Best Franchisee Of The World Award Goes To Omar Yunes
The 2015 Best Franchisee of the World summit saw hundreds of franchisees from all over the world gather in Florence, Italy on December 5th. They were ally vying for the award of best franchisee or person who took a franchise model and achieved great success with that model. The winner received international acclaim and recognition for his outstanding work in the franchise industry.
The award for Best Franchisee of the World in 2015 went to Omar Yunes. Mr. Yunes is a Mexican entrepreneur who has worked for the franchise, Sushi Itto. He has managed to expand to owning over 13 different Sushi Itto restaurant locations in Mexico. The still relatively young Mexican entrepreneur has locations in some of Mexico’s biggest cities including the capital of Mexico City, Pueblo and Veracruz. The winner of the Best Franchisee of the World award begin his career with Sushi Itto when he was just 21 years old. His 13 restaurant holdings also represent a tenth of the total number of Sushi Itto franchise locations in the world.
Omar Yunes was deeply honored and proud of winning this highly prestigious international award that saw him compete against contestants from 34 different countries. The credit for the award should not solely go to him, he admitted. His more than 400 employees across 13 different restaurants deserve a lot of the credit. They are what make his restaurant so popular and effective.
The fact that a Mexician franchisee was selected as the winner has some broader implications for the franchise industry and the Mexican economy. For a long time, Mexican franchises and franchisees were seen as a local or regional business. The fact that a Mexican entrepreneur with a Japanese themed restaurant business won the award shows that Mexico can now compete on the world stage with ideas and businesses from around the world. With Yunes winning the award, the spotlight and attention of Mexico will be very positive indeed in terms of economics and future business opportunities.
The award of the Best Franchisee in the World is given based on the entrepreneur’s contribution to the franchisee model and not the brand or franchise. It looks at how well the franchisee runs his franchise and how it contributes to the model in terms of knowledge and other best practices. Profitability and employee motivation is another key factor that is taken into account when determining the winner.