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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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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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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.
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Joe Brumit's passion for people epitomizes a Noble Cause MVP Award winner.
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Angelo Crowell, a Jersey Mike's multi-unit franchisee, credits a sit-down with his big brother for his fast start to franchising success.
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Selecting the winners for our annual Most Valuable Performer (MVP) Awards means analyzing applications submitted on behalf of some of the best multi-unit franchisees in the business.
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The previous How-To Franchising Guide story detailed the growing role of minorities in franchising and provided a list of online resources to help minorities enter and succeed in franchising.
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Mark H. Friedman has 25 years of management consultant experience crafting high-end, multi-million-dollar turnaround strategies for large companies.
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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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Wendy's Hall of Fame franchisee Eddie Rodriguez is all about mega growth--one restaurant at a time.
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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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Multi-unit and multi-brand operators continue to grow in both numbers and size--and so does attendance at the Multi-Unit Franchising Conference.
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Multi-Unit Franchisee magazine honored franchisee excellence at the annual Most Valuable Performer (MVP) Awards ceremony at this year's Multi-Unit Franchising Conference, April 23–26 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
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After 25 years in the restaurant business, Mike Richey knows that an offer of a dollar more per hour from a competitor can be too much for an employee to refuse.
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