LEXINGTON, Ky., Nov. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Fazoli's, America's largest fast casual Italian chain, announced this year's Franchisee of the Year during its annual conference held in Cancun, Mexico on October 24-25, 2016. In addition, the company named its General Managers of the Year from two of its top-performing corporate and franchised restaurants.
This year's Franchisee of the Year recipient, Bob Sirkis, who owns the Fazoli's of Valdosta, Georgia, was honored for achieving sales growth of 7.8 percent, including an annual guest increase of 8.4 percent. For the last 15 years, he and his wife Kendall have been franchise partners of Fazoli's. Prior to becoming a franchisee, Sirkis was vice president of new concept development at Fazoli's founding parent company in the late 1980s. Over the last five years, Sirkis has increased his restaurant's sales by 52 percent and will open an additional location in Dothan, Alabama in 2017. Earlier this year, he was named one of CNBC's 50 Big Franchise Success Stories. "We are proud to honor Bob Sirkis for his strong restaurant performance and commitment to the Fazoli's brand," said Carl Howard, president and chief executive officer of Fazoli's. "Bob and his team's passion for operational excellence is a shining example of the strength of the Fazoli's business model. As our network continues to expand, we are focused on partnering with likeminded entrepreneurs who want to be successful in carrying out our company mission and reaching their fullest potential."