Edible Arrangements Awards Top Performing Franchisees at Annual Convention [Food and Beverage Close - Up]
(Food and Beverage Close - Up Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Edible Arrangements announced that Ron and Lori Taylor of Youngstown, Ohio, were named North America Franchisees of the Year, while Emre Aydin of Istanbul, Turkey, was named International Franchisee of the Year, and Ron and Cecilia Bolar of Dallas, Texas, received the President's Award as Edible Arrangements CEO Tariq Farid recently recognized top performing franchisees during the company's eighth annual international convention at the ARIA Resort in Las Vegas.
The company noted that its top awards went to:
-North America Franchisee of the Year -- Ron and Lori Taylor of Youngstown, Ohio. The Taylors own five Edible Arrangements fruit bouquet franchise stores in Youngstown, Fairlawn and Stow, Ohio; Morgantown, W. Va.; and Hermitage, Pa.
-International Franchisee of the Year -- Emre Aydin is the Master Franchise Partner in Istanbul, Turkey.
-President's Award -- Ron and Cecilia Bolar of Dallas, Texas, received the award personally created by Farid to recognize recipients who are true evangelists for the brand on a daily basis. The Bolars have franchise stores in Tyler, Cedar Hill, Mansfield and Fort Worth, Texas.
-WOW Award -- Ben and Amanda Hiner of Louisville, Ky., received the award recognizing a franchise partner that continually WOW's guests and the corporate office. The Hiners own five Louisville franchise stores and another in Clarksville, Ind.
-Manager of the Year -- Shakera Brown of Youngstown, Ohio. Brown manages franchise stores in Youngstown and Hermitage, Pa.
"The growth and success of Edible Arrangements would not be possible without our dedicated and passionate franchise partners," Farid said. "It seems that every year our partners find ways to outdo their previous accomplishments with impressive guest service and delivery of the highest quality products. It is an honor to recognize those that have excelled over the past year, but it is really a testament to the strength of our network. Many of these decisions were very difficult, as numerous franchise partners were considered in each category."
Edible Arrangements reported that it also presented its signature Pineapple Star award recognizing single-store and multi-unit operators from regions across the United States, Canada, and Hong Kong.
Pineapple Star winners included:
-Mid-Atlantic -- Emily Mallery of Cranberry Township and Philadelphia, Pa.
-Northeast -- Patricia and Rich Lauria of Rochester, Greece and Webster, N.Y.
-Midwest -- John and Lori Gordon of Granger and South Bend, Ind.
-Southeast -- Jennifer Palma of Fort Myers, North Fort Myers and Bonita Springs, Fla.
-Central -- Kelly and Matthew Best of Lees Summit and Independence, Mo.
-West -- Christina Flores and Angel Navarro of Los Angeles and Chino, Calif.
-International -- Sanja Dujic and Drazen Tomovic of Hong Kong.
-Canada -- Shelley and Richard Lloyd of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Edible Arrangements also recognized top operators with awards in categories ranging from marketing to guest service to sales performance. Those recipients included:
-Outstanding My Store Marketing -- Heather and Paul Kessler of Provo, Utah
-Best Multi-Unit Owner -- Matt Adkins and Mike Lonsway of Lakewood, Lyndhurst, Brunswick, Avon and Middleburg Heights, Ohio.
-Edible Idea Award -- David Dulong of Londonderry and Nashua, N.H.
-Rookie of the Year -- Chaz and Julie Wolfe of Lenexa and Overland Park, Kan.
-Highest Sales: Under 24 Months -- Limor and Sylvia Uziel of Howard Beach, N.Y.
-Highest Sales: 24-36 Months -- Rushi, Rita and Vijay Sukharamwala and Shreya Patel of Philadelphia, Pa.
-Highest Sales: 36+ Months -- Robert Mignosi and Moses Zambrano of Philadelphia, Pa.
-Highest Sales: Mother's Day -- Ibrahim and Hashim Choudhry of Moreno Valley, Calif.
-Highest Sales: Valentine's Day -- Robert Mignosi and Moses Zambrano of Philadelphia, Pa.
-Guest Service -- Rommel D'souza of Barrie, Ontario.
-Vendor of the Year -- The Buhl Press Inc., Berkeley, Ill.
With over 1,100 franchise locations open or under development worldwide, Edible Arrangements International, LLC is a purveyor of artistically designed, fresh fruit arrangements.
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