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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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How 2023 MVPs hire, fire, train, and retain employees, part 1
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Eric Danver, the 2023 Mega Growth MVP, is looking to double his Hand & Stone spas from 48 to 100
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Tony Mattiacio started as a Ziebart employee. Today he owns 10 locations in New York and Florida, with plans for more.
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Shirin Kanji, CEO and president of Impact Holdings, believes in finding people with customer-focused attitudes and training them in the skills they need
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Husband & Wife Team Influencer MVPs team up for success with Camp Bow Wow
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2023 Spirit of Franchising MVPs Austin and Lisa Campbell strive to give back as much as possible
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There’s a lot more to this year’s DEI MVP honoree’s business than meets the eye.
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Shaquille O'Neal is Franchise Update's 2023 Influencer for Former Pro Athlete MVP
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West Point graduate and U.S. Army veteran, Wyatt Batchelor brings a disciplined approach to his role as managing partner at MBN Brands
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2023's MVP winners exemplify the nation's best multi-unit franchisees through their contributions to franchising and their communities
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  • 1,889 Reads 2 Shares
Looking for some good summer reading? Check out the favorite books of our 2023 MVPs!
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Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine honors franchisee excellence with its annual Most Valuable Performer (MVP) Awards during this year's Multi-Unit Franchising Conference, April 25–28 in Las Vegas.
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Entries for the 2023 MVP Awards close on January 31
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Learn how Franchise Update’s 2022 MVPs hire, fire, train, and retain employees, part 2
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Learn how five of Franchise Update’s 2022 MVPs hire, fire, train, and retain employees
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2022 Mega Growth Leadership MVP Luis San Miguel is a big fan of co-branding his 3 brands—Auntie Anne’s, Cinnabon, and Carvel
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2022 American Dream MVP Award winner Baryalay Razi has traveled a long road from U.N. delegate from Afghanistan to a new life in as a franchisee in Texas
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2022 Veteran Entrepreneurship MVP Doug Porter’s career path has included the U.S. Navy as a pilot and serving as CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities in Chicago
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2022 Influencer Award for Husband & Wife Team MVPs Roma and Suresh Patel have learned to delegate and divide roles based on their strengths
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2022 Noble Cause MVP Award winner Jhonny Mercado is on a mission to help and support the less fortunate -especially kids
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2022 Spirit of Franchising MVP Toya Evans and her two daughters built their success by focusing on healthier lifestyles and giving back to their community
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2022 Multi-Brand Leadership MVP Award winner Shamsu Charania, with no previous restaurant experience, now operates 90 units of 4 different brands
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20221 Single-Brand Leadership MVP David Blackburn, already McAlister Deli’s largest franchisee, has signed on for 50 more
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2022’s MVP Winners exemplify the nation’s best multi-unit franchisees
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Innovation Award MVP winner Bryan Frnka found a new pre-opening strategy that resulted in first month revenues 4x average
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Mega Growth MVP Award winner Shirin Kanji is president of a family business that operates nearly 90 locations across 7 different brands
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Shahin Urias learned early in life that giving up was not an option. Urias, whose father was in the military, grew up in survival mode during a tumultuous era in Iran.
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Second-generation McDonald's franchisee Paul Booth, Jr., is living up to his family legacy in more ways than one.
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  • 9,079 Reads 22 Shares
When Hurricane Harvey devastated Greater Houston in 2017, staff and management at the local Primrose Schools leapt to the aid of area communities--without being prompted by franchise owners Lou Ann and Michael McLaughlin, who were dealing with flooding at their own home.
  • Helen Bond
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Joe Brumit's passion for people epitomizes a Noble Cause MVP Award winner.
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