Applebee’s Presents Top Honors at 2016 Global Franchise Conference



Applebee's Presents Top Honors at 2016 Global Franchise Conference

Annual Awards Gala Brings Applebee’s Global Leadership Together to Celebrate the Best Franchisees and Vendor

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar honored franchisees and vendor partners for operational excellence, financial leadership and community engagement at the 2016 Applebee’s Global Franchise Conference in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. These annual awards recognize a selection of top organizations that have made a significant contribution to building the Applebee’s brand as America’s first choice neighborhood grill and bar, resulting in a positive impact on local neighborhoods around the world during the previous year.

“The group of award winners this year is truly inspiring; they take Applebee’s to new heights of excellence, motivating us all to consistently find new ways to build the Applebee’s brand and make a positive impact in our neighborhood communities,” said Julia Stewart, president of Applebee’s and chairman and CEO of Applebee’s parent company DineEquity, Inc. [NYSE: DIN].

Applebee's Presents Top Honors at 2016 Global Franchise Conference

For the second year in a row, Applebee’s recognizes Harry Rose of The Rose Group as The Abe Gustin Franchisee of the Year Award winner in Beverly Hills on Sept. 29; pictured left to right: Julia Stewart, President, Applebee’s; Bonnie Lippincott, Chief Operations Officer, The Rose Group; Jeff Warden, President and CEO, The Rose Group; Harry Rose, Chairman, The Rose Group; Sanjiv Razdan, SVP of Operations, Applebee’s.

The Abe Gustin Franchisee of the Year Award: Harry Rose of The Rose Group

For the second year in a row, this year’s Abe Gustin Franchisee of the Year Award recipient is Harry Rose, Chairman of The Rose Group. This annual award, named for the man who helped build Applebee’s into the nation’s iconic, casual dining brand, is given to franchisees who have achieved the highest standards possible for the Applebee’s brand, restaurants and guests. The Rose Group demonstrates unparalleled commitment and passion for the brand and contributes to brand growth through: internal committee participation; collaborative philanthropic initiatives including raising more than $270,000 for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation this year; consistent dedication to training and development; participation in product tests; and a constant dedication to ensuring all Applebee’s guests have a consistently great dining experience in each of their restaurants. The Rose Group achieved the highest scores in all measurable areas of guest satisfaction and retention this past year.

Applebee's Presents Top Honors at 2016 Global Franchise Conference

Daniel del Olmo, International President, Applebee’s, honors Eduardo Orozco and team of Internacional 999 as the 2016 International Franchisee of the Year Award winner in Beverly Hills on Sept. 29; pictured with Julia Stewart, President, Applebee’s and Sanjiv Razdan, SVP of Operations, Applebee’s.

The International Franchisee of the Year Award: Eduardo Orozco of Internacional 999

This award is given to the international franchise partner who has achieved notable success in building their business and representing the very best of Applebee’s to their guests. For the second consecutive year, the honor was awarded to Internacional 999 in recognition of their combined dedication to people development, menu testing, community support and overall business excellence. Eduardo Orozco, Executive Director of Internacional 999 accepted the award on behalf of his franchise.

Applebee's Presents Top Honors at 2016 Global Franchise Conference

Applebee’s honors 10 franchisees on Sept. 29 in Beverly Hills as winners of The Heart of Applebee’s Award for their support and contributions to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation; honorees and representatives from TL Cannon, Doherty Enterprises, American Apple Group, The Rose Group, RMH Franchise Holdings and Potomac Family Dining Group pictured with Julia Stewart, President, Applebee’s; Steve Coe, Executive Director of Brand Communications, Applebee’s; and Sanjiv Razdan, SVP of Operations, Applebee’s.

The Heart of Applebee’s Award: 10 Franchisees in Support of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

The Heart of Applebee’s Award is traditionally awarded annually to a single Applebee’s franchise that has shown the greatest commitment to an individual cause or organization. For 2016, the honor was awarded to an impressive 10 franchisees for their collaboration and work with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) – a partnership that has grown from only two franchisees in 2004. With a combined 1,050 restaurants, these 10 franchises raised $1.2 million through a variety of fundraising initiatives, bringing the program’s 11-year fundraising total to $7 million. The 10 groups recognized for this incredible achievement with the 2016 Heart of Applebee’s Award were: Apple American, Apple by the Bay, Apple Gold, Bloomin’ Apple, Doherty Enterprises, Miller Apple, Potomac Family Dining Group, RMH, TL Cannon and The Rose Group.

Applebee's Presents Top Honors at 2016 Global Franchise Conference

Applebee’s recognizes Doherty Enterprises as The Neighbor of the Year during the 2016 Applebee’s Global Franchise Conference in Beverly Hills on Sept. 29; from left to right: Steve Coe Executive Director of Brand Communications, Applebee’s; Julia Stewart, President, Applebee’s; Ed Doherty, Chairman and CEO, Doherty Enterprises; Tim Doherty, VP of Development, Doherty Enterprises; Michelle Schmidt, Director of Marketing, Doherty Enterprises; David DiBartolo, VP of Operations, Doherty Enterprises; Sanjiv Razdan, SVP of Operations, Applebee’s.

The Neighbor of the Year Award: Doherty Enterprises

This award recognizes the Applebee’s franchise that has demonstrated an uncommon commitment to serving its neighborhoods and communities through a variety of causes, activities and initiatives. This year’s honoree was Doherty Enterprises with the award being accepted by Chairman and CEO, Ed Doherty. Doherty Enterprises is a continuously generous member of the many communities it serves. This year alone, it has raised more than $3.3 million through more than 4,000 fundraising initiatives throughout the year, taking the responsibility of being a good neighbor to a new level.

Additionally, Applebee’s awarded an honorable mention to the Potomac Family Dining Group, a franchisee that exemplifies the neighborhood spirit of Applebee’s, always aiming to do bigger and better things in its communities. In 2016, this group doubled its franchising events to raise more than $540,000 for organizations including Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and the Wounded Warrior Project, just to name a few.

Applebee's Presents Top Honors at 2016 Global Franchise Conference

Brock Furlong, President and CEO of Stampede Meat accepts The Vendor of the Year Award at the 2016 Applebee’s Global Franchise Conference in Beverly Hills on Sept. 29; pictured from left to right: Julia Stewart, President, Applebee’s; Brock Furlong; Mike Leikam, President & CEO, Centralized Supply Chain Services, LLC; Sanjiv Razdan, SVP of Operations, Applebee’s.

The Vendor of the Year Award: Stampede Meat

Every year this honor is awarded to the vendor partner that made the greatest contribution to the Applebee’s system. This year, Stampede Meat was recognized as Applebee’s Vendor of the Year, with the award being accepted by Stampede Meat President and CEO, Brock Furlong. Stampede Meats showed flexibility and transparency during a complex logistical transition to new certified USDA Choice steaks, maintaining constant communication, increasing production and balancing inventory to enable Applebee’s to launch these new steaks successfully in 2016.

Applebee's Presents Top Honors at 2016 Global Franchise Conference

Applebee’s executives honor Bonnie Lippincott on stage as The 2016 Operator of the Year Award winner in Beverly Hills on Sept. 29, pictured left to right: Julia Stewart, President, Applebee’s; Bonnie Lippincott, Chief Operating Officer, The Rose Group; Sanjiv Razdan, SVP of Operations, Applebee’s.

The Operator of the Year Award: Bonnie Lippincott of The Rose Group

This award recognizes an operator who is passionate about what they do at Applebee’s, and goes above and beyond every day to ensure their restaurants and management teams exceed guest expectations. For a second year in a row, the award went to Bonnie Lippincott, Chief Operating Officer of The Rose Group for her leadership in building a high-performing team. Each day, Bonnie’s restaurants provide Applebee’s guests with a real and personal neighborhood experience, maintaining the highest internal standards of service.

With more than 2,000 locations now in all 50 states, Guam, Puerto Rico and 15 countries, Applebee’s is one of the world’s largest casual dining brands. Applebee’s is franchised by subsidiaries of DineEquity, Inc. [NYSE: DIN], which is among the world’s largest full-service restaurant companies. www.applebees.com