one million in sales throughout the year.
Top winners included:
- Cassandra Stokes of Nacogdoches, Texas, Single-Unit Operator of the Year
- Johnny Collins of Harlingen, Texas, Multi-Unit Operator of the Year
- Luis Antonio Ortiz, Jose Francisco Cantu and Jose Luis Serrato of Mexico City, Wingstop Spirit Award
- Eddie Williams of Decatur, Ill., Local Store Marketer of the Year
- Willie McGinest of Van Nuys, Calif., Top E-Wings Restaurant
- Charles Loflin of San Antonio, First Place, Mystery Shop Program
- PMM/The Zoo FX of Los Angeles, Advertising Agency of the Year
- Jim Phelps and Craig Cipperman of Hidden Valley/Clorox, Vendor Partner of the Year
"It's thanks to our amazing network of brand partners that Wingstop has almost reached 500 restaurants in the U.S. and Mexico," said Jim Flynn, Wingstop CEO and president. "The franchise owners honored at our convention consistently deliver the highest quality product, hospitality and service to guests and we are proud to award them with the Wingstop Golden Goose."
The three-day convention featured an awards ceremony, a keynote speech from Jon Luther, Wingstop Board Member and Chairman of Dunkin' Brands, informational breakout sessions, a bowling event and vendor reception where franchisees had an opportunity to try the new touch screen Coca-Cola Freestyle® dispenser.
Founded in 1994 and headquartered in Richardson, Texas, Wingstop has more than 480 restaurants open across the United States and Mexico. With a sole focus on chicken wings, the Wingstop menu features nine wing flavors including Original Hot, Cajun, Atomic, Mild, Teriyaki, Lemon Pepper, Hawaiian, Garlic Parmesan, and Hickory Smoked BBQ. Wings are made fresh, cooked-to-order and customers can also choose from homemade side dishes including Wingstop's award winning fresh-cut seasoned fries. Wingstop has experienced eight consecutive years of positive sales increases, was named a Top 10 Best Franchise Deal by QSR magazine, was crowned Wing King at the National Buffalo Wing Festival and has been voted 'best wings' in markets across the country. Troy Aikman, three-time Super Bowl champion and Hall of Fame quarterback, has served as the chain's national spokesman since 2003 and recently joined the Wingstop Board of Directors. Wingstop was acquired in 2010 by Roark Capital Group, an Atlanta-based private equity firm that specializes in business and consumer service companies with attractive growth prospects and revenues ranging from $20 million to $1.0 billion. For more information visit wingstop.com, wingstopfranchise.com or facebook.com/Wingstop.