Retail stores news : Fleet Feet Sports Holds Annual National Franchise Conference
Fleet Feet, Inc., the nation’s leading franchisor of running specialty stores, honored the outstanding contributions and accomplishments of its franchisees, employees and vendors during its annual National Franchise Conference in Washington, DC, June 17-21.
Franchise owners and employees from across the 94-store system and representatives of 60 industry vendors gathered for a week focused on education, networking, business planning, and a trade show designed exclusively for Fleet Feet Sports franchisees.
"This has been an exciting year for Fleet Feet Sports," said President and CEO, Jeff Phillips. "Our national conference offers a unique opportunity for our franchisees to unite and connect. It also provided the perfect time to highlight the exciting opportunities ahead. The conference theme, BEYOND, summarizes our perspective on just how far our brand and company can go. Our focus is on building on the brand momentum that has been established to build deeper and stronger connections with customers in our communities and markets."
As part of the event, Fleet Feet, Incorporated honored its franchise owners and vendors at its annual Awards Dinner. 2012 award winners include:
Fleet Feet Sports Pinnacle Award
Susan Zepernick and Alan Rice, Fleet Feet Sports Chico, CA
This award recognizes a franchise that demonstrates excellence in customer acquisition, staffing & customer experience, financial & inventory management, and vendor relations, while embracing Fleet Feet Sports initiatives.
Fleet Feet Sports Trail Blazer Awards
Megyn and Andy Avedisian, Fleet Feet Sports Birmingham, AL and Heather and Jody Herzog, Fleet Feet Sports Cleveland, OH
This award recognizes Fleet Feet Sports franchisees opened for more than three years that have established the brand name for Fleet Feet Sports in a market where the brand was unknown or strengthened the brand name in a market where it needed to be elevated.
Fleet Feet Sports New Store Development Award
Hollie and David Eenigenburg, Fleet Feet Sports Schererville, IN
This award recognizes an outstanding Fleet Feet Sports franchisee who has been in business fewer than three years.
Fleet Feet Sports Vendor Service Award
Thom Abrams, Superfeet Worldwide
This award recognizes outstanding service and support to Fleet Feet Sports franchises by a vendor representative.
Fleet Feet Sports Supplier of the Year
This award recognizes a manufacturer for providing excellent product, support and services to Fleet Feet Sports stores.
Scholarships of Achievement were awarded to Fleet Feet Sports employees and students. Since 1999, Fleet Feet, Inc. has offered scholarships to enable young people associated with Fleet Feet Sports to pursue their educational goals and career aspirations.
Scholarship recipients included:
Lauren Lake, Fleet Feet Sports Baltimore, MD
Daniel Magana, Fleet Feet Sports Stockton, CA
Megan McCullough, Fleet Feet Sports Greenville, SC
David Mittwede Fleet Feet Sports Jackson, MS
Jake Means, Fleet Feet Sports Sacramento, CA
Fleet Feet, Incorporated is the industry leader in franchising successful, community-oriented, specialty footwear, apparel, and accessory stores serving runners, walkers and lifetime fitness enthusiasts. Currently there are 94 Fleet Feet Sports locations nationwide. Fleet Feet, Incorporated offers support for existing and potential franchises out of its corporate headquarters in Carrboro, NC.