International Franchise Association Names Franchisee of the Year Recipients

March 01, 2023

Recognizes 97 individuals for being outstanding owner-operators, exemplifying excellence in franchising and service to others

LAS VEGAS, March 1, 2023 – The International Franchise Association (IFA) today recognized 97 individuals with its Franchisee of the Year Award, representing IFA member brands across all industries from communities around the country. The annual Franchisee of the Year award recognizes outstanding franchise establishment owner-operators, honored at the 63rd IFA Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Franchisee of the Year recipients represent the best in franchising,” said Matthew Haller, president and CEO of the International Franchise Association. “This is the highest honor IFA awards to individual franchisees, and these local business owners exemplify the power of franchising and its countless positive contributions to communities around the world.” 

The Franchisee of the Year Award, sponsored by IFA’s partner Paychex, recognizes leading franchise owners from IFA member brands whose outstanding performance and contributions help protect, enhance, and promote the franchise business model. Nominated by their parent company, individuals are selected for their service to their communities, fostering a strong and vibrant workforce, opening the doors for career growth and entrepreneurship, and supporting their fellow franchisees.

There are approximately 800,000 franchised businesses across the U.S., providing over 8.4 million direct jobs and generating over $800 billion in economic output. According to Oxford Economics, franchising on average provides higher wages and better benefits than non-franchised businesses, as well as greater entrepreneurial opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, and other underrepresented communities.

The full list of recipients is below:

Winner's Full Name(s)

Winner's Company Name

Aaron Hagan

Mister Sparky Mid-America

Adam Wyatt

Wing Zone of Louisville, KY

Ashraf Bailey


Bill Snow

Rad Air of Wickliffe

Bill Weber

The Patch Boys of DuPage & Will Inc

Bindu Agarwal

Homewatch Caregivers of Lower Bucks County

Brandie Chapman

B's Wax & B's Blow Dry

Brandon and Kenda Gadish

Altitude Trampoline Park

Brandon Breath

The Entrepreneur's Source

Brenda Torres

2 Adept Ventures

Brent Berridge

Pool Scouts of Sugar Land

Brian Whalen

Perspire Sauna Studio - Eagle

Bryan Smith

US Lawns of Myrtle Beach

Bryant Greene

Always Best Care of Philly and Delaware

Carl Williams, Russell Thomas, Mark McCain

Athletic Republic Capitol Region

Cheri Reid

Huntington Learning Center

Chris Hollyman, Steve Harbour, David Hughes

Grand Welcome of the Ozarks

Chris Holmes

USA Insulation of Michigan

Chris Tisdale

Sir Grout Nashville

Chris, Jen, Alyssa and Mackenzie Lanagan

The Cleaning Authority Cedarburg Madison Kenosha

Craig Randall

FirstLight Home Care of The Grand Strand / Charleston / Beaufort / Greenville SC

Danny Figueroa

The NOW Massage

Dato' Jaya J B Tan

Envictus International Holdings Limited

Dina Jenney

A Place At Home - Philadelphia West

Don Elliott

Monster Tree Service of Knoxville

Eric Lazar

SpeedPro Chicago Loop

Gary L. Robins

GC Robins of Supercuts & Ideal Image

Greg Goodman

Turbo Tint of Oklahoma City

Greg Parsons

Grease Monkey 

Harry & Dalton Dodich

Eastern Shore Coffee LLC DBA PJs Coffee

Hazael Pareja

Stephany Lopez

Helen Martin

Stretch Zone

Jack Brendamour & Judy McCreary

Junk King Cincinnati, Dayton & Louisville

Jake Atchoo

Goldfish Swim School - Rockville, Gaithersburg & Centereach

Jason & Alyssa Bowman

Genesail Inc. DBA Sport Clips Haircuts

Jason Newquist

Cruises It

Jim Sheahan

Jimmy Cakes LLC - Nothing Bundt Cakes

Joe Picciallo

Green Home Solutions of Greater Morris County

John Hamilton Culpepper

Express Employment Professionals

Jordan Clancy

Clean Acres Inc. DBA ManageMowed

Joseph Johnson

Disrupt Foods/E&R Foods LLC

Joshua Douglas Grinstead

GYMGUYZ of Hudson/Bergen/Rockland

Justin Scotto

We Sell Restaurants Charlotte NC

Justin Sherman

Buckeye Pizza LLC

Kal Gullapalli

MPZ Holdings, LLC

Kate and Brian Mulcahy

Family Foundations LLC dba Celebree School of Tysons-Jones Branch

Kathryn & Joseph Pizzurro

Scenthound Gainesville/Ocala (FL)

Ken Giusti

SpeeDee Oil Change & Auto Service

Kevin Green

Genghis Grill of Reno, NV

Kevin Krull

1-800 WATER DAMAGE of Washtenaw Co. & Taylor, MI

Kimberly Kick

The Goddard School of Orange, CT

Kristen Williams-Haseotes

Bad Ass Naples, LLC

Kristin Humphrey

Home Clean Heroes of West Houston

Larry & Brandon Greene

Dogtopia of Denver Tech Center

Leonard Siers

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing

Lorena Medina

BNI Mexico

Louis Malooley

Alphagraphics of Buckhead

LuAnn Martinson

Owl Be There - Charlotte, NC

Maaza Henry

Sandhills Hospitality, LLC

Mark and Bobbi Howard

PoolWerx Union HIlls

Mark Schostak

TEAM Schostak Family Restaurants

Matias Puga H.

SOR Latam

Matt Perry & Tracy Gilligan

Infinity Companies of NH/MA

Matthew Sutton Davis

The Davis Restraunt Group Inc.

Miguel Macias

America's Swimming Pool Company of Reno, NV

Mike Meilleur

Sola Salons, Columbus OH & Buffalo NY

Misty Hudson Whitehead

Chicken Salad Chick

Nicholas Brand

Men In Kilts Vancouver

Noah Stone and Vy Tran

The Joint Chiropractic

Nora Farhat

British Swim School

Pete & Barbra Muller

Tint World Orlando

Priya Dave & Ash Agarwal

Ivybrook Academy of Hendersonville, TN

Ray Wells

HOODZ of Atlanta

Raymond & Andrew Howell

Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Reena Patel

The Lash Lounge Dr. Phillips, Lake Mary, Winter Park & Winter Garden

Richie Drew

One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning of Myrtle Beach

Scarlett and Jason Dalton

Camp Bow Wow

Scott Hart

Z PLUMBERZ of Ann Arbor

Shafiq Mohamed

Stratus Building Solutions of Hamilton, ONT

Stephanie Zhang & David Galkin

Redbox+ Dumpsters of Lehigh Valley

Stephen and Mary Butterfield and Danielle Withycombe

Hydrate IV Bar of Arizona

Steve & Diane Geddes

Fibrenew Kelowna

Steven Leibsohn

Wetzel's Pretzels Arizona

Susanna Woods and Bo Henderson

California Closets of South West Florida

Tammy Feaster


Terri Smith

Woodhouse Spa

Thomas and Carrie Powers

Any Lab Test Now

Tom & Debi Taube

Kitchen Tune-Up

Tom & Maryellen Heinemann

Mosquito Squad of North Jersey

Tom and Micah Nisley

i9 Sports

Toni Parkhurst

Budget Blinds of Fairfield/Vacaville, CA

Toya Evans

Healthy Living Ventures

Tyler Fuss

LIME Painting of Northern CO

Victoria Alvarez and Raul Munoz

Wings and Rings

Vijay & Deepika Ilavarasan

Kiddie Academy of Vancouver–Fishers Landing, WA and Tigard, OR

Wes Snyder and Jeff Parsons

FASTSIGNS of Raleigh, NC; Austin, TX; Tucson, AZ; Fort Myers, FL; Corpus Christi, TX; and Charleston, SC

Zane Glover

Payroll Vault

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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 790,492 franchise establishments that support nearly 8.4 million direct jobs, $825.4 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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