Meineke Honors Top 26 Franchisees

March 1, 2018

Meineke Car Care Centers LLC  recognized the top owners and operators in its system of nearly 1,000 stores during the 2018 convention, Feb. 14-17.

Franchisees, vendors, industry leaders and guest speakers shared best practices, outlined the growth plan for the year ahead and participated in educational seminars throughout the convention.

Another highlight is the presention of awards to top performers within the group.

“We are proud of these franchisees. They are the best of the best and do an excellent job representing the Meineke brand,” said Danny Rivera, president of Meineke. “When we talk about leadership and performance, these are the role models for our entire network. Their commitment to high-quality operations, excellent customer service, trusted, reliable repairs and profitable performance is exemplary.”

Here's a look at the honorees:

The Franchisee of The Year Award was presented to Joe Cooper of Charlotte, N.C. The Top Sales Award went to Lee, David and Jody Repass from Lewes, Del.

System Sales Award: Thu Vu, Samuel Rung and Jonathan Young, multiple center operators;

Rookie Of The Year Award: Mulford Waldrop and Chad Misko, Gulfport, Miss.;

Most Improved Award: Keith Frost, Vancouver, Wash.;

Growth Award: Paul Hammond, Virginia Beach, Va.;

Commitment To Excellence Award: Pete and Julie Robinson, Denver, N.C.;

Crystal Wood Memorial Award: Scott Martin, Indianapolis, Ind.; and

Maple Leaf Award: Ross Coates, Newfoundland, Canada.

The group also presents regional awards to top performers. Here's a look at those winners:

Northeast: Lee, David and Jody Repass, Lewes, Del.;

New England: John Bird, Wilmington, Mass.;

The Carolinas: Joe Cooper, Charlotte, N.C.;

Gufl:- Larry Rath and Kathryn Rath, Fort Smith, Ark.;

Mid-Atlantic: Richard A. Van Duzer and Reeves L. Van Duzer, Brick Town, N.J.;

Mid-Atlantic 2:Paul Hammond, Virginia Beach, Va.;

Great Lakes: Joe Saelens, Madison, Wis.;

Midwest: Ryan and Rob Tracy, Denver, Colo.;

Northwest: Anthony DeMarco, Boise, Idaho;

California: Bill Edwards, Ventura, Calif.;

Southwest: Bert Figearo, Las Vegas, Nev.;

Southeast: Giuseppe Sirignano, Weston, Fla.;

Ohio and Pennsylvania: Edward Teen, Newtown Square, Pa.;

Texas: Mark and Claire Zimmerman, Little Elm, Texas; and

Canada: Michael Collaci, Alliston, Ontario.

Meineke Philanthropy Awards were presented to:

Bryan Brown, Louisville, Ky.;

Scott Martin, Indianapolis, Ind.; and

Roger Cross, Amarillo, Texas.

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