DENVER, CO - (Marketwired - May 27, 2015) - PostNet Neighborhood Business Centers named Terry and Kathy Stokes of Steamboat Springs, Colorado as 2015 Franchisees of the Year during its Thrive 2015 convention in May. The Stokes have owned a PostNet franchise for 18 years; this was their second time earning the top franchisee award.
"Not only do they have their fingerprints on this organization, but they have made an indelible mark upon this company," said PostNet CEO Steve Greenbaum. "They have always been leaders, willing to get onboard and to question. They have been involved in committees and in the Advisory Council over the years. They match all our core values. They are a vital part of who we are."
PostNet makes life easier for local businesses by providing graphic design, marketing, printing, and logistics solutions that help them reach and win more customers. The range of services it offers makes the company unique, as does the personal business relationship that its franchisees are able to offer fellow entrepreneurs in their communities.
"Over the years I have learned a lot about this business, this company, and its franchisees," Terry Stokes said upon receiving the award. "Sometimes you ask yourself how you got up every morning for the past 18 years and kept striving for excellence. It boils down to having the desire to serve people by taking away their worries. You get so much out of it."
Stokes told the audience he has come a long way since his early days as a franchisee when he spent days hoping that a customer wouldn't arrive with a question he couldn't answer. During that time, he went to his first convention with the goal of imitating those who were succeeding in the business. He's in that group himself now, and said that he felt a little "old school" during the seminars on online sales at Thrive 2015. "But it's the learning aspect and the human interaction among franchisees that keeps us getting up every morning with a need to fill your soul by helping people."
Terry and Kathy Stokes first met 30 years ago while waiting tables at a ski resort in Colorado. Terry said his wife's example at the workplace to stay positive and never to get flustered exemplified her family's trait of selfless giving.
"One of the reasons we love being a part of the PostNet franchise system is that we love what we do," Kathy Stokes said. "Why do we join so many committees? It's because we want to be a part of this company. We want to make sure that everything is on the right page moving forward. We want to be involved in everything that affects us."
Other PostNet franchise owners received Core Value Awards during the convention.
PostNet recognized Vivian and Jason Curry of Norfolk, Virginia for Caring for the Whole by "always thinking of others, extending themselves, and being passionate about the brand."
Brad and Shawna Cranston of Sarasota, Florida received the Champion Change award for "never being closed-minded, embracing new concepts and ideas, being positive, and leading by example."
Andrea DiVecchio of Chicago took the Owning It award for "taking responsibility and being accountable and responsible" through perseverance while shouldering many burdens.
Marisa Lenci of Center Valley, Pennsylvania took home the Be Engaged award. Janine and Aaron Moeller of Ahwatukee, Arizona acquired the Spirit Award. PostNet recognized Julia Ryan of Bristow, Virginia with the Community Involvement Award.
PostNet franchise owner Rich DeMatteo of Denver gained the top award for year-over-year revenue growth.
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