Franchisee gives $120,000 in bonuses to managers
Burger King Corporation recently awarded the Phoenix-based Barnett Management Company, the second largest Burger King franchisee in the state, its national Franchisee of the Year honor.
“The BURGER KING brand selected Barnett Management Company as the Franchisee of the Year because its high performance, cleanliness and speed of service stand out among the 500 franchisees in the country,” said Alex Macedo, BURGER KING brand president for North America. “It’s clear that Barnett Management Company values relationships with guests, provides exemplary service and represents the best of our brand.”
Burger King presented Tom Barnett, owner and CEO of Barnett Management, with a 2015 Corvette and Rolex watch as prizes.
Instead of cruising around the Valley in the shiny new sports car and enjoying the designer watch, Barnett sold the prizes and returned $120,000 to his general managers, assistant managers and hourly managers as bonuses for their hard work.
“Our managers work the long hours to ensure success, so they deserve the prize, not me,” Barnett said. “The national award is a testament of our managers’ daily dedication to high-quality customer service.”
Barnett announced the bonuses during a managers’ meeting. The managers were stunned and touched by the bonus, said Olga Barajas, a general manager of a Burger King in Flagstaff.
“It was completely shocking that Tom sold the Corvette and Rolex watch to give us bonuses. None of the managers expected it,” Barajas said. “Tom didn’t have to share the prizes with us and many CEOs wouldn’t do that. He is very humble and selfless. Working for Barnett Management feels right. They treat us like family.”
Barnett Management owns 24 restaurants in the Phoenix area and also Flagstaff, Florence and Wickenburg.
To learn more about Barnett Management, visit www.barnettmgt.com.
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