Jack Brendamour and Judy McCreary Awarded Franchisee of the Year by International Franchise Association
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Jack Brendamour and Judy McCreary Awarded Franchisee of the Year by International Franchise Association

March 17, 2023 // Franchising.com // LAS VEGAS - The International Franchise Association (IFA) has named Jack Brendamour and Judy McCreary as the 2023 Franchisee of the Year. Brendamour and McCreary were honored at the 63rd IFA Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, for being outstanding franchise establishment owner-operators.

“This award really belongs to Pete McCreary. He was a long-time mentor of mine and has played a major role in getting us to where we are today. Pete taught me and everyone else he brought onto the team to lead with compassion. And, we’ve remained dedicated to carrying on his passion for making a positive impact on our environment by expanding our non-profit partnerships and enhancing our recycling centers,” said Brendamour. “My husband would always do what was best for the greater good. We have built upon Pete’s foundation and look forward to continuing to do so in the future. It’s an honor to have our hard work from the past 12 years recognized in this way,” added McCreary.

The Franchisee of the Year Award, sponsored by IFA’s partner Paychex, recognizes leading franchise owners from IFA member brands whose outstanding performance and contributions help protect, enhance, and promote the franchise business model. Nominated by their parent company, individuals are selected for their service to their communities, fostering a strong and vibrant workforce, opening the doors for career growth and entrepreneurship, and supporting their fellow franchisees.

“Franchisee of the Year recipients represent the best in franchising,” said Matthew Haller, president and CEO of the International Franchise Association. “This is the highest honor IFA awards to individual franchisees, and local business owners like Jack and Judy exemplify the power of franchising and its positive contributions to communities around the world.”

Pete McCreary, Judy’s husband, was the original founder of Junk King Cincinnati nearly 12 years ago. McCreary was a man of integrity and led a mentorship centered culture. Brendamour, who joined the team in 2015, was one of the many individuals that McCreary took under his wing helping to work him up from General Manager to Chief Operating Officer in two years. After McCreary’s unfortunate passing in 2018, Brendamour stepped in as CEO and co-owner in partnership with Judy. The duo carries on Pete’s legacy by keeping his core values alive and building upon his integrity driven vision. They’ve dedicated themselves to recycling up to 100% of the junk their crews haul by partnering with more than 50 local non-profits as well as expanded their reign to four additional locations to help more people declutter responsibly. A decal of Pete is on the back of every truck and dumpster so he can remain a part of every job forever.

SOURCE Junk King



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