NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Smoothie King Franchises, Inc., the premier smoothie bar and nutritional lifestyle center, welcomed a record number of attendees at its annual Franchise Conference. The 2012 Smoothie King Franchise Conference focused on the company's initiatives for the future, offered informative breakout sessions and hosted an onsite vendor fair, featuring some of today's best products in the health and wellness industry.
"The ever expanding Smoothie King franchise system is comprised of an outstanding group of dedicated franchisees focused on the entire company's success," said SK USA CEO, Wan Kim. "Our goal of the 2012 Franchise Conference was to use it as an opportunity to honor those individuals who have achieved great accomplishments during the past year, while embracing the excitement for the future of the franchise."
During the conference awards ceremony, select franchisees were highlighted for their individual accomplishments. Select awards include:
The Franchisees of the Year: DJ Halligan of Wesley Chapel, FL; Kris Risch and Jason Luther of Jacksonville, FL; and Roger and Stephanie Wilder of Denham Springs, LA.
New Franchisees of the Year: Barry Bodden and Gary Watler of Georgetown, CT, Harold Suttles of Fort Lauderdale, FL and John and Brandi Sevieri of Murfreesboro, TN.
Most Improved Franchisees of the Year: Sean Cangelosi of Baton Rouge, LA, Rose Kuhnau of New Orleans, LA, Roger and Stephanie Wilder and John Tyler Davidson of Zachary, LA.
Smoothie King has been ranked the number one juice bar franchise for 19 years and is #122 overall in the top 500 franchises ranked by Entrepreneur magazine. This year along Smoothie King® has experienced double-digit growth and was ranked #21 on QSR Magazine's first ever The Global 30.
About Smoothie King, Franchises Inc. // SK USA, INC. Smoothie King Franchises, Inc. is a privately held; New Orleans-area-based franchise company and the premier Smoothie Bar and Nutritional Lifestyle Center in the industry. Smoothie King® offers guests the original nutritional fresh-blended smoothie and healthy retail products, including sports beverages, energy bars, healthy snacks, vitamin supplements, herbs, minerals and other sports nutrition products. Smoothie King® opened its first store in 1973 and started as the first franchised smoothie bar/health food store in the United States in 1989. Smoothie King® currently has more than 600 units operating in 32 states, the Caymans and the Republic of Korea. In 2012, Smoothie King® was ranked no. 1 by Entrepreneur magazine in the juice bar category for the 19th year and no. 121 overall on the 2012 Franchise 500 list. Visit www.smoothieking.com; engage on Facebook www.facebook.com/SmoothieKing; follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/smoothieking