Also at the conference, Popeyes named Harry Stafford of Broford Corp in Houston, TX as Franchisee of the Year. The Franchisee of the Year award recognizes the Popeyes franchisee that has distinguished itself through outstanding performance across all business areas as well as consistent support of and commitment to the Popeyes brand.
“Harry is truly dedicated to building the Popeyes brand and the Popeyes family,” said AFC CEO Cheryl Bachelder. “He has a solid commitment to fast, friendly service – a service that extends beyond the guest to include his team members, creating a family environment. He is a true servant leader within the brand, co-op and community.”
At the conference, Popeyes also recognized franchise operators with these awards:
- Build Distinctive Brand (Marketing) — Danny Gilliland, Sweet P Enterprises, Little Rock, AR
- Run Great Restaurants (Operations) — Sandra Carter, Idora Inc., St. Charles, LA
- Accelerate Quality Restaurants (Development) — Amin Dhanani, Z & H Foods, Houston, TX
- DMA of the Year — Texas Mega
Popeyes named CSE as the Vendor of the Year, Lone Star Bakery as the Supplier of the Year, and Reinhart Foodservice as the Distributor of the Year.“We are proud to work with great vendors, suppliers and distributors like CSE, Lone Star Bakery, and Reinhart Foodservice,” said Bachelder. “Honoring them is our way of saying thank you for their dedication to the brand and our guests.” About Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen Founded in 1972 in New Orleans, Popeyes is a leader in the New Orleans segment of the foodservice industry and is the world's second largest quick-service chicken concept based on the number of units. As of December 30, 2012, Popeyes had 2,104 operating restaurants in the United States, 3 territories, and 26 foreign countries. For more information, visit the Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Web site at www.popeyes.com.