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MVP Awards

Each year, Multi-Unit Franchisee magazine is proud to honor franchisee excellence with its annual MVP (Most Valuable Performer) Awards. The winners, chosen from a long list of nominees, are the country’s best and brightest multi-unit franchisees, power operators, innovators, and creative thinkers who demonstrated outstanding performance in growing both their organization and their brands.

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Kevin Kelly, a decorated fighter pilot, credits his 25 years of active duty for his strategic focus on the big picture in his multi-unit franchise business.
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Not only is Ben & Jerry's franchisee Karen Morse a veteran of serving up the brand's mantra of peace, love, and ice cream, she strives to scoop it forward.
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If there is a way to see or hear the Sport Clips name, Johnny Weber will make it happen. Weber, the brand's largest franchisee with 56 stores, and recipient of the 2017 MVP Single Brand Leadership Award, is all about spreading the word on the brand--all day, every day, in every way.
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John Ponczoch believes there is always a way to make someone's day.
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When Bret Stewart was growing up, he dreamed of being a doctor so he could help people. Life may have led him down a different path, but his desire to positively influence the lives of those around him is realized every day.
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Todd and Audra Fetter, winners of the 2017 MVP Influencer Award for a Husband & Wife Team, have always had a team approach to marriage, but the decision to become hands-on franchisees has changed the playing field for communicating as a couple.
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When it comes to making his mark and doing good, Brendon Ayanbadejo, recipient of this year's Pro Athlete Influencer MVP Award, wants you to know he is just getting started.
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Anand D. (Andy) Patel is the recipient of the 2017 American Dream MVP Award for achieving remarkable success in the U.S. with multiple brands.
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If you want to see the positive influence of Hardee's franchisee Dan Ponder at work, look no farther than his hometown of Donalsonville, population 3,000.
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Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen multi-unit franchisee Ali Shahid Butt learned long ago that success in business depends on other people.
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For Sunny Ghai, the key to multi-brand franchisee success is creativity. The founder of family-owned Ghai Management Services operates 7 brands, including 60 Burger Kings in 4 states.
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One of the strategies multi-unit franchisees Brooke and Les Wilson practice to keep both their marriage and their business on track is to keep each in its proper place.
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When an EF4 tornado ripped through the northeastern Dallas suburb of Rowlett the day after Christmas last year, the people at a McAlister's Deli a mile away knew just what to do.
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