International Franchise Association Names Franchisee of the Year Recipients

March 01, 2022

Recognizes 57 individuals for being an outstanding owner-operator, exemplifying excellence in community, workforce, diversity, and veterans

SAN DIEGO – The International Franchise Association (IFA) today announced 57 recipients of its Franchisee of the Year Awards, representing companies across all industries from communities around the country. Honored at IFA’s 62nd Annual Convention in San Diego, Calif., the award recognizes outstanding franchise establishment owner-operators.

“Franchisee of the Year Awards are the highest honors presented to individual franchisees,” said Matthew Haller, President and CEO of the International Franchise Association. “These local business owners represent some of the best entrepreneurs in the country, and we are proud to recognize their contributions to their communities, their employees, and all those they serve.”

The Franchisee of the Year Award, sponsored by IFA’s partner Paychex, recognizes leading franchisees who exemplify at least one of IFA’s “Open for Opportunity” core pillars: Community, Workforce, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Veterans.

A recent IFA study showed that franchising helped lead U.S. economic recovery in 2021, with exceptional job and business growth across all franchising sectors. The industry on average provides higher wages, better benefits, and more leave than non-franchised businesses, as well as greater opportunities to underserved communities and aspiring entrepreneurs, according to Oxford Economics research.

Haller continued, “Franchising has led our nation’s economic recovery over the past year, and these entrepreneurs have played a tremendous role in the growth we have seen in the business model and all it has done for the individuals it supports. The future of franchising is bright, largely in thanks to hardworking entrepreneurs like those we are recognizing today.”

The full list of recipients is listed below:

Franchisee Name

Franchisee Company Name

Parent Company Name

Al Bhakta, Nik Bhakta and Ron Parikh

CMG Companies

Multi-Unit, Multi-Brand Owners

Alex Tyler

Goldfish Swim School of St. Charles & Glen Ellyn

Goldfish Swim School Franchising, LLC

Amy Strozier

Goldfish Swim School - Dayton

Goldfish Swim School Franchising, LLC

Amy Wise

DoodyCalls of Houston

DoodyCalls, Authority Brands, LLC

Andrew Ray

NEXTCARE HOLDING dba BrightStar Care Mesa Gilbert

BrightStar Franchising, LLC

Bernardo DeJesus

Mike’s Hop, Inc.

IHOP, Dine Brands Global

Bobby Mounts

PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans - Ruston, LA

PJ's Coffee, Ballard Brands, LLC

Capricia Turner

Mosquito Squad of Greater Indy

Mosquito Squad, Authority Brands, LLC

Captain Mark and Kathy Furlan

Dream Vacations

Dream Vacations

Claire Lamarche and Jean-François Joyal

UniglassPlus/Ziebart Carleton Place

Ziebart International Corporation

Clinton Brown

Brown Family Enterprises

Grease Monkey International, LLC, FullSpeed Automotive

Dana Schuchardt

Goldfish Swim School - Park Ridge & Gilbert

Goldfish Swim School Franchising, LLC

Dustin Baker

Assisted Living Locators East Valley

Assisted Living Locators

George Saldana

Mister Sparky of San Antonio

Mister Sparky, Authority Brands, LLC

Grady Hinchman

Altitude Trampoline Park

Altitude Trampoline Park

Greg Flynn

Flynn Restaurant Group

Applebee's, Dine Brands Global

Haynes Chidsey

Four S LLC (Sola Salons)

Sola Franchise LLC

Jacob, Matthew and Michael Lethbridge

Kitchen Tune-Up Fredericksburg & Stafford

Kitchen Tune-Up, Home Franchise Concepts, Inc.

Javier Gomez

Gomez Restaurants Inc.

Capriotti's Sandwich Shop, Inc.

Jen Burlington

Massage Heights, San Antonio, TX

Massage Heights

Jeremy and Brandi Shelton

Detail Garage of Fredericksburg, VA

Detail Garage, LLC

Jeremy Aydell

Sport Clips Haircuts

Sport Clips, Inc.

Jerome Philips

A Place At Home - South Portland

A Place At Home

John Alexander

STOP Restoration Charlotte North

STOP Restoration, Authority Brands, LLC

John Barber

SpeedPro of Norcross GA


Jose and Monica Pina

Mr. Rooter Plumbing of the Inland Empire

Mr. Rooter Plumbing, Neighborly

Keresa Richardson

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing-Dallas

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, Authority Brands, LLC

Kit Pelletier, Cameron Pelletier and Tyler Olinger

Tint World 079


Krista Rhymes, Ashley Keever and Matthew Miller

2 Chicks and a Magnet Inc

Chicken Salad Chick

Laura and Carter Dalton


GNC Holdings LLC

Lisa Marie Swiatkowski

BrightStar Care of Venice & Port Charlotte

BrightStar Franchising, LLC

Matt Mays

Office Pride of Louisville-Jeffersontown

Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services

Michael Doty


Detail Garage, LLC

Mike Weintz

Weintz Cleaning Inc DBA The Cleaning Authority

The Cleaning Authority, Authority Brands, LLC

Morris Smith

STOP Restoration Of Fort Worth

STOP Restoration, Authority Brands, LLC

Nathan Bruen-O

Handyman Connection of Eden Prairie

Handyman Connection

Neil McMillan

Express Employment Professionals

Express Services, Inc.

Out West Restaurant Group

A licensed franchisee of Outback Steakhouse

Outback Steakhouse, Bloomin' Brands, Inc.

Pamela Resser

British Swim School Bay Area

British Swim School, Buzz Franchise Brands

Radhika Dontaraju and Girish Rao

Dogtopia of Olathe, Kansas


Richard and Lynn Yoerk

Express Employment Professionals

Express Services, Inc.

Salem Najjar

SERVE Hospitality Group

Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Sarah and Sean Toney

Any Lab Test Now

Any Lab Test Now Franchising, Inc.

Scott Payne

Goldfish Swim School - Multi Unit

Goldfish Swim School Franchising, LLC

Shannon Sevor

GYMGUYZ Silicon Valley, CA


Stan Gray

FASTSIGNS of Torrance & FASTSIGNS of Long Beach

FASTSIGNS International, Propelled Brands

Stephanie Moseley

Marco's Pizza

Marco's Franchising, LLC

Steve Sarrantonio

SpeeDee Oil Change of Pineville

SpeeDee Worldwide, LLC, FullSpeed Automotive

Steve Shortland

DES Employment Group

DES Employment Group

Steven Brown

Grand Welcome of Nashville & Austin

Grand Welcome Franchising LLC

Steven Nickels and Ted Panebianco

College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk and Moving of Long Island, NY

College Hunks Hauling Junk

Tanya Lee

Woofie's Reston-Herndon


Tiffiny Consoli

Pool Scouts of The Greater Triangle

Pool Scouts, Buzz Franchise Brands

Todd & Ryan Kletz

One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning of Virginia Beach, VA

One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, Authority Brands, LLC

Todd A. Krause

Silversun Cleaning LLC dba The Cleaning Authority

The Cleaning Authority, Authority Brands, LLC

Tony Patania

COIT Cleaning & Restoration of Charlotte, NC

COIT Cleaning & Restoration

Tricia Lee Golomb

Payroll Vault of Pembroke Pines, FL

Payroll Vault Franchising, LLC

Yonas Hagos

Smoothie King DLH Group

Smoothie King Franchises, Inc.

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About the International Franchise Association:

Celebrating over 60 years of excellence, education, and advocacy, the International Franchise Association (IFA) is the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. IFA works through its government relations and public policy, media relations, and educational programs to protect, enhance and promote franchising and the approximately 775,000 franchise establishments that support nearly 8.2 million direct jobs, $787.7 billion of economic output for the U.S. economy, and almost 3 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). IFA members include franchise companies in over 300 different business format categories, individual franchisees, and companies that support the industry in marketing, law, technology, and business development.


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