Trey Beatty, Matt Beatty and Chris Greer, owners of Mr. Appliance® of Vero Beach, traveled across the U.S. from Vero Beach, Fla. to Washington, D.C. where they honored by the International Franchise Association (IFA) for the annual Franchisee of the Year Award.
“The IFA is proud to recognize the outstanding efforts of Trey, Matt and Chris with the Franchisee of the Year Award,” said IFA Chairman Ken Walker, chairman & CEO of Driven Brands. “The franchising community is an important component of the U.S. economy due to the hard work of these exemplary individuals who have helped bolster the growth of the industry.”
The IFA’s 11th Annual Public Affairs Conference recognized 30 franchise owners and operators for their outstanding performance and the contributions they have made to enhance the growth and development of franchising.
“I realized at the IFA conference that there are other franchisees with the same concerns as myself,” Greer said. “It gave me the opportunity to learn from other franchises and gain a greater sense of political awareness.”
The two-day event, which was supported by founding sponsor, ADP Small Business Services, featured more than 500 franchise industry leaders. These leaders met with more than 200 congressional offices about issues important to the future of franchising, such as healthcare reform and access to credit.
“The IFA conference couldn’t have come at a more important time for small businesses with so many important topics being debated and a crucial election period right around the corner,” said Michael Noe, Vice President of Operations for Mr. Appliance Corp. “For Chris and Trey, who are committed to excellence, to be able to network with other professionals, and get important face time with their local legislators, is good not only for their small business, but could potentially be helpful to all of our owners.”
Mr. Appliance of Vero Beach serves Brevard, Indian River, Martin, Palm Beach and Saint Lucie counties.
About Mr. Appliance®:
Mr. Appliance is North America’s leading appliance repair franchise system. Established in 1996, its franchises provide full-service residential and light commercial appliance repair. Mr. Appliance has more than 150 locations throughout the United States and Canada and is consistently ranked among the top home service franchises by Entrepreneur magazine and other industry experts. Mr. Appliance is a subsidiary of Neighborly, Inc, formerly Dwyer Group. For more information, visit www.mrappliance.com.
About the International Franchise Association:
The International Franchise Association is the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. Celebrating 50 years of excellence, education and advocacy, IFA protects, enhances and promotes franchising through government relations, public relations and educational programs. Through its awareness campaign highlighting the theme, Franchising: Building Local Businesses, One Opportunity at a Time, IFA promotes the 21 million jobs and $2.3 trillion of economic activity generated by franchising. IFA members include franchise companies in over 90 different business format categories, individual franchisees and companies that support the industry in marketing, law and business development.