Wednesday, April 12, 2017
"We worked very hard and it's so nice to have that effort recognized with an award like this," said Akin, who in addition to operating a Service & Supply Center in San Antonio also recently opened a mobile-only Tier 2 Pirtek in Austin, TX. "Our team is truly outstanding "" industrious and committed to the work. This Franchise of the Year award is a great tribute to everyone, something we can all take a lot of pride in." In addition to earning the overall Franchise of the Year award, Pirtek Broadway also received honors as the 2016 Southwest Region Franchise of the Year.
Nearly 70 Pirtek franchise owners from across the United States came to the annual conference for opportunities in education, networking, strategy-sharing and business development.
Among the franchisees honored at the conference was Ken Adair, National Top Sales Award recipient for 2016. Adair owns Pirtek O'Hare in Elk Grove Village, IL, along with three other Pirtek franchises. Pirtek O'Hare also won the Midwest Regional Franchise of the Year award.
Other award winners included Steve Goulette at Pirtek Phillips Highway in Jacksonville, FL, recognized as the Southeast's top performer. Daniel Currid of Pirtek San Leandro in San Leandro, CA, took home the West Region Franchise of the Year award. Pirtek Avon's owners, Mark Rudnik and Michael Dello Russo, were honored with the Northeast Region Franchise of the Year Award for their franchise in Avon, MA.
In addition, Pirtek's Rookie of the Year award went to John and Alison Abercrombie, owners of Pirtek Gulfgate in Houston, TX, who relocated from Australia to start a franchise in the United States.
"It's been a year of great change at Pirtek, a lot of new things happening," said Glenn Duncan, chief executive officer of Pirtek USA. "When I addressed the conference attendees this year, I presented them with our company's new mission statement and core values. They include such things as integrity, embracing change, being personally accountable and the importance of community involvement "" all things we consider important aspects of who we are. We plan to emphasize these things heavily within the organization." One of the major changes during 2016 was the rollout of the Tier 2 program. Under this new, mobile-only option, a franchisee can lease two vehicles and keep inventory in a storage facility. The new program allows for Pirtek ownership at a significantly lower point of entry than the traditional Tier 1 model, which includes a Service & Supply Center along with the Mobile Service Vehicles.
Pirtek is the only franchise of its kind in the United States providing hydraulic and industrial hose replacement sales and services. There are 65 Pirtek franchises and a fleet of Mobile Service Vehicles throughout the United States. Globally, Pirtek has more than 400 locations and 2,000 Mobile Service Vehicles in 23 countries. The company encourages U.S. veteran participation by offering them a discount off of the initial franchise fee when they set up a new Pirtek location.
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