October 10, 2017 // Franchising.com // WACO, Texas - Dwyer Group, Inc., one of the world’s largest franchising companies of trade service brands, has one award so rare that only 18 recipients have ever received the honor in the organization’s 36-year history. The award is the Don Dwyer Award of Excellence, and Molly Maid franchisee Harry Young, of Austin, Texas, became the most recent honoree this past week.
The surprise announcement took place at the 2017 Dwyer Group Reunion in Orlando, FL, where a record-setting crowd was in attendance for the organizations annual convention. More than 1,200 of Dwyer Group’s 2,800 worldwide franchise owners were in attendance to hear organizational updates and participate in ongoing franchisee training.
A tribute to Dwyer Group’s late founder, the Don Dwyer Award of Excellence recognizes a deserving team member, franchisee or vendor partner who goes above and beyond their everyday duties to make a positive difference in the organization, community or world.
“Harry has exceeded expectations as a franchisee and continues to be an inspiration and leader to all of us at Dwyer Group,” says Mike Bidwell, CEO and President of Dwyer Group. “He has earned this accolade through an impressive career that has embodied service and dedication.”
Young is a multi-unit franchisee, owning four Molly Maid locations between nine territories in Austin, San Antonio and Killeen, TX and Albuquerque, NM. Young, and his wife Emelie, opened their first Molly Maid franchise in January 1995 and has grown his business to hold the number one position in sales for Molly Maid for the past 10 years.
That grassroots experience has provided an incredible wealth of franchise owner knowledge that Young has gifted to his peers. He has served on multiple Molly Maid committees, including the Franchise Advisory Council, where he has shared his leadership and experience to support the entire system. It’s estimated that Young has helped train more than 60 other franchise owners. And he is in touch with other franchisees on a regular basis not only in the Molly Maid network, but also across fellow Dwyer Group service brands.
“I am humbled to receive such a significant award,” said Harry Young. “It is an honor to be recognized with an award that embodies Don Dwyer’s legacy of leadership and his dedication to lead with a code of values.”
“Harry exemplifies leadership and contribution to the system,” said Meg Roberts, President of Molly Maid. “There is no one more deserving of this award than Harry and we are exceptionally proud that he is part of the Molly Maid family."
Dwyer Group, based in Waco, Texas, is a holding company of 19 service brands, with 17 of which support a different franchise under the following service marks: Aire Serv®, Glass Doctor®, The Grounds Guys®, Five Star Painting®, Molly Maid®, Mr. Appliance®, Mr. Electric®, Mr. Handyman®, Mr. Rooter® (Drain Doctor® in the UK), ProTect Painters®, Rainbow International®, Locatec®, Window Genie®, Neighborly®, Bright & Beautiful®, and Countrywide Grounds Maintenance®. Collectively, these independent franchise concepts offer customers worldwide a broad base of residential and commercial services. In addition, Dwyer Group operates glass shops in New England under the Portland Glass® and Cumberland County Glass® brand names. Dwyer Group is a portfolio company of The Riverside Company®, a global private equity firm. The firm’s international portfolio includes more than 75 companies. More information on Dwyer Group, and its franchise concepts, is available at www.dwyergroup.com. Dwyer Group is also on Twitter at @DwyerGroup.
SOURCE Dwyer Group®