KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. (January 24, 2013) – At its first annual franchisee conference in Blue Bell, Pa., last month, IKOR (www.ikorusa.com), the growing network of healthcare advocacy and guardianship offices that help ensure optimal quality of life for seniors and the disabled, assembled operators representing more than a dozen offices and 10 states to plan for the future and celebrate the many accomplishments it has witnessed since launching in 2000 and opening its first franchise operation in 2010.
Held at the Normandy Farm Hotel & Conference Center, the three-day conference featured presentations by IKOR executives, vendors and outside experts on topics including marketing, technology, services, economic, legislative and regulatory influences, networking and other factors critical to the operation of IKOR’s business. Between these sessions the assembly participated in exercises aimed at more clearly defining the company’s mission, distinguishing characteristics, strengths, challenges and opportunities, the takeaway from which will help the company better pursue both short and long-term growth and improvement.
IKOR CEO/Founder Patricia Maisano and President Cynthia Gartman welcomed attendees and announced that for the first time since the company was founded, it had recorded more than $1 million in revenues in a single year. That number, they asserted, will likely increase exponentially in coming years, as more professionals and entrepreneurs continue to recognize the unique opportunity IKOR represents in meeting the growing demand for patient advocacy, case management and day-to-day support.
“We have come a long way in a relatively short time,” noted Maisano. “Our system now stretches throughout the East and into the Southwest, and as we continue to span out, we also continue to go deep, adding new layers of service to both our customers and our franchisees. We are very excited about what the coming year holds in store, and I look forward to a time in the not-too-distant future when we will have to find a larger space in which to hold our meetings.”
Ever reflective of its role as a resource helping making life easier for others, the network set aside the first evening of the conference for a combined team-building and community service exercise. Attendees broke out into groups, donned IKOR aprons and chef toques, and entered the conference center’s kitchen to prepare meals, half of which were then served up as their dinner for the evening while an equal portion was wrapped for transport to a local USO outpost to feed the military. Actual chefs and other kitchen staff from the facility supervised the activity, assisted as necessary and awarded one team comprised of franchisees and vendors top honors for working with the most cohesiveness and initiative while requiring the least guidance.
The second evening of the IKOR conference was more formal and festive, as it featured presentations honoring the outstanding performances of several franchisees. Dennis and Chris Mahoney, the Chadds Ford-based couple that opened IKOR’s first franchise branch, were honored for boldly blazing the trail that has since led to offices opening throughout Pennsylvania as well as in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Texas, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, the Carolinas and Florida. Among these branches, three are operated by Dallas/Fort Worth-based Mindy Jones, who was recognized for being the company’s top producer for 2012. IKOR’s North Jersey branch, run by Managing Director Eric Maynard, also received recognition as the system’s second-highest producer this year.
“Our network is comprised of many savvy, driven professionals who appreciate the branding and support they can only access as part of a system like ours and possess the independence and initiative necessary to take these assets and run with them, building strong businesses in their respective markets,” said Gartman. “We’re thrilled to have operators like Dennis, Chris, Mindy and Eric and hope they will serve as both models and magnets for others to come and grow with us in the future.”
IKOR opened its first franchise in 2010 in Chadds Ford, Pa. Today, the network includes 15 open locations. Each office works with seniors or disabled individuals needing care, their lawyers, fiduciaries and others shouldering their care, tackling such issues as: determining whether remaining at home is viable and what provisions may be necessary; coordinating, attending and tracking the outcome of medical appointments; securing a space in the most appropriate facilities when home care is no longer an option; confirming prescribed medicines and therapies are administered properly wherever they are provided; providing support in cases of financial abuse and other situations where an individual’s physical, mental, emotional or financial security is at risk or has been compromised; and much more. Each office also provides trained financial advocates who can handle Power of Attorney authorizations, routine financial management and other non-medical services.
Multi-unit and single-territory IKOR franchise opportunities remain available throughout most of the United States. For information on available opportunities, contact Bill Larose at (877) 456-7872, ext. 712 or email@example.com.
Based in Kennett Square, Pa., IKOR (www.ikorusa.com) was created by Patricia A. Maisano, a veteran of the healthcare industry with nearly 40 years of nursing experience and more than 20 years of experience in disability management consulting to corporations, federal, state and county government, municipal organizations and the insurance industry. After witnessing the many frustrations professionals faced in providing integrated health management services and helping families manage short-term health crises and long-term care issues, she began developing a solution and in 2000 launched IKOR, offering healthcare advocacy and case management for seniors, the disabled and those with special needs. In 2010, IKOR launched a franchise program, offering qualifying investors the opportunity to capitalize on the demand for such services with a comprehensive system backed by years of experience. The first franchise location debuted in Chadds Ford, Pa., in 2010. Information on available territories is obtainable by contacting Bill Larose at (877) 456-7872, ext. 712 or firstname.lastname@example.org. General information on IKOR, including a comprehensive explanation of the company’s approach to healthcare advocacy and guardianship, a complete list of services and more, may be found at www.ikorusa.com.
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