Burger 21® Recognizes Top Franchisees and Partners at 2017 Reunion

November 06, 2017 // Franchising.com // TAMPA, FLA. - Taking time to reconnect and recharge, Burger 21®, an award-winning fast casual franchise, recently celebrated its top performing franchisees and partners with national honors at its third annual reunion in Clearwater, FL.

“In the growing better burger sector, our franchisees set us apart.” said Mark Johnston, president of Burger 21®. “Our franchisees play an integral role in elevating the Burger 21® brand and without their hard work each day we wouldn’t be where we are today. These award winners represent sophisticated operators and outstanding strategic partners that help make Burger 21® deliver the best burger experience ever.”

Individual and team franchisee awards were announced at a private awards dinner for outstanding achievements in 2017. Honorees included:

  • Top Sales - Corley Steward, Mall of Georgia and Buford, GA
  • Delicious - Ed Karayanes and Art Chmiel, Orland Park, IL
  • Spotless - Dennis Saller and Whitney Prieto, Viera, FL
  • A Rising Star - David Brown and Corley Steward, Kennesaw, GA
  • Franchisee of the Year - Ed Karayanes and Art Schmiel, Orland Park, IL
  • Restaurant of the Year - Mark Schramm, Westchase-Tampa, FL
  • Marketed - Alexis Shanks, Ray Patel and Joseph Yu, Ashburn and Sterling, VA
  • Marketer on the Move - Todd Dennis, Brian Neel, and Dan Argabrite, Ballantyne, NC

The “Road Warriors” awards were also presented to recognize individuals from a variety of positions at company-owned locations who provided continuous support in a new restaurant before, during and after its grand opening. Recipients included:

  • Road Warrior Support - Larry Rivers, Westchase-Tampa, FL

Wrapping up honors at the reunion, four additional awards were given at the annual vendor appreciation dinner to recognize outstanding businesses that partnered with Burger 21®. Recipients included:

  • A Team Player - BizCom Associates
  • Innovative - Monin Gourmet Flavorings
  • Excellent - EMPAD
  • Vendor of the Year - Wolverine

About Burger 21®

With 22 locations currently open in the following states; Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, and Virginia, and with 15 in development, Burger 21® is a “beyond the better burger” fast casual franchise concept founded in 2010. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, Burger 21® is a chef-inspired brand with 21 unique hand-crafted burger creations. Burger 21 is uniquely offering not only freshly ground Certified Angus Beef®, but also chicken, turkey, vegetarian, shrimp and tuna burgers, fresh salads, all-beef hot dogs, chicken tenders and an extensive shake bar including hand-crafted shakes, floats and sundaes. Since its inception, the company has provided more than $217,697 in contributions as part of its “B Charitable” initiative, in which it donates 10 percent of its restaurants’ sales to local schools and charities on the 21st of each month.

Media Contact:

Morgan Butler
BizCom Associates
(903) 285-8662

SOURCE Burger 21®


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