Card Connection, the greeting card publisher and franchisor, has named Irish franchisee Gabriel McGeown as the winner of its ‘Franchisee of the Year’ award for the second year running at its annual company conference, held this year in Cheltenham. McGeown, who joined Card Connection in 2008, originally managed Armagh, South Tyrone and part of County Down but has recently expanded his franchise territory to include County Antrim, Belfast and the North Down region of Ireland.
“Gabriel McGeown is an outstanding performer,” says Michael Johnson, managing director, Card Connection. “His ‘can do’ attitude ensures he approaches every opportunity positively. He has recently taken on an additional franchise territory and is already transforming the area.
“Gabriel is also a true team player and is always happy to help and share his successful experiences with other franchisees,” continues Johnson. “He has also come up with some innovative ideas to capture new business, such as equipping one of his vehicles with a fully merchandised greeting card display to show potential retail accounts the full theatre and quality of the products. This has been hugely successful for generating new business in his region.”
Other franchisees recognised for their achievements at the conference included: North East & Midlands regional winners Andy and Vicki Thompson, franchisees for Sunderland and Durham; Atul Patel, franchisee for south west and south east London, who won the regional award for South East, London & Anglia for impressive business growth; and David and Marie Clements from Cornwall, who also won a regional award.
Catherine Bartle, franchisee for Newport, won the Heidi Sulley Team Spirit and Tenacity trophy. “Catherine has showed tremendous application to build her business and has increased distribution across all Card Connection’s product categories,” explains Johnson. “She has demonstrated great teamwork with her colleague Diane and always looks at implementing Card Connection’s initiatives with her full enthusiasm.”